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how to keep plugin windows open on mac?

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:39 pm
by pat the dog
on osx, i find that when live loses focus, all the plugin (au) windows are hidden. this is a bit annoying when trying to read a pdf manual for a plugin and as soon as the pdf reader gets focus, the synth interface disappears.

on the windows version of live, the plugins stayed on screen. can i get my mac to do the same?

edit: it would also be useful for plugin windows to stay open so that i can drop wav files into a plugin from finder or audiofinder. but of course as soon as you start dragging the file, live loses focus and the plugin window disappears.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:58 pm
by hoffman2k
check preferences > look and feel

You can control the behaviour of the plugin windows there.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:50 pm
by pat the dog
thanks for the suggestion, but i already tried all the plugin options in the look and feel preferences but the plugins still disappear whenever live loses focus.

any other ideas?

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:59 pm
by hoffman2k
My bad. Misread your post.
There's no option to control it for when Live goes out of focus.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:09 pm
by pat the dog
okay, thanks anyway

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 8:02 pm
by Daim
at least u can press alt+apple+p to bring it back to top

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:06 pm
by nowtime
2 monitors

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:17 pm
by bensuthers
would not solve this.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:18 pm
by sparklepuff
nor would 7, 11, or 15 monitors. There is no solution.

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:23 am
by Atomikat
F9 ?...

Re: how to keep plugin windows open on mac?

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:08 am
by Flange
pat the dog wrote:on osx, i find that when live loses focus, all the plugin (au) windows are hidden. this is a bit annoying when trying to read a pdf manual for a plugin and as soon as the pdf reader gets focus, the synth interface disappears.

on the windows version of live, the plugins stayed on screen. can i get my mac to do the same?

edit: it would also be useful for plugin windows to stay open so that i can drop wav files into a plugin from finder or audiofinder. but of course as soon as you start dragging the file, live loses focus and the plugin window disappears.
12 years later this is still not possible?? wtf

Re: how to keep plugin windows open on mac?

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:24 pm
by doghouse
This might be obvious to you, but I though I'd mention it in case you don't know this already.

Unlike most DAWs, Live's native devices do not require opening new windows. It's only with third party plugins. An alternative (that might sound stupid) is to make use of the Device View to control your plugins nd not even open a popup window. See 17.2.1 Plug-Ins in the Device View in the manual.

If the parameters do not show up by default, just use Configure to add them. You can arrange them in whatever order makes sense to you. Tedious, but only needs to be done once. Then you can program without needing the popup window. As a bonus, many third party MIDI controllers map to the configured parameters in banks of 8 at a time without having to use MIDI Learn.

Hope this helps.

Re: how to keep plugin windows open on mac?

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:18 am
by H20nly
That's cool. *bookmark*

Personally, I just use cmd + tab (Mac) or alt + tab (Windows) and just toggle between the two applications

you can use cmd + shift + tab (alt + shit + tab) if you have 3 or more applications to toggle between and need to go back.


If I absolutely must have both up at the same time, Live has this thing is does where you can shrink it and move it to the side. :wink:


maybe in 2007, when my resolution was 1024 x 768, i would have been more annoyed. fortunately, i didn't start using plugins until after wide-screen became a thing.