Plug-ins and Viewers

Access

Access is a database creation and editing application produced by Microsoft. It is commonly included as a standard in the MS Office suite of applications. A free Snapshot "viewer" plug-in that allows users to view Access reports without having the software installed on their system is available through the downloads area of the Microsoft web site. (more)

Acrobat

Documents, images, and other forms of static content my be published as Adobe Acrobat documents. Acrobat files can generally be recognized by the unique *.pdf file extension. Viewing Acrobat files may require students to install the free "Adobe Reader" application. (more)

CrazyTalk

Some online courses may include animated talking characters of avatars that require the CrazyTalk web player. (more)

Excel

Excel is a spreadsheet creation and editing application produced by Microsoft. It is commonly included as a standard in the MS Office suite of applications and will be found in-use throughout CPCC's web sites and online offerings. A free "viewer" plug-in that allows users to view Excel spreadsheets without having the software installed on their system is available through the downloads area of the Microsoft web site. (more)

Flash

Adobe/Macromedia Flash is commonly used to develop dynamic animated content and graphics. These are quite commonly seen on the Internet, on interactive media, and eLearning courses. Viewing Flash content may require students to install the free "Flash Player" plug-in. (more)

Java

The Java Runtime Environment is a free application that users may be required to install in order to use certain tools and communication resources on CPCC's web sites and eLearning courses. For example, the chat rooms in the Blackboard system will require Java on the student's computer to operate correctly. (more)

MediaPlayer

Many eLearning courses and online offerings will make use of some multimedia including audio and video. It is common to find a variety of media types including mp3, wav, mpg, mov, wma, wmv, etc. Specifically, MediaPlayer is the preferred application for playing Microsoft's format of audio (wma) and video (wmv). These formats are quite commonly used by the college. Microsoft's MediaPlayer will also provide options to play and manage most standard audio and video formats. (more)

If you are an Apple/Mac system user and need to be able to view WMV or WMA media files, several plug-ins and options are available depending on your OS version. (more)

PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a presentation creation and editing application produced by Microsoft. It is commonly included as a standard in the MS Office suite of applications and will be commonly found throughout CPCC's web sites and online offerings. A free "viewer" plug-in that allows users to view PowerPoint presentations without having the software installed on their system is available through the downloads area of the Microsoft web site. (more)

QuickTime

Many eLearning courses and online offerings will make use of some multimedia including audio and video. It is common to find a variety of media types. Specifically, the QuickTime Player is the preferred application for playing *.mov "movie" files. (more)

Shockwave

Though less commonly found than Flash, Adobe/Macromedia Shockwave is sometimes used to develop dynamic and interactive content for media, courses, and web sites. Viewing Shockwave content may require students to install the free "Shockwave Player" plug-in. (more)

Visio

Diagrams and flowcharts are commonly produced with Microsoft's "Visio" charting application. These are not frequently presented online, but may be found in some courses and areas of CPCC's web sites. A free "viewer" plug-in that allows users to view Visio charts without having the software installed on their system is available through the downloads area of the Microsoft web site. (more)

Word

Documents are commonly produced by faculty in Microsoft's "Word" word processing application. These are quite common in online courses and throughout CPCC's web sites.

To view Word documents, a free "viewer" plug-in will allow you to view Word documents without having the software installed on your system. This option is available through the downloads area of the Microsoft web site. (more)

To open Word 2007 documents in prior version of Word, install the Compatability Pack. (more)