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Nikolay Raspopov
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Suggestions for Plug-in interface

Post by Nikolay Raspopov » Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:56 am

Note: This post was split from topic Thumbnail compare when copying or moving .....

Suggestion for future plugin design:

+ add plugin callback function bool InsertMenuItem (UINT where, UINT plugin_id, LPCTSTR title, LPCTSTR tooltip, HICON icon [, accelerator_key]) to insert custom menu items to XnView menus and plugin function void OnMenuItem (UINT plugin_id) when user select item.

+ add plugin callback function bool GetThumbnail (LPCTSTR path, HBITMAP* bitmap_out) to get (or generate) thumnail from XnView thumbnails cache and bool GetInfo (LPCTSTR path, IMAGEINFO* info_out) to get image information.

or may be:

No width, height, dpi, thumbnail etc. of images in fat single struct but properties - well-known: "path", "width", "height", "thumbnail", "last-write-time", etc and custom: "md5", "sh1" (for peer-2-peer networks), "user-comments", "original-url", "published-url", "content-advisor" (Adult, PG-13, ...), etc.

No thumbnail cache but properties cache or database, example SQLite (single file database, SQL, GPL).

No thumbnail extractors but properties extractor/managers plugins.

draft functions:

bool GetProperty ([in] LPCTSTR key, [int] LPCTSR prop_name, [out] BYTE* prop_buf, [in/out] DWORD* prop_size, [in/out] DWORD* prop_type);
bool SetProperty (...);
bool EnumProperties ([in] LPCTSTR key, ...);

enum prop_type { byte, int, string, hbitmap, filetime, array,... } // as hint

key - unique id of image (may be full filepath but how to recognize removable media such as CD?)

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