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/ -> Isadora Plugins, Isadora Controls, 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...