Add staging or beta testing support to plugin io console and plugin manager


#1

As my user base has grown (from one user to two) I’ve thought it would be nice to have a beta test release before doing a production release.

I don’t know how this would be setup but maybe if someone sent me their email I can add them to a “beta testers” group. Then in the plugin manager the beta users will be able to “update” to beta version or “revert” to production version. Also, add installs so we can see how many users we have.

Use Case
Jaken is a seasoned developer at Cresent Moon studios. He has added a new export option to his plugin that exports GVS, a new format 100x better than SVG but some users have reported the export option has overritten their main project files. They have never heard of version control. Jaken informs them that it is a bug in the operating system and no ones fault. But he wishes there was a beta ahead of the production release.


#2

You can send someone a .xdx file directly and they can double-click to install it in XD. If they want to switch to the production version, they can uninstall that and then install from the main Discover Plugins listing.

Once we have plugin update notifications in XD, your users would even get notified to update if they have an older beta installed and the public listing now has a newer official release available.