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Type "archimedean" into the plugin browser!😉 - You'll see my 'Multispline 'Flourish' and MJW's 'Rectangle to Archiedean spiral' - as expected. The forum plugin index does not recognize these keyword phrases.

 

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4 hours ago, Red ochre said:

Type "archimedean" into the plugin browser!😉 - You'll see my 'Multispline 'Flourish' and MJW's 'Rectangle to Archiedean spiral' - as expected. The forum plugin index does not recognize these keyword phrases.

 

The Plugin Browser reads the keywords supplied by the author of the plugin. The Plugin Index parses the descriptions I've typed in and ignores the keywords because I've not included them in the data I capture.

 

Flourish: Keywords - Spirals, Archimedean, Spiral.

Hits for "archimedean" in Plugin Browser.

 

Flourish: Description - Create calligraphy-like spirals, swirls, flourishes and tendrils. Possibly mustaches too. Many options to control the shape.

No Hits for "archimedean" in Plugin Index.

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4 hours ago, Red ochre said:

MJW's 'Rectangle to Archiedean spiral'

 

Is still in Beta and located in the Developers Section. In other words, not released publically (yet). As such, I've not included it in the Index.

 

I'm not adhering 100% to this rule - I thought it highly likely the plugin would be released pubically once MJW was happy with it.

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Ah! - I thought the forum plugin index search was somehow parsing the actual keywords included in the plugin, forgetting that a human being (I assume/hope😏), has to enter that data. I guess it's overkill to search and read the actual keywords? ... as the plugin browser does? ... completely understandable.
Could further automating the monthly updates be an advantage?... some way of sticking a new effect in an approved  'database' that can read the keywords? Far beyond me!

 

Reason for discovering this is that I actually included the term 'fishnet stockings' in Multispline (as a joke for TR) and was heartbroken-ish that it didn't return a result in the forum index - yet it does in the browser!
- re: a recent user enquiry.

 

Happy new year Scott and all forum people.

 

Nb. MJW's 'betas' are more stable than most stalwart effects - but I do respect the difference.

 

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13 hours ago, Red ochre said:

I thought the forum plugin index search was somehow parsing the actual keywords included in the plugin, forgetting that a human being (I assume/hope😏), has to enter that data. I guess it's overkill to search and read the actual keywords? ... as the plugin browser does?

 

When I'm preparing a new entry, I don't see the keywords unless the author has provided them in the release post. I do try to give  sympathetic descriptions which reuses the authors own introduction to the plugin. I.e I plagiarize, paraphrase, rewrite and make new stuff up to try and accurately capture the flavor and function of the plugin in a couple of sentences 😊

 

Edit: Mostly human 😲

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It's not always easy to briefly summarize all of an effect's uses. You do a good job!... for a mere human.😄

 

I was surprised that when the guidelines-for-publishing-plugins was updated there wasn't more on what should be included in the plugin thread.
Plenty of sensible rules of what a plugin should not do but little on how the new plugin should actually be presented to users.

Some suggestions:


Plugin authors are politely asked to consider the following when publishing new effects and adjustments (possibly relevant for filetypes too).

 

1. The thread title should include the effect name and date of the most recent download.
2. The first post in the thread should contain the most recent/current zip of the effect .dll or a link to where it can be downloaded.
3. Ideally include the original publishing date and the date and version number of the latest download.
   A brief note in the last post of a thread can inform users that a new version has been published in the first post.
4. Do include a brief description of what the effect/adjustment does. Ideally include a one sentence summary for the plugin index and a separate, more detailed description for interested users.
5. Do include an image showing the user interface (if there is one).
6. Do include which menu section the effect can be found under for example "Effects/Render".
7. Try to include images showing what the effect does. Before and after images are useful.
8. Hopefully your effect will include keywords and a sample image to be used by the plugin browser. It could be useful to show these when publishing.
   - A guide on how to include these in your effect can be found here.
9. Do mention any known issues for example if it is not compatible with certain versions of paint.net or if it may be slow for large selections.
10. If you wish to share your code, it is probably best to place this in a hidden code window and state any licence (license?) that applies.

 

Thoughts?

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4 hours ago, Red ochre said:

Thoughts?

 

Excellent!

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I believe this has been asked before and I don't know if this is the right place but since we are talking plugins. I would love it if prolific plugin creators like for example @toe_head2001,@Red ochre and @Ego Eram Reputo (to name a few) had a way to code a separate menu to group all their plugins together to make it easier to find all their cool plugins. I forget sometimes where some plugins are but thankfully the plugin browser is a good way to find it even if it is an extra step. 🙂 💻 🧸

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8 hours ago, Ladybug said:

I would love it if prolific plugin creators like for example @toe_head2001,@Red ochre and @Ego Eram Reputo (to name a few) had a way to code a separate menu to group all their plugins together to make it easier to find all their cool plugins.

 

It makes sense to group them by function (which is the current system). It is easy to confuse who wrote Bevel Object vs Object Bevel.

 

The Plugin Index has a filter so you can search by author. Then the menu location is given in the Salmon/Orange tags. Using this feature you could make a list of the  plugins you use most often and their locations.

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Updated with Red's list above...

 

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Midora's ImAPNG plugin is incorrectly marked as supporting saving, it only supports loading.

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Thank you @null54. I'll put in a fix for the next release.

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