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#151 Add script/plugin support

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nobody
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2010-08-17
2010-08-17
Alessandro
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Would be great to have the capability of extending Comix using plugins or script (in this case, I vote for python). Plugins/scripts can operate on multiple levels, without bloating the whole software, and this would allow developers to add new features quickly.

Plugins could give developers the ability:
* to customize the interface (add new buttons, menus, side panels for additional infos)
* to customize the picture display (I feel this is important, as it's a missing feature in the majority of the viewers), for example, displaying 1 page, 2 pages, 4 pages, thumbnails in the main view, background color, aligning an image on a certain side, adding texts in the display, etc, could all be done using this interface.
* to customize the user interaction (this goes aside with the previous one), allowing to use the main window to display thing AND interact with them.
* to give additional image processing features, extending the fundamental ones given by you
* to give more control on the images metadata: plugins could add user rating, tags, categories, and also translated captions when reading comics (this can be paired to the custom picture display, allowing to provide a comic with different translations!)

I could go on forever and think about cool features that could be done with plugins :) These are only ideas, in the case you want to provide plugins/script support.

I still didn't look at the code of Comix and I don't know how you developed it, but you can provide, as a start, a basic plugin/script system which hooks the current code calls, giving user the current (GTK?) context to work with. This isn't the best option, but could work as a quick and flexible addition until a better interface is exposed.

Personally, I would go for scripts instead of compiled plugins.

P.S. I just checked out the source and I see it's written with python! Yay! I'll take a look.

Good job anyway, I love this viewer :)
~Aki

Discussion

  • Alan Horkan
    Alan Horkan
    2011-05-01

    What features were you interested in adding as plugins?

     
  • Alessandro
    Alessandro
    2011-05-01

    As plugins? Personally my priorities are a better picture exploring (thumbnails in the main window instead of the sidebar), drag-n-drop of pictures into gimp (which doesn't work for me) and "semantic desktop integration" (tagging and rating).

    But since I'm a programmer, scripting is an end-user feature for me and having scripts is the best option.