Preview Plugin



  • Before I go crazy, can someone tell me how to install the Preview HTML plugin???

    1. I downloaded and installed the latest version and also installed with the January 2019 version
      2.I have downloaded the Preview HTML zip file
    2. I unzipped the zip file
      I copied the previewhtml.dll file to the C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins (For x64)folder: --> C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++\plugins (For x64)
    3. restarted Notepad++
    4. Preview is not in the dropdown; not in the plugin admin; not in the plugin manager???

    Please please someone advise or tell me it doesn’t work in the latest versions?



  • welcome to the notepad++ community, @Steve-LaLonde

    could you please give us your debug info by going to the notepad++ menu ? > debug info... > copy debug info into clipboard and paste it here ?

    reason:
    i know that you are on 7.6 or above, as you do have plugins admin, but there are major differences between versions 7.6 to 7.6.4, and a guide is best possible knowing your exact setup, as it will have to be adapted to it.



  • thank you for the reply

    Well this is just incredible --> I can only post every 1200 seconds…OMG!!!

    Okay 20 minutes have passed…
    Notepad++ v7.6.4 (64-bit)
    Build time : Mar 6 2019 - 02:58:24
    Path : C:\Program Files\Notepad++\notepad++.exe
    Admin mode : OFF
    Local Conf mode : OFF
    OS : Windows 10 (64-bit)
    Plugins : mimeTools.dll NppConverter.dll PluginManager.dll



  • @Steve-LaLonde said:
    https://fossil.2of4.net/npp_preview/home
    About this plugin in question?



  • I do not see the Preview option in the menu item and the preview icon does nothing. Neither does refresh. this is a brand new install.

    This does not work -->
    “To preview a document, you can either press the preview icon on the toolbar, or use the menu item Plugins / Preview HTML / Preview HTML, or the associated shortcut key. The preview now ought to appear in a window.”



  • @Steve-LaLonde
    Preview HTML (only 32 bit)



  • I do not have a preview icon… I was clicking the monitoring icon. (so small I could not easily discern)

    The preview dll has been placed in the applicable folder as well



  • @Steve-LaLonde

    thank you for your debug information.
    unfortunately i have only been able to find Preview HTML for the 32 bit version of notepad++.

    if you have found a PreviewHTML.dll that is made for 64 bit (as you said january 2019 version):

    • open explorer and go to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins.
    • create a folder called PreviewHTML.
    • copy PreviewHTML.dll to that folder.

    your PreviewHTML.dll location should now be:
    C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins\ PreviewHTML\PreviewHTML.dll.

    this is all you have to do to get it running.
    the config files will be created automatically, if you go to the preview html settings or filter menu, so you don’t have to copy the template ini from the zip.

    note: if you have found a 64 bit version of PreviewHTML, please share the link where you have downloaded it, it might be useful for other readers.


    if you did not find a 64 bit version of PreviewHTML, and you want to get the 32 bit version up and running because you need it right now:

    • download the portable notepad++ version 7.6.4. 32 bit from >>> here <<<
    • extract npp.7.6.4.bin.zip to your desktop.
    • open up the extracted npp.7.6.4.bin folder.
    • open the plugins folder inside.
    • create a folder called PreviewHTML.
    • copy PreviewHTML.dll to that folder.
      your PreviewHTML.dll location should now be:
      Desktop\npp.7.6.4.bin\plugins\ PreviewHTML\PreviewHTML.dll
    • start this notepad++ portable version by double clicking notepad++.exe inside of npp.7.6.4.bin.

    note: the portable version can coexist with your installed version.
    both notepad++ will be completely isolated and any settings or plugins of the portable version will not change your installed version.



  • First Meta Chuh, your answer took a lot of time, typing and explanation -THANK YOU!

    This works. 64x, 32x did not matter to me. I had gotten installation explanations from two different individuals posting instructions and their instructions made no reason to believe the plug-in was either 64 or 32 or that it would matter. 2+ hours on something that would normally have taken me 4 minutes. :(:(:(

    So If I download the 32x version and performed the same instructions creating directory and copy\paste, can I assume the plug-in will work with the 32x program? :)

    Thanks
    Steve



  • @Meta-Chuh said:

    open the plugins folder inside.
    create a folder called PreviewHTML

    On third party site page, the above instructions were left out.
    Instruction stated just copy to the plugins folder which does not work.

    I just went through the normal installation and applied your instruction.
    It worked.

    Thanks again
    Steve



  • I tried to compile the plugin for 64 bits, that’s what happened
    http://rgho.st/7nfxx68BB
    Truth icons in menu there is no.



  • It is necessary to contact the author of this plugin, that he himself would correct the project for 64 bit.



  • @andrecool-68

    you did not just try to compile PreviewHTML for x64 …
    YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPILED PreviewHTML for x64 !!!

    i think the missing PreviewHTML toolbar icon on x64 is no big deal, as users can use [ctrl]+[shift]+[h] to switch PreviewHTML on and off.

    this is very cool … it’s andrecool-68 ;-)
    thanks for sharing.



  • @Meta-Chuh
    I sometimes compile other people’s plugins for the sake of experiment with Russian localization, but I am very far from this programming)))



  • @andrecool-68 ,

    It is necessary to contact the author of this plugin

    You mean like this ticket, which the author has had open since July of 2017?

    According to the code history, the author has touched the codebase since the ticket was placed (and since I commented on that ticket), but there has not yet been a 64-bit release.

    While waiting for that, I created my pyscfilteredviewer. It’s not quite as integrated as the PreviewHTML plugin, nor quite as automated (it uses your default browser; it cannot update based on the edited-but-not-saved, and it cannot force your browser to refresh), but for me, it’s a viable workaround until such time as PreviewHTML is released 64-bit.

    I just pinged that ticket again, since it had been more than a year since my last ping. Maybe if everyone in this thread pinged it, too, it might get done.



  • Maybe if everyone in this thread pinged it, too, it might get done.

    As an addendum: @andrecool-68 : since you were able to compile it 64-bit, your input for the developer would probably go a long way! Please chime in on that ticket! 🙏



  • @PeterJones said:

    You mean like this ticket, which the author has had open since July of 2017?

    Honestly, I have not seen this page)))
    I just downloaded the sources and compiled the project by adding the option 64 bits to the properties of the project.



  • @andrecool-68 said:

    I just downloaded the sources and compiled the project by adding the option 64 bits to the properties of the project.

    Well then, plesae add a note to the ticket that tells the author how easy it is, in your experience. 🙏



  • @PeterJones

    does the x64 version that @andrecool-68 compiled, not suffice the current needs ?
    is the missing toolbar button really that important ?
    or have i missed something while i was testing ?



  • Some IT groups block such a URL.

    Also, for helping others, I don’t really like saying “go to this official location to download the 32-bit; but to get the 64-bit, you have to go to this other file-hosting URL”


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