The table below lists the software available to the campus community. The table includes IT and department-provided software as well as open-source freeware or shareware regularly used on campus.

Methods to install software include the following and this information is summarized in the table column Source:

  • Available in the Amherst Software Collection. This Google drive contains many installers that used to be distributed by the Software drive. Some software using this method is only available to faculty and staff using College-owned computers or to particular departments.
  • Download using Mac Self Service for faculty and staff College-owned computers only. Learn more about how to enroll your Mac for Self Service.
  • Deployment by IT Support Services using the Kace (Windows) or Casper (Mac) software management systems.
  • Appointment with and installation by Academic Technology Services (ATS).
  • Self-enroll using the IT website.
  • Download from the Web for freeware/shareware

Software installed on public-use computers in the computer centers/labs/classrooms is indicated in the table column IT Facilities Availability. Use of software purchased by individual departments and only managed by IT may be limited to use in certain facilities.

Software that can be installed on personally-owned computers, such as software for download from the Web (shareware/freeware), is described in the table column Individual Availability.

IT is required to enforce licensing limits for some software. We do this by using network license servers, KeyServer, software management tools, and/or hardware keys. Any such limitations are described in the table column Licensing. Note that if you are off-campus, you will need to make a VPN connection to the Amherst network if you want to run licensed software.

To install and use any KeyServed program, you must have installed on your computer the Amherst KeyServer client software KeyClient 7. College-owned computers usually will be provided with this software installed. If needed, use the KeyClient 7 Install software available for download from the Amherst Software Collection.


Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
Adobe Acrobat Pro Read, create, and edit PDF files; check PDFs for accessibility features, convert PDFs from image to image + text (optical character recognition — OCR), batch processes for conversion / checking, PDF screen reader with Read Out Loud. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Individual AskIT AskIT
Adobe Illustrator Create illustrations using vector graphics. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Individual AskIT AskIT
Adobe InDesign Layout posters, brochures, books, etc. See also Microsoft PowerPoint. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Individual AskIT AskIT
Adobe Photoshop Manipulate images and photos. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Individual AskIT AskIT
Adobe Reader Read Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files, both stand-alone and within your web browser. See also Adobe Acrobat Pro. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
ArcGIS Industry-leading application to create maps and analyze geographic information. Windows All Windows except Kiosks and Podiums Everyone License Server Amherst Software Collection Docs
ArcGIS Online Cloud service to create and share maps and embed them within narrative story maps. All All Everyone Campus Agreement

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Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech recognition for voice control of computer and voice input. Windows / Macintosh None On Request subject to department/IT discretion Individual AskIT AskIT
Endnote Compile bibliographic sources for research citation; Use with Word for endnotes and footnotes. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone KeyServer Amherst Software Collection Library
Explain Everything An interactive, collaborative whiteboard with many useful features, e.g. importing and drawing on PowerPoint slides to create new presentations. Works best with iPads and other tablets. All All Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Web Docs
FileZilla A graphical file transfer program providing FTP and SFTP. Windows / Macintosh None Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Filemaker Pro Easy-to-use database program that provides relational data modeling along with scripts, triggers, calculation functions, and graphical design tools to build robust applications. See also Microsoft Access. Macintosh None Faculty / Staff Individual AskIT AskIT
Firefox The Mozilla Foundation's open-source web browser. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
GIMP Manipulate images and photos, similar to Adobe Photoshop. Windows / Macintosh

All
Windows

Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Docs Google’s Web-based, collaborative word-processing program, similar to Microsoft Word. All All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Drawings Google’s Web-based, collaborative drawing application, similar to Adobe Illustrator. All All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Earth View the surface of the Earth as photographed from above, visualize topography in three dimensions, zoom to named locations, mark points, and overlay roads and buildings. Windows / Macintosh All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Forms Google’s Web-based data collection application, relatively simple to setup, and can save results to a Google Sheet. All All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Jamboard Google’s Web-based, collaborative whiteboard, providing a number of tools for free-hand drawing and writing. Works best with iPads and other tablets. All All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Sheets Google’s Web-based, collaborative spreadsheet application, compatible with Microsoft Excel. All All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Google Slides Google’s Web-based, collaborative presentation application, similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. All All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
Gradescope A tool for helping grade more quickly and consistently, and for managing handwritten responses. Integrated into Moodle. All All Everyone Campus Agreement Web Docs
Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
iClicker Records input from student transmitters and displays the result in a graph. Windows / Macintosh Projection Computers Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Amherst Software Collection AskIT
Java Java runtime, allows you to run Java applets. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
JAWS Screen reader for Windows. Good for coursework, technical and academic materials. Windows Frost Library Room A16 and upon request Individual, subject to department/IT discretion License Server AskIT AskIT
Kaltura A video editing platform, also integrated into Moodle. All All Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT

