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Best Practices for Installing Plugins

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This may have been answered before. 

 

Is there a set of best practices for installing/managing third party plug-ins for Vectorworks.  Should these be managed through the plug-in manager?  Or dropped directly into the User Library Plug-ins folder?  Or the Application Library Plug-ins folder?  I am on a Mac and would like guidance on how best to implement officewide. 

 

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Bob-H has given the correct procedure.  It's a two-step process - copy the plug in to the plug in folder (depending on how your system is set up, you may have to do this for each user), then edit the workspace to load the plug in.

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I guess my question is whether it is better to modify the user plugins or the application plugins?  VW provides two areas for these to reside (at least on the Mac OS).  Is one place better than the other?

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43 minutes ago, cberg said:

I guess my question is whether it is better to modify the user plugins or the application plugins?  VW provides two areas for these to reside (at least on the Mac OS).  Is one place better than the other?

 

By default VW puts new plugins in the user plugin folder.   That's what I usually use.   I then have a program called Resilio sync that syncs my user plugins,  workspaces, and a couple of other things from my main Mac Pro to my Macbook Pro for site surveys,   so when I make changes to my main machine,  install a plugin,  change my workspace my laptop automatically has them.

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I would recommend that anything you modify you put into the User folder. If for whatever reason you need to reinstall VW, things that have been added to the Application folder MAY be deleted, things in the User folder will not.

 

Also, since the User folder should have far less stuff in it (probably only what you add), when you next upgrade VW it will be much easier to see what is your custom stuff that needs to be moved.

 

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4 hours ago, cberg said:

I guess my question is whether it is better to modify the user plugins or the application plugins?  VW provides two areas for these to reside (at least on the Mac OS).  Is one place better than the other?

Can plugins and workspaces also be put in a workgroup folder to be shared across multiple users or is the workgroup only for custom library default content?

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