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I got to thinking, wouldn't it be nice if there was a "Restart Paint.NET" button for whenever you need to restart pdn for things such as adding a plugin? The "Restart Firefox" add-on saves your session and everything, so I was hoping Paint.NET could do this too. So when it restarts, you don't lose any work or progress, everything's the same, but you've got the added plugin.

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I suggested this a while ago, I cannot find the post in question, but I do have my old mock-up:

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As I can't find the post, I cannot find the decision for the feature either way, so we'll see how it plays out again...

I'm vouching for it though.

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It would probably be easier code-wise to add a "Reload Plugins" button, effectively eliminating the need to restart Paint.NET after installing a new plugin. It wouldn't, however, solve the problem of upgrading a plugin already installed, but neither would a "Restart Paint.NET" button.

IF it's more convenient, here's a workaround for using new plugins: after popping the file in the Effects folder, if you don't want to bother with restarting Paint.NET and all the saving/loading that entails, you can use ScriptLab to access the newly-installed plugin.

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Those are horrible user experiences.

The right user experience is to just have Paint.NET automatically discover the plugin right when it's installed. No restarting, no extra buttons or menu items required. The plugin just shows up.

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Is that even possible, though?

 

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The right user experience is to just have Paint.NET automatically discover the plugin right when it's installed. No restarting, no extra buttons or menu items required. The plugin just shows up.

Why thank you, Rick; you're so kind.

;)

Seriously, though, is that something we can look forward to at some point in Paint.NET's future?

Is that even possible, though?

It's certainly possible, but it's not exactly something you just throw together...

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