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Program Type
Conversion/Compatibility Issues and Solutions
Word Processing
  • save files as Word, RTF, or PDF
  • have students save files as Word, RTF, or PDF
  • require Word
  • 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 .pptx
  • Add narration and save as MP4 video
  • specify that graphic file sizes must be small - put a limit on file size (1 MG) or viewing by other students will be affected
  • To reduce file size:
    • use "Compress Pictures" on the "Picture Tools">"Adjust" menu
    • save pictures as .jpg or .gif
  • Flash Video is not recommended
  • MP4 is the best format for video
  • make sure they have access to high-speed internet
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)
  • iPod (depends on model):
    • can open MP3, WAV, JPEG, GIF
    • some cannot open WMA or MOV
Last Updated: 05/09/2018
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