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HOW TO INSTALL PLUGINS/General Plugin Troubleshooting Thread

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I think this is a good Idea, Rick may not, but in this section there should be a stickied or at least a thread for installing plugins, there are a bunch in general discussion, and it should be covered here, if the creator didn't give instructions.


Download the file, I personally save to desktop, then extract, move the extracted file to my desktop, then close the windows.

Go to My Computer, then find C Local Disk

Find Program files, and find Paint.NET, and find effects, place the .dll file in there, if it is a filetype, find filetypes in the paint.NET folder.

If you have paint.net open while you install it, close it and open it again to access it.

Additional help:
How to install Paint.NET plugins (A step-by-step guide, with pictures!)

not to be confused with...

How to install palette files

Edited by david.atwell
Added Malware Warning: ONLY download plugins from this site or linked from this site.
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Find Program files, and find Paint.NET, and find effects, place the .dll file in there, if it is a font, find filetypes in the paint.NET folder.

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One little mistake :lol: :wink:
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there is one of these, if the people happen to take the second and a half it takes to read the readme file...

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there is one of these, if the people happen to take the second and a half it takes to read the readme file...

And where would we find the 'readme' file? I have looked all over and can't find it.

Maybe I need new glasses. 8)

My understanding is, 'readme' files come in notepad. I have no notepad files in my 'paint.net' program files.

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there is one of these, if the people happen to take the second and a half it takes to read the readme file...

And where would we find the 'readme' file? I have looked all over and can't find it.

Maybe I need new glasses. 8)

My understanding is, 'readme' files come in notepad. I have no notepad files in my 'paint.net' program files.

If you download a plugin in a zip file, the readme file is normally in the there together with the dll file. But not all plugin have them.

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Than we should make it a MUST to add a readme file in each pluginn download

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While I have a readme file in my stuff, I'd rather we (plugin authors) could rely on a minimum level of common sense instead..?

Seems much more sensible to me.. especially as plugins are generally written out of the kindness of the developers hearts..

Dean

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While I have a readme file in my stuff, I'd rather we (plugin authors) could rely on a minimum level of common sense instead..?

Seems much more sensible to me.. especially as plugins are generally written out of the kindness of the developers hearts..

Dean

You're fortunate to be a lot more computer literate than some of us. :?

Maybe assumptions shouldn't be made. Just because somebody can turn on their computer without it blowing up, that they then know what to do once it is on. :lol::D

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I'm not saying that this is at all difficult for the end user, because it shouldn't be, but maybe some of the confusion lies in the fact that the folder in which the "Plugins" go is called "Effects". To make this as simple as possible, for those people who are just that, you could rename the "Effects" folder to "Plugins" in future PdN versions.

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I'm not saying that this is at all difficult for the end user, because it shouldn't be, but maybe some of the confusion lies in the fact that the folder in which the "Plugins" go is called "Effects". To make this as simple as possible, for those people who are just that, you could rename the "Effects" folder to "Plugins" in future PdN versions.

There are two types of Plugins - Effects and FileTypes - and there are separate directories for each.

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I just simply save in the right folder then right click and click 'Extract Here'. It's much simpler than moving around file around so much.

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Allright i dowloaded a gradient plugin, ( illnabs and boltbaits ) i dowloaded ONLY the .dll i put it in Effects, close paint.net went back in, i cant find were the update/plugin is :?:

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