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umenu

Pop-up menu

Description

Displays text as a pop-up menu. Selections can be made manually, or set incoming numbers. Outputs both selection number and selection text.

Examples

Used to send commands ...or to display text associated with numbers received

Arguments

None.

Attributes

align [atom]

Sets the text alignment mode. Alignment modes are:
0 left (the default)
1 center (1)
2 right alignment (2)

allowdrag [int] (default: 1)7.0.2

Allow Drag & Drop

applycolors [int] (default: 0)

Apply Box Colors to Menu

arrow [int]

Draw Arrow

autopopulate [int] (default: 0)

Toggles the automatic population of an umenu object with folder contents (default = 0). The automatic population will occur when it receives a valid folder path as the argument to a prefix message, or at patcher load, if a valid prefix is stored with the object. See the prefix, populate, and types message descriptions for more information.

bgfillcolor [4 floats]7.0.0

Background Color

collection [symbol] (default: )7.0.0

Collection Name

color [4 floats]7.0.0

Sets the toggle highlight color in RGBA format.

depth [int] (default: 0)

Sets the folder recursion depth used by the umenu object when populating from a valid file path.

elementcolor [4 floats]7.0.0

Sets the toggle off color in RGBA format.

items [atom]

The items attribute, which is only accessible using the umenu object's Inspector, lets you enter the items which you want to appear on the menu by typing into a dialog box. Menu items are separated by by commas (e.g., red, orange, yellow, green).

labelclick [int] (default: 0)

Toggles Label Click mode on or off. In this mode, when the object is in Label mode, you can click in the object's rectangle and the current value of the menu is sent out the left outlet. In addition, the text of the current item is shown underlined.

menumode [int] (default: 0)

Sets the appearance and behavior of the umenu object. The modes are:

0: Normal mode - the normal pop-up menu (default).
1: Scrolling mode - lets you scroll through the individual menu items by dragging the mouse up or down, displaying one item at a time.
2: Label mode - shows the text of the selected menu item with no border around it, and does not respond to the mouse.
3: Toggle mode - Clicking on the object in mode 3 causes it to alternate between an active and inactive state. When changing from inactive to active, the object sends the message toggle 1 from its rightmost outlet, and changes to the color set using the togcolor attribute. When changing from active to inactive, the object sends the message toggle 0 from its rightmost outlet, and changes to the color set using the bgcolor attribute. Whether activating or deactivating, the object also sends its current message from the middle outlet and its current item number from the left outlet.
Control-clicking allows you to change the current state of a umenu object in toggle mode.

Possible values:

0 = 'Normal'
1 = 'Scrolling'
2 = 'Label'
3 = 'Toggle'

parameter_enable [int]

Enables use of this object with Max for Live Parameters and allows for setting initial parameter values in the Max environment.

pattrmode [int] (default: 0)

Sets the method used by the umenu object object to report its internal state to the pattr object. When the argument is 0 (default), the umenu object reports its internal state by number (e.g. item 3 of the list of items). When the argument is 1, the umenu object reports its internal state by symbol (e.g. item 'carrots' of the list of items).

prefix [symbol] (default: )

Sets a menu-wide prefix, which can be concatenated or prepended to all menu item text before output. If the prefix is a valid folder path, the populate and types messages can be used to automatically fill the umenu object with a list of files in the folder. See the entries for those messages for more information. Sending a prefix message without any argument clears the currently stored prefix.

prefix_mode [int] (default: 0)

Sets the output behavior of the prefix mode. The modes are:

0: concatenate mode; the prefix is added to the front of the outgoing message without a space.
1: prepend mode; the prefix is added to the front of the outgoing message list as a discrete symbol.
2: ignore mode; the prefix is not used for output.

Possible values:

0 = 'Concatenate'
1 = 'Prepend'
2 = 'Ignore'

showdotfiles [int] (default: 0)

Toggles the display of files whose names begin with a dot (.). The default is off.

style [symbol]7.0.0

Sets the style to be applied to the object. Styles can be set using the Format palette.

textcolor [4 floats]

Sets the text color of the umenu object object in RGBA format. The textcolor attribute is mapped to the textcolor_inverse style color.

truncate [int] (default: 1)

Toggles the location of the truncation of text in the umenu object when the text is too long. The default is 1 (truncate the end of the text on the right-hand side). A value of 2 will cause the text to truncate in the middle in the same manner as the textbutton object.

Possible values:

0 = 'Truncation full words'
1 = 'Truncate from the right'
2 = 'Truncate from the middle'

types [symbol]

Sets a file type filter for use by the populate message. Up to 64 file types may be entered as a list. By default, no file types are filtered. For a list of valid four-letter filetype codes, see the Filetypes Recognized in Max Guide.

underline [int] (default: 0)

Toggles the underlining of text in the umenu object. The default is 0 (no underlining).

