The Downloaded Tab of the Plugins Window is used to add and install manually downloaded plugins.
The left pane displays the manually downloaded plugins that you can install. The right pane displays a description of the plugin.
Click Add Plugins to use the file browser to add any plugins (*.nbm files) that you downloaded to your local system.
To install the plugin, select the Install checkbox for the plugin and click Install.
For a more detailed description of the downloaded plugin installation process, please see the tutorial below.
Installing Community Supplied Plugins
Download an *.nbm Plugin File
For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll download and install the Rectangular Edit Tools for NetBeans 6.9.
When you click on the Download button on the netbeans.org site, you will be prompted to save the following file:
Save it anywhere you like, just be sure you can find it later.
This plugin supports rectangular edit operations:
- Rectangular Cut
- Rectangular Copy
- Rectangular Paste
- Rectangular Delete
- Rectangular Clear
- Rectangular Replace
It is extremely useful for manipulating data formatted as a table in your source code, enabling you to select a column, instead of a row.
In many cases, third party / community supplied plugins will not be digitally signed.
If you trust the source of the plugin, click Continue, otherwise click Cancel.
As the author of this tutorial, I do not know the creator of the plugin and I cannot vouch for its safety. While I have used it personally for over three years without any problems, I cannot guarantee that you will have the same experience.