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General Software Help

Software available in on‐campus labs

Software training

Some departments may provide software training to their faculty, staff, and students. Check with your department to learn more or take a look at some of the other on‐ and off‐campus training resources below.

Recommended/supported operating systems

EEE supports all modern operating systems. We recommend that users stay as up to date as possible, not just to ensure compatibilty with EEE, but to maintain a secure computing environment.

Supported operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows (Vista, 7, 8)
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6+ (Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion)

Supported web browsers

EEE supports the latest browsers for all modern operating systems. We recommend browsers be allowed to automatically update not just to ensure compatibility with EEE, but to maintain a secure and modern computing environment.

The list of supported browsers can be found on the UC Irvine Office of Information Technology Browser Standards page. You can use any of the supported browser versions (or later) to access EEE.

Make sure you are using a supported web browser by Friday, 8/29/2014, when EEE is scheduled for a security update.

Recommended/supported email clients

Recommended/supported office/productivity suites

While no specific suite is required, it is highly recommended that one be available to you. On‐campus computer labs provide free access to popular office/productivity suites.

Recommended office suites:

  • UCI Google Apps*
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or later
  • OpenOffice.org 2.0 or later*

* free

Common file formats

Common file formats:

  • .csv: Comma‐separated values, used for data transfer (compatible with Microsoft Excel).
  • .doc: Documents by Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Write.
  • .docx: Documents by Microsoft Office 2007 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008 on Mac OS X (not compatible with earlier versions).
  • .xls: Spreadsheets by Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc.
  • .ppt: Slide show presentations by Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress.
  • .pdf: Portable Document Format by, Mac Preview and others.
  • .ram: Audio/video by RealPlayer.
  • .txt: Generic text documents by most text publishing programs.
  • .rtf: Generic formatted text documents by most text publishing programs.
  • .zip: Compressed or archived files

Common image formats

Common image file formats:

GIF / PNG (Graphics Interchange Format / Portable Network Graphic):

  • Best used for logos, line drawings and icons.
  • Supports transparency and animation.
  • High‐quality PNGs with better compressions than GIFs.

JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group):

  • Best used for photographic or "realistic" images.
  • Greater compression compared to GIFs.
  • Not recommended for images that are black and white, contain very sharp edges, or have lots of smallsize overlaid text.

EEE tool questions

EEE Help & How‐to includes detailed step‐by‐step guides for each EEE tool from the instructor & TA, student, and staff perspective (where applicable), as well as documents on other popular topics.

If you have a question, idea, or other feedback, you can also contact the EEE team directly.