Missing Addon Documentation/Download Links in Blender Wiki

add-ons

(thegameboy) #1

Apologies if this has been covered, but there’s a number of add-ons that I have installed that no longer have working links to their documentation or download pages. They all link to the Blender wiki, is anyone aware if they have they been migrated elsewhere? Here are some of them:

F2 - https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Modeling/F2

Texture Atlas - https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/UV/TextureAtlas

Layer Manager - https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/3D_interaction/layer_manager

Display Tools - https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/3D_interaction/Display_Tools

Loop Tools - https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Modeling/LoopTools

I use these all the time and would love to keep track of their development. Thanks for your help!


(thegameboy) #2

Another one:

GoB - https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/Py/Scripts/Import-Export/GoB_ZBrush_import_export


(LazyDodo) #3

The old wiki is temporarily still up at https://en.blender.org, i think the plan is to migrate the documentation into the manual but unsure on the exact plan there.


(thegameboy) #4

Oh great, thanks for the link!


(Jeremy Hollobon) #5

Thank you for that alternative link to the Add-On documentation. I was dismayed when I discovered that all of the Documentation buttons, on Blender’s Add-Ons page, had stopped working. I spent ages trying to google the docs, without success, so that link is a lifesaver.

I can only hope that the ‘official’ Add-On Document location, i.e.

https://wiki.blender.org/wiki//Extensions:2.6/

was taken offline by accident, and that the developers will restore it, once they realize. (They’ve been offline for at least a week so far).

I know everyone’s crazy-excited about 2.8, but I really hope that 2.79 remains usable for a long time to come.


(LazyDodo) #6

It was not by accident, and afaik there’s currently no plans to migrate these pages back, also the link i gave will only be working for’the next couple of weeks’ after which you’ll be depended on database dumps if you want to access this content.


(Jeremy Hollobon) #7

@LazyDodo , thanks for letting me know - that’s helpful. I’ll take the opportunity to grab a copy of the docs for some of my favourite add-ons.

I’m not sure what proportion of the existing add-ons are actively supported by their developers, but I’m guessing that there will be a significant number of 2.79 add-ons which never make it to 2.8.

Judging from the link you provided, it sounds like it was easiest for the developers to replace the old wiki with the new one, en masse. Which is fair enough, and explains why the add-on docs have gone.

Technically, it should be possible for the old add-on docs to be restored (since their URLs shouldn’t clash with any 2.8 URLs), but that would depend on enough 2.79 users requesting it. And so far - apart from this thread - I haven’t heard so much as a raised eyebrow. So I won’t hold my breath.


(LazyDodo) #8

Like i said from what i heard is that the addon docs would be moved to the regular blender manual (which is honestly much much better than some wiki) but the exact details are still being worked out, so i can’t really give any details or concrete plans there.


(wellerankanto) #9

I read through a bug report thread about this issue [it is a design choice that breaks features in the current version, 2.79; therefore, it is a design bug]. What I saw in the bug discussion suggests to me that these docs were intentionally omitted from a file migration to a new wiki.

In other words, it looks like someone chose to make them unavailable.

Maybe I read it wrong, but it looks to me like the people who had agreed to take care of this have since decided not to complete the task. Perhaps I misunderstand the process.

https://developer.blender.org/T56953

Am I reading this wrong? That’s very possible. I hope I am mistaken. Without addons (and basic knowledge on how to use them), the current version of Blender is much, much less useful. Much less. Much.

The most disappointing thing about this is that someone intentionally removed information that the current Blender version relies upon.