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.

Parameter Attributes

Order

Typeint

Sets the order of recall of this parameter. Lower numbers are recalled first. The order of recall of parameters with the same order number is undefined.

Parameter Mode Enable

Typeint

Parameter Mode Enable (not available from Parameters window)

Link to Scripting Name

Typeint

When checked, the Scripting Name is linked to the Long Name attribute.

Long Name

Typesymbol

The long name of the parameter. This name must be unique per patcher hierarchy.

Short Name

Typesymbol

Sets the short name for the object's visual display. The maximum length varies according to letter width, but is generally in a range of 5 to 7 characters.

Type

Typeint

Specifies the data type. The data types used in Max for Live are:

Float
Int
Enum (enumerated list)
Blob

Note: By convention, the Live application uses floating point numbers for its calculations; the native integer representation is limited to a range of 0-255 (similar to the char data type used in Jitter). When working with Live UI objects whose integer values are likely to be outside of the 0-255 range, the Type attribute should be set to Float, and the Unit Style attribute should be set to Int.

Range/Enum

Typelist

When used with an integer or floating point data type, this field is used to specify the minimum and maximum values of the parameter.
When used with an enumerated list (Enum) data type, this field contains a space-delimited list of the enumerated values (if list items contain a space or special characters, the name should be enclosed in double quotes).

Modulation Mode

Typeint

Sets the Modulation Mode used by the Live application. The modulation modes are:

None
Unipolar
Bipolar
Additive
Absolute

Modulation Range

Typelist

This parameter is only used with the Absolute modulation mode. It specifies defines the range of values used.

Initial Enable

Typeint

When checked (set to 1), the UI object can store an initialization value. The value is set using the Initial attribute (see below).

Initial

Typelist

Sets the initial value to be stored and used when the Initial Enable attribute is checked.

Unit Style

Typeint

Sets the unit style to be used when displaying values. The unit style values are: Int: displays integer values
Float: displays floating point values
Time: displays time values in milliseconds (ms)
Hertz: displays frequency values (Hz/kHz).
deciBel: displays loudness (dB)
%: Percentage
Pan: displays Left and Right values
Semitones: displays steps (st)
MIDI: displays pitch corresponding to the MIDI note number
Custom: displays custom data type
Native: defaults to floating point values

Custom Units

Typesymbol

Sets the units to be used with the 'Custom' unit style (see "Unit Style", above). Custom unit strings may be simple symbols (e.g. "Harmonic(s)"), in which case the parameter's value will be displayed in its 'Native' display mode, followed by the symbol (e.g. "12 Harmonic(s)" for an Int-typed parameter or "12.54 Harmonic(s)" for a Float-typed parameter). For additional control over the numerical component displayed, a sprintf-style string may be used (e.g. "%0.2f Bogon(s)", which would display a value such as ".87 Bogons").

Exponent

Typefloat

When set to a value other than 1., the parameter's input and output values will be exponentially scaled according to the factor entered in this column.

Steps

Typeint

The number of steps available between the minimum and maximum values of a parameter. For instance, if the parameter has a range from 0.-64., with Steps set to 4, the user can only set the parameter to 0, 21.33, 42.66 and 64.

Parameter Visibility

Typeint

For automatable parameters (Int, Float, Enum), 'Stored Only' disables automation, although parameter values are stored in presets. 'Hidden' causes the parameter's value to be ignored when storing and recalling data. Non-automatable parameters (Blob) are 'Stored Only' by default, and can be set to 'Hidden', if desired.

Update Limit (ms)

Typeint

Speed limits values triggered by automation.

Defer Automation Output

Typeint

Defers values triggered by automation.

Messages

bang

Sends out the currently displayed menu item.

int

Arguments

index [int]
The number specifies a menu item to be sent out, and causes umenu to display that item. The items are numbered starting at 0. A menu item can also be chosen from a umenu with the mouse, as with any pop-up menu.

float

Arguments

index [float]
Converted to int .

(drag)

When a file folder is dragged from the Max File Browser to a umenu object, the folder's contents will be loaded into as menu choices.

