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HOW TO INSTALL PLUGINS/General Plugin Troubleshooting Thread

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Hi! I'm new here. My friend showed me Paint.net...and now I'm hooked. I made a plugin that you might want to check out, it's simple but cool.

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please, don't bite my head off now... but i can't seem to install the plugins (water reflection and panneling). i did everything as described at the beginning - they are in the effects folder, but they don't appear in any of the menus. they aren't blocked, tried that too. the gradients, on the other hand, worked like a charm. what could be the problem? (i'm running v3.08, if that makes any difference, and i'm absolutely retarded for everything computer-related). thank you in advance

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i'm running v3.08, if that makes any difference...

It does make a difference. You are required to upgrade to the latest version (v3.20) before we can offer you any assistance. Just go to the Help menu and click Check for Updates.

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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.

Thus keeping the common sense line of Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro etc. etc.

Mans a bloody genious I tell you :!:

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i figured out how to install plugins about 30 seconds before i found this thread and i did NOT find the process at all intuitive.

(and no, none of the plugins i downloaded had a readme file)

i also searched help and this forum so for people who were in my position about 5 minutes ago here are some keywords to search for:

"add plugin" "install plugin" "add plug-in" "install plug-in"

"add plugins" "install plugins" "add plug-ins" "install plug-ins"

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i did NOT find the process at all intuitive.

Nobody claimed it was intuitive.

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Good Day

UPDATE DOWNLOADED AGAIN AND INSTALLED IN C DRIVE/PROGRAM FILES AND EVERYTHING WORKED SO READING ALL THOSE POSTS HELPED AND I NO LONGER FEEL LIKE A TOTAL DUMB < no swearing >.

I am a ham radio operator and wish to use to program for photo manip and effects.

computer is e-machine, 3.2 w/2gig mem

using drive D

Installed under D, not program files

Had no effects folder so had to make new folder under Paint.net

This is what I have done.

Installed paint.net into FOLDER NAMED "PAINT. NET"

Under this folder I made a folder called "EFFECTS"

In this folder I placed the DLL's

This is what I expected.

The program to open normally. (It did.)

The new effects to show up under effects. (They did not.)

These are the questions I have come up with.

Was there supposed to be an 'Effects' folder without me making one?

Is there something that I need to do different?

Is there a method of auto installing that works better.

I am wondering if the DLL's need to be in the base folder.

I now have some neat effect DLL's downloaded and open in a folder called 'EFFECTS' that so far I have not been able to access, or even find within the base program.

I think that I am asking for the old "Guiding Hands' from someone who has been there and done that.

Please post or e-mile direct at

k8fa.art@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for any help.

Art Puckett

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i did NOT find the process at all intuitive.

Nobody claimed it was intuitive.

haha, the infamous "by design" comeback ;)

i assumed that plugin management would be intuitive because everything else so far has been fairly intuitive.

as they say though, assumption is the mother of all ...up's

then again, you guys raised the bar so don't be surprised when people hold you to high standards :)

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Not by design. More like completely undesigned. Plugin popularity took Rick by surprise; he's planning plugin management for version 4.0.

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Hello everyone!

I have a problem with installing plugins. I have tried the method mentioned above, but Paint.NET did not recognize the new plugin. :(

Any ideas?

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1. Which plugin?

2. Are you sure you have the newest version of Paint.NET (v3.20, not Alpha, Beta, or RC)?

3. Are you sure you have the newest version of the plugin?

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I am trying to install the LightRays plugin (I don't know its version, sorry)

My Paint.NET is v3.10. Could that be the problem? :roll:

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Yep. You have to have version 3.20 to get tech support in this forum. :-)

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Wow, it actually works! Thank you, Sir!

By the way, are there any tutorials or newbie guides to Paint.NET?

It would be very useful... :(

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This is what I do. Download the plugin, open it, move it to Paint.NET, effects or whatever the plugin is.

I hope you don't have a pain.net file!!! :shock:

lol

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Wow, it actually works! Thank you, Sir!

By the way, are there any tutorials or newbie guides to Paint.NET?

It would be very useful... :(

Take a look in the Tutorials section of the forum. Wither's flash tutorial for beginners is sticky'd there. Read that one, and as many of the others as interest you. :-)

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Dang, Pyro. When I saw your name next to he Plugin Publishing I was hopefully expecting to see a release of Pineapple

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okay, im new to paint.net. ive got a lot of things down, pretty much figured a lot of things out, except the plugins. ive followed your instructions exactly. ive saved the files to the effects folder, extracted the files, but when i go to paint to use those plugins, they aren't there. what am i doing wrong?

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