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HI 

I've created a folder in Documents called "paint.net App Files" then a set of sub-folders including one called Effects.

Without un-zipping the files I copied the downloaded files into the Effects folder.

 

Is that not correct?

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1 minute ago, Gnome said:

Without un-zipping the files I copied the downloaded files into the Effects folder.

 

Is that not correct?

 

That is not correct. The files in the Effect folder should be .DLL files; not .ZIP files.

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Yes, the downloaded .zip is a single file as you know, but Win10 displays all of the individual files in the folder, with a DLL file extension.  These I copied into the previously mentioned folder.

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Thanks to all so far,

 

I've got store version, upgraded to paid today.

Used the instructions linked by Pixey.

 

How does paint.net know where to look?  

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1 minute ago, Gnome said:

How does paint.net know where to look?

 

If you put the .dlls in the correct place  .................. paint.net knows where they are - but make sure you don't have Paint.net open when you put them in the folder. Afterwards open Paint net anew :)  Good Luck 🧐

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Hi. I looked but could not find any direct answer to my question: here goes.

 

It seems you must install any effect into the Effects sub-directory (well, except G'Mic). Is there a way, or might there be a way to install effects into separate sub-directories, under Effects and have PDN recurse thru those sub-directories when loading? (I am thinking about organising effects either by Author or by type or alphabetically). I see this is done in the Shapes sub-directory.

 

Best regards

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27 minutes ago, Panchdara said:

Hi. I looked but could not find any direct answer to my question: here goes.

 

It seems you must install any effect into the Effects sub-directory (well, except G'Mic). Is there a way, or might there be a way to install effects into separate sub-directories, under Effects and have PDN recurse thru those sub-directories when loading? (I am thinking about organising effects either by Author or by type or alphabetically). I see this is done in the Shapes sub-directory.

 

Best regards

 

 

Nope, sorry, this is not possible.

 

As an explanation, I can just say the code to plugins was written YEARS before the code to load shapes... so it doesn't have all the features of the newer code.  Rick may get around to adding that capability eventually, but don't hold your breath waiting--there are MANY more interesting features ahead of it on the list.

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2 hours ago, BoltBait said:

 

 

Nope, sorry, this is not possible.

 

As an explanation, I can just say the code to plugins was written YEARS before the code to load shapes... so it doesn't have all the features of the newer code.

 

Thank you very much for your excellent explanation. I can appreciate the evolution.

 

Best regards

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I tried downloading Bolt Baits plugin pack but when I click on the link to BoltBaits pack I get on a non-secure page and Windows keeps blocking the plugin from being run. I have tried right from the Plugin Index with the same results. Is there a bug on the site?

 

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1 hour ago, Frigga777 said:

I tried downloading Bolt Baits plugin pack but when I click on the link to BoltBaits pack I get on a non-secure page and Windows keeps blocking the plugin from being run. I have tried right from the Plugin Index with the same results. Is there a bug on the site?

 

 

If you want my plugin pack, go here: https://forums.getpaint.net/topic/113220-boltbaits-plugin-pack-for-pdn-v4210-and-beyond-updated-february-23-2020/

 

 

and click the big blue button.

 

Save the zip file to your desktop. Right-click on the zip file and choose "properties", check the "unblock" checkbox and click ok.

 

Right-click on the zip file and "Extract" all files to your desktop.  Finally, run the BoltBaitPackInstall50.exe program.  That should get you started.

 

If your computer attempts to prevent you from doing any of this, just know that it is being over protective and just click the option to "do it anyway" whatever that may be on your system.

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Hi, I really need help.  Everytime I download a new plugin I get this weird error code, "0x80004005" and something about an "unexpected error" stopping me from using new plugins.  I've only been able to download a few plugins but I can't download anymore.  For example. I tried the "TubeOblique" plugin and I got the same error.  Then I tried downloading a font to Paint.net, same error.  If an Administrator could please guide me through this I'd greatly appreciate it, Thanks.

-From, Paint.net user, Noah.

Error Message: https://gyazo.com/1f01a3eb748c7ee3772a03fc18c56eea

Edited by GreatestRedefined

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Just installed latest Paint.net 4.2.13 and lost all my plugins.

 

When I go to Plugin Errors, it says no errors encountered.

 

They're still in the folder, but not loaded.

FileTypes: WebP, TinyPNG, OptimizedJpeg, not loaded <<<< these are what bothers me the most.

Effects: Vandermotten, not loaded

Edited by Rick Steinwand

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It's very unusual to lose one's plugins upon an update. 

 

Can you make sure that your effects folder is in the correct place.  i.e.

 

This PC > OS(C:) > Program Files > paint.net   -  you should see Effects File and FileTypes in here. Take a look in those to see if you have the missing Plugins.

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@Pixey I think what happened was our Software Center incorrectly upgraded to the 32 bit version, which would have used "Program Files (x86)", which would have had no existing plugin folders.

 

The manual install of .13 defaulted to the x86 folder, but after we changed that and installed to the proper folder ("Program Files"), we were good.

 

Thanks for your help!

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27 minutes ago, Rick Steinwand said:

The manual install of .13 defaulted to the x86 folder, but after we changed that and installed to the proper folder ("Program Files"), we were good.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

You are welcome :)  Glad you got it working again 👍

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