You’re writing plug-ins running inside Eclipse ? Then let the users know that your plug-ins are included.
To check what is installed into your running Eclipse IDE go to menu “About Eclipse” and click on “Installation details” – there you’ll get all about installed Plug-ins, features, etc.
But wait – if you open “About Eclipse” there are some icons visible like this:
Without looking on the Installation details you see some Icons per ex. from Eclipse Modeling Project:
one click and you get informations about the features you installed from Modeling Project:
For each feature you get a description with Icon and even Links pointing directly to the Project sites.
Whats the secret to be visible with your project icon and feature descriptions ?
Open your feature.xml and you can point to a branding plugin:
The Branding Plug-in normaly is one of the plug-ins from your feature, but you can also use an extra branding-plug-in.
Inside your Branding Plug-in you have to place some informations at the root of your plug-in project:
about.ini is a properties file with minimum two entries:
featureImage=nameOfYourFeatureImage aboutText=your text to be displayed
here’s an example:
the content of the about.ini:
I did this with the redView Features: one plug-in of each Feature works as a branding Plug-in with always the same Feature Image.
Then after installing these features you’ll see it at “About Eclipse”:
If you want to know what else you can do with branding, I recommend the eclipse Plug-ins book from Eric Clayberg and Dan Rubel, which belongs to my most important eclipse books:
I hope you got an idea how to better present your Features and Plug-ins at “About Eclipse”.