Even though the FCC website states that their online application form does not support Macintosh computers, some Mac users have found success. The two sets of notes below have not been tested by us but were offered by users of the tutorial. We hope you find it helpful.
I tried using several older versions of JAVA in my Windows 7 x64 OS in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer browsers and had zero luck until I found and used an archived copy of the Windows x86 jdk-6u45-windows-i586.exe installer. I had to manually enable the "Add-Ons" in Internet Explorer 11. Note that the Windows x64 jdk-6u45-windows-x64.exe did not seem to work in my x64 OS and I imagine this is because Internet Explorer is still a x86 application.
Once I had this version of Java running the FCC application opened quickly and ran smoothly. I had none of the troubles that I had anticipated. I followed the instructions at the Local 695 website and was able to complete the application in one session.
I got the 6u45 JAVA install by registering an account with Oracle and downloading the installer here::
If you are going to use a Mac to do the online application, please be aware of the following issues:
1) The application does NOT like Safari (Apple's browser), but worked with Firefox.
2) The application does NOT like the latest version of JAVA (v8.x.x). You will have to temporarily downgrade to v7.x.x. Go to java.com to start the process. You may want to just hunt around for the help and download pages you will need to accomplish this for yourself, as it did take me a bit of time to get to the information and links I needed to get this done. Alternatively, you can try and follow my slog through the website and see how I got there. Again, this involves disabling the current version of Java (if it is installed on your system, currently v8.x.x) and temporarily installing v7.x.x.
You first have to remove the current version on your system: Hard Drive: Library: Internet Plug-ins: JavaAppletPlugin.plugin. Simply move the file to your desktop (or wherever). Don't delete it as you will want to reinstall it upon completion of the application.
Getting an older version of Java:
1) Go to java.com
2) Click on the “Support” link at bottom of page: http://java.com/en/download/support.jsp
3) Click on the “Developers” link under Additional Resources” near bottom of page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/index.html NOTE: Takes you to oracle.com , (the parent company) and you may have to create an account to continue (easy to do)
4) Under Software Downloads / Top Downloads, click on Java SE: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html
5) Choose from options on this page. Here you can find 2 versions of the older version of Java, namely updates 75 & 76. They may well work! I continued to the “Previous Releases - Java Archive” box at the bottom of this page and clicked the “Download” button. You are taken to:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/archive-139210.html NOTE: I used a version of Java from this page, Java 7 Update 71, but there is an update 72 on this page, and on the previous page, an update 75 and 76 (which are obviously newer versions of this ‘Old” version of Java). I would just say use version 76 and go backwards from there if it seems buggy. Why I ended up using update 71 I can’t say. I can tell you that it worked.
IMPORTANT: No matter which version you choose, make sure it is named JRE (for Java Runtime Environment), NOT a version marked JDK (Java Developer’s Kit) or Server JRE (Server Java Runtime Environment)!!
Good Luck and Please Note: These notes are as of January, 2015!!