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2.6. Plug-ins

When applications support plug-ins, Apple encourages developers to include their default sets within the application wrapper. This is why you'll find the basic iMovie plug-in set inside its bundle (/Applications/iMovie.app/Contents/PlugIns) rather than in ~/Library/iMovie/Plug-ins, where you might otherwise expect it to reside. Instead, that folder is earmarked strictly for third-party offerings. This allows iMovie to retain the integrity of its default plug-in set without compromising the ease of adding new items.

The reason for this is straightforward. As with help documentation, Apple wants to promote fully compartmentalized applications that can be installed by dragging. Applications that depend on external libraries and other folders are more complicated to install or delete.


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