The OfxHost Struct
The OfxHost struct is how a host provides plug-ins with access to the
various suites that make up the API they implement, as well as a host
property set handle which a plug-in can ask questions of. The
setHost function in the OfxPlugin struct is passed a pointer to an
OfxHost as the first thing to boot-strapping plug-in/host communication.
The OfxHost contains two elements,
host - a property set handle that holds a set of properties which describe the host for the plug-in’s API
fetchSuite - a function handle used to fetch function suites from the host that implement the plug-in’s API
The host property set handle in the OfxHost is not global across all plug-ins defined in the binary. It is only applicable for the plug-in whose ‘setHost’ function was called. Use this handle to fetch things like host application names, host capabilities and so on. The set of properties on an OFX Image Effect host is found in the section Properties on the Image Effect Host
fetchSuite function is how a plug-in gets a suite from the host.
It asks for a suite by giving the C string corresponding to that suite
and the version of that suite. The host will return a pointer to that
suite, or NULL if it does not support it. Please note that a suite
cannot be fetched until the very first action is called on the plug-in,
which is the load action.
Generic host structure passed to OfxPlugin::setHost function.
This structure contains what is needed by a plug-in to bootstrap its connection to the host.
Global handle to the host. Extract relevant host properties from this. This pointer will be valid while the binary containing the plug-in is loaded.
const void *(*fetchSuite)(OfxPropertySetHandle host, const char *suiteName, int suiteVersion)
The function which the plug-in uses to fetch suites from the host.
hostthe host the suite is being fetched from this must be the host member of the OfxHost struct containing fetchSuite.
suiteNameASCII string labelling the host supplied API
suiteVersionversion of that suite to fetch
Repeated calls to fetchSuite with the same parameters will return the same pointer.
It is recommended that hosts should return the same host and suite pointers to all plugins in the same shared lib or bundle.
NULL if the API is unknown (either the api or the version requested),
pointer to the relevant API if it was found
- OfxPropertySetHandle host