Newbie question about compiling plugins for OSX
I'm wanting to use Ardour for a remix project I have. So far, it seems promising. I have some questions about available plugins. Bear with me as I'm not new to mac, but am a complete newb where Linux/terminal is concerned.
The plugins page lists a bunch of plugin sites. I've had a look at a few of the recommended ones but they all seem to need to be compiled. I'm not quite sure what this means. I gather it's a way of building the plugin into a usable state?
My questions are:
1. Why can't these plugins be available already compiled?
2. Are there compiled versions available? if so, where can I find them?
3. If compiled versions aren't available, could someone point me to a good, newb-friendly resource to learn a bit about compiling and how to do it.
Ardour looks very promising, so I'm hoping with a bit of info I can get some decent effects working.
Thanks in advance