Microsoft Office?

Are you looking for a good price on Microsoft Office?

Office 365 University

Students and Faculty can purchase this software at a significant discount through Microsoft’s education store.

See the Pepperdine IT Student Discount page here:

http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/students/newstudents/student-discount.htm 

Many software vendors are now selling software subscriptions instead of one-time licenses.

Microsoft still sells a one-time license for Office but at $135 it’s about 65% more than the price of a four-year subscription which is now $80.  In the case of MS Office, the subscription model gives you more software (MS Publisher and MS Access is the big difference).  There’s also a $6.99 per month plan for Office 365 Personal but the $80 deal is way better for the same stuff.

NOTE: While MS Word is a standard in law schools and the legal community, great inroads are being made by Google Docs as well as Google’s other apps.  All of these apps are available for no cost through Pepperdine’s Google.pepperdine.edu service.

Mac Sierra OS Coming This Fall… But Not if You’re a Pepperdine Law Student

From Big Cats to Mountain Ranges… Apple is upgrading their Mac OS again this fall and once again, they are keeping the naming convention consistent with prior iterations, namely associated with California National Parks.

The latest OS version, Sierra (a.k.a. OS X 10.12), is coming soon to your Macbook screen. However, if you want to take a midterm or final exam with SofTest this fall, you may want to think twice before you click that little “update” button. Of course, if you don’t like taking final exams on your computer, then update away!

How-to-Download-MacOS-now-MacOS-Sierra-today-download-macOS-now-for-free-download-New-Features-Screenshots-Early-Verdict-UK-Rele-687319Long story short, SofTest will not work on the new OS, at least not at first. In order to protect the integrity of their OS development process, Apple strictly limits advance access to its new OS. While this is great for Apple in maintaining promotional control as well as its intellectual property, this lack of advance access makes it very difficult for 3rd party software developers, such as Examsoft, to ensure sophisticated programs like SofTest work on the new OS prior to its release. Developers can’t even begin developing a compatible update for their programs until after the OS is released to the general public.

So how does this affect us here at Pepperdine Law? Well, the lack of advance access causes a significant delay between the release of a new OS such as Sierra and a compatible update from Examsoft that will allow SofTest to work on the new operating system.

Bottom line, DO NOT upgrade to Sierra until you’ve received confirmation from the Pepperdine Information Services team that SofTest will work with Sierra. Typically, these updates are available 4-6 weeks after the OS release.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned to Lawtech for more info.

September is National Preparedness Month!

Emergency_PrepSeptember is National Emergency Preparedness Month!

Yep, it’s that time of year again.  Let’s start thinking about being prepared for emergencies.

 

 

We strongly recommend that you subscribe to notification services as well as make a plan for you and your family should the unthinkable happen.

The Pepperdine site, in addition to being our Pepperdine-focused web-based emergency status/update information source, has a wealth of information related to both campus preparedness as well as resources for personal preparedness.

 

Color Printing and Copies in the Law Library (Students and others)

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The Law Library maintains a color copier for both students and other library patrons to use.

Price per impression is $0.35.  This means if you print a color document that is duplexed (printed on both sides) you will be charged $0.70 for that piece of paper (if there’s color on both sides).

Note that if you choose to print a document that has some pages that are black and white and some that contain color, each black and white page will be charged at $0.06/impression (side of a page of paper) and the color impressions (sides of a page) will be charged at $0.35 each.  Yep, it’s a kinda smart system.

To access this color copier using your laptop or other device please go to THIS PAGE for detailed instructions.

To do a quick color print job:

  1. Make sure your document is in PDF format
  2. Make sure you have money on your ID Card (to add or to check go here)
  3. Using your Chrome browser go to https://copierprint.pepperdine.edu/
  4. You will need to login to this page with you Wavenet credentials
  5. Then click on the Web Print option on the left hand list of options then click on Submit a Job
  6. Follow the prompts (pick FindmeColor or FindmeBW)  Note that the charge for color is $0.35 per impression (but only for the pages with COLOR on them, pages with black and white are charged at $0.06)
  7. Select your number of copies (that’s your only option on this page – at this point this service does not support duplexing, or stapling)
  8. Upload your file — or drag it to the designated area on the screen.
  9. You will need to go to the copier to Release the job
  10. At the copier, login using your Wavenet credentials
  11. Select your print job from the list and release it

You will note that this is a VERY DIFFERENT SYSTEM FROM the black and white printers.   The black and white printers are maintained by the law school. The copiers are maintained by the University.  You should note that this is the last year (2016-2017) that the black and white printers will be provided through the law school as we are phasing out this service in favor of the more economical and efficient copier printing.

