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?)
Adobe Reader allows you to view, save, and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Adobe Flash Player¬†¬† (Do you have it?)
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?)
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?)
QuickTime Player allows Mac and Windows users to play back audio and video files.
Windows Media Player¬†¬† (Do you have it?)
Windows Media Player allows you to view, listen and download streaming video and audio.
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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