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Law School Computer Lab – what do I need to know?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

The Law Library has a student computer lab consisting of six PC’s running Windows 7, and four Mac computers running Snow Leopard.  Both the Macs and PC’s have the full Microsoft Office suite as well as Adobe Professional.  The PC computers also have Paint Shop Pro and Dreamweaver.  The Mac computers have iMovie and iDVD loaded.

There are also two networked printers where students can print and use their print credits.  Each student is allotted 400 print credits per semester.  If you do not use all of your print credits, they do roll over to the next semester.  A credit is a piece of paper, so duplex printing will save you money and also save a tree.

Also in the computer lab you will find a scanner attached to one of the PC’s.  This scanner creates PDF documents, and also scans in duplex mode.

The computers also have an image preserving software installed on them called Deep Freeze.  When a computer is restarted, it is restored back to the original image.  This helps with managing updates; it also keeps all the software available to be used by each student.  It prevents viruses from installing onto the computers.  Students should never save a file onto the hard drive of the lab computers.  Students can save files into their Netfiles folder (which is preferred, since you can get to this location no matter what lab or personal computer you may be using), google docs, a thumb drive, or they can email themselves a file.  Files saved onto the hard drives of the lab computers will be lost once the computer is restarted.

It’s also very important to RESTART the lab computers once you are done using them.  If you do not, the next student has the opportunity to use your print credits.  Restarting also ensures that the software is available for the next student to use.

Do you have any questions about the computer lab?  Please stop by the Law School Help Desk and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Converting a PDF to a Word File

Monday, October 19th, 2009

We’ve all been put in the situation of needing a PDF to be a Word file.  There is a free internet service – www.pdftoword.com – that will let you convert MOST files from PDF to Word.

  1. Log into the website.  Click the “browse” button to browse to the PDF file you would like to convert.
  2. Choose either to convert the file to a .doc (Word) file or .rtf file.
  3. Type in your email address.  Click “Convert.”

You will get an email from PDF to Word with the converted file.  Open the attachment in Word.

What else do I need to know?

  1. There is a limit on the size of the file that this free service will convert (8MB).
  2. Sometimes the service is unable to perform the function.  If the original document was scanned sideways, if the PDF file has a lot of handwritten information in the margins, or if none-clear text is the PDF file, the service will not be able to read the words as actual “words” but will look at the text as a image and convert it as such.
  3. Works on all operating systems.
  4. However, if the PDF file is a clean document, this service does a GREAT job of stripping the PDF code out of the document so it can be manipulated in Word.

Would you like a handout?  Click pdftoword.pdf