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Posted (edited) · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Update: Cura 4.0 stable is now available, and the plugins mentioned below are available through the Marketplace. Do not use the releases below anymore!

 

As many of you noticed, the Cura 4.0 beta was released with most plugins missing from the Marketplace. Due to changes in Cura, all plugins need to be resubmitted to Ultimaker (again), and they need to be approved by Ultimaker before they are available for download in the Marketplace. I submitted a set of plugins before the launch of the beta, but have not heard back on any of them. This does not surprise me much; afterall the launch is often a hectic process, and the holidays followed shortly after.

 

Because I'm getting questions where my plugins are, here's a list of prerelease downloads. You can download these files and drag/drop them in a running instance of Cura. You need to restart Cura when you're done. Note: these plugins have not yet been vetted by Ultimaker. Consider them beta software, and please share your feedback. Functionally they should be exactly the same as their 3.x counterparts.

 

There are three notable absent plugins here: Compact Prepare Sidebar, Autoslice Toggle Switch and OctoPrint Connection. The former two will not be updated for Cura 4.0, because their concept and implementation are not compatible with the new Cura 4.0 UI. I am working on a new plugin though which can be seen as the spiritual successor to the Compact Prepare Sidebar plugin and may contain the Autoslude Toggle Switch as part of it.

 

Last, but certainly not least, the OctoPrint Connection plugin. I have a version of that plugin which works fine with the Cura 4.0 beta. However, since the beta has been launched there have been changes to Cura that would cause the plugin to crash Cura. So if you install the plugin for Cura 4.0 beta, and then upgrade to Cura 4.0 beta 2 or the stable version of Cura 4.0, Cura will no longer launch. Rest assured, I also have a version of the plugin that will not crash with Cura 4.0 beta 2 and Cura 4.0 stable, but that will crash your current Cura 4.0 beta. I have warned the Cura team about this situation, and got the advice to just wait for the second beta to make an OctoPrint Connection plugin for Cura 4.0. For details, see this discussion on github:

https://github.com/Ultimaker/Cura/pull/4975#issuecomment-447959182

 

Update: a version of the OctoPrint Connection plugin is now available after all; see below:
https://community.ultimaker.com/topic/25967-plugins-for-cura-40-beta/?do=findComment&comment=232358

 

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Thanks guys. One question, however.

How this .curapackage packages can be installed? I was unable to google any documentation about this...

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)
On 12/30/2018 at 10:27 AM, ahoeben said:

You can download these files and drag/drop them in a running instance of Cura. You need to restart Cura when you're done.

 

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)
On 12/30/2018 at 10:27 AM, ahoeben said:

I am working on a new plugin though which can be seen as the spiritual successor to the Compact Prepare Sidebar plugin

 

See this thread for details:

 

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Though the new versions of the plugins have been approved for the Marketplace, availability has been further pushed back. It turns out that if I were to publish them to the Marketplace, they will become unavailable for Cura 3.6; there currently can only be a version for Cura 3.6 OR for Cura 4.0 in the Marketplace of any given plugin. I'm told the Cura team is working on a solution.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Hello !

 

Very good job, thanks !

 

Is it possible to create an Octoprint plugin ? That will be great !

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Please read the last paragraph of my opening post.

 

I have a version of OctoPrint Connection approved and ready to be published through the MarketPlace, but it requires Ultimaker Cura 4.0 beta 2. The second beta is not yet out. It was supposed to come out mid-januari, then last week. It may come out today or tomorrow. The Cura team is working hard on it. When the second beta of Cura 4.0 is out, the plugin should follow shortly.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

The "Autoslice Toggle Switch" plugin will be available in Cura 4.0 after all.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

I have created a version of the OctoPrint Connection plugin that is compatible with Cura 4.0 beta 1:

http://files.fieldofview.com/cura/OctoPrintPlugin-v6.0.0-2019-01-28T16_19_16Z.curapackage

 

Originally I planned to skip compatibility with Cura 4.0 beta 1, because changes that would be necessary for compatibility with beta 2 and beyond. The second beta was originally planned for halfway through januari. However, because the second beta still is not available, I have worked around this issue resulting in the version linked above.

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Posted (edited) · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Most of my plugins are now available in the Marketplace. Note that they are not compatible with Cura 4 beta 1, only with Cura 4 beta 2 (and Cura 3.5 - 3.6). The versions linked above may or may not work in beta 2, depending on the plugin. If they stopped working after updating to Cura 4 beta 2, please check the Marketplace.

 

Note that the pre-release plugins may have higher versions than the plugins now available in the Marketplace. Please ignore that. The ones in the Marketplace are newer versions.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Cura 4.0 is now available. 

But I can't connect it with my octoprint. So can I use the beta plugin? And how do I have to install it and in which directory?

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Use the version that is in the Marketplace.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

yesterday as I ask there was not marketplace.... no, it was there but it seems to be empty

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

I don’t understand your reply. How can Marketplace not be there? It is part of the application.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

I'm not sure if this is @iMattmax's problem or not, but I'm coming from Cura 3.6 and I installed 4.0.0 last night and I thought the Marketplace was missing too. I spent legitimately 10 minutes clicking every menu option I could see, closing and re-opening Cura, and trying everything I could think of to find it.  It turns out that in the new UI, there's a new button at the top-right of the screen that says 'Marketplace,' and that's the only way to open the Marketplace menu.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

I came from Cura 3.x and upgraded to Cura 4.0.0 (Windows version), Fortunately the upgrade retains profiles/settings from the previous version.

It took s little tinkering to get Octoprint to work again. Here's what i did:

 

1. Download the plugin ( https://community.ultimaker.com/topic/25967-plugins-for-cura-40-beta/?do=findComment&comment=232358 )

2. Open Cura 4.0

3. Drag the downloaded file into the running Cura program

4. You will be prompted that the plugin will be installed after restarting the program.

5. After restarting Cura, open the marketplace to check that the octoprint plugin is installed.(The marketplace button is in the top right corner of the application main window)

6. Go to preferences, printers and select your printer, then click the "Connect to Octoprint" button

7. I had to re-enter (copy paste) the API key to trigger the API validation process.

8. Click the Connect button

9. Load an STL and slice it. Now you should see a button 'Print with Octoprint' in the lower right corner.

 

I hope this helps.

 

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

The OctoPrint plugin that is available in the Marketplace can just be installed with Cura 4. There is no need to manually download files!

 

Do not use the files linked in this post. Those are prerelease versions. The versions in the Marketplace should be used instead!

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Let me say a word about Cura 4.0....

...WOW!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you very much for this big update.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

You are welcome, but I did not contribute much to Cura 4 other than the mentioned plugins.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

And your plugins make Cura work better for a lot of people I bet.  My favorite is the z-offset.  Thank you for them.

 

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

Not before a Cura 4.1 beta is available.

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Posted · Plugins for Cura 4.0 beta (not Cura 4.0 stable)

how do i use extensions like the barbarian extension for converting models i cant figure out what to click to find the extension for it even though it is downloaded

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