Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Software needs when downloading material from net
Re: Software needs when downloading material from net
Steven G. Tyler
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 22:21:02 -0500
Jan Mussler asked a lot of newbie questions:
> But what software do you need to open a GIF image file?
Basically, any image-capable Web browser will be able to display a .GIF
file. For instance, after you've downloaded the file, in Netscape
Navigator, select File/Open Page..., then specify the location of the
downloaded file. If you havedn't associated your browser with the .GIF
file, select View/Options/File Type/New Type from My Computer or
Explorer, then specify your browser to load when you want to view a .GIF
Other than your browser, there are any number of graphics programs that
can handle .GIF files.
> And for that matter, there are a
> lot of file types out there that I am unfamiliar with, that usually pop up
> that window - Browse for the type of program to open this file with - and
> I never know what to choose. Is there some easy way to know?
No. You need some clue as to what type of file it is, and what
application created and can use it. Once you have that info, you can do
the same as above, pointing to the appropriate program if you have it.
> What do you use Acrobat, for instance for?
Uhh, actually, the Acrobat Reader is used to view .pdf files. Most
browsers have a plug-in that allows you to view .pdf files from within
your browser, and most sites that offer .pdf files also offer a link to
the download site. Otherwise, go to
download the appropriate viewer.
> And what is a good "browser" for the Web?
Take your pick: Netscape Communicator is my favorite, but MS Internet
Explorer is competent. If you want a smaller browser, Opera is a good
> I often have trouble downloading anything with a picture - won't print at
> all or you get a big black box.
That's browser-specific. Check the preference settings. Backgrounds are
a chronic problem -- I don't know of any browser that does a really
accurate job of replicating what's actually on the screen. However, all
current browsers should print graphic and text elements other than the
background, unless the browser or printer settings disable graphic
> Or you get into a Website and there is that "broken link" picture - what does that mean?
That means that the Webmaster can't write HTML code -- the page has
pointed your browser to a non-existent (or more likely misspelled)
Steve on Cattail Creek (Steven G. Tyler, Esq.) <email@example.com>
The Computer Counselor -- Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and Webmaster, Troop 339, BAC, BSA