Technical Help 2017-07-26T15:50:10+00:00

Technical Help

Help with Opening Files on MouseWizard Masters CD-Rs

MouseWizard Masters receive a CD-R of their work each term.

Picture files in JPEG or BMP format can be opened with any software that you use for viewing photographs, but you may require some help to view animations in SWF or GIF formats. Firstly find out the type of format by resting the cursor on the mystery file.  A caption will appear with the information.

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SWF Shockwave Flash files

SWF Shockwave Flash files need to have Adobe Flash Player installed.  Please note that Flash files are not currently supported by Apple mobile devices such as iPhones or iPads.

To open in Windows XP:

Right click on the file. Select ‘Open with…’ & check ‘Select program from a list’  Select Internet

Explorer which will probably be the recommended program anyway.

To open in Windows 7, 8 or 10:

Right click on the file. Select ‘Open with…’ & Internet Explorer should come up as the recommended program, so double click to select it. Depending on your security settings, you may then see a warning about Active X controls.  Select ‘Click here for options…’ & ‘Allow blocked content’, then the Flash animation/game should appear.

To start the animation/game you may need to click on the page.

When the animation stops, refresh the page or press F5 to start the sequence again.

GIF files

GIF files are animations.

To open in Windows XP:

Double click on the file & hopefully it will open with Windows Picture & Fax Viewer. If it doesn’t open, right click on the file & select ‘Open with…’.  Then choose Windows Picture & Fax Viewer.
You can also use QuickTime Player, but this may take a long time to open, so be prepared to be patient!

To open in Windows 7, 8 or 10:

Right click on the file, select ‘Open with…’ & choose QuickTime. Play the animation by clicking on the play button.

Scratch files

The following will help to develop coding skills:

Scratch files can be accessed through the Scratch website at:
Just click on the cat at the top of the page (Try it out), then use File to navigate to your child’s disk and files.

Scratch is a programming language.  It uses code to create animations and interactive stories.  Find out more about Scratch here:

You can also download the free software, if you would like to, from this link:  (NB. Please take the normal precautions when downloading anything from the internet.  MouseWizards cannot accept any liability if things go wrong.)

Scratch activities are popular, so it might be something your child would like to spend some time on over the Summer holidays.  They could use the work they have already produced as a starting point for further exploration.  Scratch can aid a child’s learning in many ways as detailed in the link above.