Overview Does it
seem like your browser automatically plays some video files, but gives an
error when you try to play others? Can you listen to the music clips from
one Web page, but when you go to a different one you can't hear a thing?
If so, you may need to install the proper browser players in order to
access different media formats. Video, animation, scalable graphics, and
audio files are now commonplace on the Web, and each may require their own
specific browser "plug in". Many online resources can be found
containing almost every conceivable browser player in existence, from
video players to document readers. Most browser players are offered as
free downloads, other “full” or “professional” versions are
available for purchase.
General Information Often
referred to as a browser “plug-in”, "add-on", or “helper application”, a
browser player is a program that works with your browser to display
different media elements. At first glance, finding information about
browser players is deceptive. However, by using similar search terms such
as “video player” or “Flash player”, you can find helpful
information about browser players. Read a definition of a “plug-in” at
Webopedia.com, Boutell.com, or this FOLDOC
page. On these Web pages you can also find additional plug-in
information, and links to other sites.
Wikipedia provides an
excellent plug-in resource page at Wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in.
It includes descriptions, history, and a limited number of plug-in
downloads. This Mozilla Firefox page is
another good introduction into the world of browser players and
add-ons. Here you will find not only a good descriptions of browser
add-ons and browser extentions, but also user ratings and reviews for
many categories of some of the most popular add-ons.
Resources and Downloads Many browser players are available for
download online. Some of the most commonly used Browser Add-Ons can by
found at www.albinoblacksheep.com/download/plugin/.
Both free and commercial downloads of most browser player software are
offered on the Web. There are reviews and ratings of many of these browser
players at this Download.com
website. You’ll be able to find many popular browser players and
plug-ins at this dir.yahoo.com/
Web page or at www.webdevelopersnotes.com/design/.