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Program Type
Conversion/Compatibility Issues and Solutions
Word Processing
  • save files as html or pdf
  • have students save and send in rtf format if there are using a program such as WorkPerfect
  • require Word
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack - open 2007 files in older programs
  • always use jpg or gif for photos or bitmaps
  • make sure file sizes are small - make the dimensions about 200 pixels or less (height and width)
  • if students are creating presentations or papers with graphics, put the instruction on the left in your syllabus
  • Save PowerPoint as pdf or html
  • Flash (swf) needs plugin
  • if student create presentations, specify that graphic file sizes must by small - put a limit on PP file size (1 MG) or viewing by other students will be affected
  • To reduce file size:
    • Save your PowerPoint file as html
    • use "Compress Pictures" on the "Picture Tools">"Adjust" menu
    • save picture as .jpg or .gif
  • Flash Video (.flv), QuickTime (.mov) and RealPlayer (.rm) are compatible with Mac and PC and can be streamed (see Sorenson Squeeze in Programs & Applications)
  • make sure they have downloaded add-ins (QT, Real)
Mac/PC Issues
  • If working on a Mac, save files with "Append file extension" - checked in the Save dialog box (add an extension to student Mac files that have none)
  • Save files to HTML or PDF for best compatibility
  • iPod (depends on model) - best to use MP3 and allow to be read by those who do not own an iPod
  • iPod (depends on model):
    • can open MP3, WAV, JPEG, GIF
    • some cannot open WMA or MOV
Last Updated: 03/19/2018
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