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Readers and software

Readers and software
Certain information on this site requires that you have the right software to view it. This page offers links to freely available viewers and readers.
Please note that these links are placed here for your convenience, the Welsh Government does not endorse any of these products. All links are to external websites.

Readers/viewers

Readers and viewers allow you to read file-types associated with commercial programmes without having the program installed on your computer. Readers and viewers can be up to 12MB in size but only need to be downloaded once.

If you are using a screen reader or similar assistive technology to read our site, you may wish to use Adobe's online conversion tool to create html versions of pdf documents. You can access it at the following URL:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/access_onlinetools.html (external link)

File compression

WinZip is a file compression tool. This allows you to download large amounts of information in a smaller 'packaged' format. To unwrap the package, you'll need to use WinZip. We offer a link to a free evaluation version below.

Multimedia files

Multimedia files on this site are in Quicktime or AVI format. We offer links below to download the Quicktime and VLC Media player. The VLC player is available for most common operating systems and will play a wide range of media files.