Plug-ins & Utilities

These are free or demonstration resources that you can download directly from software web sites to your own computer. Many SCC courses will make use of one or more of these resources for activities such as viewing streaming video or PowerPoint presentations.

 

Internet Browsers

Internet Explorer Logo

Microsoft Internet Explorer is Microsoft's World Wide Web browser.

Windows versions - Internet Explorer 9

 

Firefox Logo

 

Firefox is Mozilla's World Wide Web browser.

Windows and Macintosh versions

 

Plug-ins and Utilities

Must-Have Plug-ins and Utilities

Acrobat logo

Adobe Acrobat Reader is free software from Abode for viewing and printing Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Windows and Macintosh versions

 

Sun Java Virtual Machine logo

Desire2Learn requires Java to run important features, including quizzes and live chat sessions.

Sun Java™ Virtual Machine (JVM) Windows version - allows programs called "applets" to run inside your Web browser. Apple's Mac OS X ships with the Java 2 platform already installed.

Windows and Macintosh

   
Media Plug-ins

Media Player logo

Microsoft's Windows Media Player is the Windows default media player for viewing multiple video formats as well as playing MP3s. If you are a windows user, you likely already have one version of this software.

Windows version

 

Quicktime logo

QuickTime is Apple's complete technology for handling video, sound, animation, graphics, text, music, and even 360-degree virtual reality scenes. QuickTime handles 200 kinds of digital media with your PC and Macintosh.

Windows and Macintosh versions

 
VLC Media Player Logo

VLC Media Player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming files.

Windows version

   

Shockwave Logo

Adobe Shockwave - a video, sound, and animation viewer. It allows for viewing of all Shockwave content, including Flash. Shockwave also allows for the most engaging, interactive content on the Web.

Windows and Macintosh versions

 

Flash Logo

Adobe Flash - an animation viewer that supports sound. This will allow you to view animated sequences that are included in your course.

Windows and Macintosh versions

 

 

Virus/Spyware Protection for Windows Users

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ad-Aware logo

 

 

Spybot logo.

Windows-based computers, especially those using Internet Explorer to browse the web, are particularly vulnerable to parasites and spyware.

To help protect your PC against unsolicited commercial software, security flaws and viruses, it is recommended that you run a parasite/spyware detection and removal utility, complete current Windows Updates as available from Microsoft and scan for viruses frequently. To read more about parasites and spyware visit the DoxDesk web site.

DoxDesk web site

Ad-aware is a "no-cost" detection and removal utility that scans your memory, registry, hard, removable and optical drives for known data mining, aggressive advertising, and tracking components. These usually enter your computer system while using Internet Explorer.

Windows only

Spybot is another "no-cost" spyware detection and removal utility that can be used in addition to Ad-Aware. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most likely have spyware.

Windows only

 

 

 
Productivity Software

Office logo

OpenOffice Logo

NeoOffice

Abi Word Logo

Online students should have access to a basic word processing application. SCC instructors generally use Word, part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Some courses, specifically in the Computer Careers or Accounting programs, require students have access to specific Microsoft Office programs. Students should always check with instructors regarding specific class preferences.

Free alternatives to Microsoft Office are OpenOffice (for Windows and Macintosh OSX) and NeoOffice (for Macintosh OSX). Additionally, Abiword is a free word processing program. With OpenOffice, NeoOffice (Mac only) and AbiWord, the programs are compatible with the file formats required for assignments.

 

For more information about OpenOffice, visit their web site at www.OpenOffice.org; NeoOffice at www.neooffice.org and Abiword at www.abisource.com

 

 

 
Microsoft Updates and Utilities

Office logo

Microsoft offers a number of updates and free utilities for their products, including trial versions of some products. For a complete listing of Microsoft Updates and Utilities, check the appropriate site.

Microsoft Download Center

Microsoft Downloads for Macintosh

We are listing some of the more popular/useful Microsoft updates and utilities here:

PowerPoint Viewer works with presentations created in the following Microsoft Office programs:

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
Microsoft PowerPoint 2000
Microsoft PowerPoint 97

Windows version

 

 

 
HTML Editors

 

Nvu Logo

Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a "new view") is a free, complete web authoring system for Windows, Macintosh and Linux users that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG ("What You See Is What You Get") web page editing. Use it to create simple, single web pages or entire, complex web sites.

Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions

   
SeaMonkey Logo

SeaMonkey - is a free all-in-one Internet application including a web browser and HTML editor. SeaMonkey's powerful yet simple HTML editor - Composer - handles dynamic image and table resizing, quick insert and delete of table cells, CSS support.

Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions

 

TextPad logo

TextPad - is a powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files. Easy to use, with all the features a power user requires.

Windows version