Plu­g­ins and ex­ten­sions

Can you make them do more?

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W ith the exception of dark­table and Fo­toxx, none of the other tools pro­vide or sup­port ex­tend­ing their func­tion­al­ity with plu­g­ins. While some LightZone users have long re­quested for a mech­a­nism to ex­tend be­yond the de­fault fea­tures, it seems un­likely to hap­pen any time soon, if at all. How­ever, both

LightZone and Pho­tivo can be con­fig­ured as plu­g­ins for Gimp. This means that you can ac­cess LightZone or Pho­tivo to edit im­ages while work­ing on your im­ages in Gimp.

The dark­table wiki pro­vides de­tails on a num­ber of plu­g­ins, but these are fea­tures that have al­ready been added to dark­table over time. The project uses the ver­sa­tile Lua script­ing lan­guage that you can use to write scripts to ex­tend dark­table. The dark­table man­ual has an en­tire chap­ter ded­i­cated to script­ing with Lua. You’ll find the of­fi­cial scripts on the GitHub page. On Linux, you must clone the en­tire repos­i­tory into the ~/.con­fig/dark­table/lua di­rec­tory. You’ll have to man­u­ally en­able the scripts by edit­ing the

~/.con­fig/dartable/lu­arc file. You can use these scripts to per­form cer­tain ac­tions when­ever a de­fined event oc­curs. The events can be sav­ing a file, open­ing dark­table and so on. In ad­di­tion to the user man­ual, the project also hosts a user man­ual for the Lua API, which is a must read if you’re plan­ning to cre­ate your own scripts.

By de­fault, Fo­toxx only ships with three plu­g­ins, which you can ac­cess by click­ing Edit>Plu­g­ins on the side­bar. These are Gimp, white­board-cleanup and auto-gamma. You can read about these in the user guide. You can use this fea­ture if you pre­fer to per­form some op­er­a­tions us­ing an al­ter­nate tool such as Gimp or dark­table.

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