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Your computer may already have the software you need to access most of our
if you do not have recent versions of software, you may need to
download them or additional plug-ins to be able to access
all of your online
course material. Use the links provided below to download FREE
versions of the software most commonly needed in our online classes. Check with your instructor to find out
whether you will need any special plug-ins.
Two Web browsers are recommended for use with our distance learning
software: Firefox (version 2 is fully-tested
with our distance learning software, version 3 testing is almost done) and Microsoft Internet Explorer (version
6 or 7).
Note: We strongly advise against using AOL's proprietary Web browser. (AOL-provided Internet service is OK; just don't use the Web
browser AOL provides.)
To download a free Web browser, click on the following links.
After you have downloaded your browser of choice, be sure to configure it
according to the System Requirements on the Etudes gateway page or as directed
by your instructor.
You may need to download Quicktime Player or RealPlayer in order to play
audio or video for a class. To view PDF documents, you may need Adobe Reader
software. If the software is required for your class and it is
not already installed on your computer, you can download it from the links
below. Once you download it, be sure to install it
by double-clicking on the installer file. Note that each of these programs has a
free version for viewing files and paid versions with additional features. The
free version should be sufficient for most of our classes.
A high-speed Internet connection such as DSL or cable will provide the most
satisfying online experience for most of our online classes. Dial-up will likely
not be fast enough, and satellite connections are not recommended. Below are a
couple of Internet Service Providers in the San Francisco Bay Area, but your
options will depend on your local community.
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