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My favorite and most often used utility is PowerDesk. It is a sort of Windows
Explorer, but much better, easier to use and with many included
options, such as ftp, zip, selective printing, searching, ... as well
as an optional horizontally split double window where I can view an
image or text in a document, scrollable, before I need to go to the
actually opening it:
You can do a free fully functional download of PowerDesk but,
being a software developer and appreciative of the time and effort it
takes to write good software, I believe in registering and paying for
any shareware I like to use. Here is a screenshot downloaded from the
illustrated tour on the website -- for multimedia clips for Blackboard
and the web, where the option to include a media clip without a path is
For information, tour, download, see http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,3491,00.asp
An alternative essential utility is for zipping / archiving: You can
compress one or more files at a time, with impressive rates in reduced
filesize, for backup storage on a backup disk, or for e-mail or a
website or Blackboard.
When you need them again, the same utility lets you unzip/uncompress
the zipped files.
The recipient of your e-mail or user of your web based zip file needs
unzipping software to unzip your zipped file.
A student in your Bb course does not unzipping software: Bb will unzip
the file when
clicked on -- provided you uploaded it with the correct instruction for
a packaged file.
There are many packages available, some free, some are shareware: you
download, test, and then buy for a very reasonable price.
PowerArchiver and PowerZip are
excellent, as is
Winzip. As Winzip seems to be a popular choice at Lehman, here
is an illustrated guide to using a Windows utility (here WinZip, a
free download for testing and a small amount for registration and
purchase of the pro version)
to package one or several files into one, such as one html file with
or a collection
of images, or a PowerPoint demonstration, or a datafile --
zipping or archiving a file reduces its file size, especially when its
a datafile, and therefore the
time for downloading (to a computer) or uploading (to another
It is recommended for e-mail as well as for the web. You can easily
a zipped file to Blackboard with the instruction to unpack the file,
and Blackboard will automatically unzip
file and display it.
Get winzip90.exe from Download.com
downloads, shareware, and more
Download it into a folder, such as c:\My Programs\winzip and double
click the exe file to install it there on your computer.
Please note that this is shareware, and you should pay for it if you
decide to keep and use it. The developer of the program deserves to get
You can opt for the classic or the wizard interface during
For this guide, I chose to illustrate the wizard interface.
Open Winzip and you will see the following screen:
Here, click on Options to get the following screen:
Here, the image shows the folders on my computer; the folder list on
computer will differ. Select or add the folder that contains ALL the
you want to package into a single zip file. If the folder is not
click on Add a folder to list -- to add the folder to the list shown.
OK. If the folder that contains ALL files you want to package into a
zip file was not automatically included into the list of your favorite
zip folders, you can click on Other Zip Folders and select one of the
Click on one of the trhee options to select it, then click OK.
After clicking on Default Unzip Folder, accept the default
or click Browse and change to a different location on your hard disk,
then click OK.
Why? Whenever you receive a .zip file and unzip it, its contents will
appear in the folder you choose here. Please copy the unzipped files
the folder where you want them, then delete them in the Default Unzip
so it is ready for the next batch of files from a zip file.
on the Misc tab produces this screen. Here you can choose either Wizard
or Classic interface and some additional options. Click OK when you are
done with your selection.
the previous screen gives you this screen:
and click Unzip Now, and/or Close.
Ursula Hoffmann, April 2005, Winzip v. 9.0