There will be a slight change in the future versions of the GIMP plug-in installers for Windows users, and I think I must tell a bit about it.
Basically, the default installation folder changes: instead of installing the plug-in binary and all the required DLLs in the default GIMP plug-in directory (something like
C:\Users\my_name\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins), it installs it in a sub-folder
gmic_gimp_qt/ instead (so :
C:\Users\my_name\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins\gmic_gimp_qt). It does this because we’ve got a lot of user complaints about G’MIC providing DLLs that are incompatible with other GIMP plug-ins (or worse, incompatible with GIMP itself !) and this makes those other plug-ins (or GIMP!) stop running as they should. And if we try to stop providing those ‘incompatible’ DLLs, then it appears some people cannot run the G’MIC plug-in at all (missing DLLs error). There is only a single way to stop that mess
Now, the G’MIC plug-in and all its DLLs are installed in a separate folder so that it doesn’t break anything with other plug-ins, and we can more easily ensure all DLLs are bundled in the installer.
A direct consequence of all that: If you install the G’MIC plug-in with the new installer (and default parameters), GIMP won’t be able to locate the G’MIC plug-in, as it is not located in a known plug-in path for GIMP. But this is is really easy to fix, by following these simple steps:
Run GIMP, go to
Edit / Preferences / Folders / Plug-Ins, then add a new entry in the Folder list, by adding the path to your newly installed
Exit GIMP, then launch it again.
Done! The G’MIC plug-in should appear in the
Note that the GIMP team is aware of that kind of issues and has recently added some code to GIMP to allow sub-folders being defined in the default GIMP plug-in directory. I’m not sure this is already available, but this will for sure appear for next major version GIMP 2.10 (in which case, the steps described above will be useless).
Note also that the very first time you launch the plug-in, it can take a few seconds to appear.
I’ve recorded a quick video to show how this work with GIMP 2.8 on Windows. I hope this will be useful.