IT Services

Available Software

The Available Software table provided below lists the software that Amherst College IT Department makes available to the campus community. The table also includes open-source freeware or shareware software recommended by IT and available for download from the Internet.

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

  • Download from the Software network drive with the Windows option Winsoft or the Macintosh option Macsoft.
  • Download using the Mac Self Service software delivery system, learn more about how to enroll your Mac for Self Service.
  • CDs or media
  • Deployment by IT Support Services using the Kace (Windows) or Casper (Mac) software management systems.
  • Appointment with and installation by Academic Technology Services (ATS). 

To use the Software network drive for Windows or Mac, Mac Self Service, or for deployment or installation by IT Support Services or Academic Technology Services your computer must be on-campus. Also, an Ethernet wired Internet connection is required, you cannot use wireless or Wi-Fi. Last if you have a laptop, it is best to make sure the laptop with is plugged and not using battery power for software installation. Usually it will be necessary to close all applications including email and web browsers. Often you will need to restart your computer to complete the software installation.

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 Internet (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, and/or hardware keys. Any such limitations are described in the table column Licensing. To install and use any KeyServed program, you must have installed on your computer the Amherst KeyServer client software KeyClient 7. Most College-owned computers will be provided with this software installed. If needed, use the KeyClient 7 Install software available for download from the Software drive. When off-campus, to use network license served software such as KeyServed software, you must establish an Amherst VPN connection.


The software is organized in the following groups:


Accessibility/Assistive Technology

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
Adobe Acrobat Pro Check PDFs for accessibility features, convert PDFs from image to image + text, batch processes for conversion/checking, PDF screen reader with Read Out Loud. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech recognition for voice control of computer and voice input. Windows / Macintosh None On Request subject to department/IT discretion Per Person Contact IT Help Desk
JAWS Screen reader for Windows. Good for coursework, technical and academic materials. Windows Frost Library Room A16 and upon request On Request subject to department/IT discretion License Server Contact ATS
NVDA General screen reader for Windows. Windows All Windows computers in public computer centers Everyone Freeware (optional donation) Internet
Voice Over Mac OS X and iOS operating systems provide the system screen reader VoiceOver. Macintosh All Macintosh iOS devices and Mac OS X computers. Part of Mac OS X and iOS operating systems N/A

Writing, Publication, and Presentation Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
Adobe Acrobat Pro Read, create and edit PDF files. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Endnote Compile bibliographic sources for research citation; Use with Word, WordPerfect for endnotes, footnotes. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone KeyServer Software Drive
Final Draft Write scripts for plays and movies. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone KeyServer Software Drive
Adobe InDesign Layout posters, brochures, books, etc. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
LaTeX: TeXstudio & MikTeX Open-source document creation. Good for technical, scientific and mathematical writing. Windows All Windows except Kiosks
Everyone
Freeware
Internet:
LaTeX: TeXShop & XeTeX Macintosh All Macintosh Internet
OmniPage Scan documents and create image + text PDFs using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Windows SMUDD CCT computer center Windows Computers with scanners None None None
Microsoft Office suite PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook and Access if needed. Windows version includes OneNote and Publisher. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive or CD
Publisher 2002/XP Older version of this simplified desktop publishing program. Windows None Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive
Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone Collect, organize, cite and share your research sources. Windows / Macintosh / Linux / Firefox browser All except kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet

 


Image, Audio, Video, and Multimedia Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
Adobe Audition Create and edit sound files. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Adobe Fireworks Create raster imagery for web sites. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Adobe Flash Create and edit interactive content for standalone or web use. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Adobe Illustrator Create illustrations using vector graphics. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Adobe Photoshop Manipulate images and photos. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty and Staff on College-owned computers only KeyServer Contact IT Help Desk
Amadeus Create and edit sound files. Macintosh All Macintosh None Campus Agreement Internet
DVD Studio Pro Create DVD-Video disks, playable on TVs, with professional quality. Part of the Final Cut Studio suite. Macintosh Smudd 115 None Licensed N/A
Final Cut Pro Edit movies with professional quality. Part of the Final Cut Studio suite. Macintosh Smudd 115 None Licensed N/A
GIMP Manipulate images and photos. Windows / Macintosh

