Popular Plugins - Java Script

Many plugins are popular today on the World Wide Web. The most notable are the following:

  • Macromedia Flash Player — Macromedia Flash provides vector graphic-based animation and an ever-increasing amount of complex functionality that can be embedded in Web pages using the Flash Player. Flash has arguably become the most popular use of a plugin. Some Web sites are written entirely in Flash. The Flash Player is shipped with almost every Web browser and works on Windows, MacOS, Linux, and most Unix systems.
  • Java Plugin — Still one of the leaders in plugin technology, the Java plugin enables you to embed Java applets in Web pages. It works on almost all platforms.
  • Apple Quicktime — Enables the embedding of Apple Quicktime videos in Web pages. Quicktime videos can be standard, start-to-finish videos or Quicktime VR (Virtual Reality) movies that allow the user to pan around a 3D room. Quicktime is available for Windows and MacOS.
  • Real Player — Real Player was the early leader in delivering streaming audio and video over the Internet. Today, it’s in a tight race with Quicktime and Windows Media Player (see following) for control of streaming media. It does a good job — with support for almost every computing platform.
  • Windows Media Player — Not to be outdone, Microsoft offers its own embeddable movie player featuring the Windows Media Player. Although it is capable of handling Quicktime movies and its own format, the Windows Media Player is available only on Windows operating systems.
  • Adobe SVG Viewer —Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a new XML-based language for creating vector graphics. Although browsers still don’t support the language natively, Adobe has taken up the battle and introduced the SVG Viewer, which can be used to embed SVG images in Web pages. The SVG Viewer is currently available on most platforms, with support for Internet Explorer and Netscape 4.x; Mozilla support is not yet available.
  • ActiveX Objects — ActiveX objects are everywhere in Internet Explorer. You can use them from JavaScript and you can embed them in Web pages. Although not technically a plugin, because ActiveX support exists in Internet Explorer itself, ActiveX objects are embedded into a Web page the same way as other plugins.
  • Macromedia Shockwave — Before there was Flash, there was Shockwave. Shockwave plays files created in Macromedia Director, a multimedia programming environment allowing developers to create interactive demos, games, and other advanced content. Although not as popular since Flash gained notoriety, Shockwave is still available on both Windows and MacOS.

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