If you’re a Mac user on the Internet, chances are you’ve come across a few websites where embedded content isn’t displayed correctly. Instead you get an icon or an error message saying Missing Plug-In, often with few additional details about exactly what is missing.
While there’s no single installer which will solve all missing plug-in problems, there are a few common things to start with. If those don’t work you can delve deeper into non-common formats or the forgotten codecs of yesteryear.
Software can be a cantankerous thing. Sometimes programs won’t launch when you need them, and other times they won’t go away when you’re done! One reader is having a problem with iTunes refusing to quit when asked:
I have some questions related to 10.5 iTunes. When I quit iTunes it goes about the process normally and then starts back up. iTunes is using 80-100% CPU usage when running. Could this be related to a third-party plug-in? Very frustrating and have to force restart my mini as iTunes cancels the shutdown process.
On a Mac everything is supposed to “just work”, and usually it does. However, sometimes a missing internet plug-in or other component may be required for correct operation:
I have been a Mac user since the first home/small Mac computers were available. My recent eMac was 9 years old, so I was out of sync with EVERYTHING. Just bought a new iMac and I have Safari. Sometimes I click on a document on the Internet, and I get a basically blank page that says “Missing plug-in.” So I can’t open everything I need.
PhotoCopy looks pretty amazing. It’s a plugin (for all the major editing software — see below) that takes any still image or video clip and applies a special filter that mimics a particular style. For still images, the filters can mimic the styles (included as presets) of 40 photographs taken by well-known photographers, 72 individual paintings from classic artists or 30 unique photographic processes (some of which are pretty unusual — I’ve never even heard of “salt print”). Video can be transformed into styles sampled from famous movies, like Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner or Gone With the Wind. There’s much more — check out PhotoCopy’s details at developer Digital Film Tool’s website.
The photo version of the app is available as a plugin for Photoshop (including Elements), Lightroom and Aperture for $95; the video version is $195 and works with After Effects, Final Cut Pro or Avid.