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    Default Wiki thread for dealing with an App.Bundle

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    Autodesk has made the process of loading and unloading apps pretty easy. If the developer provides a 'bundle' package then that package can be dropped into:

    Local Disk (C: ) - Users - <Current User Name> - AppData - Roaming - Autodesk – ApplicationPlugins

    Where “Current User Name” would be how you would expect to find it.

    To unload, the user would just remove the bundle from that same location.

    I should point out that not all plugin installs are that straight forward. A developer may have reasons to modify the system beyond just a bundle install. If that is the case then an 'uninstall' routine would typically be used to restore the computer system to its pre-install state.

    Feel free to amend and/or contradict the above statement. The goal is to make any potential beta tester feel comfortable.
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    I have a handful of resources that I can share here when I have a bit more time.

    As a start, here's a link to the Autoloader White Paper:

    http://adndevblog.typepad.com/autoca...ite-paper.html



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    That's the type of link I intended to include, as soon as I located it. Thanks, BB.

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    The destination for the Bundle package listed above:
    Local Disk (C: ) - Users - <Current User Name> - AppData - Roaming - Autodesk – ApplicationPlugins

    may be difficult to find due to a default setup in windows that sets the AppData folder as hidden. Use the appropriate link below if that folder needs to be un-hidden:


    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...show-hide.html
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zxue/archive...nd-drives.aspx

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    No need to un-hide anything:

    Code:
    %AppData%\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackBox View Post
    No need to un-hide anything:

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    Absolutely true. A nice feature to Windows.
    It is, though, a somewhat arcane method that may cause as much confusion as it does clarification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEANT View Post
    Absolutely true. A nice feature to Windows.
    It is, though, a somewhat arcane method that may cause as much confusion as it does clarification.
    True to form... I'm always happy to not help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackBox View Post
    True to form... I'm always happy to not help.
    It’s all helpful. For the well initiated, that’s a great time saver. The method certainly demonstrates a level of familiarity that every Windows user should strive to attain.
    I guess I’m trying to make the process as approachable as possible; to appeal to as wide an experience base as possible.

    Granted, the notion of hidden folders isn’t much better. No wonder why computer are so intimidating to the average user.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEANT View Post
    It’s all helpful. For the well initiated, that’s a great time saver. The method certainly demonstrates a level of familiarity that every Windows user should strive to attain.
    I guess I’m trying to make the process as approachable as possible; to appeal to as wide an experience base as possible.

    Granted, the notion of hidden folders isn’t much better. No wonder why computer are so intimidating to the average user.
    That's just my particularly dark sense of humor; pay no mind, my friend.

    %AppData% is just an OOTB Environment Variable, and is also hidden by default. Group Policy Objects (GPO) can be used to prevent navigation, and even creation of files or folders, if security is of concern, via NTFS permissions.

    That said, one can now create custom Environment Variables, and System Variables directly from PackageContents.xml as well, in 2015+ (2014- will still require additional Registry, Database, or [static?] Fields within scope, etc)... For more information, see this old article:

    http://knowledge.autodesk.com/suppor...EF06F-htm.html


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    More helpful information. Not the kind of information that my mom would find endearing (or anyone with the "it just works" mindset), but certainly something the developer's community can use.

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