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Software

Overview

UBC IT and Applied Science provide a variety of software programs at a discounted rate for their staff, faculty and students by leveraging volume purchases and partnering with vendors to offer free teaching licenses. The software catalogue below includes most of the software typically used by the Engineering, Nursing, Architecture and Planning programs. In order to provide free and low cost options to the community, user can also access distributor sites such as CMC Microsystems and Compute Canada (for research purposes). Our goal is help inform and deliver the software that you need on a UBC owned computer or your personal device.

Eligibility for some products may be restricted based on your affiliation with the university (staff, faculty or student) or based on department's license availability. In most cases license agreements are for UBC-owned assets for staff, faculty & students unless otherwise stated. Alternative for personal device installation may be provided directly through vendor sites for many software. For questions and inquiries about any of the software please contact your IT@APSC help desk.  If you have any suggestions or have a software offering that you like to see included in the catalogue, please let us know.

CMC Microsystems provides subscription based membership for researchers and their graduate students to obtain software at low cost. Register and obtain an account for for access.

Compute Canada provides software and tools for researchers to use on their free computing infrastructure. Register and obtain an account for access to their software and many other services.

 

Name Software Category Vendor Distributor Eligibility Cost
Adobe Creative Cloud Media & Adobe Products Adobe
UBC IT
Faculty, Staff Free
      Description

      Adobe Creative Cloud is a powerful software suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe Systems. It includes Adobe Pro DC (Acrobat), Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Premier, and many other products. UBC IT distributes Adobe Creative Cloud and can be installed on UBC owned computers at no cost.

      Vendor site

      More Information

      Details
      • Can be requested by UBC faculty or staff. 
      • Must be installed on UBC owned computer.
      • Can be used by students on UBC owned computers.
      • Current licensing agreement with Adobe requires a license activated for an individual's CWL ID.
      • May be used for administrative, teaching or research purposes.
      • UBC faculty, staff, and students without UBC owned computers may receive academic discounts from On The Hub.
      Next Steps
      • Request this software by submitting a ticket.

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      Adobe Pro DC (Acrobat) Media & Adobe Products Adobe
      UBC IT
      Faculty, Staff Free
          Description

          Adobe Acrobat DC is the world’s leading PDF solution. It contains a suite of tools allowing you to create and edit PDFs among other things like: send, track, manage and sign documents. UBC IT distributes Adobe Acrobat DC and can be installed on any UBC owned computer at no cost.

          Vendor Site

          More Information

          Details
          • Can be requested by UBC faculty and staff.
          • Must be installed on a UBC owned computer.
          • Can be used by students on UBC owned computers.
          • Current licensing agreement with Adobe requires a license activated for an individual's CWL ID.
          • May be used for administrative, teaching or research purposes.
          • UBC faculty, staff, and students without UBC owned computers may recieve academic discounts from On The Hub.

           

          Next Steps
          • Request this software by submitting a ticket.

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          ANSYS Suite Simulation & Optimization ANSYS
          UBC IT
          Vendor
          Faculty, Staff, Students Free
          Description

          ANSYS tools can be used to simulate single physics like Fluid Dynamics or Structural dynamics, but can also be combined to simulate complex Multiphysics processes. The suite of tools cover the entire design engineering process, from FEA, CFD, electromagnetic simulations, up to integrated system level design.

           

          Vendor Site

          Details
          • Can be requested by UBC faculty, staff or student for teaching purposes.
          • Research licenses are available at no cost.
          • Can be installed on non-UBC computers.
          • License permits use anywhere in Canada.
          • License is renewed annually.
          • Installed in the ECE labs, PACE Lab; Fluids and Fluid Mechanics in the KEYES lab.
          Next Steps
          • Click on "Get Software" below to find out information on tutorials, software downloads, and license information.

           

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          ARCGIS CAD/GIS Esri
          Vendor
          Faculty, Staff, Students $ Annual
          Description

          With ArcGIS Pro, one can visualize, edit, and analyze geographic data in both 2D and 3D. After creating projects, maps, layers, tools, and more, ArcGIS Pro has several options to share the results with others.

          The current ESRI package includes ArcGIS's ArcInfo and ArcView (ArcMap & ArcCatalog) ArcSDE, ArcIMS, ArcServer, ArcEngine and ArcPad.

          Faculty of Forestry has prepared 5 package options available for faculty. Click on More Information below for details.

          The Student Edition of ArcView includes Spatial, Geostatistical, Network, and 3D Analyst extensions.

