Information Technology

Software -  Faculty & Staff

Staff are people working full time for the university. Student employees aren't considered staff.

To request any of the titles below, please send an email to: software@umb.edu. Most titles have a nominal cost associated with them (see below). 

(Note: If you are on campus and connected to Ethernet or the the UMB-Staff-Fac wireless network, you can access Microsoft Office and Read Write Gold from the Apps server without going through IT Software. See instructions in the table below.)

When writing to IT Software (software@umb.edu), you must specify:

  1. The software you want
  2. Whether it is for Mac or Windows
  3. If for Windows, whether you want 32-bit or 64-bit (this is not applicable for all titles)
  4. How you will pay (if there is a cost)

We accept university departmental “Speedtype codes” or personal checks only. We do not accept cash, credit cards, or money orders. We do not accept starter checks or checks that have been modified in any way. All checks must be:

  1. Preprinted with the requestor's name and address
  2. Made out to Computer Trust Fund
  3. Signed by the requestor

Please note that not all titles are available on a disk; some are downloadable only. (See table below.)

Once we have all the information needed to fill your request, we will notify you by email that your software is ready to pick up. Do not come to pick up your software until you are notified that it is ready to pick up. You must bring photo ID and pick up the software yourself and sign the paperwork yourself.

Windows software

Mac software

Availability / Notes

     

Microsoft Products

Office 2013 Office 2011

$15 per disk

Free download from APPS Server while on campus network or a Xythos link sent to you for off campus use if computer is used for University business.

If you need to download from Xythos, write to software@umb.edu as described above.

Office 2010 Office 2008

$15 per disk

Free download from APPS Server while on campus network or a Xythos link sent to you for off campus use if computer is used for University business.

If you need to download from Xythos, write to software@umb.edu as described above.

Windows 7 Enterprise

  $15 per disk

Windows 8.1 Enterprise

  $15 per disk
Project Professional 2010 (not supported)  

$15 per disk

 

Project Professional 2013  (not supported)  

$15 per disk

 

Visio Premium  2010 (not supported)  

$15 per disk

 

Visio Premium  2013 (not supported)  

$15 per disk

 

Visual Studio.NET 2012  

$15 per disk

 

     

Quantitative  Research Software


Stata 14
 


Stata 14
 

$25 for the license
(also available for Linux)

Can only be installed on university owned computers

License expires 10/1/15

SPSS 23
(v. 21or 22 by request)
SPSS 23
(v. 21 or 22 by request)

$30 for yearly rental of license
Click for more information

Can only be installed on university owned computers

License expires 6/30/15

Separate license for personally owned computers, please email for pricing and availability.

AMOS 23
(v. 21 and 22 by request)

 

$15 for the license

License expires 6/30/15

Can only be installed on university owned computers

MATLAB + Simulink + 16  Toolboxes MATLAB + Simulink + 16  Toolboxes

$15 for the license

Can be installed on university owned computers and personal standalone computers owned by staff and faculty

Download link will be emailed to you once payment is is processed

Click for more information.

Mathematica

Mathematica

Free from Mathematica

Click for more information.

SAS Statistics SAS Statistics

SAS has announced a free initiative for professors and their students which includes SAS software, tutorials, lesson plan help, etc. For more information on SAS University Edition, see:

http://www.sas.com/en_us/software/university-edition.html

The SAS software available through this program for "internal, non-commercial academic purposes” and runs as a "vApp" which will run under VMWare Fusion, VMWare Player, or Oracle VirtualBox only, and only if the virtual machine is configured with a maximum of two processor cores.

Please note that IT Services Division does not support the installation or use of this software.

     

Qualitative Research Software

NVivo 10
(not supported)
NVivo 10
(not supported)

Free download — Write software@umb.edu to request activation code and download link. (We have limited licenses and may not be able to fulfill your request.)

License expires 10/1/15

Click for more information

     

Creative & Design Tools

Adobe Acrobat XI Adobe Acrobat XI

Free download

Click for more information

Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Creative Cloud

$15 for the license.

Download link will be emailed to you once payment is is processed

Click for more information

AutoDesk software  

Free download from AutoDesk.

Click for more information.

