Install and Uninstall Plug-In Applications
The package format is a common folder structure than contains the extension .bundle in its name and has an XML file that defines the various components of the plug-in. By deploying custom applications as a BUNDLE, it makes it easier to target multiple operating systems and product releases since the parameters of your plug-in are defined in the XML file of the package. A BUNDLE can be used as a replacement to creating complex installer scripts when deploying a plug-in.
The plug-in defined by each package is loaded into AutoCAD by placing it in one of the ApplicationPlugins folders on your local drive. There are two different ApplicationPlugins folders that you can use:
- (Windows XP) <drive>:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins
- (Windows Vista or Windows 7) <drive>:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\ApplicationPlugins
When AutoCAD starts, both ApplicationPlugins folders are checked for plug-in applications. The packages found are automatically registered and loaded based on the metadata in the XML file of each package.
A package can be deployed using an installer, such as MSI, or manually copying the files and folder structure to the ApplicationPlugins folder. For AutoCAD Connect downloads, deployment of the package is done using an MSI installer.
By default, plug-ins are automatically registered with AutoCAD and when a new plug-in is installed during the current session. The load behavior for plug-ins is controlled with the system variable. When APPAUTOLOAD is set to 0, no plug-ins are loaded unless the command is used.
A package can be uninstalled by removing the appropriate folder with a .bundle extension from the ApplicationPlugins folder. This can be accomplished by offering an uninstall option with the original installer or to manually delete the .bundle folder.
Topics in this section
- PackageContents.xml Format
- Example of Basic .bundle
- Example of Using Folders
to Organize Components