Answered By: Stuart Purchase
Last Updated: Oct 01, 2021     Views: 924

During October 2021 the British Standards Institute (BSI), our provider of the British Standards Online (BSOL), are introducing a new security feature, the FileOpen plug-in, which will be required to download and print their documents, e.g. standards.

On devices owned by Birmingham City University (BCU) the FileOpen plug-in should be automatically installed. Please contact the IT Helpdesk with any queries regarding the availability of the FileOpen plug-in on a BCU owned device.

For personal devices, you will need to install the FileOpen plug-in. Chromebook users should install the FileOpen Viewer available from the Google Play Store.

To download a document your device must:

  • Have the FileOpen plug-in installed
  • Be connected to the Internet
  • Have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader installed

For details of other compatible readers please see the BSI's Digital Rights Management Guide.

Once a document has been downloaded:

  1. You can retain a copy of the document on up to three of your own devices
  2. You can read the document offline
  3. You can print a single copy of the document (It is recommended that you print an entire document as printing a single page fulfills your printing allowance)

Please do not share downloaded documents with others.

Users of the web browsers Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge may need to change their browser settings in order to open a downloaded document. Please see the BSI's Digital Rights Management Guide or visit the BSI's online help pages for further advice and information.

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