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...