The Code Editor addon for Blender 2.81 provides us a few features that comes in handy when coding script for Blender. One of the features is that you can scrub the code by dragging the preview on the right. Another feature is that it can place tabs of scripts that are open. And to improve reading the code it can show indents and where whitespace is used. You can switch all these features on or of and there are quite some preferences.
While this addon might improve you workflow coding in Blender, there are also a bunch of other addons for the Text Editor. Below a list of the addons, or you can also visit the thread “How would you show some love for the Blender Text Editor?” where you can see a lot of gifs and videos. But in short:
For technical reasons I have to start another alinea. So the list continues, and there are some addons I didn’t include yet. But here is another addon that might be interesting. That is the Snippets library addon. The Snippets library addon Allows you use and manage a library of your own code snippets. Works in combination with devTools to make your scripting life easier. The Snippets Library Addon is available on Github.
Ahw yes, also a must to have is the Search For Online Reference addon which is available on Github. It is written by tin2tin. When you start coding in Python for Blender you will learn that you spend a lot of time searching for reference. Because searching is time consuming, this addon will come in handy. Imagine that it took me 2 hours to find out how to select multiple objects in Blender with Python. And tin2tin is right; the Text Editor in Blender could use some love.
While writing this article my jaw starts to drop because I didn’t realize there were so many addons available for Blender’s Text Editor. An Addon Template generator comes in very handy, even if you know already how to code addons for Blender. And when I take a closer look my jaw drops even more: It is not just a simple generator, but it has loads of options and comes with quite an extensive UI. Well, this encourage me to develop the wildest ideas in my own (commercial) addons for Blender! You can download the Addon Template Generator on Github.
Well, just speechless here. You know that it is a hell of a job to make old addons compatible for Blender 2.8. This is because the Blender API changed quite a lot since Blender 2.8. So, this addon (by nBurn and tin2tin) comes in very handy: This script goes through an add-on files and look for lines that might have outdated 2.7x code. The Script Update Check for Blender 2.80 addon is available on Github.
Although the title of this article is the Code Editor Addon, it is also a list of many other addons for the Text Editor for Blender. You will find this useful when you dive into coding for Blender. And even when you are an experienced coder, some other addons will save you a lot of time.
Do you know more addons that I could list in this “Code Editor Addon” article? Let me know in case you found something. I will greatly improve the addon development in the Blender community
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