     

Accessibility Tools

     
Read & Write Gold 9.x  

Free Download from APPS server while on campus network

     
     

 

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Microsoft Products

Microsoft products are available to faculty and staff (including teaching assistants, research assistants, and graduate assistants). The following software is available to install on University owned computers and home computers if they are used regularly for University business:

  • Microsoft Office (free to download or $15 for disc)
  • Microsoft Windows ($15 for disc)
  • Microsoft Visio ($15)
  • Microsoft Project ($15)

All active UMass Boston faculty, staff, and students have full access to Microsoft Office for iPad.

In addition, active UMass Boston students have access to a free copy of Microsoft Office ProPlus for their home computer.

Support & Training

We offer extensive support and training for many Microsoft products. In addition to on-campus training and Atomic Learning, several IT staff members are specifically trained to support Windows and Office. Contact the IT Service Desk (itservicedesk@umb.edu or call 617-287-5220) if you need assistance.

Examples of online video based training at Atomic Learning include:

There are hundreds of other topics available. Use the search function in Atomic Learning to find more topics.

 

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SPSS

IBM SPSS Statistics 22 and 23

SPSS is statistical (quantitative analysis) software for Windows and Mac OS X and is available for faculty and staff provided it is installed on University owned computers only, and is used for "teaching, learning, and academic research" only and not for any administrative purposes, such as analysis on students, enrollment research, retention analysis, student advancement, donor management, or any uses that in some way can advance or benefit the University. This means that it should typically be used by only teachers and students. If anyone in the IR Department, Admissions, Enrollment, Finance, etc., are using the "Campus Edition" license, their use may be out of compliance.

Our license for SPSS includes the program and many add-ons, such as Statistics, Regression, Advanced Statistics, Missing Values, and Forecasting.

The cost is $30 for the license and disk.

We also have an add-on package called AMOS available. The cost is an additional $15 for the license and disk.

These costs are for a one year license (which must be renewed annually) and are per seat. If you are buying for a class or a lab, you will need to buy enough licenses for each user. Students may wish to investigate one of the many alternatives to SPSS since we can only buy student licenses in packs of 20 ($800 for 20 student licenses.)

Support & Training

There is limited support for SPSS. Technical support is through IBM.

Statistical Consulting Services (SCS) provides support in using those packages and also in applied statistics to faculty member, research staff, and graduate students.  We also provide training workshops. Please see our website link for more information and for an up to date workshop schedule.

In addition, some training is available online. Following are SPSS tutorials available on Atomic Learning.

(Note: This is not a statistics course and it is assumed that you have a basic understanding of statistics.)

Log in with your full UMass Boston email address and password.

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Adobe Acrobat

We are pleased to offer UMass Boston faculty and staff Adobe Acrobat XI for free. This software enables you to create and edit PDFs. (Similar capabilities are built in to the Mac operating system, but Acrobat does offer some additional functionality.) You may install Acrobat on any Mac or PC owned by UMass Boston. This is a perpetual enterprise license that does not use cloud authentication or cloud features such as online storage.

Note: You must install this software before installing the rest of the Creative Cloud suite.

Software Installers

To download and install these applications, click the appropriate link, log in to Xythos with your full UMB email address and password, and download the product to your computer. (Internet Explorer users should not choose to “run” the software.) Find the download and double click. This will start the installation on the Mac; on Windows it will open the Acrobat folder with Read Me files. Open the Acrobat XI folder and run the program Setup.exe.

 

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Adobe Creative Cloud

We are pleased to offer UMass Boston faculty and staff Adobe Creative Cloud software at a massive discount off the usual enterprise cost.

University-owned computers

The cost is $15 for a license and may be installed on any Mac or PC owned by UMass Boston. This is a perpetual enterprise license that does not use cloud authentication or cloud features such as online storage. Once we process your payment, we will email you a download link.

There three packages for Adobe Creative Cloud:

Adobe Cloud Design (this is the package sent out to everyone) which includes

Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Bridge
Extension Manager
InCopy
Photoshop Lightroom

Packages which can be ordered instead or the Design Package OR asked for along with the Design Package at no extra cost.

Adobe Cloud Web Tools  which includes

Dreamweaver
Flash Professional
Flash Builder Premium
Adobe Fireworks
Muse
Edge Animate

Adobe Cloud Video Tools  which includes

Premiere Pro
After Effects
Audition
SpeedGrader
Prelude
Encore
Media Encoder

 

These are separate packages due to the size of the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.x

Note: the Creative Cloud installer for University owned computers does not include Adobe Acrobat. That is a separate (free) installation and must be done before installing the rest of the programs in the suite. See instructions above.

