idea for "plug ins" and ad on pallet in v2

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 From:  Fredrik (FREDRIKW)
1628.1 
I know the danger of cluttering the interface has been discussed a lot, so maybe this has been suggested before. If so, please excuse me.

Ok, two of the things that make moi great are: 1. the elegant interface/nice shading, 2. the strong modeling capabilities.
Lots and lots of features is good too, but only the ones YOU need and when you need them.

So, could it be that the user could drag-and-drop separate files into a pallet. It will all add to a collapsable pallet that doesn't take up much visual space in collapsed mode. The plug-in files can simply lie in a folder, that can be downloaded for free from the Moi website.
(i am imagining an electric plug-icon for the files :) right now..., kinda as an analogy to watting up the Moi lightbulb)

This is the most important: the user can check persistent or not persistent plug-ins pallet. So if she/he chooses "persistent off", the everything is back to the "core" Moi.
I think this way of doing it is useful once it starts to get many features. Not everyone needs everything available all the time. Me for example, wouldn't need layers most of the time if that will come in Moi.

What do you think?

Regards,
-Fredrik
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 From:  Michael Gibson
1628.2 In reply to 1628.1 
Hi Fredrik, it is definitely a good idea - I've been planning to do something along those lines.

What I was thinking of was having a Plug-ins button to the left of where Options currently is - pressing that would pop up a menu with a list of plugins, kind of similar to how the File menu works.

Drag and drop would be cool, but it tends to add quite a bit of complexity to the coding, I probably wouldn't quite shoot for that at first.

- Michael
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 From:  Fredrik (FREDRIKW)
1628.3 In reply to 1628.2 
Sounds good Michael!

Also, it would be good if the plug ins folder could be stored anywhere so it doesn't have to fill up the memory stick when you are out with Moi portable.
Now good night, it's past midnight here!
;)

-F
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 From:  Michael Gibson
1628.4 In reply to 1628.3 
Hi Fredrik - scripting-based plug-ins tend to be very small in size.

I think probably every one on Petr's page here are less than like 10k in size apiece... So ones like that are not really going to fill up very much space.

However, I think I would like to make the plug-ins folder by default be in a more centralized location by default so that once you install a plug-in it will still be accessible if you install a new version of MoI (for example when you install new beta versions). I'll probably make it work like the moi.ini file - by default it will go into a central location (which Microsoft has basically set up to be c:\Documents and Settings\[your user name]\Application Data) but you can alternatively move it alongside of moi.exe and it will find it there if you do.

- Michael
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