          Vendor Site

          More Information

          Details
          • Can be requested by faculty and students.
          • Faculty version must be installed on UBC owned computer. 
          • Faculty packages are good for one year.
          • Student Edition can be installed on their personal computer.
          • Student Edition is valid for one year.

          Cost of Faculty packages:

          • $500. a year but only ArcView (Basic) in a lab installation of up to 60 computers
          • $500. a year but only ArcEditor (Standard) on one computer
          • $1000. a year for any ESRI software (Advanced, Server, …) but only on one computer,
          • $2500. a year but only ArcInfo (Advanced) in a lab installation
          • $5000. a year for unlimited copies of all ESRI software at your UBC unit
          Next Steps
          • Download the 60 day free trial from Esri which is the same as purchased version.
          • Faculty can then obtain the activation code from jerry.maedel@ubc.ca to use the software for one year.
          • Students can purchase the Student Edition from Room 2045, Forest Sciences Centre upon presenting their UBC Card and $25 fee

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            Aspen HYSIS Simulation & Optimization Aspen
            APSCIT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Students Free
            Description

            Aspen HYSYS is simulation software that’s used by top oil and gas producers, refineries and engineering companies for process optimization in design and operations.

             

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Limited to CHBE faculty, staff and students.
            • Available in the CHBE computer labs
            • Runs only on Windows 8.1 and up
            Next Steps
            • Need to create ServiceNow Knowledgebase article
            • Instructions are currently in Confluence

             

            Autodesk Suite CAD/GIS Autodesk
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            AutoDesk supports the student community at UBC by providing students and educators free access to 3D design software, learning tools, and programs. Student licenses incorporate all the software functionality but include a print banner or watermark on output. 

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Free education license available from Autodesk
            • License covers usage for learning, teaching, training, research and development that are functions of a Qualified Edication Institution.
            • Windows 10, 8.1 with KB2919355 or 7 SP1
            • Installed in the CEME Undergrad Lab, Civil Design Studio, Keyes and IGEN labs.
            Next Steps
            • Download the software using the link below.

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            Camtasia Media & Adobe Products TechSmith
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Camtasia complements the functionality of Snagit to include comprehensive video and audio recording of your screen, along with a powerful but simple timeline-based editor.

            Vendor Site

            More Information.

            Details
            • Faculty, Staff and Students can request for installation on UBC owned computer
            • May be used for teaching, research and administration purposes
            • Must have an active CWL account
            • Windows 7 or greater, or OSX 10.8 or greater

             

            Google Earth Pro CAD/GIS Google
            UBC IT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Google Earth Pro allows user to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far in space, and the deepest depths of the ocean.Get advanced business tools in addition to all the easy-to-use features and imagery of Google Earth.

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Free license provided by Google.
            • Windows, OSX or Linux versions available
            Next Steps
            • Download the software using the link below.

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            Labview Mathematical & Qualitative Analysis National Instruments
            APSCIT
            Faculty, Staff, Students $ Annual
            Description

            LabVIEW is a proven integrated development environment for interfacing with measurement and control hardware, analyzing data, publishing results, and distributing systems using a graphical programming approach. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering administers site licensing for National Instruments LabView as a campus-wide service. Linux and Windows installers are available.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Can be used for academic and research use
            • Can be installed on UBC owned computers and personal devices
            • Can be requested ECE faculty, staff and students at no cost
            • Non-ECE Departments can purchase a set of licenses for their lab, faculty and students based on the costs below

            Cost of Labview licenses:

            • Large (>40 seats):$4500 /Year
            • Medium (>20 and <40 seats):$3000 /Year
            • Small (<20 seats):$2000 /Year
            • Single User:$250 /Year

            Cost of Multisim licenses:

            • Large:$1500 /Year
            • Medium:$750 /Year
            • Small:$500 /Year 
            Next Steps
            • Request this software by submitting a ticket.

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            Maple Mathematical & Qualitative Analysis Maplesoft
            UBC IT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Maple is a powerful mathematical problem-solving and visualization system used worldwide in education, research, and industry. Whether you need to do quick calculations, develop design sheets, teach fundamental concepts, or produce sophisticated high-fidelity simulation models, Maple's world-leading computation engine offers the breadth and depth to handle every type of mathematics.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Available for Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X10.7+ and Linux.
            • Can only be installed on UBC owned computers: computer labs, computers purchased under grants, departmental laptops, etc. Faculty owned computers: personal or office computers.
            • Students can purchase a student version directly from Maple's webstore.
            • Systems requirements from Maple can be found here.
            Next Steps
            • This software can be requested by submitting a ticket.

