Software Requirements

Does it matter which Internet browser I have on my computer?
Our website supports the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome or Firefox when shopping at the DedicatedTeacher.com eStore. If you experience difficulty completing a transaction, you may need to upgrade your Internet browser.

What kind of software will I need?
Different types of files will require different software to run. For the majority of our products, which come in PDF format, you will need the latest version of Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded safely and installed quickly on your machine. This free program will enable you to view and print any PDF file, and take advantage of some of the Enhanced eBook features that are in certain books.

For ePub files, you will need the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions, a free program available for both Mac and Windows users, which can be downloaded safely and installed quickly on your machine. This will allow you to take full advantage of the optimized reading experience of an ePub file. To learn more about Adobe Digital Editions, please visit their FAQ page.

For MP3 files, your computer should have programs pre-installed that can play these. Double clicking on an MP3 should open it up in the default program. Other files, such as Powerpoint slides or Interactive Whiteboard files (SMART Notebook files, for example), may require you to have the corresponding applications. View product detail pages for more information.


How do I know what version of Adobe Reader is installed on my computer?

Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
/Windows 8
Open the program. Under the "Help" menu, select "About Adobe Reader." The screen that opens up will tell you what version you are using. This should be indicated by a set of Roman numerals after the program title (eg. Adobe Reader XI) and by a line of text indicating the current version, either under the program title or at the bottom of the screen (eg. Version 11.0.03).

Apple/Macintosh OS X
Open up Adobe Reader. Under the "Adobe Reader" menu, select "About Reader." The screen that opens up will tell you what version you are using. This is always indicated by a set of numbers after the program title (eg. Adobe Reader XI) and by a line of text indicating the current version, either under the program title or at the bottom of the screen (eg. Version 11.0.03).

Can I use Preview on my Mac?
Please note that the default program for Mac OS X is Preview, which we find is not as predictable for downloading and saving PDF files as Acrobat. For detailed instructions on opening files in Adobe Reader, please visit:

Downloading and Saving Your Purchase(s)

How do I use Adobe Read Outloud?
Some of our eBooks are compatible with Adobe Reader's "Read Out Loud" feature, allowing the contents on a PDF file to be narrated over your computer speakers. It's a great tool for teachers and students alike, and a feature that we would encourage you to try.

All of our Enhanced eBooks and a large portion of our regular eBooks can take advantage of the Read Out Loud feature. (To double check, you can always try it out on our sample files.)

To activate and use Read Out Loud, please:

1. Open the file in Adobe Reader XI (or Version 11); if you do not have the latest version, you can upgrade the program for free.
2. From the "View" menu in Adobe Reader XI, choose "Read Out Loud" then "Activate Read Out Loud."
3. From the same "Read Out Loud" menu (under "View"), now choose either "Read This Page Only" or "Read To End of Document."
(Other options under the same menu include "Pause" and "Stop.")

 

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