File Types & Download Tools
OFM publications and data sets are provided in a variety of formats. If you do not have the software required to view a document, you may wish to download one or more of the free viewers using the links provided here.
Many OFM publications placed on our web site are created in Adobe® Acrobat® Portable Document File (PDF) format. PDF is used because this format maintains the original look and feel of large, printed documents, and allows us to place publications on the web in a quick and efficient manner. Further, PDF products are independent of platforms, applications, and distribution media. A free viewer is available at the Adobe® Web site.
Data files are often provided as Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets. If you do not have software that will open a spreadsheet in this format, you may wish to download a Microsoft® Excel Viewer.
Data files are often provided as Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations. If you do not have software that will open a presentation in this format, you may wish to download a Microsoft® PowerPoint Viewer.
Several publications are provided as Microsoft® Word documents. If you do not have software that will open a Word document, you may wish to download the Microsoft® Word Viewer.
Selected data files are provided in SAS format. SAS statistical analysis software is required to read and analyze these files.
Some large datasets are provided as a self-extracting WinZip® file. A self-extracting Zip file is an executable program file (.EXE file) that includes a Zip file and software to extract or "unzip" the contents of the Zip file. Users can run (execute) a self-extracting Zip file just as they run any other program. Once you've saved the file to disk, simply type the filename in DOS, or double click it in your file manager and the file will automatically expand to its original format.
There are a number of technologies you can use to play video and audio on websites. You may wish to download the free QuickTime, RealPlayer or Windows Media Player to view audio and video files on websites.