While being involved in dealing with the Internet and browsing websites, you might come across the terms, â€˜plug-inâ€™ and â€˜add-onsâ€™. Add-ons and plug-ins act as catalysts and supporting software to enable the running and continuity of applications.
This is a set of software components that add specific capabilities to a larger software application. Plug-ins support and enable customizing the functions and features of an application. For example, you may find plug-ins while playing videos, scanning for viruses, and displaying new file types in web browsers. Adobe Flash Player and QuickTime are some reputed plug-ins.
On the other hand, add-ons are often considered the general term that collectively consists of snap-ins, plug-ins, extensions, and themes â€“ all within its grip.
Features of Add-ons and Plug-ins
Add-ons and Plug-ins are quite user friendly and can be used by any user. The well guided instructions to install and activate the software make the task easier and more convenient for those users who may not be technically sound enough. However, such software cannot work independently; they require other software for support.
The add-ons and the plug-ins may vary with browsersâ€™ applications. Accordingly the process of customization also varies. For example, â€˜Add-ons for Firefoxâ€™ is the official Mozilla Firefox website which serves as a repository of add-ons for Mozilla Firefox-based applications.