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            MATLAB Mathematical & Qualitative Analysis Mathworks
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            MathWorks MATLAB is a language for technical computing that combines numeric computation, advanced graphics and visualization, and a high-level programming language. MATLAB is the natural environment for analysis, algorithm prototyping, and application development. 

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
            • Faculty and staff can request to have it installed on UBC-owned computers.
            • Students can download and self-install this on their personally owned computers.
            • Must be used only for non-commercial Teaching and Research purposes related to UBC.
            • Installed in the CEME Undergrad Lab, Civil Design Studio, Keyes and IGEN labs. There may be other departmental computer labs where this is installed.

             

            Next Steps
            • faculty and staff: request this by submitting a ticket
            • Students can self-install on their personal computers.

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            Microsoft Expression Web 4 (free version) Office & Productivity Microsoft
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Microsoft Expression Studio is a suite of tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich digital media content. However, it is now discontinued. Microsoft has consolidated its offerings to Expression Web 4 and Visual Studio.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Can be downloaded from Microsoft at no cost.
            • This free version of Expression Web is not eligible for Microsoft technical support and is community support. For more information, visit the Expression Community site.
            Next Steps

             

            Microsoft Office Office & Productivity Microsoft
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff Free
            Description

            Microsoft Office is a suite of applications that provide many of the tools needed in an office, school or research environment. The suite contains Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.

            Vendor Site

            MORE INFORMATION

            Details
            • On UBC-owned computers, MS Office is covered under our Campus Agreement with Microsoft.
            • The software can easily be self-installed using the Software Centre icon for computers on the campus EAD domain.
            Next Steps

             

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            Microsoft Office 365 for Students Office & Productivity Microsoft
            UBC IT
            Students Free
            Description

            Microsoft Office 365 for Students is the same Office suite of applications packaged for our Students. The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. For Windows users, Publisher and Access is also included.

            MORE INFORMATION

            Details
            • There is no charge for this software.
            • Active UBC Students with a valid CWL account can obtain their subscription through download.ubc.ca.
            • A new subscription will come with a UBC-specific Office 365 account.
            • Subscriptions expire annually on the date that it was first used.
            • It must be renewed on or after the date it was started.
            • Software can be installed on up to five devices including iPad/iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.
            • NOTE: Faculty, Staff, Continuing Studies students and students at affiliated colleges are not eligible for the software.

            Next Steps
            • Download the software using the link below.

             

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            Microsoft Project Office & Productivity Microsoft
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff Free
            Description

            Microsoft Project is a project management tool. It is designed to help a project manager with the various tasks involved in planning and managing a project.

            Vendor Site

            MORE INFORMATION

            Details
            • On UBC-owned computers, MS Project is covered under our Campus Agreement with Microsoft.
            • Upon request, the software can easily be self-installed using the Software Centre icon for computers on the campus EAD domain.
            Next Steps
            • Faculty and staff members may submit a ticket to obtain the software.
            • Or, self-install using Software Centre on EAD connected UBC-owned computers.
            Microsoft Visio Office & Productivity Microsoft
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff Free
            Description

            Microsoft Visio Standard and Professional allows you to present your data and ideas though diagrams that make your vision easy to share, and easy for others to understand.

            Vendor Site

            MORE INFORMATION

            Details
            • On UBC-owned computers, MS Visio is covered under our Campus Agreement with Microsoft
            • Upon request, the software can easily be self-installed using the Software Centre icon for computers on the campus EAD domain.
            Next Steps
            • Faculty and staff members may submit a ticket to obtain the software.
            • Or, self-install using Software Centre on EAD connected UBC-owned computers.
            Microsoft Visual Studio Operating Systems & Programming Microsoft Faculty, Staff Free
            Description

            Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated programming environment that allows you to design, create and debug general purpose programs for Microsoft Windows and other platforms.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Can be obtained by Applied Science faculty members, instructors, teaching/research assistants and active/registered Applied Science students at no cost.
            • May be used for teaching/learning or research purposes.
            • May be installed on a departmental computer labs.
            Next Steps
            • Faculty and staff members may submit a ticket to request installation on their UBC-owned computers.

