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  Plug-ins are intended to make it easy to share software (written in Java and/or Jython) and to share data in the form of LocalStores. A secondary purpose is to allow existing applications to be "plugged into HIPE": A plug-in for an existing application can add menus and menu items to HIPE. The user can then use those menus to use the application, within HIPE.
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A plug-in contains scripts that are to be run at start-up, for example scripts that define Tasks. Such scripts are also run at the start-up of jylaunch, so that you can also use (for example) Tasks or data pools from plug-ins. You still need HIPE to install the plug-ins, and jylaunch loads the plug-ins from the same directories as HIPE.
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A plug-in contains scripts that are to be run at start-up, for example scripts that define Tasks. Such scripts are also run at the start-up of jylaunch (or hipe as a command line tool, from HIPE version 11), so that you can also use (for example) Tasks or data pools from plug-ins. You still need HIPE to install the plug-ins, and jylaunch (or hipe) loads the plug-ins from the same directories as HIPE.
  The plug-in framework was designed to make it very easy for users to install and use plug-ins, while at the same time making it simple for creators of plug-ins to produce the plug-ins. In most cases, creating a plug-in is a matter of zipping or jarring whatever it is you want to share, and putting it on-line. The user gets the URL of the plug-in, puts it into HIPE and hits install. In many case (nearly all, I hope), this will be enough. Clearly, it will require more work to create a plug-in that adds menus, Views, Perspectives, and so on, but for the user this doesn't make a difference. Installation is one-click in principle. A plug-in developer may construct a custom installer for a plug-in allowing more configuration, but requiring more clicks from the user.
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How to get plug-ins

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Anyone can put a plug-in on-line anywhere, but we have created a Wiki page that is intended as a repository, or at least a starting point for finding the plug-ins. The Wiki is DpHipePlugins. It is not necessary to bookmark or remember the address of this page. If you select Plug-ins from the Tools menu in HIPE, the Plug-ins panel opens. This panel shows the currently installed plug-ins and has two links at the top: One for finding new plug-ins and one for installing new plug-ins. Clicking the "find new plug-ins" link opens a web-browser and navigates to the DpHipePlugins Wiki.
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Anyone can put a plug-in on-line anywhere, but we have created a Wiki page that is intended as a repository, or at least a starting point for finding the plug-ins. The Wiki is DpHipePlugins. It is not necessary to bookmark or remember the address of this page. If you select Plug-ins from the Tools menu in HIPE, the Plug-ins panel opens. This panel shows the currently installed plug-ins and has two buttons at the bottom: One for installing new plug-ins and one for finding new plug-ins. Clicking the "Find more..." button opens a web-browser and navigates to the DpHipePlugins Wiki.
 
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Using the URL where a plug-in is offered (the plug-in download URL, so to speak), you can install the plug-in. In the Plug-ins panel click the link to Install a new plug-in. Enter the URL in the URL field and click Install. That's all!
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Using the URL where a plug-in is offered (the plug-in download URL, so to speak), you can install the plug-in. In the Plug-ins panel click the button "Install new...". Enter the URL in the URL field and click Install. That's all!
 
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The "download URL" for a plug-in may be HTTP, HTTPS, FTP or even a file: URL pointing at a regular file. If you have a plug-in downloaded onto your disk though, you will probably find it easier to browse to point it out. For this, click the Browse button next to the URL field.
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The "download URL" for a plug-in may be HTTP, HTTPS, FTP or even a file: URL pointing at a regular file. If you have a plug-in downloaded onto your disk though, you will probably find it easier to browse and locate it within the filesystem. For this, click the Browse button next to the URL field.
 

Plug-ins on your system

 
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