Re: Max/MSP and video (jMAX, vvvv, free!)

Subject: Re: Max/MSP and video (jMAX, vvvv, free!)
From: John Nowak (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2005 - 11:46:35 EST

On Jan 23, 2005, at 9:21 AM, Andrew Nicols wrote:

> I've used PD before and wasn't so keen. Max/MSP/Jitter is much more
> powerful in my opinion, plus I can get an educational 9 month licence
> (being a student) for about $79 which will tide me over for this
> project.

I have both on my HD, and I will say that they are both useful
programs. I use Max primarily due to the better documentation, nicer
interface, and most of all familiarity, but I see little about Max that
makes it more powerful than Pd. Both have solid video tools. Both offer
dynamic patch creation. Both allow inlining of other languages. The
only real advantage of Max I see, technically speaking, is that you can
easily build standalones and plugins. However, if you are not
interested in this really (I'm not interested in the latter, and I can
always wrap Pd to achieve the former), I'd say it comes down to a
matter of preference and affordability. Neither is significantly more
powerful than the other as far as I see. I'm not sure when you last
used Pd, but it is a very solid piece of software currently.

- John

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