What To Do With SCM Files

So you're surfing along and you find a really cool script for your Gimp and you just HAVE to have it. You click the download button and a blank screen full of text and gobbelee gook pops up. "Now what?", you think. I have read and read posts and always got confused on how to save these. We are in the land of Word, Word Pad and Notepad. These may all be fruits but one is a fruit salad, one is a fruit cocktail and the other is just an apple. SCM files love apples.

If you can't click and download the file simply as an SCM and are forced to copy and paste code, then you need to open NOTEPAD. The other programs will not let you save in the format you need and sometimes Word will actually try to act on scripts typed on them, not just Gimp scripts, web scripts too. To avoid these bugs, stick to Notepad.

Ctrl-A to select all, click on blank page in Notepad, go to menu Edit>Paste.
File>Save As>"the name the people called the script including the .scm is so important here"
Before you hit Okay make sure you save as "all files". So if you are copying a glass script, it will be called "glass.scm".

Now go to the folder it was saved in and verify it saved as an SCM file (hovering or right clicking, properties will show you this info). If you are successful, you want to copy and paste this file into your .gimp>scripts folder - this is called "installing". Keep the original file in a folder to back up to disk when you back up your files (and I know you back them up the same day you change the batteries in your smoke detector).

Notes: you can save the whole page the script tut is on, but you will still need to save the script to a file and import it to Gimp. You might want to do this because the tut will walk you through neat tricks on using the script.

IMPORTANT: When installing scripts, it won't show up until you start Gimp. If you install it with Gimp already running, you will need to restart Gimp completely. It's not like brushes and patterns where you can just hit refresh.

13 comments:

Digital Scrapbook said...

This is a good tutorial, Holly! I had run into this problem and wonder... now what? What is the extension for this gimp script?

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Nice one mate thanks!! This one has helped me as well. Ah the gimp!! Don't get me wrong I love open source software. But there are usually guarantees of having all the documentation for real users diverted to "/dev/null". The gimp just happens to be one of those applications which expects you to be telepathic. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Nice... but what is next? :( When all this is done, how can I launch script? Through console? Try to find command in menus?...

GimpGeek said...

She said what to do with the script Anonymous 3-15. Once you put it where it belongs you start up gimp. ScriptFus are found under scriptfu tab in the imagebox or in the toolbox menu. She was just explaining how to deal with saving copying pasting whatever because that goes unexplained as if we automatically know how.

xxyessibearxx said...

what if it dosen't turn into a scm file? ):

xxyessibearxx said...

nvm. i didn;t put a space between the scripts name & .scm

thanksss.! ur awesome. :]

Anonymous said...

Thanks! This is just what I was looking for.

anjosarda said...

Hey, thanks for the tutorial.
Keep it up!

Lakshman said...

You have mentioned that place th .scm file in .gimp/scripts

Windows where should I store.
I stored under
C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\scripts

But it didn't show-up in my filter scripts

HS said...

@Lakshman: there is another script folder under users>gimp - try that one. Also, keep in mind if Gimp is running when you paste things into the file folders, you may have to File>Quit, then restart. If the scm file isn't properly saved as an scm file and it's still in notepad format, Gimp won't read it.

Owen Hall said...

C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\scripts for me on Windows XP running the latest version of GIMP

Access Arm said...

This is an excellent introduction to pages. I think there are lots of sites that underestimate the importance of online document management

Anonymous said...

notepad? come on, i only want to know how to install it on linux that is easier that all of this...