plug-in definition tool
A file containing data used to alter, enhance, or extend the operation of a parent application program
. One of the first uses of this term was in Silicon Beach's SuperPaint
application (late 1980s?) for the Macintosh
. It had a Plug-ins folder
containing different tools and effects.
The Netscape Navigator World-Wide Web browser
supports plug-ins which display or interpret a particular file format or protocol
such as Shockwave
, Adobe Systems, Inc. PDF
, Corel CMX (vector graphics
). The file to be displayed is included in a web page
using an EMBED HTML tag
Plug-ins, both commercially and indepently authored, can usually be downloaded for free and are stored locally. Plug-ins come in different versions specific to particular operating systems
(Microsoft Windows 3.1, 3.2, and Macintosh
Plug-in Plaza (http://browserwatch.com/plug-in.html).
PC Mag Plug-ins (http://zdnet.com/pcmag/IU/plugins/plugins.htm).