For black and white printing (using your laptop or mobile device) to the Law Library HP student printers go HERE

ExamSoft SofTest – Registering with Pepperdine

ExamSoft LogoExamSoft Worldwide produces the SofTest examination software used by many law schools and state bar examiners. This software is a secure essay exam word processor. Pepperdine School of Law allows students to use this software to take their mid term and final law exams. If you plan to use your laptop computer to take your exams, SofTest is required. The majority of students currently take all or some of their exams via this program.

SofTest can be downloaded from the Internet (http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw) and installed on your laptop computer. In order to use the ExamSoft SofTest program at Pepperdine University School of Law, you MUST agree to the terms of this ExamSoft Student Agreement

IMPORTANT: RETURNING USERS – If you have not taken an exam during the current term, you may need to re-register your software for the current academic school year. To do this, simply follow the same steps for installing the program for the first time. Login to the Examsoft website listed above, download SofTest and install. When prompted, accept the new academic year’s student agreement and follow the remaining prompts to install the latest version of SofTest.

Before attempting any exam, we highly recommend downloading and running a ‘Mock Exam’ within SofTest. This will help ensure the software is functioning properly on your computer prior to exam day.

If you have recently upgraded your computer’s operating system, be sure to update SofTest to the most current version. You should always verify you are running the latest version of SofTest before every exam. Outdated software is the most common cause of technical issues on exams. For more information on the latest version of SofTest, as well as instructions on verifying your current version and updating to the newest version, please visit our SofTest Update and Finals postings.

NOTE: ExamSoft will not support Mac OS beta releases. For more information on ExamSoft’s Mac OS requirements, please visit the ExamSoft website.

For Student Test Takers Tech Support and Help, please contact the Examsoft Test Takers Support line at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com.

Laptop Rentals (for students)

brokenlaptopThe University’s Tech Central provides rental laptops to students.

If you are stuck and need a temporary solution, check out their rental program by calling (310) 506-4811.

There is a limited number of rental units so don’t hesitate to call and reserve as system if you think you’ll need one!

Tech Central also offers an array of other fee-based services — see this site for more details.

 

New Copiers at Pepperdine!

MX-M354N-LPepperdine has just updated the copiers to the latest multi-function devices (MFDs) from Sharp (you can still call them copiers but they’re much more).

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Guests can print, scan, or copy on the new MFDs using a different procedure than was standard in the past.  Guests must buy a prepaid print card and then register online with our print/copy management system while students pay for their printing through their Student ID card.  See this page:http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/copyservices/printsetup.htm

Prior to this update, students, and guests could not print to the copiers in the University Library public areas.  This has now changed.  All students can print to all Sharp MFDs in public areas at any of the Pepperdine Southern California campuses.  This includes the newly installed color-enabled Sharp MFD in the Law Library public area.  Printing in color or black and white is possible and a document with a mix of color and black and white pages will only incur the higher cost for color on the pages where there is color.  This MFD is the only option for color printing for students in the Law Library.

The initiative that includes the installation of these new Sharp MFDs includes efforts university-wide to significantly reduce the number of individual and workgroup printers (which in aggregate are vastly less efficient and more expensive to maintain than the new copiers).

Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, the School of Law will be gradually removing workgroup and personal printers as we move printing and copying onto the new multi-function copiers from Sharp.  After graduation in May 2017, the School of Law will retire its existing student printing system in favor of the new more efficient and feature-rich system provided by the University.

PLEASE NOTE that student printing as managed in the Law Library will remain the same for all law students during the 2016-2017 school year.  Note also that while other university students CANNOT print to the law student printers, they CAN print to the new Sharp MFD located in the public area of the Law Library (near the fax machine and the student printers).

 

 

Gmail is Here to Stay – Top 3 Tips to Make Your Transition Easier

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Well it’s official, everyone has moved onto the Gmail train. For some of you, this may be welcome news. However, for those of you who had grown rather comfortable with the Outlook Exchange system, we’ve put together a few tips and settings that will help ease your transition.

First, login to Gmail through Wavenet. You can also go to Gmail.com, enter your Pepperdine Gmail address, and it will re-direct you to the Pepperdine authentication system.

