One thing that you don’t hear us talking about much is documents and office files. This is deviating from the norm of file sharing networks a bit, everyone knows the types of files that are commonly downloaded through this network and documents are something that really doesn’t come to mind when you think about it, but surprisingly you can obtain them if you want them to, as you can find the majority of things after a bit of searching. As with most types of data available in digital formats these dates, there are multiple different file extensions that you can obtain documents in. You may not get the choice of which one to use when you’re starting a download but it’s good to be aware of them all, so that’s what we’re going to do in this article.
Microsoft Office (DOC) – This is probably the one that most are familiar with, mainly due to the great popularity of this office suite. It is installed on a large number of both personal and business machines, nearly everyone will have used it at some point. The default format in Microsoft Word is to save to a .doc file, its own extension for documents and reports. To open it you’ll need their office package installed on your computer, although you should find that other packages of a similar nature will provide some support for it. It is a good format to use though because of the amount of people using it.
PDF – These play an important part in the business world too, they’re usually created for reading documents and not editing them after. A piece of software such as Adobe Reader is going to be required if you want to read it and you won’t be able to edit it unfortunately so make sure you keep a copy of the source if you’re the content author. These documents can even be password protected. Support for them is also rather good, although the compatibility of .doc documents is much better. Businesses tend to use these for invoicing and other important reports of a similar nature, but of course they can be used for anything.
ODF – Open Office is indeed a separate office suite from the rest, one which has its own set of files. It’s very popular on systems such as Mac OS X and Linux because of the lack of support for the Microsoft Office package on these operating systems. As a result, compatibility is very poor for this format but you will still encounter these files every so often, so if you come across one then you know you need this specific program installed onto your machine. We recommend avoiding this format if you can, it should only be used if all of the people who want to read the document will have Open Office installed and not another package which will have no support whatsoever.
In conclusion, in this article we’ve mentioned three popular document formats that you may come across when you’re looking for an Ares download. There are many more that you could see that are even rarer, some people still use raw text files and rich text formats to display their content but in these modern times you may not encounter it yourself. The three we’ve talked about are ones you’re likely to find if you use the search feature in the application and select the “Documents” option, so the information we’ve provided should be useful and should help you when you’re trying to find an eBook or document that you want on your system.