I'm sorry to jump in on this so late.  I was working on a new GIMP 
Plug-In Registry.  It had been put on pause by me because of certain 
life-altering events. 

    At one point I had put forward the idea of a backend XML-RPC or SOAP 
connectivity service that would allow GIMP to access the repository data 
sources and use it for direct installation of the resources within the 
Plug-In Registry.  I envisioned something like a Plug-In Explorer 
interface in GIMP that would facilitate search and automated installation.

    If this is still a viable idea, let me know.  I would love to jump 
back in and finish a new GIMP Plug-In Registry and also do this.  I 
think this would give GIMP a very powerful leg up in adoption by the masses.

Best Regards,

Devin Watson

Sven Neumann wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, 2008-01-17 at 01:50 +0000, William Skaggs wrote:
>> These are interesting ideas, but they are fantasies at this point.
>> The whole tags thing is a fantasy at this point.  There is no
>> infrastructure in Gimp to support it, so everything would have
>> to be written from scratch.  That's months of work for somebody
>> with strong Gimp skills, even if a complete specification existed,
>> which is not the case.  Who is going to do it?
> There is a lot of infrastructure for this already. If someone wants to
> start working on this, just let me know and I will take my time to
> explain what needs to be done. I might even get to it myself.
> Even though the current development cycle is already quite far along, we
> could still get the infrastructure for tags implemented along with
> on-demand loading of data files. That would allow us to do the changes
> to the user interface as soon as 2.6 is released.
>> And, to repeat, even if there is tags support, there must be,
>> at least from the user's point of view, something like a workspace --
>> a set of brushes that are immediately available.
> Sure. That is the set of brushes that match the currently selected tag.
> That would be the name of the project you are currently working on, or a
> category that describes the kind of brushes that are currently needed.
> Sven
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