An add-on is the blender equivalent of a third party plugin, which typically includes custom panels and/or operators. In this chapter, Patrick will guide you through building your own add-on which can be distributed for other users to install and use easily. In this module you will also learn about the key differences between a script and an add-on, and when it would be appropriate to use one versus the other.
- [Instructor] In this chapter,…we are going to be focused on…creating add-ons and operators.…In Blender, an add-on is essentially a plug in…which defines menus, operators, properties…windows and so forth.…They act as collected pieces of code…that a user can conveniently install…through the interface without having…to look at any of the script itself.…To install an add-on,…you can simply go to File,…User Preferences, then the Add-Ons tab,…and then the Install From File Button.…In this window, you can see a list of all add-ons…that Blender comes shipped with by default,…categorized in different areas.…
For any individual add-on,…you can can simply press the tick box to enable it,…or use the down arrow to find out more information about it.…When installing a new add-on,…there are two different types of structures you can have.…One structure is a self-contained .py file,…this type of file contains all the classes and functions…required to make the add-on work on its own.…The other structure is a .zip structure,…in this case, there's actually a self-contained folder,…
AuthorPatrick W. Crawford
- Controlling Blender with code
- Exploring the bpy library
- Creating Blender operators and properties
- Writing scripts
- Auto running scripts
- Drawing interface elements such as panels and menus
- Building a custom add-on
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Controlling Blender through Code
2. Create Blender Scripts
3. Customize Blender Interfaces
4. Build Your Own Add-On
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