dropfile defines a region for dragging and dropping files into and then outputs the filepath and filetype upon file input.
border [float] (default: 2.)
Sets the size in pixels of the dropfile object's border.
bordercolor [4 floats]
Sets the color of the dropfile border in RGBA format.
folderslash [int] (default: 1)
Toggles adding a slash character ( / ) at the end of a folder name when output is triggered.
rounded [float] (default: 8.)
Sets the amount in pixels by which to round the corners of the dropfile object.
types [64 symbols]
The word four-letter filetype codes sets the dropfile object to search for the specified file type(s) and opens a standard dialog window. Example type codes for files are for text files, for Max binary format patcher files, and for AIFF format audio files. with no arguments makes the object accept all file types, which is the default setting., followed by one or more
Common Box Attributes
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.adds the object to the background layer, 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.
Sets the type style used by the object. The options are:
0 = 'regular'
1 = 'bold'
2 = 'italic'
3 = 'bold italic'
Sets the object's font.
Sets the object's font size (in points).
hidden [int] (default: 0)
Toggles whether an object is hidden when the patcher is locked.
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]
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]
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]
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 [4 floats]
Sets the color for the object's text in RGBA format.
Sets the justification for the object's text.
0 = 'left'
1 = 'center'
2 = 'right'
Out right outlet: The four-letter filetype code of the acceptable file is sent out the right outlet.
Out left outlet: When an acceptable file icon has been dragged onto dropfile and the mouse released within its box, the absolute pathname of the file is sent out as a single symbol. The output pathnames contain slash separators.
Absolute pathnames look like this:
The conformpath object can be used to convert paths of one pathtype and/or pathstyle to another.
When aliases of folders are dragged onto dropfile, the aliases are resolved to create the output path.
If you want to use the dropfile object to cause a file to be read by another object that accepts the message with a filename argument, put a prepend read object between dropfile and the object that will open a file, as shown in the example.
|Search Paths||Search Paths|
|absolutepath||Convert a file name to an absolute path|
|filepath||Manage and report on the Max search path|
|folder||List the files in a folder|
|opendialog||Open a dialog to ask for a file or folder|
|relativepath||Convert an absolute to a relative path|
|strippath||Separate filename from a full pathname|