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Installing Pluging in Gimp 2.8 on OS x

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  1. davehoskins

    davehoskins New Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I just registered here because I'm hoping to find help with Gimp 2.8.3 on a Mac OS X 10.6.8 and installing plugins. I don't have a lot of tech or coding experience and this is quite challenging for me. One plugin that is of particular interest is Wavelet Decompose.http://registry.gimp.org/node/11742.

    I'm also interested in just understanding how to install plugins and scripts in gereral. Any help in laymen's terms is much appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Dave Hoskins
     
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    First download the script (which will then appear in your downloads folder)

    Now right click on the Finder icon in the dock and type "~/Library" without the quotes, of course. Hit enter, and a finder window will pop up. Find Application Support/Gimp/Scripts, and drop the script in there. Simply restart Gimp, and you should be golden!
     
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    So scripts folder if it's a script and plugin folder if it's a plugin? The other thing is which file to put there. Wavelet Decompose, for instance, has many files with different extensions. I'm assuming I should drop the correct file in the Gimp scripts or plugin folder.
     
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    Not a Mac user but:

    - technically, "scripts" are exclusively files with .SCM extensions.
    - Python "scripts" are seen as plugins by Gimp and so should go to the plug-ins folders and be made executable.
    - Binary plugins (.app?) and their side files go in plug-ins (and the .app should be made executable)
     
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    Here's the contents of the plugin in question Rod, it's a bit beyond my knowledge. The install instructions say something about writing 'make' and 'make userinstall'.

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    This is the source code... easy to install on Linux (or other Linux systems). On a Mac you have better find someone who compiled/packaged it for you.
     
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    Thanks for the help Cyril and Rod. I was afraid of that. It's a frustrating thing about Gimp to a non-coder user like me. It seems like the folks who work on the Gimp and many of the add-ons think it's cool that the hoi polloi don't know how to make it sail. 8O
     
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    Wish I could help. I've tried many times to learn about all this compiling stuff, with no luck. I can find no super basic beginner friendly Mac guides. :(
     
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    It's not a matter of hoi-polloi... it's a matter of your random graphics expert becoming knowledgeable enough in your specific platform, and having the required hardware and software setup to generate a version for your platform. The Gimp developers are mostly Linux users (Gimp is one of the very few (or even the only) Linux-born applications that achieved very significant traction in the general public outside of Linux), so their native output is for Linux.

    There are several people on a mission to port Gimp and all the good plugins to Windows, I assume there are other people doing the same for OSX.

    Btw, I have heard that in future OSX version, apps will be obtained via the AppStore and sooner or later only via the AppStore. And the AppStore cannot distribute software with a GPL licence (it's incompatible with its terms of use). So is there a long-term future of Gimp on OSX?
     
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    Interesting points.
     

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