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Tool tabs and Old Addons living in perfect harmony
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Broken: (example: 2.70 RC1 19f7f9a, see splash screen)
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Short description of error
The Tool tabs are amazing, but the old or uncategorized addons, keeps appearing on every tab and making a mess and tabs useless.
I would suggest a simple fix for it: to create a tab for those addons, named custom, general, old, miscellaneous, others or something else. So even old scripts would work great until they migrate to the new UI tags and don't mess with the new ones. I believe its almost impossible to all addons being converted soon, so it sounds a good way to keep the toolbar organized.

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
Open Blender 2.70 RC1 and import previous settings to get all the addons running


Event Timeline

Sidney Moraes Jr (mangojambo) raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage by Developer.

i was gonna propose this, switching between tabs gets confusing with the same add-ons settings appear on each one.

I think that is best solution for this problem. For clarity this tab can be just named "Addons" so non experienced users will see easily where their plugins are. Name "Custom" suggest that this tab is somehow created by user, while this can be awesome functionality to have this is beyond of this proposal.

Another benefit for this solution is choice for developers if they really want custom tab for theirs addons or not. Some script are just so small that don't need whole tab. Many addons are just single button that starts operation that can be tweaked in Redo panel, no need to waste vertical space for them.

I have an idea I'd like to get out. How about defining a new addon preferences field called "Tab" (or something else intuitive) for addons that are in the contrib folder or installed? That is, just not ones that are maintained. This field is, by default, empty, but can be initialized by the addon through bl_category or overwritten by the user's choice.

You mean adding from preferences addons to custom tabs? Sounds good

are in the contrib folder or installed?

that would be painful for users and devs. too, it is already annoying when trying to enable it from the preferences especially the external ones with it's toggle button.

a unified non-categorized tab for the rest of the addons is simple solution and enough as suggested.

so what is taking so long to get a decision here!, if the are any problems with this solution, moderators or UI design guys should act, it has been annoying for many -see how much threads been merged here -

also i don't see it is much of a coding issue, although i'm not suggesting that anyone to dedicate time to it, but taking the decision is the important/hardest step.

Bastien Montagne (mont29) claimed this task.

Stealing, this should have been fixed months ago… :/

@Bastien Montagne (mont29): thanks man, at last more than 50% of tabs clutter just vanished.