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Construct2 Plugin Maker (also known as CPM) is software that help Construct 2 developers to make their plugins faster and in more organized by saving the plugins into files. You can design the plugin and save it and when you finish you can build your new plugin.
Construct 2 Plugin Maker is written purely in Java . The source code is hosted on GitHub for free for all developers. Get the source code from the repository.
Before you start using the plugin maker , make sure that you have downloaded the Construct 2 SDK and Java Environment because the software requires a template to build over it.
The software also needs some edits on the edittime.js to build the plugin , you can download the modified edittime.js or you can do it manually with the steps given below.
If you have a vague idea about this software or you need example , download health plugin .
The plugin maker replaces some contents in the files into the data provided by the developer. In the edittime.js you must add to the comment //example in the condition section a "c" the comment will be //example c so that the Plugin Builder knows that this is the condition section and so on. Do this for Actions //example a and Expressions //example e
Download the latest version of Construct 2 Plugin Maker :
Construct 2 Plugin Maker - v 1.2.0
Construct 2 Plugin Maker UI
The GUI is very easy for navigation. The frame has four tabs , each with the required data that a developer need to fill his plugin like the ACE (Action , Condition , Expression) and also properties.
The menu bar has been well organized and divided into four categories : File , Edit , Build , and Help.
The Files category has files functions like new , open , and save.
The Edit category is used to edit the plugin info and to edit parameters.
The Build Category is used to check the plugin info and to set the plugin template to build from it and to export and reexport the plugin.
The Help Category contains the software info and resource , and the documentation.
The Lang Category to choose which languages fit you
There are popup (right-click) for the tabs and the parameters.
How To Create a Plugin In CPM
Simply for each tab , add any data that you want, edit them or delete them. Once you finished adding the data, select an item and edit its parameters and add some if needed. Once you finish , go to the plugin info and edit its info , like the name , version, id and etc...
Then go and set the template for the plugin , choose the default plugin template with the modified edittime.js or else the Plugin Builder will not build the files right.
Note: Don't forget to select template for your first plugin you make or the builder will not work on your new plugin. To change template click the template in the menu.
After you finish all and check the data , save the plugin and then go and choose a folder to export and build your plugin into. If you have modified the plugin , then re-save it and reexport it!
Plugin data are stored in .CTP files (Construct 2 Plugin files) , it contains all the data need to be loaded into the program. Those files are editable and small in size and can be shared with other developers into any platform that supports Java.
Construct 2 Plugin Maker Overview
Naji Kadri - Lightbulb Games Studio Founder