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Common Browser Plug-Ins

In computing, a plug-in is a software component that adds a specific feature to an existing computer program. When a program supports plug-ins, it enables customization. The common examples are the plug-ins used in web browsers to add new features such as being able to download videos from youtube, virus scanners, or the ability to use a new file type such as a new video format. Well-known browser plug-ins include the Adobe Flash Player, the QuickTime Player, and the Java plug-in, which can launch a user-activated Java applet on a web page to its execution on a local Java virtual machine.
A theme or skin is a preset package containing additional or changed graphical appearance details, achieved by the use of a graphical user interface (GUI) that can be applied to specific software and websites to suit the purpose, topic, or tastes of different users to customize the look and feel of a piece of computer software or an operating system front-end GUI (and window managers).

Macromedia Flash provided a format for encoding animation and sound and was used to draw vector-based graphics. It has since been replaced with HTML5 since 2014.

Shockwave enables animations to be embedded in Web pages and lets files from Adobe Director to be viewed on the web.As of July 10, 2014 the Shockwave Player was still available to everyone on the web.

Quicktime allows user to playback movies, and plays audio, video, and MIDI files.

Quicktime VR allows users to view 360-degree panoramic images, and plays audio, video, and MIDI files.

Realplayer runs streaming audio and video files, and plays MPEG files.

Windows Media Player runs streaming audio and video files, and plays MP3 and RealAudio files.

Silicon Graphics Cosmo Player enables a browser to display VRML (virtual reality markup language) worlds, and plays files with .wrl extension.