What Is A PlugIn?

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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PlugIn Defined

A plugin is a software add-on that can be installed on a program to allow for the customization of computer programs, web browsers and apps to enhance their capabilities. Plugins allow users to experience the internet in different ways including, images, sounds, animations, and videos.

Programs, browsers and apps support plug-ins for many reasons, including:

  • to enable third-party developers to create abilities which extend an application
  • to support easily adding new features
  • to reduce the size of an application
  • to separate source code from an application because of incompatible software licenses.

There are a range of good plugins to help customize a user experience with web browsing, content creation, and with users favorite programs. Two of the most common plugins include:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader: This plugin allows you to access and view PDFS.
  • Adobe Flash Player: In order to view videos online, a plugin called Adobe Flash Player may need to be enabled.

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