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Old 06-07-2010, 06:56 PM
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What the Hell Is an "ink" file? I actually DO need the answer kinda fast.

I'm a nursing student, but I work too so I thought I'd take the history requirement online. I can't read the syllabus because the file has an ".ink" extension. I don't even know what that is.

I'm running a Dell Inspiron with Windows XP. I have Microsoft Works which is kind of like Office but not quite. I run Firefox as my browser.

I've googled the .ink extension, but everything I find wants me to sign up for a "registry scan". I may not know much, but I'm not following for that.

So how can I read .ink files?

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Old 06-07-2010, 06:58 PM
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Here's a few I found by using Google. Since you need it fast, I figure any little bit can help.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:04 PM
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That's bizarre. Ask the professor to send you the syllabus in a reasonable format, like .doc, .docx, .odt, .pdf...something that isn't some goofball file format no one can read. There's no way you're the only one with this problem.

ETA: Have you tried opening the file in a plain text reader like Notepad?

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:10 PM
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Are you sure it's not a lnk file format? A lnk file is a desktop shortcut that points you toward some other file. The professor may have had the syllabus hiding somewhere on his/her hard drive with a shortcut on the desktop pointing to it. Thinking (s)he was uploading the syllabus, (s)he may have uploaded the shortcut instead, which is useless to you. If you right click the file and look at the properties, what do you see?

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:14 PM
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Are you sure it's *.ink and not *.lnk (link file)? Probably links to a file on the network.

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:19 PM
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BigT, the first line of your link says "Run a free scan for file extension errors". Like I said in the O.P. I'm not going to fall for that old trojan horse.

BorgHunter, I've sent messages to the prof and the other students, so I'm not that panicky, but this is the first day of classes - I want to know how to do this so I don't fall behind.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:23 PM
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I have a vague recollection that one of the common Learning Management Systems (LMS) uses .ink files. I'll take a look around some of the ones we have in our test lab and see if I can confirm that. Certainly, it would make sense in the context, although sending it to a student directly instead of a link to it in an LMS portal would be a bug.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:25 PM
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Are you sure it doesn't say ".lnk" instrad of ".ink"? If so, then the prof screwed up and send the desktop link to his doc, not the doc itself.

ETA: OK, I've been beaten to the punch. Several times, in fact.

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:27 PM
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Are you sure it's *.ink and not *.lnk (link file)? Probably links to a file on the network.
Actually, no. But search results for both bring up the same pages that want to run a "free scan" of my registry. I've never run across this file type.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:48 PM
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BigT, the first line of your link says "Run a free scan for file extension errors". Like I said in the O.P. I'm not going to fall for that old trojan horse.

BorgHunter, I've sent messages to the prof and the other students, so I'm not that panicky, but this is the first day of classes - I want to know how to do this so I don't fall behind.
It's just an ad. Apparently, you don't have an ad blocker. It's not like you actually have to click on anything to read it. It just mentions which programs will load the file.

Apparently Corel Studio, some other studio, and pocket pc.

If you're talking .lnk, that's just the format for shortcuts. Unless it points to a file on the server, you didn't actually get the syllabus, but a file that tells the computer where to find the syllabus. It's an easy mistake to make. Tell her you need the one without the little arrow in the bottom left-hand corner.

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Old 06-07-2010, 07:52 PM
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It's just an add. Apparently, you don't have an ad blocker. It's not like you actually have to click on anything to read it. It just mentions which programs will load the file
I'm using Firefox with Adblock Plus and NoScript, and I see the blurb just fine. That said, no one's advising anyone to click on said blurb, merely to utilize the information below the blurb.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:54 PM
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NETA: sorry I said her. I could have sworn you mentioned your teacher was female.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:56 PM
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I'm using Firefox with Adblock Plus and NoScript, and I see the blurb just fine. That said, no one's advising anyone to click on said blurb, merely to utilize the information below the blurb.
Huh. I must have customized the settings. I've tinkered with them a bit.

But yeah, don't click on the blurb. Heck, I do think it being a .LNK is more likely, so my link probably wouldn't help you anyways.
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Old 06-07-2010, 07:56 PM
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BigT, the first line of your link says "Run a free scan for file extension errors". Like I said in the O.P. I'm not going to fall for that old trojan horse.
So what? Just don't click that link, and read what is below. You can probably do the same, perfectly safely, with the other pages you found on Google too.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:11 PM
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So what? Just don't click that link, and read what is below..
I did. It talks about touch sensitive PDAs. Not a lot of help.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:21 PM
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Wiki says it's a - Pantone reference fills file

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Old 06-07-2010, 08:24 PM
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Are you sure it's not a lnk file format? A lnk file is a desktop shortcut that points you toward some other file. The professor may have had the syllabus hiding somewhere on his/her hard drive with a shortcut on the desktop pointing to it. Thinking (s)he was uploading the syllabus, (s)he may have uploaded the shortcut instead, which is useless to you. If you right click the file and look at the properties, what do you see?
I have done this when trying to upload the syllabus from my "recents" list, rather than the file itself. It uploads as a useless .lnk file. Email prof. S/he prolly doesn't realize it.
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:34 PM
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And as others have said, can you donwload the file and look at the properties?

