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Don’t Upgrade to High Sierra (released 9/25/2017)

Please note that the latest version of the Mac OS (High Sierra) is NOT supported by ExamSoft at this time.

If you plan to use your computer for mid-terms, do NOT upgrade your Mac’s operating system.

Please check this page ..

https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/ka250000000Pkz3AAC/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

for a complete list of systems supported by ExamSoft.

Printing Selected Pages using Preview – MAC OSX

Using our new print system here at Pepperdine can be a bit of a challenge at times. Particularly if you just want to print a few pages of a word document.

Since the web interface for printing requires PDF files to print, you may find yourself looking for an easy way (any way?) to print selected pages without buying an expensive copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Luckily for MAC users, there is a simple way to accomplish this, by utilizing the thumbnail view from within the Preview Application.

With a document open in preview, select the Thumbnail view in the side bar. Command-click  the page thumbnails you would like to select for printing. Conversely, you can Command-click to deselect a page as well.

Once all desired pages have been selected, you will click File > Print from the menu bar, and chose the Selected Pages In Sidebar option. Using the PDF drop down menu, you will now create a new PDF of your selected pages for printing.

You will be prompted to name the file,  I suggest giving the file a unique name, and saving the file to your desktop so it’s easy to find and upload to the file server at print.pepperdine.edu.

For more information on printing to the Sharp Copiers please go HERE. If you would like to see this process in action please find a brief video walkthrough on preparing select pages for printing utilizing MACOS’s Preview Application.

Printing Selected Pages using PDF – Windows

Using our new print system here at Pepperdine can be a bit of a challenge at times.

Particularly if you just want to print a few pages of a word document.

Since the web interface for printing requires PDF files to print, you may find yourself looking for an easy way (any way?) to print selected pages without buying an expensive copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

One approach is to install a  PDF “printer” that will allow you to select a series of pages (example: 7,11,21,57)  or a range of pages (example: 56-65) and send them to the PDF “printer” which really just creates a PDF file of the pages you have selected.

MAC users should be able to do this with their existing software, however, Windows users will find it much easier with an additional program.

FOR WINDOWS users:

We have done some limited testing on a product called PDF-XChange Lite which is a free product for those using it for non-commercial purposes.  There may be other good solutions but we have found this one to work fairly easily.

If you decide to try it, you must first download and install the software which takes a few minutes.

After it’s installed, it is listed as a printer in your list of printers on your Windows computer.

When you want to print, select PDF-XChange Lite as your printer, enter the pages you want to print:

If you want a range of pages enter the first page then a hyphen then the last page (so it might be 56-65).

If you want a non-consecutive selection of pages, separate them with commas.  So let’s say we want to print pages 7,11,21,57 — just enter them like that and you’ll get a file with only those pages.

You will be prompted to name the file — I suggested saving the file to your desktop so it’s easy to find to upload to the file server at print.pepperdine.edu.

For more info on printing to the Sharp Copiers go HERE.

Maximize your Laptop battery life

As we enter a new school year, it’s good to take a few minutes now and then to think about various ways to make life a little better.  I call it managing your variables.

One of those variables is the amount of time you can go without needing to charge your laptop. Whether you’re studying at the beach or in your friend’s car on the way to Disneyland, you will be glad you took a few minutes to do everything you can to get the most out of your laptop’s battery.

Check this article from LifeHacker for some great tips on saving battery life.

If you can only do a couple of things, keep these in mind:

  1. Heat is a battery killer.  Keep your machine as cool as you can.
  2. Reduce the screen’s brightness as far as you can stand it.
  3. If you don’t need WiFi, turn it off.

 

 

Install the LiveSafe App today!

 

 

 

Go ahead and take a moment to go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download the LiveSafe app onto your mobile device.

The “LiveSafe” app is designed to improve communication between our University community members and Public Safety, and allows for faster emergency response in distress situations.  The app is free and available to all members of our community: students, faculty, staff, parents, visitors, and friends.

Through LiveSafe, you can submit information and chat with Public Safety in both emergency and non-emergency situations, and you can look out for your friends and loved ones by watching them get to their destination safely with SafeWalk. If you need a medical or security escort on the Malibu campus or a ride back to the Malibu campus, you can call Public Safety using the SafeRide feature.  When you submit a tip, you can attach a photo, video clip, or audio clip, and you can submit all of this information anonymously if you choose.  And, when you use LiveSafe to call 911 or contact Public Safety in an emergency, the app can track your location, which helps first responders know exactly where help is needed.

We’ve also loaded critical information resources into the app, so you now have emergency response information and contact information for key University services at your fingertips anytime, anywhere—even internationally.[i]

Here’s how you can get the app:

  1. Open Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for “LiveSafe” and download the option with the blue shield.
  2. Tap “Sign up.” Fill in your profile information and create a password.  (You are welcome to use your personal, non-Pepperdine e-mail address. We suggest that you do not use the same username and password as you use for the Pepperdine Central Authentication Server.)
  3. “Pepperdine University” may pop-up if you are close to the campus. If so, tap “Yes.” Otherwise tap “Change” to select “Pepperdine University” as your institution.