Home / Personally-owned Computers

If you would like to install this software on a home computer, the cost is $9.75 for a one year subscription (you decide on installation whether to renew automatically or not). The license includes cloud storage and other cloud features such as sharing. To purchase this software, follow these instructions:

Buying Adobe Creative Cloud License

1. Visit umb.onthehub.com and click on “sign in” at the top right corner of the home page.

2. Click "Register" under the Register section and register your account using your UMass Boston email address. (Do not re-use your UMass Boston email password!) Follow instructions given on the website carefully and fill in all fields. An email will be sent to you as confirmation.

3. Check your email for the confirmation message and click the link. A new window should appear taking you back to the Sign-In/Register page. Sign in with the username and you used to create your account in earlier steps.

4. To purchase the software, click on the Adobe Creative Cloud icon, add it to you cart, and check out. Do not close the receipt page! You will need the redemption code for the following steps.

5. Under the items section at the receipt page, you should see a Redeem Now link (in blue) and the redemption code beneath it written in red. Click "Redeem Now."

Creating an Adobe Account

6. A new page will appear for you to create an Adobe ID. You may sign-In with an existing Adobe ID if you already have one. If you haven’t already created an Adobe ID, you may create one here using your UMass Boston email. (Do not re-use your UMass Boston email password!) Follow all steps on the Adobe website carefully.

7. Input the redemption code you received in Step 5.

8. Click "Get Started" to start using Creative Cloud (twice). A page to download Creative Cloud pops up.

Downloading and Installing Adobe Creative Cloud

9. Download Creative Cloud from Adobe. When the download is complete, open the Creative Cloud installer and install.

10. The Creative Cloud application should open after installation. (Windows users: you can also find it on the Start menu under All Programs.

11. In the Creative Cloud installer, sign in using the Adobe ID from step 6. Click Install or Update an application and choose the desired Adobe applications to download and install. This could take several hours depending on your internet speed. You can start using the applications once the downloads and installation have been completed.

Support

Support and training for this product are extremely limited. We offer some introductory workshops. See the schedule of upcoming workshops and sign up at training.umb.edu.

Training

Upcoming training workshops are listed on the Training Portal.  Please visit: http://training.umb.edu or contact ITC@umb.edu or call 7-5221.

We also offer Atomic Learning video training. See the related links in the right hand column. Log in using your full email address and email password.

Atomic Learning offers a variety of video training modules for Adobe products. To view them, click a link below and log in with your full UMass Boston email address and password.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

  • Windows training
  • Mac training

Adobe Illustrator

  • Windows training
  • Mac training

 

 

 

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MATLAB by MathWorks

UMass Boston offers MATLAB research software from MathWorks, which comes with Simulink and more than a dozen toolboxes, including Bioinformatics, statistics, and symbolic math.

New users should contact us at software@umb.edu to obtain the software. The cost is $15.

If you purchased a license for MATLAB from us and receive the message that the license is expiring, you will need to update your activation code by following the instructions on this web page:

How do I launch the MATLAB activation client?

Helpful Links

Installation Help: http://www.mathworks.com/support/install-matlab.html

MATLAB Documentation: http://www.mathworks.com/help/matlab/index.html

Upcoming Training Events: http://www.mathworks.com/#training

MATLAB Examples: http://www.mathworks.com/examples/

MATLAB Community Q&A: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/

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AutoDesk software

UMass Boston professors and students can access AutoDesk software, including Inventor Professional, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Fusion 360, and Maya, for personal and educational use. The AutoDesk program includes free teaching and learning resources.

http://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/educators-university

These resources allow you to

  • Add project-based learning workshops in engineering, architecture, construction management, or media and entertainment to your curriculum.
  • Discover product guides and tutorials to help students achieve quick success and develop professional design skills.
  • Get help with custom training and support integrating Autodesk software into your academic programs.

Professors and students can also download the software for personal use directly from AutoDesk. Software provided through the Education Community program may be used only for purposes directly related to learning, training, research, or development and may not be used for commercial, professional, or any other for-profit purposes.

For questions, see the AutoDesk Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

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NVivo support & training

NVivo offers a variety of resources for users on their web site.

The Getting Started page offers many support materials including a Getting Started Guide and step by step videos.

A list of free online demos is available. Please select those in the US Eastern Standard Daylight zone:

The QSR support page has links to the Support Department for One on One Support and our Technical Resource Center.

 

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