I use audacity as my first choice audio editor on my home workstation as well as portable. Audacity's plugin handling is kind of automatic as described here. That is no big deal on my home machine as the plugins in
C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins are found during the initial scan and nothing changes.
But I like to keep some plugins on my PA.c setup on my portable drive as well and they are not found automatically (because no
VST_PATH is specified). Adding them to the folder Plug-Ins inside the Audacity folder was my first choice but that is deleted on every update.
At the moment I keep my plugins in
vstplugins inside the PortableApps folder and have added the plugin entries manually in the plugins.cfg. But they are only portable with this additionally FileWriteN:
[FileWrite6] Type=Replace File=%PAL:DataDir%\Portable Settings\plugins.cfg Find=%PAL:LastDrive%\ Replace=%PAL:Drive%\
And this is deleted on every update as well (if I forget to backup ).
Is it possible for a next release (or revision) to add plugin handling?
My ideas for this:
- Decision for one directory where to put (vst)plugins (inside AudacityPortable or another location? Common files?)
- Is it possible to set the env variable
VST_PATHtemporary with the launcher? As alternative the plugin location can be specified temporary in HKCU.
- Preservation of that directory during update
- Adding drive handling for the plugins.cfg
Should I work on a patch for the current build?