[i]  Most of the app’s features will work internationally, so long as you have a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection.  You will still be able to submit tips and information to Public Safety, and you will be able to utilize the SafeWalk feature.  However, the “Call 911” option is programmed for US emergency dispatch only and will not automatically route to local first responders. In an emergency situation overseas, it will be important to dial the correct 911-equivalent number for your location. You can find this information at http://travel.state.gov.

[Above text pulled from http://emergency.pepperdine.edu/livesafe/ on 8/15/2017]

Update your Computer? Please Don’t … Yet

 

In this day and age we are conditioned to make sure that we apply the updates for our computer operating systems as soon as they’re released. As you probably know, tech folks call this your “OS”.

If you have a Microsoft Windows computer, Windows 10 (or 8.1 or 7) is your “OS” or operating system.  If you have an Apple Mac computer, then you are running some variant of OSX (pronounced “O S – ten”).

There are times over the course of the school year when Microsoft and Apple release updates to their operating systems.

Please DO NOT apply these updates immediately if you are planning to use your computer to take mid-term and final exams.

Pepperdine Law uses a secure exam software to administer exams from ExamSoft.com.  This software is sensitive to changes in operating systems because it is designed to ensure a totally secure exam environment.  When there is a change to your OS, ExamSoft may no longer function properly.

Please check with this site: lawtech.pepperdine.edu or our vendor’s site: examsoft.com before your update your OS.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to check in with the support desk in the Law Library or send an email to support@law.pepperdine.edu

Copiers and Printing at Pepperdine Law

MX-M354N-LPepperdine has 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 MFDs using an account associated with their Pepperdine ID cards.  Students buy copy and print credit here:   https://get.cbord.com/pepperdine/full/prelogin.php

See this page:http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/copyservices/printsetup.htm

All students can print to all Sharp MFDs in public areas at any of the Pepperdine Southern California campuses.  This includes the  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.

Information on print credit for School of Law students

Printing Services at the School of Law

To send a print job start here: print.pepperdine.edu

To setup your printing go here for complete instructions.

Color Printing is $0.35 per side of a page 

Black and White Printing is $0.06 per side of a page

Print accounting and print charges are managed by the University.  

Charges go to your Pepperdine ID card’s linked Waves Cash Global account.

You cannot print if you do not have funds on deposit in your Waves Cash Global account.

 

Typically, print jobs are sent via the web using a web-browser interface.  In nearly all circumstances, your document that you want to print must be in PDF format.

You transfer/upload your PDF file to the print.pepperdine.edu site and select your parameters (number of copies, etc.).  If you want to print in color, you want to select a “findmecolor” solution (see video here) or “findmebw” for black and white.

Then once the document is uploaded, you go to the copier nearest you — Law School? go to the Law Library and see the copiers near the public services desk.

Swipe your ID card or type in your Wavenet credentials, select the print job you want to “release” and you have your document!

Turn Off Your Antivirus BEFORE You Take an Exam with Examsoft

We’ve all heard the stories, perhaps you’ve even had nightmares about it happening to you. You’ve stayed up for the past 36 hours preparing for an exam, you’ve checked and re-checked your notes and then checked someone else’s just to be sure you hadn’t missed anything. You’re ready for this, you’re going to own this exam. You sit down and open your laptop, open Examplify, and then… everything goes dark.

No your computer didn’t just transport you into a galaxy-sized black hole, but the alternative is almost equally terrifying and just as inescapable… you’re going to have to use a Bluebook. As you sit listening to your classmates happily typing away at what sounds like 1000wpm, you wonder to yourself… “where did I go wrong?” Your mind frantically searches for any trace of what could have caused this tragedy, when suddenly, you vaguely recall ignoring a post on Lawtech that warned you of this very scenario. A creeping inclination begins to gnaw away at the edges of your consciousness… Could this all have been prevented if you had only read it?

The good news is, this was all just a horrifying Hypo. And yes, the possible outcome is easily avoidable.

Just turn off your Antivirus software before you open Examplify.

Various antivirus programs have been linked to several computer disabling issues when used with Examplify. These issues include black screens, computer freezes, and crashes, or my personal favorite, desktop background changes to an Examsoft icon. These issues can occur intermittently and unpredictably so even if you have taken a mock exam without incident, you may still encounter a problem during an actual exam. Don’t let this happen to you!

Just remember, before you begin your next exam, and believe me you have no idea how painful this is for a tech guy to say, please turn off your antivirus.

But don’t forget to turn it back on as soon as you submit your exam!