The Add-ons Manager is a new feature in Bookmap version 7.4 that simplifies the process of getting and updating add-ons for the application. In previous versions, add-ons could only be installed manually by downloading a jar file from the Knowledgebase or other sources, and then selecting the file from within the Bookmap application's add-ons configuration dialog.
With the new Add-ons Manager, the process of loading and updating add-ons is simplified. When Bookmap starts up, it checks for any new add-ons available for your license. If there are any new add-ons, a popup will appear that lists them, along with their names, versions, and descriptions. The popup also indicates which add-ons are allowed for your license. If an add-on is not allowed for your license, it will not appear in the list.
To install an add-on, simply click the "Install" button next to the add-on you want. The Add-ons Manager will then automatically download and install the add-on for you. Once the installation is complete, the add-on will be available for use in Bookmap.
The Add-ons Manager also simplifies the process of updating add-ons. When a new version of an installed add-on is available, the Add-ons Manager will notify you via a popup. To update the add-on, simply click the "Update" button next to the add-on in the list, and the new version will be downloaded and installed automatically.
If you want to view or manage your installed add-ons, you can access the Add-ons Manager at any time via the "Settings" menu. The Add-ons Manager dialog shows a list of all installed add-ons, along with their names, versions, descriptions, and allowed status.
It is important to note that if you switch from manually installing add-ons to using the Add-ons Manager, you will need to manually uninstall any add-ons that you installed manually. This is because the Add-ons Manager is not aware of manually installed add-ons, and will encounter errors if it tries to install a new version of an add-on that was previously installed manually.
To uninstall an add-on manually, go to the "Configure add-ons" option in the "Settings" menu. From there, select the corresponding add-on you wish to remove and click the "Remove" button located at the bottom of the dialog.
Overall, the Add-ons Manager is a useful and convenient feature that simplifies the process of getting and updating add-ons for the Bookmap application. It eliminates the need to download add-ons manually and makes it easy to stay up-to-date with the latest versions.