Our Senior Systems and Technology Librarian has compiled a list of all the software programs that will be available on all of our computers as of Fall 2014. Here is the list:
Acrobat X Pro – The professional version of Adobe Acrobat. This software allows users to create PDF documents and make PDF documents accessible through a process called OCR or Optical Character Recognition. For a PDF that includes text, this OCR processing makes that text readable by a screen reader.
Adobe Creative Suite – This suite of software products contains things such as Dreamweaver for the website design, Illustrator for graphic design and creating brochures, posters, etc and Photoshop editing photographs.
The Adobe professional suites are very expensive when purchased individually and beyond the reach of most of our patrons. However, we are able provide the software in conjunction with the TECH Center on Main Campus.
Google Apps – public computers all provide the Chrome operating system as well as the Google Earth app.
Gross Anatomy Laboratory Assistant is also provided by an instructor and includes a Cross Section Navigator and Diagnostic Image Collection. This software was actually designed and built by TUSM faculty.
Web Browsers – In addition to Google Chrome, we provide the Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox web browsers.
Microsoft Office Professional - This standard software package includes Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Word. With the image coming up in August, we will be upgrading Microsoft Office to version 2013 for all of the Dell computers.
Music and Media Utilities – The public computers have a number of software products that either come with the computer or are freely downloaded that play music and video including iTunes, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player and others.
Write n’ Cite – A plugin to Microsoft Word provided by RefWorks Citation Management software
Kurzweil 1000 – A patron can scan a physical book or document with either a scanner or camera and the software will read out loud to them the contents of the scan. – New for 2014
Read and Write Gold – a suite of tools that makes reading, writing and research easier for those who may have trouble with these tasks a result of dyslexia. – Updated for 2014
Jaws – screen-reading software that allows visually impaired students interact with a computer in much the same way as someone with full sight.
Zoomtext – magnifying software also for patrons with vision impairment – New for 2014
Dragon Speech Recognition Software – Allows patrons to interact with the computer by speaking commands and text instead of typing. – New for 2014
SPSS Statistical Software – Predictive analytics software used to compute statistics and make predictions about the future based on based trends. This software is used by a lot of researchers who collect large amounts of quantitative data. – New for 2014
We would also like to share that by the end of August, we will have 10 new iMac’s up and running on the back wall where the old-style study carols used to be.