File Format Information

A guide to the "types" of files commonly found on the Office Engineer web site


(.DOC) word document Files
Many Office Engineer text files use the "hidden text" feature of Microsoft Word. Therefore, it is recommended that only MS-Word be used to ensure full file compatibility. MS-Word files are readable with MS-Word 97 or greater for Windows, or MS-Word 98 or greater for Macintosh. Due to the usage of unique MS-Word features in some files, they must be distributed in the .doc
(Word 97/98) file format. Office Engineer is unable to provide these files in other text formats.

(.DOCX) word document Files
Many Office Engineer text files use the "hidden text" feature of Microsoft Word. Therefore, it is recommended that only MS-Word be used to ensure full file compatibility. MS-Word files are readable with MS-Word 2007 or greater for Windows, or MS-Word 2007 or greater for Macintosh. Due to the usage of unique MS-Word features in some files, they must be distributed in the .docx
(Word 2007) file format. Office Engineer is unable to provide these files in other text formats.

(.PDF) pdf document Files
These are files that can be view using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader available
at Adobe's web site. Acrobat Reader is available for many platforms including:
Macintosh and Windows.

.tif, .TIF, .tiff, .TIFF Files
These are graphic files that can be read with any application capable of reading "tiff" files, such as:

  • Macintosh workstations can use iPhoto or other options to view and print images
  • Windows workstations can open TIFF files using software built into the Windows operating system, or one of many third-party applications
  • TIF files can be printed on full-size (24 x 36 inch) plan sheets at local shops specializing in document imaging, drafting supply, blueprinting, or plotting. Check your local listings for vendors in your area.

Office Engineer File Naming Conventions

The following letters are used indicate the purpose of files on the Office Engineer web site.

ad addendum (the number after ad indicates the addendum number)
sum bid summary (project specific)
es engineers estimate
nc notice to contractors
sp special provisions book