Software & Plug-ins for Office Documents and Video

Some of these plug-ins might be required to view material in your class that uses online technology.  Is there a plug-in that is missing?  Please send the development team an email.

File Extension Name Download Location Use
.docx, .docm, .pptx, .ppsx, .potx Microsoft Office 2007 (WINDOWS) download the plug-in (PC) Open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the file formats new to Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.
.docx, .docm, .pptx, .ppsx, .potx Microsoft Office 2007
download the add-in
This version of the converter can convert the following Office Open XML file formats: Word Document (*.docx), Word Macro-Enabled Document (*.docm), PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx), PowerPoint Show (*.ppsx), PowerPoint Template (*.potx)
.pdf Adobe Acrobat Reader acrobat download link (PC & Mac) Document Distribution
.swf Macromedia Flash Player flash download link (PC & Mac) Web Animation
.xls Microsoft Excel Viewer excel viewer download link (PC) To view Excel documents (required if Excel is not installed on your computer.)
.ppt Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer powerpoint viewer download link (PC)

powerpoint viewer download link (Mac)

Viewing PowerPoint files (required if PowerPoint is not installed on your computer)
.doc Microsoft Word Viewer word viewer download link Viewing Word documents (required if Word is not installed on your computer).
 .mwv Microsoft Windows Media Player windows media player download link (PC & Mac *) Various types of streaming and multimedia file types.
.mov QuickTime Player quicktime download link (PC & Mac) Steaming/multimedia
.rm, .ram RealOne Player real player download link (PC & Mac) Steaming/multimedia
.wmv Microsoft Silverlight Silverlight linkMac & PC This allows playback of Windows Media files embedded in web pages

* To view movies in the wmv format, a Mac must have Windows Media Player installed or the Flip4Mac plug-in for QuickTime Player. These two programs are available free from Microsoft.

Read and follow the instructions to download and install one or both of these programs. When you want to watch a video that is in the wmv file format  the video will either open in QuickTime or Windows Media Player, depending on how you have set program preferences in your Mac. If the wmv is located on a streaming server (as it is from CSUSM) and you have a fast internet connection and a fast Mac you can view the video as it is streamed via the internet to your Mac. Alternatively you may wish to or need to wait until the entire file is downloaded to your hard drive and then open it with either one of the players. Both players will play wmv files (QT must have the Flip4Mac plug-in), so it is a personal choice which one to use, although in the long run QuickTime is the preferred Mac player, especially now that Microsoft is no longer developing Windows Media Player for Macintosh. Windows Media Player will not play QT video.

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