Technology Requirements

In order to experience the best that and has to offer, follow these guidelines. These technology suggestions feature the minimum system requirements for optimum viewing.

Operating Systems

The minimum requirements for and supported operating systems are as follows

  • Microsoft Windows (95/98, NT, 2000, XP)
  • Macintosh (OS 8.5+, OS 9.x, OS X)
  • UNIX/Linux

Resolution and Color

Resolution: For the best viewing experience, screen resolution should be at 800 x 600 pixels or higher.

Color: The minimum color bit depth should be at least 16-bit.

Web Browsers

The following web browsers are supported

  • Netscape Version 4.7x +
  • Internet Explorer Version 5.x+
  • Safari Version 1.0 (Macintosh)+

Users with uncommon applications, such as AOL, Opera, Mozilla, etc., may experience minor differences in look and feel since all browsers do not follow the W3C guidelines to exact specifications for HTML, XML, etc.

Useful Downloads

Internet Explore (

Netscape (

Safari (

Adobe (

Windows Media Player (

Adobe Flash Player (

Adobe PDF Files

To read and print a PDF file, you must have Adobe® Acrobat® Reader ( installed on your PC. You can download a version suitable for your system, free of charge, from Adobe.

Forms identified as "fillable" have been created using interactive form fields and may be filled out electronically using the Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.1 or Adobe Acrobat 5.0 (or later). Once the form is complete you can print a copy. (Note: The full version of Acrobat 5.0 or the Adobe supplemental software Approval is needed in order to SAVE a completed form.) For more information, go to the Adobe Reader Web site (

To Save a File or Image

To save a file or image, right-click over the link and choose "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (Netscape) to download. You may also use the "Save" options on your browser's File menu.

Streaming Video

Streaming video is sent in compressed form over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time in their web browser. With streaming video you do not have to wait to download a file to play it. Instead, the media is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives.

GIPSA offers a variety of educational videos for online viewing in MPEG-4 (mp4) format. The mp4 video file format with H.264 encoding plays on any computer with the Adobe Flash Player installed. Our streaming video content also displays links to access the content as an iTunes podcast or via RSS feed.

If you need the Adobe Flash player to use the steaming video content on this site, you may obtain it from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center (


Podcasting is a method of publishing files to the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed and receive any new files automatically by subscription. GIPSA uses the iTunes Store podcast section to disseminate our eLearning video content. Just start iTunes, go to the iTunes store, and search for "GIPSA" or click on any of our "Subscribe in iTunes" ( ) links and iTunes will open and display the subscription page. If you don't have iTunes it is available from the iTunes download site (

You can also subscribe to our content using a variety of "podcatching" applications. "Podcatchers" include PodSpider, Odeo,, Juice, Wizz, RSS News Reader, Winamp, and many others available on the Internet. (These are examples only. USDA does not endorse specific products, services or organizations.) Once you have the software installed, you will need to subscribe to the podcast using our RSS feed in order to begin receiving files. Consult your podcatchers "Help" for detailed instructions.

Really Simple Syndication (RSS)

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" or "Rich Site Summary" and is an easy way for you to keep up on current GIPSA educational content. Now the content you want can be delivered directly to you. This content is called an "RSS feed." RSS is written in the Internet coding language known as XML (eXtensible Markup Language).

GIPSA offers RSS feeds which link to our video eLearning content in mp4 format available via a wide range of RSS readers easily downloaded or accessed from the web. RSS reader capabilities are also built into newer web browsers. Some readers are web-based, while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Most are free to use. Once you have the reader:

1. Click on the RSS link and copy the URL from your browsers address window

2. Paste the URL into your RSS reader.

3. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the available content for you.