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Pierre JasminRe: Stupid Plug-in question
by on Sep 22, 2006 at 5:34:55 pm


I am under the impression that he is asking if you can drag and drop a plugin from an OS to another, regardless of a particular vendor licensing policy.

I am just saying the actual plugin is not binary compatible (like your betamax tape does not load in your vhs player in your video device museum). It's the nature of compiled language like C++ (speed, efficiency) to produce instructions for a particular binary format that produces assembly instructions for particular chipset vs declarative/scripting language like java (portable but slower to interpret). In fact when AE one day supports MacIntel (like Combustion and FCP do), the old plugin for PPC won't be compatible, it can be not obvious for you as companies like us on the Mac use the mechanism that allows to store different plugin binaries in the same file and depending on the context one or the other is loaded.

It is not impossible though. For example Fusion has announced that Fusion 5.1 on Linux will run Windows DLLs (plugin libraries) from Linux. Such scheme though are outside of the capacity of a plugin and something that only an host app could support.

Pierre


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