Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is proud to roll outits next generation of public computers thissummer.These computers are faster and more reliable,and they offer a greater range of tools andsoftware. We believe that they will helpimprove the library experience .This slideshow will introduce you to some of thenew features.
Improved Web BrowsingWe heard your requests and addedMozilla’s Firefox browser. We alsoupdated Internet Explorer andimproved search, browser andtoolbar settings.
Save Temporary FilesNow you can save the files you create anddownload to the temporary (T:) drive, which youcan find by launching the Computer icon.NOTE: The T: drive is erased at the end of yoursession, but you can attach the files you save thereto an email or upload them to the cloud for laterretrieval. Bringing your own flash drive to thelibrary is still recommended.
New ProgramsThe new computers feature several newsoftware applications under the Programs icon,including the latest version of the MicrosoftOffice suite and, for the first time, multimediacreation and editing software.
Microsoft Office 2010The new computers offer Office 2010, thecurrent version of Microsoft’s productivitysuite, which includes Access, Excel, PictureManager, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word.To learn more about Office 2010software, including changes from earlierversions, visit this online guide.
Multimedia SoftwareThe new computers also feature new creativityand editing software, including:•Audacity, an audio recording and editing program.Tutorials here.•GIMP 2, an image manipulation program. Tutorialshere.•Windows Live Movie Maker, a video creation andediting program. Tutorials here.•You can also burn DVDs with Windows DVD Maker.
Multiple Media PlayersYou now have several options for playing audio orvideo files, including Windows Media Player and theopen source VLC media player.Using Overdrive Media and Adobe DigitalEditions, you can even transfer eBook titles onto youreReader or portable device.
New Accessibility ToolsWindows 7 is Microsoft’s most accessible operating systemyet. Some of the accessibility tools include:•Magnify: Zooms in on the screen to make text and objects easier tosee.•On-Screen Keyboard: Displays standard keys on the monitor, so youcan “type” with a mouse or other pointing device.•Narrator: Reads on-screen text aloud and describes some events thathappen while youre using the computer.•Speech Recognition: Enables you to interact with your computerusing only your voice.