Update Windows installation methods
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Authored by citelao on Sun, Feb 3, 7:38 PM.

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The Windows installation methods listed in the Getting Started guide don't mention a couple of recent developments. I updated them:

  • They now list Steam and the Windows Store as potential (non-free) options, with clear indication that they are the same product, just auto-updating.
  • They now mention that Chocolatey is a viable install method.
  • They now indicate that the download page will recommend a download version.
  • They reference the download page for getting the portable version, with the KDE download directory mentioned only as an alternate location.
  • There are now a note (Vista requirement) and a warning (Intel driver black screen), instead of one note for both.

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I would like to mention the Shell extension for KRA previews here. I notice that my Store-version--created files have a preview, and my other (older) files don't.

Is the shell extension bundled with the Store version, or are previews automatically saved for it? I'm happy to update the diff appropriately.

I would like to mention the Shell extension for KRA previews here. I notice that my Store-version--created files have a preview, and my other (older) files don't.

Is the shell extension bundled with the Store version, or are previews automatically saved for it? I'm happy to update the diff appropriately.

The shell extension is bundled with the Krita installer and thus gets automatically included in the Store version. It's also available in a separate installer for those who need it.

It's been there for ages - I remember testing the initial code with files saved with Krita version 2.9.11 and it should have worked. It simply loads the PNG thumbnail preview from the .kra file. If it doesn't load, it's probably a problem with the file.

rempt added a subscriber: rempt.Wed, Feb 6, 10:42 AM
rempt added inline comments.
user_manual/getting_started/installation.rst
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I would prefer not to include third-party systems like this, otherwise we'll have to mention all of them.

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This should also be updated: Vista is no longer supported.

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The shell extension is bundled with the Krita installer and thus gets automatically included in the Store version. It's also available in a separate installer for those who need it.
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@alvinhochun In that case, should I write something like:

Note: the portable (zip-file) version of Krita does not show previews in Windows Explorer automatically. To get these previews, either use the installer version, a store version, or install the shell extension available on the download page.

user_manual/getting_started/installation.rst
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@rempt I understand the aversion to third-party systems and the maintenance hassle they can require!

However, Chocolatey is basically the equivalent of Homebrew on Mac. There are official Microsoft-Chocolatey collaborations and it's mentioned in official docs.

Also, as far as I can tell, the Krita package is officially maintained by KDE, too (look at the authors). I don't know for sure about that one.

What do you think?

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Is the requirement on the official site (Windows 7) still correct?