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Browsers, Plug-ins, Players and Viewers

To take full advantage of all the features in this course, be sure you have the right technology at your fingertips. This includes a good Web browser and appropriate plug-ins.

The Web and the tools used to publish on it are changing every day. If you are using an older version of a browser that cannot handle advanced features of HTML, then some portions of this course may not work for you. We recommend that you use the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Plug-ins, Players and Viewers
Browsers also use plug-ins and other helper applications to help them display Web documents. If you encounter an element (such as video or animation) that requires one of these helpers, you may see a message that your browser isn't equipped for that content type. Viewers are required to display certain files formats, such as a PowerPoint slide show. These are common plug-ins, players, and viewers that are used on the Web in general, and that may also be used in this course. We recommend that you download all of them.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is free, and freely distributable, software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Apple QuickTime player is for viewing video in Apple's QuickTime format. Works with over 30 audio, video and image formats.

Microsoft Office Viewers   - PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.  Click on Downloads then Search for Viewers.

Macromedia Shockwave and Flash is for viewing interactive content in various Macromedia formats.

Real Player is for streaming audio and video content.

Windows Media Player - Download Version 10

WinZip - PC file compression/decompression utility

StuffIt Expander - Mac file decompression utility