All
Windows

Everyone Freeware Internet
Greenshot Takes pictures from the computer screen. Windows All Windows Everyone Freeware Internet
Max/MSP Graphically program MIDI sequences. Macintosh All Macintosh None Campus Agreement N/A
Maya Create animations and 3D models with professional quality. Macintosh Smudd 115 None Licensed N/A
Motion Create motion graphics with professional quality. Part of the Final Cut Studio suite. Macintosh Smudd 115 None Licensed N/A
Final Cut Express Edit movies with professional quality. Macintosh All Macintosh None Campus Agreement N/A
Soundtrack Pro Create and edit audio with professional quality. Part of the Final Cut Studio suite. Macintosh Smudd 115 None Licensed N/A

 


Media-Playing Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
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 Internet
Authorware Player Web player for Macromedia Authorware rich-media courseware. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet
DVD Region Free Lets your computer play DVDs from outside the U.S. region. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Contact ATS
eBrary Reader Read on-line books and documents and link to reference sites. Windows / Macintosh All Windows Everyone Freeware Internet
Flash Player Web player for Macromedia Flash interactive content. See also Flash. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet
iLife suite iTunes, iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand Macintosh All Macintosh Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Software Drive
Java Java runtime, allows you to run Java applets. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet
QuickTime Apple's multimedia-playing software. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet
RealPlayer Real's multimedia-playing software. Windows All Windows Everyone Freeware Internet
Shockwave Player Web player for Macromedia Director's Shockwave-format multimedia. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet
Windows Media Player Microsoft's multimedia-playing software. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet

 


Communications, Internet, and Web Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
Click Yes Email merge utility. Windows None Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Software Drive
Fetch A graphical file transfer program providing FTP and SFTP. Macintosh
(WinSCP is a similar program for Windows)
None Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive
Firefox The Mozilla Foundation's web browser. Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Internet
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 Internet.

Instructions.
Macintosh:
Available standard (Applications > Utilities > Terminal).
Remote Desktop Connection Provides secure graphical-user-interface access to remote computers.
Instructions
Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Standard on Windows; for Macs part of Microsoft Office or from the Internet
Thunderbird Mozilla E-mail client. Windows / Macintosh None Everyone Freeware Internet
WinSCP A graphical file transfer program providing FTP, SFTP, and SCP. Windows
(Fetch is a similar program for the Macintosh)
All Everyone Freeware Internet
X11 Allows programs running on remote Unix computers to display a graphical interface on your local computer. Macintosh All Everyone Freeware Standard on Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.7; Instructions for installation on other versions.

 


Security and Antivirus Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
KeyClient 7
Required to use all KeyServed software Windows / Macintosh All Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive
ESET Antivirus and anti-malware (including spyware) protection. Windows / Macintosh   Faculty / Staff / Students Campus Agreement Contact IT Help Desk for college computers Internet with download password for personal, student computers

 


Administrative and Database Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
Datatel Access administrator databases. Windows Center for Professional Development Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Software Drive
EMS Calendar and scheduling database. Windows None Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Software Drive
InfoPath Information gathering and management program. Part of the Microsoft Office suite. Windows None Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive or CD
LimeSurvey Create and manage simple surveys using a web-based interface. Windows / Macintosh None Faculty/
Staff/
Students
Campus Agreement Contact ATS
PRS Personal Response System, records input from student transmitters and displays the result in a graph. Windows / Macintosh Projection Computers Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive
Safari Datatel report program. Windows Center for Professional Development Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Software Drive

 


