Downloading .EPS Graphic Files

on Thursday, June 23, 2011

The .EPS format is a type of graphic that can only be opened and manipulated by programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. It's an excellent format to work with in that .EPS vector graphics can be resized without losing resolution or pixelating. Unfortunately, because it is a proprietary format that can only be opened and modified with certain programs (such as Illustrator and Photoshop), it can be a bit tricky to work with if you don't have the appropriate program.

The good news: if you don't have Illustrator or Photoshop, you can still download and use .EPS files. Here's how. Left-click on the link and choose the Save As command to save it to your desktop or an easy to access folder. Now, browse to the file and look at it. If no programs on your computer recognize the .EPS extension, your browser may change the file extension to .PS. If that happens, here's the key step to remember: change the file extension back to .EPS. How? Right-click the file, choose Rename, and change the file extension (the part after the dot) back to .EPS manually. You may get an error message warning you not to change file extensions - generally a good idea - but it can be safely ignored in this context.

Then, to use the graphic in a program such as Word, PowerPoint, or Publisher, use the Insert>Picture>From File commands to browse to the .EPS graphic and insert the image into your document.

Thanks to the CSU Graphic Standards page for this information.

ACE/NETC 2011 Recordings

on Friday, June 17, 2011

The CSU Extension Tech Unit was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2011 ACE/NETC conference in Denver last weekend. Lots of excellent presentation on communications and technology, and some very exciting keynote speakers.

The good news for you is that much of the conference is now online. ACE/NETC has set up a site - - linking to recordings of many of the speakers and presentations.

A small sampling (these link directly to the presentations):

It was also our great privilege to hear Dr. Temple Grandin speak. Her funny, moving and challenging presentation can be found here:
There are over 20 presentations available at the site. Please visit! I promise you'll learn something.

Sending Data From a Webpage Form Via Email

on Friday, June 10, 2011

Want to learn how to put a form onto a webpage so that the data is emailed to you after it is submitted by the end-user? Darrin Goodman ( has created a simple and easy to follow tutorial on how to do just that, at

Here are two screen shots from his tutorial. The first shows a sample form displayed on a webapge. The second shows an email sent to the webmaster, containing data from that form, as submitted by the end-user.

Thanks for the tutorial, Darrin!

Facebook Security Settings

on Friday, June 3, 2011

Angie Asmus and Steven Lovaas both sent out emails today about Facebook security settings that I thought I'd clarify with a few screenshots.

First, go to Account in the upper righthand corner. Click the pulldown arrow to the right and choose Account Settings (below).

Scroll down until you get to Account Security (below). Click Change.

Check the box that says "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible." While you're at it, you might want to consider also checking the box "When an unrecognized computer or device tries to access my account, send me an email." That's it!