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colorpicker

Select and output a color

Examples

Display a color, or retrieve selected RGB color values

Discussion

The colorpicker object uses an Operating System color picker dialog that lets you choose a color to be output as a Max RGB color. On the Mac OS, the Color Picker dialog that lets you choose colors in several different color spaces--red-green-blue (RGB), hue-saturation-value (HSV), web-safe colors, and the nostalgia-inducing crayon mode. On Windows, you are presented with a standard color picker dialog, including a selection of basic colors, custom colors, a color swatch and numerical input for red-green-blue (RGB), hue-saturation-luminance (HSL)

Arguments

None.

Attributes

compatibility [int]

Sets the output format used by the colorpicker object. When set to zero, the output will be in RGBA format (four floating point numbers in the range 0. - 1.0). Setting this attribute to 1 (the default) will output RGB format (three integer values in the range 0 - 255).

currentcolor [4 floats]

Picker Initial Color

Common Box Attributes

annotation [symbol]

Sets the text that will be displayed in the Clue window when the user moves the mouse over the object.

background [int] (default: 0)

Adds or removes the object from the patcher's background layer. background 1 adds the object to the background layer, background 0 removes it. Objects in the background layer are shown behind all objects in the default foreground layer.

color [4 floats]

Sets the color for the object box outline.

fontface [int]

Sets the type style used by the object. The options are:

plain
bold
italic
bold italic

Possible values:

0 = 'regular'
1 = 'bold'
2 = 'italic'
3 = 'bold italic'

fontname [symbol]

Sets the object's font.

fontsize [float]

Sets the object's font size (in points).

Possible values:

'8'
'9'
'10'
'11'
'12'
'13'
'14'
'16'
'18'
'20'
'24'
'30'
'36'
'48'
'64'
'72'

hidden [int] (default: 0)

Toggles whether an object is hidden when the patcher is locked.

hint [symbol]

Sets the text that will be displayed in as a pop-up hint when the user moves the mouse over the object in a locked patcher.

ignoreclick [int] (default: 0)

Toggles whether an object ignores mouse clicks in a locked patcher.

patching_rect [4 floats] (default: 0. 0. 100. 0.)

Sets the position and size of the object in the patcher window.

position [2 floats]

g/s(set)

Sets the object's x and y position in both patching and presentation modes (if the object belongs to its patcher's presentation), leaving its size unchanged.

presentation [int] (default: 0)

Sets whether an object belongs to the patcher's presentation.

presentation_rect [4 floats] (default: 0. 0. 0. 0.)

Sets the x and y position and width and height of the object in the patcher's presentation, leaving its patching position unchanged.

rect [4 floats]

g/s(set)

Sets the x and y position and width and height of the object in both patching and presentation modes (if the object belongs to its patcher's presentation).

size [2 floats]

g/s(set)

Sets the object's width and height in both patching and presentation modes (if the object belongs to its patcher's presentation), leaving its position unchanged.

textcolor [float]

Sets the color for the object's text in RGBA format.

textjustification [int]

Text Justification

Possible values:

0 = 'left'
1 = 'center'
2 = 'right'

varname [symbol]

Sets the patcher's scripting name, which can be used to address the object by name in pattr, scripting messages to thispatcher, and the js object.

Messages

bang

Same as double-clicking the object. See the entry for (mouse) .

list

Arguments

red [number]
green [number]
blue [number]
alpha [number]
A list of numbers can be used to set the RGB or RGBA color components of the default color that initially appears in the Color Picker dialog when it is opened. A list of four floating poing numbers in the range 0. - 1.0 will specify the default color in RGBA format. For compatibility, a list of three integers in the range 0 - 255 will specify the color in the old style RGB format.

(mouse)

Double-clicking the object opens the Color Picker dialog box. If the patcher is unlocked, hold down the Command key on Macintosh or the Control key on Windows while double-clicking to open the dialog.

Output

list

After you open the Color Picker dialog box and make a selection, clicking on the OK button will send a list of the RGB equivalents of the color you selected out the outlet. If you click the Cancel button, no messages are sent.

See Also

Name Description
panel Colored background area
swatch Choose a color