Isadora 3 (64-bit) vs Isadora 2 (32-bit)

  • Isadora 3 only accepts 64-bit plugins, 32-bit plugins cannot be loaded.
  • Isadora 2 only accepts 32-bit plugins, 64-bit plugins cannot be loaded.
  • Storing 32-bit and 64-bit plugins in the same folder can cause error messages and crashes on startup!

Additional Notes

If you have Isadora open when you load in external plugins, you will need to close Isadora and reopen it in order for them to appear in the Toolbox.

Official and user-made plugins and User Actors/Macros for Isadora 2 and 3 can be found on the new Isadora Plugins Page.

Isadora 3 Plugin File Paths: A Quick Reference

TroikaTronix Plugins

Mac OS

/Library/Application Support/TroikaTronix/ -> IsadoraPlugins_x64, IsadoraControls_x64, GLSL Plugins

Windows

C:\Program Files\Common Files\TroikaTronix\ -> Isadora Plugins, Isadora Controls, GLSL Plugins

FreeFrame and FreeFrameGL Plugins 

Mac OS

/Library/Application Support/FreeFrame_x64

Windows 

C:\Program Files\Common Files\FreeFrame

  • Pete's FreeFrame Plugins will likely not be updated to 64 bit.
  • When using Isadora 3, please note that the "FFGL Effects" Toolbox Filter in the Actor Toolbox has been removed. All FF and FFGL actors have been combined into the Toolbox Filter "FF Effects" 

Quartz Composer Plugins 

Mac OS Only

/System/Library/Compositions 

/Library/Compositions 

~/Library/Compositions 

User Actors

File Path

This file path is user-defined and kept in Isadora 3's global preferences. It is initially not defined. 

You can set your file path for User Actors within Isadora, under Actors -> Set Global User Actors Folder... 

New User Actor Format: ".i3ua" 

In Isadora 3, User Actors and Macros now save with the extension ".iau3". (These cannot be used in Isadora 2) 

Old User Actors/Macros made in Isadora 2 (".iua") can be used in Isadora 3, but when you save them Isadora 3 will save copies of them with the new extension ".i3ua" rather than overwriting your Isadora 2 ".iua" User Actor/Macros.

This will prevent accidentally overwriting Isadora 2 User Actors/Macros while using them in Isadora 3 (which would otherwise make them unusable in Isadora 2).

Isadora 2 Plugin File Paths: A Quick Reference 

TroikaTronix Plugins 

Mac OS 

/Library/Application Support/TroikaTronix -> Isadora Plugins, Isadora Controls, GLSL Plugins 

Windows 

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\TroikaTronix -> Isadora Plugins, Isadora Controls, GLSL Plugins 

FreeFrame Plugins

Mac OS 

/Library/Application Support/FreeFrame 

Windows 

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\FreeFrame 

Quartz Composer Plugins 

Mac OS Only 

/System/Library/Compositions 

/Library/Compositions 

~/Library/Compositions 

User Actors 

This file path is user-defined and kept in Isadora's global preferences. It is initially not defined. 

You can set your file path for User Actors within Isadora, under Actors -> Set Global User Actors Folder...