Category Archives: Tips

Tech Tip: How to Create PDF files for free

On a PC

On a Mac, press File / Print and select the PDF button near the bottom of the window.  Next, select Save As PDF.   This video from Lynda.com shows you how: http://www.lynda.com/Office-Mac-tutorials/Printing-PDF/73560/75853-4.html?org=oswego.edu

For assistance installing or using CutePDF, please contact the CTS Help Desk at x3456 or email help@oswego.edu.


Tech Tips are a collaboration of Campus Technology Services and the Campus Technology Advisory Board.  Computer assistance is always available from the CTS Help Desk,http://www.oswego.edu/cts/help.html315-312-3456help@oswego.edu.

TechTip – Campus Wifi Setup

Setting up your tablet, smart phone, or other wireless device on the campus network requires a quick, one-time configuration.  You can find all the how-to details on CTS’ Wireless Network page:http://www.oswego.edu/cts/wireless.html


Tech Tips are a collaboration of Campus Technology Services and the Campus Technology Advisory Board.  Computer assistance is always available from the CTS Help Desk, http://www.oswego.edu/cts/help.html315-312-3456help@oswego.edu.

iPhone Spring Cleaning

With the release of the new iPhone 5S just around the corner, you may be stowing away for the latest & greatest offering from Apple. However, those who are content with their current iPhone model may want to take steps to keep it fast and ready for the new iOS 7 (Apple’s latest Operating System for the phone). The folks over at LifeHacker put together a Spring cleaning list for those iPhone users dissatisfied with their sluggish system. One of the quickest ways to improve speed is often to simply reboot (“turn it off & on again”). This clears the system memory and often results in quicker speeds!

Mobile Office Apps

We’re often asked about Office apps on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. While an official Microsoft Office app does exist for most mobile systems, it requires an active Office 365 subscription. For those users who don’t have that subscription (probably you, if you’re reading this), there are several great alternatives.

I recommend the official Google Drive app, available for iOS and Android systems. It allows you to access all of your LakerApps files stored on Drive, including spreadsheets and presentations. Best of all, it’s free!

Alternative apps can be found under the “Productivity” category on the Google Play and iOS App Store. A popular iOS alternative is Pages ($9.99), an Apple made app. On the Android side of things, expert Office aficionados prefer Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) for an expensive experience.
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what mobile Office you prefer!

Looking to buy a new tablet or smartphone?

The popularity of tablets & smartphones is growing at a fast rate (while PC sales slump). However, for many users it is frustrating to choose not only “what” to purchase, but “when” to do so! Because competition is so fierce among top companies like Samsung and Apple, models seem to become obsolete literally as they touch store shelves.

While that may be a bit hyperbolic, it’s certainly a bummer when your recently purchased tablet is left in the dust by that flashy new i-Quadcore-5X…-thing. Luckily for the rest of us, the good folks at MacRumors keep an up-to-the-date Mac Buyer’s Guide to let you know when is the best time to buy.

Unfortunately for Android aficionados, there is no ultimate (up-to-date) guide, because a whole slew of companies create the slates. However, there are some sites that offer brand agnostic buyer’s guides.

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Have some important events on your LakerApps Calendar that you wished stood out from the rest?  Give it a special color.

While viewing the details of an event, click a color in the “Event Color” section.  A small palette of colors is available.  Save the event.  When you view your calendar, especially in “Day” or “Week” view, you’ll see your event stands out from the rest.

 

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Using Mail Links with LakerApps Gmail

Are you a LakerApps Gmail user and wished when you clicked an email link in a web page that it would just use Gmail rather than asking you to launch Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird?  Well, now you can, at least with the Firefox browser.

To integrate Firefox with LakerApps, there is a simple configuration setting that needs to be done.  From the Firefox Tools menu select “Options” then click on the “Applications” tab and scroll down in the list of applications until you see “mailto.”  Under the Action menu, select “Use Gmail.”

Now when you click on an email link in a web page, it will allow you to send your message using Gmail. If you are not currently logged into LakerApps at the time you click on the email link, it will first ask you to login and then direct you to a compose window to compose and send your message.

All faculty and staff who receive a new machine will have this change automatically applied to their Firefox browser.