Browser Plug-Ins

Depending on the types of files that you will be working with in your online course, you may need some of these browser plug-ins or special programs to be able to open those files. Below you will find a link to the download sites for these plug-ins and programs.

Windows software
Software Download Description
Adobe Reader
from Adobe Systems
Download Freeware; Application for viewing Adobe PDF files.
Flash Player
from Adobe Systems
Download Freeware; A widely distributed animation player.
Shockwave Player
from Adobe Systems
Download Freeware; An animation player used for many games and interactive presentations.
Quicktime
from Apple
Download Freeware; A commonly available video player, used frequently for podcast audio and video.
RealPlayer
from Real Networks
Download Freeware; A commonly available audio and video player, used frequently for radio stations.
Windows Media Player
from Microsoft
Download Freeware; An audio and video player. Used frequently for live video. Primary video used inside of Desire2Learn
iTunes
from Apple
Download Freeware; Music store and very popular podcast player.
Powerpoint Viewer
from Microsoft
Download Freeware; a program that is used to run presentations on computers that do not have Microsoft PowerPoint installed.
Word Viewer
from Microsoft
Download Freeware; a download that lets users who do not own Microsoft Word view and print documents that were created in Word.
WinZip
from WinZip International
Download Shareware $29.95; a program that opens and creates .ZIP files.
FilZip
by Phillipp Engel
Download Freeware; a program that opens and creates .ZIP files.
SpyBot Search and Destroy
by Patrick M. Kollat
Download Freeware; a malware, spyware and adware removal program.

Mac OS X software
Software Download Description
Adobe Reader
from Adobe Systems
Download Freeware; Application for viewing Adobe PDF files.
Flash Player
from Adobe Systems
Download Freeware; A widely distributed animation player.
Shockwave Player
from Adobe Systems
Download Freeware; An animation player used for many games and interactive presentations.
Quicktime
from Apple
Download Freeware; A commonly available video player, used frequently for podcast audio and video.
RealPlayer
from Real Networks
Download Freeware; A commonly available audio and video player, used frequently for radio stations.
Flip4Mac
from Telestream, Inc.
Download Freeware; plays Windows Media files inside of QuickTime, and replaces Windows Media Player for Mac.
iTunes
from Apple
Download Freeware; Music store and very popular podcast player.
StuffIt
from Allume Systems
Download Freeware; A group of programs which can open and create ZIP files.