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What ever happened to pluggable tools? Michael-Macha 10 Dec 21:24
2019-12-10 21:24:19 UTC (about 1 month ago)
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What ever happened to pluggable tools?

I ran into a number of posts on this subject, the latest being maybe 2008. GIMP has a wonderfully robust plug-in system and support for at least four languages; but at the moment, we seem to be confined to registering to a menu. The ability to create a custom brush, or to have the kind of flexibility in interface control that has been implemented in, say, Blender, would be very useful to an engineering-inclined designer.

Of course, the buck always stops somewhere and I do understand that this would allow for unwarranted design-policy violations in the UI from random plug-ins. I've been digging through the GIMP source and headers for a while, and haven't found anything that looks like a candidate. Is this because it can't be done, or am I just going code-blind?

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