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Do you have files that are in older formats that you are not able to open anymore?  Install the Brown Dog Window Client.  You will be able to download the installer from the Brown Dog webpage to install the Windows client.  The client will modify your Windows file manager so you convert local files by simply right clicking on the file and a Brown Dog option will show in the selection box which will allow you to choose an output format you are able to work with.  This Windows Tool will also index/search local folders by similarly right clicking on a folder to index then search its contents based on extracted metadata.

Click here for a guide on using BD Windows Client: BD Windows Client

What about some more Brown Dog related tools to use?

Click on the Download Clients button to see an overview of a wide variety of applications that can build on top of and leverage the Brown Dog DTS in order to allow you to better work with and explore difficult datasets, files, and collections.  The listed clients, libraries, and applications community tools are some of the examples the Brown Dog team has been building or supporting during the development of the project.  A wide variety of applications can then build on top of and leverage these in order to allow you to better work with and explore difficult datasets, files, and collections.

What other NCSA components are a part of Brown Dog?

Click on the Components button to see what's included:

Up Right Now?

Since this is the Beta Release for Brown Dog there will be times when services are unavailable.  Click the Service Status button to see if we are Up or Down: check out what we have been up to.

API Documentation

If you are interested in interfacing directly with Brown Dog look here for the APIs available:

Want to get involved?

Brown Dog is extensible so new tools (extractors and converters) can be packaged and contributed by you into the Brown Dog Tools Catalog. You as a contributor will be noted in the tool and receive credit for contributions.  All community members can have tools preserved for future use and get to watch as their ideas are utilized and incorporated into new concepts.  And it is Open Source.

This is a quick overview on how it is done: Adding Tools

Can't get enough?

Go here to read more about Brown Dog and our goal to bring Long Tail Data into the Light  -


Check out our known issues page to see if others are having the same problem: Beta - Known Issues

Have Questions?

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