When a file folder is dragged from the Max File Browser to a blank space in an unlocked patcher window, a umenu object containing the folder's contents loaded will be created.

append

Arguments

message [list]
The word append , followed by any message, appends that message as the new last item in the menu.

checkitem

Arguments

index [int]
checked [int]
The word checkitem , followed by an item number and 1 or 0, places (1) or removes (0) a check mark next to the item number.

clear

Removes all items from the umenu.

delete

Arguments

indices [list]
The word delete , followed by one or more numbers that correspond to items in the list, deletes the item or items from the umenu.

clearchecks

The word clearchecks removes check marks for all items.

count

Sends the number of items in the umenu out the right outlet, preceded by the word count .

enableitem

Arguments

indes [int]
enable [int]
The word enableitem , followed by a number that specifies a menu item and a 1 or 0, enables or disables the specified item number. Disabled menu items cannot be selected, but their text and item number are sent from the rightmost outlet if the mouse is released while above them, prefixed by the symbols disabled_eval and disabled_item , respectively.

gettoggle

Reports the current value of the umenu object's toggle state (1 or 0, for on or off), from the right outlet, preceded by the word toggle .

insert

Arguments

index [int]
message [list]
The word insert , followed by a number and a message, inserts the message at the address specified by the number, incrementing all equal or greater addresses by 1 if necessary.

mode

Arguments

display [int]
Legacy message. Please use the menumode attribute. The word mode , followed by a number in the range 1-4, sets the appearance and behavior of the umenu object. The normal pop-up menu style is 1 (the default). Scrolling mode (2) lets you scroll through the individual menu items by dragging the mouse up or down, displaying one item at a time. Label mode (3) shows the text of the selected menu item with no border around it, and does not respond to the mouse. Toggle mode (4) sets a button style. Clicking on the object in mode 3 causes it to alternate between an active and inactive state. When changing from inactive to active, the object sends the message toggle 1 from its rightmost outlet, and changes to the color set using the togcolor attribute. When changing from active to inactive, the object sends the message toggle 0 from its rightmost outlet, and changes to the color set using the bgcolor attribute. Whether activating or deactivating, the object also sends its current message from the middle outlet and its current item number from the left outlet.

(mouse)

Clicking with the mouse lets you select a menu item to be sent out, and causes umenu to display that item.

next

Selects the next menu item and causes the umenu object to display that item. This message will ignore disabled or separator menu items.

populate

If the umenu object has a valid folder path as its prefix, the populate message will cause the menu to re-populate its items list, based on the current contents of the specified path (and filtered by the types list). After population is complete, the number of items added to the umenu object will be output from the right outlet, preceded by the word populate .

prev

Selects the previous menu item and causes the umenu object to display that item. This message will ignore disabled or separator menu items.

set

Arguments

item [list]
The word set , followed by a number or symbol, specifies a menu item to be displayed by umenu, but does not send it out the outlet. If the set argument is a symbol, set searches for a menu item which begins with the symbol.

setcheck

Arguments

character [int]
(Macintosh only) The word setcheck , followed by a number that specifies the decimal representation of a UTF-8 character (e.g. 8226 for a bullet or 62 for a greater than symbol), sets the character used to be the check mark. The word setcheck with no argument specifies the default square root checkbox.

setitem

Arguments

index [int]
message [list]
The word setitem , followed by an item number and any message, sets the specified menu item to that message.

setsymbol

Arguments

menu item [symbol]
The word setsymbol , followed by a message, specifies a menu item to be displayed by name without triggering any output.

setrgb

Arguments

fore-red [int]
fore-green [int]
fore-blue [int]
back-red [int]
back-green [int]
back-blue [int]
The word setrgb , followed by six numbers between 0 and 255 that specify RGB values, uses the first three numbers to set the foreground (text) color and the second three numbers to set the background (fill) color.

settoggle

Arguments

state [int]
The word settoggle , followed by a one or zero, sets the umenu object to the specified state if it is in toggle mode and performs output as if the object were clicked on (the symbol toggle , followed by a zero or one, indicating the toggle state). Without an argument, the message simply toggles the object's state and triggers output.

showchecked

This message operates as follows. If the currently displayed item is checked, do nothing. Otherwise, starting at the first item in the menu, find one that is checked and set the menu to display that item. If there isn't one, do nothing.

symbol

Arguments

item [symbol]
Identical to the set message with a symbol argument, except that the found item number is sent out (and the text of the item is sent out the right outlet, if the Evaluate Item Text feature is enabled).

toggle

Arguments

state [int]
The word toggle , followed by a one or zero, sets the umenu object to the specified state if it is in toggle mode and performs output as if the object were clicked on (the symbol toggle , followed by a zero or one, indicating the toggle state). Without an argument, the message simply toggles the object's state and triggers output.

Output

anything

Out middle outlet: The text of the selected menu item is sent out as a message.

Out right outlet: The count , gettoggle , and populate , messages will cause status messages to be sent out the right outlet.

int

Out left outlet: The number of the selected menu item is sent out. Menu items are numbered beginning with 0.

See Also

Name Description
coll Store and edit a collection of data
fontlist List system fonts
Max Basic Tutorial 13: Movie Sequencing Max Basic Tutorial 13: Movie Sequencing