  1. Start Using Chrome as Your Primary Browser – Gmail is a Google product and Chrome is a Google product, so it should come as no surprise they work much better together than non-Google browsers such as Firefox or Safari. If you aren’t on Chrome already, we recommend switching to Chrome before you switch to Gmail.
  2. Turn off “Conversation View”

Some people love this setting that groups all emails with the same topic title into one conversation view, so it looks like one email instead of the 20 it actually contains. This is a great way to keep track of all emails from one conversation especially when there are multiple people on an email and some “reply all” while others only reply. However, considering the conversation is also kept in a thread if you scroll down inside your email, it’s not entirely necessary. Plus it can get very confusing for people who are used to the Outlook format where each email is separate. To turn it off, click on 2016-02-19_1303the “Settings” button in the upper-right corner of your webpage inbox, (it looks like a tiny gear icon) and then choose “Conversation View Off” 2016-02-19_1304

 

1.a) While you’re there, you might want to also select the check-box for “Enable Undo Send”, it’s 2 rows down from Conversation View. The Undo Send feature allows you to recall a message up to 30 seconds after you’ve sent it, just in case you realize right after hitting the send button that oops, you forgot to include that spreadsheet that was the entire point of the email. Whatever the reason, you can pull it right back and fix the error.

3. Turn on Desktop Notifications

While you’re in the Settings, go ahead and turn on Desktop Notifications by selecting the radial button next to “New mail notifications on”. It’s only 3 rows down from Undo Send and this will give you that nice little popup email alert you are used to from Outlook.

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4. Enable some Labs

While still in settings, scroll up to the top of the page where all the blue lettered tabs are and select the “Labs” tab. From here you can browse and enable a variety of Labs. Google has put together a list of particularly helpful labs you can choose from. These are essentially add-on features designed to make your experience more customizable and hopefully more enjoyable. You can browse and select which ones are right for you. We highly recommend enabling the 3 labs listed below.

  1. Google Calendar Gadget: allows you to view all the upcoming appointments on your calendar, right from within your Inbox. You can click on any calendar item to open up your Google Calendar and see further details for the appointment.
  2. Preview Pane: This gives you that nice Vertical Split and preview pane you are so used to from Outlook. You can now scroll through and preview emails without actually having to open them, just like you did in Outlook (or maybe you didn’t use that in Outlook, in which case you won’t need this feature).
  3. Right Side Chat: This allows all your chat contacts to show up on the right side so they don’t compete for space with your Calendar gadget you just enabled. If you don’t like chat, you can turn off chat completely by selecting the “Chat” tab next to the “Labs” tab and then choose, “Chat Off”.

Personally, I love chat. This feature allows you to open up quick, live chat, voice, or video conversation with anyone at your organization.

Additionally, Gmail’s impressive search capabilities make it much easier to find emails than it was in Outlook.

Although not everything will work the same way in Gmail as it did in Outlook, you can customize a variety of things to be similar to features you are familiar with from Outlook. The above settings should make your move to Gmail a little easier.

As for frequently asked questions, the answer is usually, YES, Gmail can do almost everything you did in Outlook, it just might look a little different.

There are ways to enable delegates to access your account or calendar under the Accounts tab. Plus, now you can share documents via Drive which has LIMITLESS storage capacity! You can create a Signature for your emails under the General Settings tab, as well as turn on an automatic Vacation Responder, just like in Outlook.

Labels are the equivalent of Outlook Folders and Stars are Gmail’s version of Outlook’s Flagging system. If you have any questions, you can either Google the answer on Google Search, or contact us at support@law.pepperdine.edu.

Finally, all of the Google Suite (and sweet) tools are available by clicking the small tile icon in the upper right corner of your inbox. 2016-02-19_1351

Welcome to your new Google experience and enjoy using Gmail’s unlimited storage!

Printing Services

Printing Services in Law LibraryPepperdine University Law Students are granted 500 pages (no additional cost) for black and white printing at the beginning of each semester.

If you are interested in printing in color, please see THIS PAGE.  The color printing is $0.35 per side of a page and is through the Law Library Sharp Multi-Function Device (fancy copier) and uses a completely different system where the charges go to your Pepperdine ID card.

Black and White Printing is $0.06 per page and is charged to a Law School specific printing account that is NOT tied to your ID card. To add print credit to your account CLICK HERE   (Note that once you add credit, the amount is non-refundable but it does carry over between terms.)

Mac Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer. For color see THIS PAGE.

Please note that the Macintosh installer only works for Macintosh 10.7 and higher. If you have an operating older than 10.6, you will have to either upgrade your system or use our Mobile Print Service FOUND HERE

Microsoft Windows 64-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer
Microsoft Windows 32-bit Users, CLICK HERE for the Black and White printer

If you’re a Windows PC user and unsure which installer to use the following directions.

  1. Click on the Start button and then Control Panel.
  2. Click on the System and Security link.Note: If you’re viewing either the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won’t see this link. Just click on the System icon and then proceed to Step 4.
  3. In the System and Security window, click on the System link.
  4. When the System window opens, titled as View basic information about your computer, locate the System area below the oversized Windows logo.
  5. In the System area, look for System type among the other statistics about your computer.The System type will report either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.