Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bottom line: Change the extension from "lor_instruction.cfm" to "lor_instruction.pdf" to view, edit, and print the "Print Letter Request Form" from ERAS.

Hi all,
I bet most of you have figured this out by now, but if you're using a Mac you have to use Firefox to access ERAS.  As far as I can tell, you're out of luck with Safari, Chrome, Opera, and Camino.  I haven't tried IE (*shudder*), since there's no IE for Mac.

Anyway, I was a might bewildered when I filled out my ERAS cover sheet for a LOR and it came in this weird ".cfm" filetype that wouldn't open properly for me.  A quick Google search led me to this thread at the SDN forums, which taught me I could just rename the file with a ".pdf" extension, and this seems to be working perfectly.  I found this unintuitive enough enough to warrant a quick email / blog post.

Wishing you all well,



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