A plug-in is a smaller "add-on" computer program that works in conjunction with a larger application. Usually a plug-in enhances the capabilities of the program it is "plugged-in" to. Web browsers like Netscape Navigator have many plug-ins, which allow a user to do everything from viewing Quicktime VR animations to hearing realaudio. CBTPlayer is a plug-in which may be needed to access the various CBT training programs.
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- The usual procedure for installing software does not apply to plug-ins. Do not confuse plug-ins with shareware. Some plug-ins must be purchased. In this case follow the procedure for requesting software.
- Identify the plug-in you wish to use. You will usually be told that you need a certain plug-in to perform a specific task that is work related.
- Check the part of the TSD web page that lists approved and unapproved plug-ins.
- Make sure that the plug-in is not already installed. Use Find to locate the *.exe file.
- Read the system and software requirements carefully. Not all PC's can accept all plug-ins. Contact the Microcomputer Coordinator or Workstation Committee member if you have any problems.
- If the plug-in is listed as approved, go ahead and follow the instructions for downloading. Usually these are very straightforward. Accept the defaults offered. If you have any difficulties with the download then contact your Workstation Committee member.
- If the plug-in is not listed on the TSD web page then you can still download it as outlined above. Send an e-mail message to the Microcomputer Coordinator with the name of the plug-in. This can then be added to the approved list. Contact the Microcomputer Coordinator if you have any doubts about the integrity of the plug-in.
- If the plug-in is listed as unapproved, then this means that we have had some problems with this particular program and you must not download it. Contact the Microcomputer Coordinator who may be able to direct you to an alternative.
- If at any time you experience problems with an installed plug-in, then notify the Microcomputer Coordinator. It may be necessary to change a plug-in's status from approved too unapproved and remove the installation.