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Due to the dynamic nature of Internet development, it is often necessary to upgrade the tools which you use to view Web files. Browsers need to be updated to harness the full capabilities of many sites, and plug-ins need to be downloaded to keep pace with the emerging technology that requires these specialized applications. To make upgrading your browser and plug-ins easier, we've created this Tools Page with links to the latest Internet software.
Most of this software is not absolutely necessary for using resources on our site. However, if you use our external links or browse the Web frequently, it's a good idea to use this page to tune up your browser and plug-ins.

Software Download and Installation

Install a useful tool for viewing and printing PDF files.
Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to view and edit files with the .pdf (Portable Document Format) extension. If you would like to view the PDF-formatted pages on our site and do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can install it now.

Tips on Installation
  1. Be sure to check the system requirements before downloading.
  2. If you are using Microsoft's Internet Explorer Version 4.0, you must update your compatible Active X controls. This can be done automatically by following the links on the Acrobat Reader download page.
  3. If the software does not download initially, Adobe's server is busy. If you receive an FTP error message before a new Adobe page loads, try the back button on your browser and try the link again. After doing this several times in succession, the page should load.
  4. Download time is about 18.5 minutes with a 28.8 modem connection.
Setting Preferences

For ease in using Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should update the preferences on your Web browser.

  1. Under the Options menu on your browser choose General Preferences.
  2. Select the Helpers tab.
  3. Under File Type select application/pdf.
  4. Select the Launch the Application radio button.

This will immediately load Acrobat Reader when viewing PDF files.

Install Netscape Communicator as your Web browser or update your current version.

Netscape Communicator is one of the leading Web browsers. Netscape Communicator includes the Web browser Netscape Navigator and other applications which allow you to create your own Web pages. Information concerning your system and an estimated download time will load automatically. Just follow the steps on the download page.

Tips on Installation
  1. Enter the required registration information on the download page.
  2. The browser will prompt you to edit the saving location.
  3. After saving, you must launch the program by locating it on your computer or using the Run option in the Start menu on your computer.
  4. Download time is about 60 minutes with a 28.8 modem connection.

Install Microsoft's Internet Explorer as your Web browser or update your current version.

Internet Explorer is one of the leading Web browsers. It is necessary to periodically update your Web browser to experience more recent Internet technology. Choose version 3.0 or the new version 4.0 and follow the instructions on the download page.

Tips on Installation
  1. Enter the required information on the download page.
  2. After choosing to download the application, the browser will prompt you to edit the saving location.
  3. After saving, you must launch the program by locating it on your computer or using the Run option in the Start menu on your computer.
  4. Download time is about 2 minutes with a 28.8 modem connection.

The Shockwave plug-in allows you to take full advantage of the interactive features included on many sites including games, animated interfaces, and instructional and educational presentations. It is one of the fastest growing tools used in Web development. The latest version of the software now supports streaming, which allows animation and sound files to begin playing immediately while media downloads in the background. This significantly reduces download time. Shockwave is compatible with Windows 3.1, 95, NT, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh. It is included with newer versions of Netscape Navigator, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and America Online.

Tips on Installation
  1. Enter the required registration information on the download page and choose the "Download Now" button.
  2. The browser will prompt you to edit the saving location.
  3. After saving, you must launch the program by locating it on your computer or using the Run option in the Start menu on your computer.
  4. Download time is about 5 minutes with a 28.8 modem connection.

The RealPlayer G2 plug-in allows you to listen to live and recorded audio broadcasts over the internet. Some sites that we link to use Real Audio technology for educational presentations. RealPlayer is required to listen to these presentations. RealPlayer G2 is compatible with a wide variety of operating systems.

Tips on Installation
  1. Choose your operating system, type of central processing unit (e.g., Pentium), language, and type of connection (e.g., modem speed) from the pull down menus on the download page.
  2. The browser will prompt you to edit the saving location.
  3. After saving, you must launch the program by locating it on your computer or using the Run option in the Start menu on your computer.
  4. Download time is about 7 minutes with a 28.8 modem connection.

Apple's QuickTime is a cross-platform application which allows you to view movie clips directly within your Web browser. Some sites use these movie clips for instructional purposes. QuickTime is compatible with many operating systems.

Tips on Installation
  1. Some platforms have special instructions needed for downloading (AOL, CompuServe, Internet Explorer, and Macintosh). Please refer to the download page for these specific instructions.
  2. After reading the special instructions, choose the platform on which you will be running the software.
  3. We recommend choosing the "easy" download version to install all necessary components at once.
  4. After saving, you must launch the program by locating it on your computer or using the Run option in the Start menu on your computer.
  5. Download time is about 5 minutes with a 28.8 modem connection.
Setting Preferences

For ease in using QuickTime, you should update the preferences on your Web browser.

  1. Under the Options menu on your browser choose General Preferences.
  2. Select the Helpers tab.
  3. Under File Type select application/qt.
  4. Select the Launch the Application radio button.

This will immediately load QuickTime when viewing .qt files.

 
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