Data Analysis Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
ArcGIS Create maps and analyze geographic information. Windows All Windows except Kiosks College-Owned Computers License Server Software Drive
ArcReader View maps published by ArcGIS. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive
EasyGPS Import data from a Global Positioning System receiver. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
EGPS2shp Convert GPX files (the output of EasyGPS) to the shapefiles used by ArcGIS. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
EViews Econometric data analysis. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Economics Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
EViews Data Data for Econometrics class. Windows None Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Software Drive
Export to KML An extension for ArcGIS that easily exports map data to the format used by Google Earth. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone, but requires ArcGIS Freeware Internet
Geospatial Modeling Environment A program that works with ArcGIS and R to provide a useful set of data analysis tools. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone, but requires ArcGIS Freeware Internet
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 Internet
Mathematica Solve mathematical problems and analyze numerical data, including statistics. Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone License Server (College or Student Computers) or Home Use Agreement (Faculty or Staff Computers) Software Drive
MATLAB Solve mathematical problems and analyze numerical data. Windows /
Macintosh
All except Kiosks Faculty / Staff License Server Software Drive
MicroCase Statistical analysis. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Sociology Faculty / Students Campus Agreement Contact ATS
R Open-source statistical analysis program, based on S. Windows/ Macintosh/
Linux
All except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
RStudio User interface for R statistical analysis program. Windows/
Macintosh/
Linux
None Faculty/
Staff/
Students
Campus Agreement Internet
SigmaPlot Data plotting and analysis. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone License Server Software Drive
SPSS Advanced statistical analysis. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone License Server Contact ATS
Stata Advanced statistical analysis. Windows Economics Computer Lab None None None
Stella Modeling and Simulation Software Windows/ Macintosh Webster 102, GIS lab Students License Server Software Drive
TI Calculator Connection Lets you upload data from a TI calculator. Windows Physics Computer Lab None None None

Contact Academic Technology Services (ATS) for more information.

 


Science Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
AlleleA1 Simulate evolution at a single locus in an ideal population of imaginary organisms. Windows / Macintosh Smudd 002 Everyone Freeware Internet
Chaos for Java Explore chaotic systems. Windows / Macintosh All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
Chime View molecular structures from within a web browser. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet; help with installation
Cn3D Protein structure viewer. Windows / Macintosh All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
Hodgkin-Huxley Model Simulate neuron impulses. Windows Biology / Psychology Computer Lab None None None
Hyper­Chem View, design, and analyze molecular structures. Windows Biology / Psychology and Chemistry Computer Labs Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Mesquite Compare and analyze the evolutionary relationships of organisms. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
MPLab Develop embedded applications for Microchip's microcontrollers. Windows All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
Neurons in Action Simulate neuron behavior. Windows Biology / Psychology Computer Lab None None None
PAUP* Investigate evolutionary trees. Macintosh Smudd 002 None None None
Rasmol View molecular structures. Windows / Macintosh All Windows except Kiosks Everyone Freeware Internet
SciFinder Scholar Access the on-line SciFinder chemistry database. Windows/ Macintosh All except Kiosks Everyone Campus Agreement Software Drive
Se-Al Create multiple sequence alignments from nucleotide and amino acid sequences. Macintosh All Macintosh Everyone Freeware Internet

 


Foreign Language Software

Program Name
Description
Compatibility
IT Facilities Availability
Individual Availability
Licensing
Source
Atajo Spanish Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Bibliorom Larousse 2.0 French Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Chateaux de la Loire French Language Instruction Windows Media Center Windows None None None
Clavis Sinica Chinese Language Instruction Windows Media Center Windows None None None
El Corrector Spanish Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Gairaigo Japanese Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Japanese Fonts Japanese Language Instruction Windows Webster 101 None None None
Japanese Tutor Japanese Language Instruction Windows Media Center Windows None None None
Kaleidoskop German Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Kanji Combo Japanese Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Kanji Drills Japanese Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Katzner Dictionary Russian Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Language­Now! Russian Language Instruction Windows / Macintosh All except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
L'Art du Moyen Age French Language Instruction Windows Media Center None None None
Live from Moscow Russian Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Maus German Language Instruction Windows Media Center Windows None None None
Rhythm of French French Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Russian Alphabet Reference Russian Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Spanish GrammarPro! Spanish Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Spanish Pronunciation Tutor Spanish Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
TLQuiz Spanish Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
Who is Oscar Lake? German Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS
WordAce! Spanish Language Instruction Windows All Windows except Kiosks Faculty / Staff Campus Agreement Contact ATS