This is not some bug report, but just describing how the installation of a new plugin might not be a smooth and pleasant experience for a new user.
(installing rdswifts new plugin was a perfect candidate for this)
When you select ‘Install plugin…’, you’ll navigate to the new plugin file.
When you then double-click it, the navigation panel closes, and you’re back to te plugins panel where you would then expect to see the plugin added to the list.
But it’s not. So you’ll think something went wrong.
Only after you have closed the options panel and reopen it later you’ll see the new plugin.
Great. Now I am looking for ‘the options’ page that this plugin advertises to have available.
But, that’s nowhere to be found.
Oh, I learn that the plugin hasn’t been activated.
I’ll click the activate button. But nothing much seems to happen.
Still no options panel available.
Damn. I press ‘Make It So!’ (though I was actually looking for a ‘WTF!’ button)
And, the panel is gone again…
Back to open the options panel (for the third time now)
Now I still see the plugin, but where is the options panel for it to be found?
Ah, after searching the forum I learn that there now should be a little arrow in front of ‘Plugins’ at the far left.
Ah yes, when I click that little arrow, I now see what plugins have optional settings.
I wrote this in an exaggerating style, and I am repeating a few issues that have already been identified and have tickets.
But I thought it could be useful to summerise an experience that a not so experienced user could have.
And I have a new suggestion:
It would be nice if the panel had two separate buttons, one for ‘apply’ and one for ‘save and close’.
‘Apply’ should save and activate all changes made, such as activate/deactivate the plugin, immediately display the option for the plugins’ option panel when the plugin is activated, immediately remove the plugin from the list after you have clicked ‘delete plugin’ for it, etc. etc.
With the current ‘make it so’ button the panel always closes, and you will need to reopen the options panel if you want confirmation that all’s good now, or if you weren’t done making changes yet.