I released a new version of my MMF2 Add-On Obtainer.
I also went through the "Released Extensions" forum and added most of the extensions, where the license allowed for repackaging.
This program is useful, especially if you are installing MMF2 anew, after re-installing Windows, for example. You can very quickly and easily get the extensions (and other MMF2 Add-Ons) that you want, while still being in control of the process and getting all the information you need.
The MMF2AO format is more secure and better compressed than most installers, thanks to LZMA compression technology (also known as 7zip).
MMF2 Add-Ons are automatically installed into the proper places inside your MMF2 folder, but you also see exactly what files will be put where before choosing to install.
So here are two exciting new features for you today:
-Anybody can publish a Database of add-ons/extensions. If you feel you can do a better job at keeping a list of add-ons, you can still use MMF2AddOn Obtainer. Just point it to your http hosted database file, and MMF2Add-On Obtainer will work just like it does with the default database, except it will populate the new/updated Add-On section from your database instead.
-You can choose to "Install All" new/updated add-ons (1.02Beta and above).
I don't recommend doing this, except in special cases (such as after reformatting your PC), where you already know all released add-ons, and have assured yourself that they contain no malicious files.
Also, I find it nicer to always "View" the add-on's details (author, description, website, filename,...) before installing, so I know what I am getting. But if you already know the deal, this new feature allows you to quickly get back into the game (of coding) after a format.
I also fixed the bug where the AutoUpdater would annoy you and often tell you that new updates were out there. It it now much quieter.
I hope that my effort today to improve the program and update the Puchisoft Add-On Database will encourage more authors to pick up the MMF2AO format once again.
I believe in the format for a simple reason: I actually use it. It's SO MUCH more convenient to be able to install things with one or two clicks than it is to have to manually extract files all over the place.
So I urge all of you to do some community service and create some MMF2AO files. If you are their author or not (but the license allows for such actions!), just use the MMF2 Add-On Maker (included), turn the extension into an MMF2AO package, and submit it to me.
Either PM me on this forum or e-mail me with a link to the MMF2AO, and I will add it to my database.
Alternatively, if you are feeling ambitious, you can now create and maintain your own database too, so feel free to go that route too.
I am happy to answer any questions.