Instead of 'Open' choose 'Save'. Right click on it and look at properties. The url/location probably points to a drive on your professors C:\ drive or some such thing.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:05 PM
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And as others have said, can you donwload the file and look at the properties?
I tried that first. I have nothing to open that type of file. And I am clueless as to what to open the thing with as I have never even heard of that file extension before.

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Old 06-07-2010, 09:11 PM
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I tried that first. I have nothing to open that type of file. And I am clueless as to what to open the thing with as I have never even heard of that file extension before.
I'm going to repeat what I said in my first post, as I added the question after the fact and you might have missed it. Have you tried opening the file in a plain text reader like Notepad?
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:46 PM
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The file, if it is a .lnk file, will not have meanigful text. It is a shortcut file and the original is not accessible. Your prof uploaded the wrong file and needs to redo it. I have done this myself, while uploading a syllabus. It's an easy mistake to make.

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Old 06-07-2010, 11:35 PM
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I did. It talks about touch sensitive PDAs. Not a lot of help.
What's with the attitude? You asked for what you might need to be able to read an ".ink" file, and BigT linked to a site that gave the three most likely applications that can be associated with this extension. It even said which of the three was most likely, in its estimation. What else did you want? Should one of us come to your house and figure it out? Maybe call up your prof for you?

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:25 AM
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What's with the attitude? You asked for what you might need to be able to read an ".ink" file, and BigT linked to a site that gave the three most likely applications thathat can be associated with this extension. It even said which of the three was most likely, in its estimation. What else did you want? Should one of us come to your house and figure it out? Maybe call up your prof for you?
I apologize to BigT if I came across as having an attitude. It's just that his link doesn't help. I appreciate him for trying, but don't read me saying that that won't work as a personal attack. I like the guy, but the link doesn't even remotely fix my problem.

monkey: I need a screwdriver.
BigT: I have a hex head. Will that work?
monkey: No.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:30 AM
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The file, if it is a .lnk file, will not have meanigful text. It is a shortcut file and the original is not accessible. Your prof uploaded the wrong file and needs to redo it. I have done this myself, while uploading a syllabus. It's an easy mistake to make.
That's gotta be it. Having poked around a bit, I think that's the most likely explanation. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:27 AM
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That's gotta be it. Having poked around a bit, I think that's the most likely explanation. Thanks.
Whoo boy!
The first day of class, and the professor makes a mistake like this?

Are you sure it's worth paying $1,000-$1,500 to be taught by this guy?
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:16 AM
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Whoo boy!
The first day of class, and the professor makes a mistake like this?

Are you sure it's worth paying $1,000-$1,500 to be taught by this guy?
Assuming you're asking a serious question- yeah, it's an easy mistake to make. If you upload a file to the online environment by selecting the file from your "recent documents"
menu, rather than from the file itself you will upload a .lnk file. The file looks no different on the computer, as it often just displays the file name without extension. I have made this mistake- on the first day of class no less- and have managed to teach a credible class nonetheless.

Monkey- hope you get it worked out.

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Old 06-08-2010, 07:29 AM
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That's one of the things about OSX, Vista and 7 that really drives me nuts. I guess file extensions must confuse some people, but hiding them by default just makes the situation worse IMO.

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Old 06-08-2010, 08:19 AM
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monkey: I need a screwdriver.
BigT: I have a hex head. Will that work?
Not even close to how I see it, but not worth pursuing this conversation, esp. since you seem to have figured it out.
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:22 PM
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If it is a .lnk file, wouldn't your computer bring up an error message about not being able to find the target of the shortcut? It sounds like you haven't actually downloaded the file, and are just trying to open it from the browser. Please download the file, view the file properties, and tell us what you see (file type, file size, etc). This will give us more information to help solve the problem.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:21 PM
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If it is a .lnk file, wouldn't your computer bring up an error message about not being able to find the target of the shortcut? It sounds like you haven't actually downloaded the file, and are just trying to open it from the browser. Please download the file, view the file properties, and tell us what you see (file type, file size, etc). This will give us more information to help solve the problem.
No... I've been through this and the computer lets you download the file, but then is unable to open it.
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