Docs
KeyClient 7 Required to use all KeyServed software. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Campus Agreement Amherst Software Collection AskIT
Kurzweil 3000 & Firefly Text-to-speech as well as writing and study support software. Windows / Macintosh / Online Web version available online anywhere Everyone Campus Agreement Web; instructions here Description
LaTeX: TeXstudio & MikTeX Open-source document creation. Good for technical, scientific and mathematical writing. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Web: AskIT
LaTeX: TeXShop & XeTeX Macintosh All Macintosh Web: TeXShop
Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
Mathematica Solve mathematical problems and analyze numerical data, including statistics. Windows / Macintosh / Linux All except Kiosks Everyone College-owned or Student Computers: License Server

Personally-owned Faculty or Staff Computers: Home Use Agreement
Amherst Software Collection AskIT
MATLAB Solve mathematical problems and analyze numerical data. Windows / Macintosh / Linux All except Kiosks Faculty / Staff License Server Amherst Software Collection AskIT
Microsoft Access A standard desktop database program. Part of the Microsoft Office suite. See also FileMaker Pro. Windows All except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT
Microsoft Excel A standard spreadsheet program for analyzing tabular data, similar to Google Sheets. Part of the Microsoft Office suite. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT
Microsoft PowerPoint A popular presentation program, similar to Google Slides. It can also be used to layout posters. Part of the Microsoft Office suite. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Provides secure graphical-user-interface access to remote computers. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Standard on Windows; for Macs available from the App Store AskIT

Docs
Microsoft Word A popular word-processing program, similar to Google Docs. Part of the Microsoft Office suite. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT
Moodle A free, online learning management system enabling educators to create dynamic courses that extend learning, any time, anywhere. All All Everyone Campus Agreement Web Docs
Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
NVDA General screen reader for Windows. Windows All Windows computers in public computer centers Everyone Freeware (optional donation) Web AskIT
Perusall A sophisticated cloud platform for collaborative annotation and student engagement around class documents. Integrated into Moodle. All All Everyone Campus Agreement Web Docs
Python General-purpose programming language. Anaconda is the recommended distribution for scientific work. Windows /
Macintosh /
Linux
All except Kiosks and Windows Podiums Everyone Freeware Python Base
Anaconda
Docs
Qualtrics Cloud survey application with many useful features. All All Everyone Campus Agreement

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Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
R Open-source statistical analysis program. Windows / Macintosh /
Linux
All except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Web AskIT
RStudio Integrated development environment for the R statistical analysis program. All All Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT
Secure Shell (SSH) Provides remote terminal access to Unix computers, including the College’s Unix servers Romulus and Remus. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Campus Agreement Windows: download of PuTTY from the Web
Macintosh:
Built-in: Applications > Utilities > Terminal
AskIT

Docs
SketchUp 3D modeling for architecture, interior design, object design, and video game development. Windows / Macintosh None Everyone Cloud Web AskIT
SPSS Advanced statistical analysis. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone License Server Amherst Software Collection AskIT
Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information
Voice Over Mac OS X and iOS operating systems provide the system screen reader VoiceOver. Macintosh All Mac computers
and Apple mobile devices
Apple mobile devices and Mac OS X.x computers Part of Mac OS X and iOS operating systems Built-in AskIT
X11 Allows programs running on remote Unix computers to display a graphical interface on your local computer. Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Macintosh
Others
AskIT
Zoom Video conferencing platform, with screen sharing, breakout rooms, chat, and polling. Provides recording and closed captioning. Windows / Macintosh / All except kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Web AskIT

Docs
Zotero Collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. Windows / Macintosh / Linux All except kiosks Everyone Freeware Web Library

Docs
Program Name Description ————————— Compatibility IT Facilities Availability Individual Availability Licensing Source More Information