Since there was a questionnaire on F4R recently I wanted to bring my main issues up here too:
Speed. F4R is extremely slow for me, sometimes my browser even is telling me it can’t be reached at all.
If I browse through the available plugins (I’m especially interested in GH modules) it is really painful to sit and wait until the tenth page finally shows up. I know it’s a first world problem but I think it would be good to see if the used system can use some kind of cache or other ways to speed reaction speed up - it’s not as if there are terrabytes of data involved…
What I find extremely irritating is that the offered sorting on “Last Updated” does not relate to the plugin itself being updated but also to the latest comments. So you think “Hey, awesome, my favourite plugin got updated!” - only to find that it’s still the same old version from 2013 but somebody asked if there ever will be an update.
IMO the comments should not be part of the “Last Updated” ranking, only real updates to the plugin itself.
Latest comments could be another option if needed.
It would be great if the site would remember me longer. It seems that very often when I visit F4R I have to log in again. It’s not a real problem, I can save the PW in my browser, but I think it would make sense for a site like F4R to remember the user pretty much forever? Not sure if maybe the cookie needs a longer lifetime?
A nice feature would be to be able to subscribe to certain plugins, so you don’t have to check all of them regularly (a working “Last Updated” category would help there too). While I can post a comment and subscribe to further comments, I don’t see a way to subscribe to the plugin and updates.
The “Remote” application isn’t really helping. It’s also very slow for me and when downloading a GH plugin with it from within Rhino, it tells me to close Rhino to install the plugin.While I understand that Rhino can’t load plugins at runtime, somehow it would feel much more user friendly if Remote would create a kind of queue of all the plugins I’m interested in and install them in one go.
I wasn’t able to download a second plugin after the first told me to restart Rhino - which makes it rather tedious. Something like a queue seems to be there in theory (when I click on a download a new windows pops up “Items for Download - Grasshopper Add-ons” but the plugin I clicked wasn’t listed, the windows stayed empty.
And finally: Remote doesn’t find the libraries I’ve already installed without it.
I’m a big fan of F4R and would really like to see it updated with a bit more fluid workflow.
Thanks and cheers,