Organizing your Plugins with Plugin Commander
|File Extension||Plugin Type|
|8bf||Adobe Photoshop Plugin|
|prm||Adobe Premiere Plugin|
|aex||Adobe After Effects plugin|
|File Extension||File Type|
|afs||file creates by the Photoshop Filter Factory plugin|
|pff||file creates by the Premier Filter Factory plugin|
|txt||text file (that may contain filter code)|
|atn||Photoshop action file|
This picture is a screen shot of a hex editor with a opened plugin file.
The first red frame shows the plugin's name, the second the plugins category. As you can see from this screen shot, no plugins can have a category name consisting of unlimited letters. Some plugins can only have category names consisting of max. 5 or 6 letters, while the category name of Filter Factory plugins can be up to 35 letters long.
1. In File View or Plugin View highlight the plugins you want to disable or enable.
2. Press the Enable/Disable button, press <Ctl + E> or choose Enable/Disable from the Commands menu.
PiCo disables plugins by simply renaming the file extension. To enable and have them again in your graphic applications filter menu, simply repeat step 1 to 3.
But this feature is also useful to organize your plugins into certain categories that resemble their effect e.g. Psychedelic, Texture, Distortion, Color Filters.
So let's begin:
1. Start PiCo, select your plugin folder in File View and press the Plugin View tab.
2. Highlight the plugins that you want to move to a different or new category.
3. Press the Change Cat button, press <Ctl + H> or choose Change Category from the Commands menu.
4. A small window will pop up.
5. To move the highlighted plugins to a new category, enter a new category name and press OK. To move them to an existing category, select one of them from the combo box.
6. Now the plugins should appear in the new category if no error message appears.
7. If the following error message appears, you will have to start again from Step 2 and enter or select a shorter category name.
The first line tells you the category and filter name, the second describes the plugin type: in this case a Photoshop Filter Plugin. The next line tells you the maximum length this plugin's category name can have. And finally the last line tells you the position of the category inside the plugin file, in case you want to edit the plugin with a hex editor. If the plugin isn't a Filter Factory plugin, you will be told that it can't be edited in PiCo's FF Editor.
If you have any further questions or comments or if you didn't understood something, just contact me.