Required Computer Resources:
What software do I need to view the multimedia presentations?
You'll need QuickTime; this is a robust multimedia technology, compatible with both Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows systems, and available for free from Apple computer. Every Macintosh system and virtually every Windows system can install and use it.
In fact, QuickTime is commonly already installed on many systems (you may already have it!), but if you don't, installation is fast and easy - it requires only a few minutes with a modern Internet connection. Most users with computers connected to the Internet via cable modem have already installed QuickTime as part of the @Home software package. To see if your computer may have QuickTime installed already, or to troubleshoot an existing QuickTime installation, click here.
If you know already that you don't have QuickTime installed yet, click on the button below, and follow the directions on the QuickTime page to download and install the "Free Player".
Printed material here requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (also free, isn't life grand...). If you don't have it already, you can get it here.
Although this site uses only the QuickTime format, some external links to multimedia presentations require the free version of RealPlayer.
What computer hardware do I need to view the multimedia presentations?
Any recent basic system should do just fine, Macintosh or Windows, we try to support you all! The presentations should perform well on any Power Macintosh computer, or a Windows computer with a Pentium 166 or better. You will need at least 32 MB of RAM and 20 MB of free hard disk space to have an acceptable experience.
Your computer will need a sound output card to hear the audio, naturally - almost every computer has this built-in. External speakers help to make the sound much more enjoyable, and usually give you some control over the tone as well to customize the sound to your liking.
To allow the slides to be readable, you should have a monitor capable of at least 800x600 pixels resolution and "thousands of colors" or "high color" mode; however, a larger monitor with higher resolution gives a better picture - try the larger size monitor buttons on the presentation window! We have tried to give a very good experience to those with basic systems, but hopefully a better experience to those with the upgraded systems to enjoy it!
What kind of Internet connection do I need to view the multimedia presentations?
The presentations are technically delivered in such a way that any speed of Internet connection will work, however institutional, xDSL, cable, or ISDN Internet connections are certainly preferred due to the amounts of data transmitted. A dial-up modem will still work, with a little patience at the beginning to allow some of the presentation to preload. Please see the suggestions in the section called "Controlling the Presentation".