Downloading and Utilizing Plug-ins and Viewers

Taking classes online oftentimes requires that you access audio and/or video resources on the Web, CD, or DVD. To experience some forms of multimedia, you will likely need special software called a plug-in. A plug-in, also referred to as a player, extends the capabilities of your Web browser.

When you encounter a web page that requires a special plug-in, you will often be prompted to download it. Most pages that require a plug-in will have a button to click that takes to the Website of the plug-in developer, where you can download the plug-in. Most plug-ins are free and usually download fairly quickly.

To check if you already have one or more of the following plug-ins installed, click the Do you have it? links below:

Adobe Reader   (Do you have it?)
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Adobe Reader allows you to view, save, and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Adobe Flash Player   (Do you have it?)
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Adobe Flash Player allows you to view content created with Flash such as interactive web applications and animations.

Adobe Shockwave Player   (Do you have it?)
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Adobe Shockwave Player allows you to view content created with Macromedia Director such as games and interactive 3D simulations.

QuickTime Player   (Do you have it?)
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QuickTime Player allows Mac and Windows users to play back audio and video files.

Windows Media Player   (Do you have it?)

Windows Media Player badge
Windows Media Player allows you to view, listen and download streaming video and audio.

Sun Java
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Sun Java Runtime Engine (JRE) allows you to use interactive tools on the web.

Microsoft Office Web Apps

Most instructors will require Microsoft Word 2007/2010 for assignments. If you do not have Microsoft Word 2007 or higher, you can access the Word 2010 Web App on your Live@edu account.

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