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Do you maintain plug-ins when upgrading to 2.7?

Mar 16, 2012, 06:04
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Do you maintain plug-ins when upgrading to 2.7?
I'm excited about the upgrade to 2.8 with cool new features like the Cage Transform and the single-window interface. It sounds like it's coming very soon.

However, like most users, I'm heavily reliant on dozens of plug-ins that I've accumulated over the years. For instance, "Save All Layers" (as images) and "Fil 1.7" I use....probably half the time I use GIMP!

What will happen to all these plug-ins? In the installation process, will it automatically seek out extra scripts in the plug-in folder and still use them?

I'm obviously not a coder and only have a rough understanding of how all this works, but this is the one trepidation that I have to go with the excitement of a new, free, awesome tool. (I think there are probably many other casual users who are also unaware how this will work out.)
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Mar 16, 2012, 08:12
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RE: Do you maintain plug-ins when upgrading to 2.7?
There are plug-ins and there are scripts... two different beasts. And there are C/binary plugins (.EXE) and python ones (.PY), the later being really scripts...

There are changes that affect scripts (in particular the new layer "hierarchy" changes the layer-related programming). When using 2.7 some scripts generate warning messages about "deprecated" functions, but still work ("deprecated" means "still there but don't use in the future"). If you use the "message console" dialog, these messages go in the console without stopping the script. In any case these scripts are distributed in source form and so are easy enough to fix.

Not sure about the binary ones. I don't remember seeing any angry plugin author so they may be compatible for the most part.

A 2.7 install won't inherit automatically the scripts and plugins you installed for 2.6. Normally additional plugins and scripts are installed in your Gimp profile and 2.7 uses a separate profile, so they will have to be copied over. If you installed them in them as system-wide ones (in C:\Program Files\Gimp-2.6 in Windows) then you'll also have to move them to the new installation.

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Mar 16, 2012, 08:18 (This post was last modified: Mar 16, 2012 08:19 by DavidBrennan.)
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RE: Do you maintain plug-ins when upgrading to 2.7?
Okay. (Sorry about not knowing the difference between scripts and plug-ins.) But it sounds like I'm going to have to manually go in and transfer them all over. Well, that won't be fun!

I just tried it with the FIL 1.7 script/plug-in. It was giving me those warning signals and not working on each attempt. Hopefully lots of these will get updated, if they have to be, and hopefully I'll be able to identify the files that I need. Thanks.
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Mar 16, 2012, 09:38
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RE: Do you maintain plug-ins when upgrading to 2.7?
(Mar 16, 2012 08:18)DavidBrennan Wrote:  Okay. (Sorry about not knowing the difference between scripts and plug-ins.) But it sounds like I'm going to have to manually go in and transfer them all over. Well, that won't be fun!

I just tried it with the FIL 1.7 script/plug-in. It was giving me those warning signals and not working on each attempt. Hopefully lots of these will get updated, if they have to be, and hopefully I'll be able to identify the files that I need. Thanks.
That won't be fun but that's a good time to do some cleanup... If you think you'll run both version for a while, you can keep your most cherished scripts and plugins in their own directory and add these directories to the ones Gimp checks using Edit/preferences -> Folders/Plugins and Folders/Scripts

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Mar 16, 2012, 10:55
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RE: Do you maintain plug-ins when upgrading to 2.7?
(Mar 16, 2012 09:38)ofnuts Wrote:  That won't be fun but that's a good time to do some cleanup... If you think you'll run both version for a while, you can keep your most cherished scripts and plugins in their own directory and add these directories to the ones Gimp checks using Edit/preferences -> Folders/Plugins and Folders/Scripts
Ah, very helpful. If only I'd known that before, then all the downloaded scripts would be isolated from the automatic ones, and so I wouldn't have to filter them out. Well, I'm probably making too much of it. It probably won't take more than a few minutes (hopefully). Compatability might be a bigger issue, still. Thanks.
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