Software at VIU

This page contains a list of software available to students and employees and how it can be accessed. Please note that not all software is available in all locations, and some software is only available for specific programs.

What software is standard on all computers?

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Alertus
  • Firefox
  • Flex Agent
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge
  • Java
  • Microsoft .Net Framework 4.6.1
  • Microsoft Office 2013/2016
  • Microsoft Project 2013/2016
  • VLC Media Player

How to Access Software from this List

  • For details on how to access a particular software title, see the appropriate "How to Access" column for the software you'd like to access.
  • Software titles listed below with a green arrow iconare available to download for free.
  • Software titles listed below with a pink cloud iconare available for students to access online. For more information on how to access software remotely, visit: How do I access software online?

List of Available Software

Accessibility

Name

Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Inspiration Visual thinking tool for creating mind maps, concept maps, graphic organizers, outlines and presentations. B250-200
B305 Library accessibility stations
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request a quote to purchase
Kurzweil 3000 Text-to-Speech

Off campus:
Instructions

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
ReadPlease 2003 Text-to-Speech B305 Library media stations Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Adobe Products

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Acrobat Reader View PDF documents
On campus:
Available on all computers
 
Off campus:
Free download
VIU computer:
Available on all computers
 
Personal computer:
Free download
Acrobat Pro Create, edit, sign PDF documents B305 Library media stations Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Creative Cloud A collection of 20+ apps including: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, Logic Book a video editing room
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

On campus:
Book a video editing room

Accounting

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Sage 50 An advanced small business desktop accounting solution
B250-115
Specialty labs:

ABT students: Contact your instructor for details

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Sage 300 Sage ERP line of enterprise management and accounting applications Contact your instructor for details Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Quickbooks Accounting software package
Contact your instructor for details
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Audio/Video

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Adobe Premiere Pro Professional video editing software Book a video editing room
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

On campus:
Book a video editing room

Audacity Digital audio editor and recording application software

Off campus:
Free download

Personal computer:
Free download

On campus:
Book an audio editing room

Camtasia Used for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencasts. Not available Available for internal use or education purposes (non-commercial)
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
iMovie Entry level video editing software available for Mac computers Book a video editing room Book a video editing room
Final Cut Pro Professional video editing software available for Mac computers Book a video editing room Book a video editing room
Snagit Screenshot software that captures video display and audio output. Not available Site license for instructional staff. Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
VLC Free video player software
On campus:
Installed on all computers

Off campus:
Free download

VIU computer:
Installed on all computers

Personal computer:
Free download

Design & Development

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
AutoCAD 2020 A computer-aided design (CAD) software used to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. Free for students Email ithelp@viu.ca to request a quote to purchase
Brackets A source code editor with a primary focus on web development. Free download

Personal computer:
Free download

Blender 3D creation suite that supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline. Free download
VIU computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Personal computer:
Free download

Bridge Designer This software provides you with the tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria. Free download
VIU computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Personal computer:
Free download

ChemSketch ACD/ChemSketch is a molecular modeling program used to create and modify images of chemical structures. Free for students Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
GIMP  GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.
B250-115
B255-100
B255-105
B255-120
B315-113
B356-340
B360-318

Personal device:
Free download

VIU computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Personal computer:
Free download

Inkscape Inkscape is a vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format. Free download
VIU computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Personal computer:
Free download
MATLAB A multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks.
B305-508
B315-113
B360-318
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Petroskills Simulator Simulation software for Power Engineering students B356-200 Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
R R is a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing. Free download

Personal computer:
Free download

RoadEng Engineering software for rural infrastructure. B250-115
B315-113
B370-108
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
RStudio An integrated development environment for R, a programming language for statistical computing and graphics. Free download

Personal computer:
Free download

Sketchup 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film and video game design. Contact your instructor for details Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

GIS Applications

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
ArcGIS ArcGIS is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information B305-508
B315-113
B370-108
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
AutoCAD LT 2D drafting & drawing software Free for students Email ithelp@viu.ca to request a quote to purchase
Geomatica Remote sensing desktop software package for processing earth observation data
B315-113
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Mathematics, Mapping, Statistics, Data Analysis, and Scientific Software

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
EViews Statistical package for Windows, used mainly for time-series oriented econometric analysis B356-200 [Online] Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
GeoGebra Classic Free dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. Access online Access online
Google Earth Pro Google Earth renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery.
B250-115
B305-508
B315-113
B370-108

Personal computer:
Free download

Personal computer:
Free download

LTSpice LTspice is a SPICE-based analog electronic circuit simulator computer software
On campus:
B315-114

Off campus:
Contact your instructor for details

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Maple Symbolic and numeric computing environment as well as a multi-paradigm programming language B305-508
B315-113
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
NVivo Data analysis computer software package. Helps researchers organize, analyze and find insights in unstructured or qualitative data.
B250-115
B305-508
B356-200 [Online]
B356-340
B356-Atrium
Select Library Commons Media Stations

Personal computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
SPSS Used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis
B305-508
B356-200 [Online]
B356-340
B356-Atrium
Library Commons Virtual Terminals

Personal computer:
Contact your instructor for details

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Vortex 10 Vortex Population Viability Analysis software Coming soon Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Meetings & Collaboration

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Teams Teams is a Microsoft Office 365 collaboration workspace. It brings together instant messaging, threaded conversations, file sharing, voice and video conversations, and more. Instructions Instructions
VIUOnline Rooms (Zoom)   Zoom is VIU's officially supported virtual classroom and meeting software. Instructions Instructions

Microsoft Office

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Microsoft Office
Word
Powerpoint
Excel
Access
Outlook
Publisher
Project
Office productivity suite from Microsoft.
On campus/remote access:
Available on all computers
VIU computer:
Available on all computers
Microsoft 365 Apps
Word
Powerpoint
Excel
Access
Outlook
Office web apps
And more...
A line of subscription services offered by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft Office product line.
Personal computer:
Free download
Personal computer:
Free download

Reference Management

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
Mendeley Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you collect references, organize your citations, and create bibliographies. B305-508 Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Write-N-Cite III Write-N-Cite is a Microsoft Word plugin that allows you to quickly insert and edit citations.
B205-202
B250-200
B255-105
B255-110
B255-120
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Zotero Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. B305-508 Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Survey

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
LimeSurvey Self-serve online statistical survey platform for the use of the VIU community in conducting non-institutional surveys Not available Contact the Office of University Planning and Analysis (OUPA) for more information at surveys@viu.ca
Qualtrics Survey software used for institutional surveys Not available Contact the Office of University Planning and Analysis (OUPA) for more information at surveys@viu.ca

Utilities

Name Description How to Access (Students) How to Access (Employees)
7-zip   A free and open-source file archiver utility used to place groups of files within compressed containers known as "archives".
On campus/remote access:
Available on all computers

Personal computer:
Free download

Personal computer:
Free download

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Article ID: 1767
Created
Thu 8/19/21 3:10 PM
Modified
Mon 8/15/22 10:46 PM

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