Every time a new beta version comes out, I’m faced with the need to move all my plug-ins from the old version to the new version. You can’t do this mindlessly, as there may be changes in the distributed plug-ins, and there is always a slight chance of a new distributed plug-in having the same name as one you have developed yourself. What I’d like is two layers of plug-ins: My-plug-ins, which would always be searched first, and which I could place anywhere on any drive, and then the normal Audacity/plug-ins as we have now. Since the local directory would always be searched first, if you have a name collision with a new, distributed plug-in, it won’t do any damage.
As it is now, I seem to have lost one of my small plug-ins in the shuffling from one beta version to the next. It’s not a big deal, but during the beta development process, it would certainly make things easier. Once a new stable version is available, two plug-ins directories won’t be as important, but I imagine I (and probably many others on this forum) will always be trying beta versions, no matter what the stable version number is.
Just an idea.