Cycling '74 announced Version 5.0 of its Max/MSP media development tools. This version represents a new era of Max programming, with a completely redesigned multi-processing kernel and a streamlined development environment built on a platform-independent foundation. With a new patcher interface, searchable database of objects and examples, integrated documentation and new tutorials, the new Max user will find a smoother learning curve while experienced users will see improved productivity.
In addition to a modern infrastructure designed to support today's multi-core processors and tomorrow's operating systems, Max 5 features a stylish new UI intended to aid in the expression of complex ideas in a fluid manner. As a result, Max's pioneering concept of interactive graphical programming has been pushed forward in numerous ways large and small. A prime example is presentation mode, which de-couples programming logic from user interface construction, allowing clearer patches as well as richer user interfaces.
Max version 5 will be available first quarter 2008 and, if used with its digital audio and video extensions, will require updated versions of MSP and Jitter. An upgrade price for Max 5 is not being announced at this time. However, customers who purchase the current version of Max/MSP or Max/MSP/Jitter after October 1, 2007 will be eligible for a free upgrade to Max 5 when it becomes available next year.