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Suggestion: Tool plugins


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I know it's not the best time to suggest something. A stable 4.3 is the most important thing in the moment.

But if developers could get an additional plugin interface for tools they could really add value.

 

I had this in mind when I designed the user interface of the Spirit Level plugin (years ago).

 

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Maybe we could start a discussion sometime in the future how a plugin interface for tools could look like.

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I've always wanted to do this but what's stopped me is that tools are extremely complicated and difficult to get right. Plugin code has to be treated as untrusted and liable to do everything wrong, which has definitely proven correct over the last few months as I've been analyzing and shimming plugins for the sake of backwards compatibility in 4.3.

 

Tool plugins, at least to start with, would have to be very constrained to relatively narrow or specific scenarios, like maybe 1) drawing/brush-style tools, 2) object drawing tools (like Shapes) with the transform/resize box, 3) etc.

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