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Install Plugin File collides with older version of Filemaker

Question asked by NicolausBusch on Jun 12, 2015
Latest reply on Jun 12, 2015 by Benjamin Fehr

Summary

Install Plugin File collides with older version of Filemaker

Product

FileMaker Pro

Version

14 Advanced 32bit Windows

Operating system version

Windows 7 Ultimate sp1

Description of the issue

Filemaker 14 Advanced loads Plugins as well from
c:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro Advanced\14.0\Extensions\
as from
c:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\FileMaker\Extensions\.
If a plugin that resides in the directory ...Filemaker\Extensions is updated using "Install Plugin File", the new plugin will be written to ...\14.0\Extensions\, while the old one will be moved to ...\FileMaker\Extensions\Save.
The effect of this is that on a machine with eg. Filemaker 11 and 14 installed, the plugin will not be available for FM11 anymore.

Steps to reproduce the problem

Have a windows machine with FileMaker 11 and 14 installed.
Install a plugin, e.g. Troi Dialog Plugin 5.5.8, for use with Filemaker 11 in c:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\FileMaker\Extensions\.
Start Filemaker 14 and install the updated plugin using the "Install plugin file". A file to do this can be downloaded from http://troi.nl/downloads/troidialog61.zip

Expected result

Filemaker 14 uses Troi Dialog Plugin v 6.1, Filemaker 11 uses Troi Dialog Plugin 5.5.8.
Less perfect but acceptable result: both versions of Filemaker use 6.1

Actual result

FileMaker 14 uses Troi Dialog 6.1
FileMaker 11 hoesn't see the plugin anymore

Workaround

After installing the new plugin move it manually to ...\Filemaker\Extensions

In theory one could use c:\Program Files (x86)\FileMaker\FileMaker Pro 11 Advanced\Extensions\ to store the plugins needed for 11, but this of course causes more new problems then it solves.

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