Thursday, March 7, 2013

Bottom line: can convert your Apple (Pages, Numbers, Keynote) filetypes to Microsoft (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) filetypes so you can open them on HSLIC computers.

Hi everyone,

According to our survey data from earlier this year, the classes of 2013 and 2014 and heavily Mac-oriented.  Unfortunately, HSLIC only offers PCs on North Campus.  This means that those of us using Apple software like Pages, Numbers, or Keynote have to remember to convert or export those files to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint formats, respectively, in order to access them from the HSLIC computers.  For students that like to take advantage of their free HSLIC printing, you're out of luck if you forgot to make the conversion before you put your file on Dropbox* or USB.

Today I ran across a Lifehacker post about an online tool called Zamzar that can convert your Mac files to PC files.  You just upload the file, and they email you the converted document.  Seems like this would be a good tool to keep in mind for those times when you forget, and you've only got 30 minutes until you're required to turn in a printed copy of your assignment**.


*Full disclosure, that Dropbox link is Matt Mehne's referral link, so he gets extra space if you sign up through it.

**We're also working with the Preceptorship Office to start allowing students to turn in assignments via email in addition to print, as PIE and Continuity Clinics are some of the last major assignments don't accept emailed submissions.

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