What is "Edit with an External Photo editor" extension and how does it work?
This extension adds a context menu to the right-click menu over image file types. When the item is selected, the extension downloads the selected image file from its URL into the browser's default download directory. When the downloading job is finished successfully, the extension uses a native wrapper to call the external executable which is the actual photo editor application.
What's new in this version?
Please check the Logs section.
How does this extension find the photo editor application?
By default, the extension uses either the OS
start command (Windows and Linux) or the
open command (Mac OS) to find the photo editor application. This usually returns the valid path and hence the photo editor is called with no problem. If you get the installation page when the context-meu item is selected, it means the executable is not being detected automatically. If so open the options page of the extension and insert the path to the executable manually and retry.
Why do I need to install the native wrapper application?
By default browser extensions are limited to the browser environment (like to the HTML pages or browser toolbar). They have no access to the OS level APIs for security reasons. This extension uses a NodeJS wrapper as the external connector. It will pass OS level commands to this application and it will allow execution of external commands. For user safety, this extension uses the official NodeJS application and the native wrapper is an open-source project.
Can I change the downloading directory of the extension?
This extension uses
chrome.downloads API to handle downloading jobs hence your browser decides where to actually locate the downloaded files. You can use the options page of your browser to change the downloading directory.
What is the meaning of the new option "Use quotation around the input command" and when should I use it?
This option places quotation marks around the input command. Use it only when the executable path has space and there are no input arguments in the command. When you have input arguments, you cannot place the quotations around the command, otherwise, the command cannot be resolved by your operating system and you will get an error. So for instance, if you want to use a custom command like
open -a GIMP make sure to remove the quotation option since there is an argument in this command.
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|storage||Store local preferences of the extension (like store the absolute path of the photo editor application)|
|tabs||Open a new tab (open FAQs page on updates for instance)|
|contextMenus||Add context-menu item for IMAGE elements|
|notifications||Display desktop notifications once an error occurred (like when a downloading job is interrupted)|
|nativeMessaging||To be able to send and receive JSON type messages from/to NodeJS native wrapper|
|downloads||To download photo images and the native client into the default user's download directory|