7.9. Install add-ons options

Note

This preference sheet is absent when XMLmind XML Editor has been started using Java™ Web Start or as an applet.

Download add-ons from these servers

Add-ons available for download are listed in .xxe_addon files. The list of ``servers'' below this checkbox contains the URLs of these .xxe_addon files.

  • Use button Add to add an URL to the list.

  • Use button Edit to modify the selected URL.

  • Use button Remove to remove the selected URL from the list.

  • Use button Reset to reset the list to a standard value. Clicking this button displays a dialog box allowing to choose between three different strategies:

    Use the primary add-on server

    Recommended choice if you are running one of the two most recent versions of XMLmind XML Editor.

    Use the add-on archive

    Use the archive if you are running a version older than the two most recent versions of XMLmind XML Editor.

Default: checked. The default value of the list of ``servers'' is:

Search add-ons in this directory

Zip files containing add-ons may have been downloaded using a Web browser and then copied to a local directory (for example, because you have problems downloading add-ons directly from XXE). In such case, check this box and specify in the text field below it this local directory.

Note that this directory may also contain unzipped add-ons (not recommended though). This is useful because sometimes Web browsers have the bad habit of automatically unzipping the downloaded Zip files.

Default: not checked. No local directory containing Zip files.

Install add-ons in the user's preferences directory

Install all types of add-ons in XXE_user_preferences_dir/addon/, where XXE_user_preferences_dir is:

  • $HOME/.xxe7/ on Linux.

  • $HOME/Library/Application Support/XMLmind/XMLEditor7/ on the Mac.

  • %APPDATA%\XMLmind\XMLEditor7\ on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

    Example: C:\Documents and Settings\john\Application Data\XMLmind\XMLEditor7\ on Windows XP. C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\XMLmind\XMLEditor7\ on Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

    If you cannot see the "Application Data" directory using Microsoft Windows File Manager, turn on Tools>Folder Options>View>File and Folders>Show hidden files and folders.

This radiobutton is disabled (grayed) if you have insufficient privileges to create files in this directory.

Default: not checked.

Install add-ons in XXE installation directory

Install all types of add-ons in XXE_install_dir/addon/, where XXE_install_dir is, for example, on Windows, C:\Program Files\XMLmind_XML_Editor.

This radiobutton is disabled (grayed) if you have insufficient privileges to create files in this directory.

Default: not checked.

Installation directory depends on the add-on

Add-ons which depend on a specific version of XXE are installed in XXE_install_dir/addon/, other add-ons are installed in XXE_user_preferences_dir/addon/.

This way, the add-ons which depend on a specific version of XXE, are automatically uninstalled when, in the future, you'll upgrade the application. The other add-ons, which do not on a specific version of XXE, are not uninstalled when, in the future, you'll upgrade the application.

In practice, the following add-ons are installed in XXE_install_dir/addon/:

  • XSL-FO processor plug-ins.

  • Image toolkit plug-ins.

  • Virtual drive plug-ins.

  • Configurations, customizing XXE for a given document type, which include custom commands written in Java™.

On the other hand, the following add-ons are installed in XXE_user_preferences_dir/addon/:

  • Translations of XXE to languages other than English.

  • Spell checker dictionaries other than the English one.

  • Configurations, customizing XXE for a given document type, which don't include custom commands written in Java™.

Note that this radiobutton is disabled (grayed) if you have insufficient privileges to create files in the XXE_user_preferences_dir/addon/ directory or in the XXE_install_dir/addon/ directory, that is, when there is no possible choice for the installation directory.

Default: checked.