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Plugin Packager

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Modified on Fri, 17 May 2013 06:14 PM Categorized as Add-ons, Administration
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PluginPackager is a utility that is included with the Dundas Dashboard installation for packaging plug-ins. The Plugin Packager will create a single file (with a .plugin extension) which, after being installed, can be used by Dundas Dashboard.

By default, PluginPackager is installed to the following folder:

Program Files\Dundas Data Visualization Inc\Dundas Dashboard\{InstanceName}\SDK\Tools\PluginPackager\

Also included is a command-line version of the utility which you can find more information for here.

How to package a plug-in

  1. Open My Computer and navigate to the folder where PluginPackager is located.
  2. Double click PluginPackager.exe to start the program.
  3. From the main window you can create new plug-ins, open existing plug-ins, and save a plug-in after filling out the information in the various tabs.
  4. After filling out all the necessary information, click Save to save the plug-in somewhere on the computer (as a .plugin file).

PluginManager opening screen.

PluginManager opening screen.

Tip: You can also launch the Plugin Packager from your Programs menu by pointing to Dundas Data Visualization, Inc → Dundas Dashboard {version} → SDK → Plugin Packager.

General tab

The General tab contains all the all the meta-information about your plug-in. Below is list of all the fields on this tab along with its description:

  • Type - The type of plug-in. This will determine how Dundas Dashboard recognizes the plug-in when it is being loaded. Available options include:
    • DashboardControlPackage - If your plug-in is a custom control for example.
    • DashboardExport - If your plug-in is used for exporting data or images.
    • DataProviderClient - If your plug-in is a client-side data provider.
    • DataProviderServer - If your plug-in is a server-side data provider.
  • Plugin ID - The unique ID of the plug-in, represented as a GUID.
  • Version - The version of the plug-in. You can specify a major version number with format A.B (⪚ 3.0 or 4.0). Or, you can use the full version format A.B.C.D (⪚
  • Description - A description of the plug-in.
  • Copyright - Copyright information for the plug-in.

General tab of the Plugin Packager.

General tab of the Plugin Packager.

Files tab

On the Files tab is where all the required assemblies (DLLs) for your plug-in are listed. In most cases this will be just the single DLL that your plug-in uses. However, if you are using other assemblies (libraries) in your plug-in, you will need to include those DLLs as well.

  • Add - Add the file(s) required by your plug-in to the list.
  • Remove - Remove a file from the list.

Files tab of the Plugin Packager.

Files tab of the Plugin Packager.

Dependencies tab

On the Dependencies tab are all of the GUIDs of other plug-ins that this plug-in requires in order to function. This is useful if you are creating a plug-in that will work only when another plug-in is installed.

  • Add - Add the GUID of the other plug-in that your plug-in requires, to the list.
  • Remove - Remove a GUID from the list.

To find the GUID of other plug-ins, you can open those .plugin files in the PluginPackager and take note of the Plugin ID field.

Dependencies tab of the Plugin Packager.

Dependencies tab of the Plugin Packager.

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