Similar to [pack ] and [unpack ] but instead of the default atom type being a float, the default type is anything.
Also comes with a new creation arg 'a' for anything. Numbers and unrecognized types will also default to anything.
For strict type checking, use f(loat), s(ymbol), and p(ointer).
The pak object will also store unrecognized types as symbols and interpret 'b' as a 'bang' symbol.
EDIT: You can now send lists to any of the additional pak inlets and it will store the list values with the inlet as the starting point. For example, sending the message [foo bar 3 baz( to the 2nd inlet of [pak 1 2 3 4] would result in the list: 1 foo bar 3
EDIT2: pak still has a bug when setting a pointer from any inlet other than the first one. This became more apparent when trying to work with the object in pd-vanilla.
EDIT3: pak is much more stable now and works in pd-vanilla. The example includes a new object I've created called [x ], which is a kind of trigger object that dehusks lists that consist of only 1 element when you use 'a' for creation args. For pd-vanilla users, the example also requires zexy's [demux].
EDIT4: You can now use "." to skip inlets and assign only specific ones.
For example, sending the message [. . 123( would assign 123 to the 3rd inlet and leave the first two values the same as they were. You can also send these messages to any inlet.
EDIT5: I made it so that the skip arg feature only applies to list and anything type messages, so if you really want to, you can still assign a single period to an inlet by sending it as a symbol. I also needed to make it so the skip arg feature also works on strict-type inlets.
It's also worth mentioning that the proxy inlets now have their own pointer, float, symbol, and list functions, rather than an anything function that handles all message types by running string comparisons, so it should be a bit faster if only slightly, and overall better coding practice for a pure data external.
EDIT6: The skip arg feature was only added to pak so I added the same feature to unpak as well. Using a period as an arg will skip the outlet and not send any value through it.
EDIT7: fixed one more bug in pak, where the first inlet could only receive raw pointers and every other inlet could only receive pointers in lists. I also changed unpak so that when a stored symbol is "bang", it will output as an actual bang message rather than as a bang symbol.
Added two more objects [@pak] / [@unpak] - reverse pak/unpak. Outputs the lists in reverse order.
EDIT8: I've changed the pack related objects so that strict-type error messages are muted by default and to unmute them, you need to send [mute 0( to the 1st inlet. The number sent to mute acts as a bit mask for the inlets, so when a bit is turned on, the associated inlet will not output error messages.