If you are a user of an older version of Max, your preferences will
not be imported to Max 5. Preferences include the search path additions you
specified in the
File Preferences window
as well as DSP settings
MIDI port mappings
You will need to recreate these settings. Saving Max 5
preferences will not overwrite those of older versions.
A Mac-specific feature some users may have used in the past was the ability
to alias a folder within the search path. This is no longer supported in Max 5
unless the alias is specifically added to the search path. For example, if
you have an aliased folder called MyWork, you cannot drag it into your
patches folder and have all its contents available in the search path - you'll
need to add it manually.
Choose File Preferences from the Options menu to open the File Preferences window.
Click the Choose button in an available slot.
Use the file dialog that appears to navigate to your aliased folder and choose it.
Max 5 is more sensitive about file extensions and uses them to determine the
type of file you are trying to open. For example, when saving a Max patcher file,
you must use the .maxpat extension or your file will not open properly.
Some Macintosh users of previous versions of Max may have been somewhat casual about
file extensions, instead relying on the Macintosh OS's legacy "file type" mechanism to
identify their files. This is no longer advisable. Furthermore, when importing old
documents, Max 5 pays more attention to the file extension that than it does to
any Macintosh OS "file type" information that might be associated with the file. For
example, if you have a text file and you have made the mistake of giving it
the extension .mxb, Max 5 will think it is a Max binary file until you change
This has always been the case on Windows; now it is the case on the Macintosh as well.