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Adobe Reader - To view documents that are "pdf files," a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader is required.
get adobe reader

PowerPoint Viewer - To download a free viewer, go to the Microsoft home page and search for "PowerPoint viewer."
get powerpoint viewer
Quicktime - To view animations that are "mov files," a player such as QuickTime is required. This software may be downloaded without charge.
get quicktime
Adobe Flash Player - To view flash animations Adobe Flash Player or a similar product is required. This software may be downloaded without charge.
get adobe flash
iTunesiTunes has multiple playlist functions, native burn support, visual effects, and file conversion. [MPEG-4 player]
get iTunes

Windows Media Player - Windows Media Player supports AVI movies. This software may be downloaded without charge.
get windows media player
RealPlayer - RealPlayer enables consumers to play and manage audio and video clips. [MPEG-4 player]
get realplayer


Created June 29, 2009, Updated December 6, 2019