             

            Microsoft Windows Operating Systems & Programming Microsoft
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff Free
            Description

            Microsoft Windows is the desktop operating system available from Microsoft

            Vendor Site

            MORE INFORMATION

            Details
            • The current version is Windows 10.
            • On UBC-owned computers, Windows 10 Enterprise is available as an upgrade covered under our Campus Agreement with Microsoft.
            • Because of the upgrade requirement, the computer needs to have installed an existing operating system that is eligible for the upgraded.
            • A managed Windows desktop can automatically be installed using an image from UBC IT that would enable the computer to be a part of the campus EAD domain.
            Next Steps
            • Faculty and staff members may submit a ticket to request installation on their UBC-owned computers.
            Microsoft Windows 10 Education (for active students) Operating Systems & Programming Microsoft
            Vendor
            Students Free
            Description

            Microsoft Windows is the desktop operating system available from Microsoft

            Vendor Site

            MORE INFORMATION

            Details
            • All active students with a valid CWL account now qualify for a free Windows 10 Education download. This can be installed on one device.
            • Full details, installation instructions and an FAQ are available at the Windows 10 Student Service Catalgue Page.
            Next Steps
            Microsoft Windows Server Operating Systems & Programming Microsoft
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff Various
            Description

            Microsoft Server is the server operating system released by Microsoft. The versions available from UBC IT are Standard and DataCenter.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Windows Server 2016 Standard (2 core)          $30.00
            • Windows Server 2016 DataCenter (2 core)          $210.00
            • Must be installed on UBC-owned computers.
            Next Steps
            • Faculty and staff members may request the software by submitting a ticket.

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            NVivo Mathematical & Qualitative Analysis QSR International
            UBC IT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            NVivo is used for qualitative data analysis by researchers, evaluators, educators, and students. It enables users to collect, organize and analyze content from qualitative data sources. 

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Available for Windows and OSX
            • Available to active UBC staff, faculty and students.
            • For faculty and staff: must be installed on UBC owned computers.
            • For students: can be installed on personally owned devices.
            • License requires a yearly renewal.

             

            Rhino3D CAD/GIS Rhino3D
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Students $ Annual
            Description

            Rhino3d is a modeling tool for designers and architects. It provides the tools to accurately model and document designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing or construction.

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Available to SALA faculty, staff and students only.
            • Installed on SALA computer labs.
            • Windows and OSX
            Next Steps
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            RhinoCAM CAD/GIS MecSoft
            UBC IT
            Staff $ Perpetual
            Description

            RhinoCAM is a general purpose Computer Aided Machining (CAM) plug-in for CNC that runs completely inside of Rhinoceros 5.0. Its programming system is suitable for rapid prototyping, mold and die, tooling, wood working, general machinning, hobby and education.

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Available for SALA faculty, staff and students only.
            • Installed in SALA Computer labs
            • Only available for Rhino for Windows and will not run in Rhino for Mac
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            SAS (IBM SAS) Mathematical & Qualitative Analysis SAS
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            A software suite of products for business intelligence, business analytics, data warehousing, and data mining used to gather, manage, and analyze large amounts of information.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Available for Windows, Sun and Linux platforms.
            • Faculty, staff and students can request to have it installed on UBC-owned computers.
            • Must be used only for non-commercial Teaching, Research and/or Administrative purposes for UBC.
            Next Steps
            • Request this software by submitting a ticket.
            • Install files are available for download from the UBC IT Server by approved IT personnel.

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            Sketchup Pro CAD/GIS Trimble
            UBC IT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Students $ Perpetual
            Description

            SketchUp is useful from the earliest stages of design to the end of construction. Programming, diagramming, design development, detailing, documentation, RFIs—wherever you need drawings, you need SketchUp Pro.

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Available to SALA faculty, staff and students only.
            • Installed on SALA computer labs.
            Next Steps
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            Snagit Media & Adobe Products TechSmith
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Snagit allows you to capture, modify, and share screenshots and basic desktop video captures.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Must have an active CWL account
            • Must be an active UBC staff, faculty or student
            • Windows 7 or greater, or OSX 10.8 or greater

             

            SOLIDWORKS CAD/GIS Dassault Systemes
            APSCIT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            SOLIDWORKS is a 3D CAD Design and analysis software, and a solid modeler that utilizes a parameteric feature based approach to create models and assemblies.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Software can be installed on personal devices
            • Licenses need to be renewed annually with new codes
            • Available in most Engineering Computer Labs
            • Available for Windows operating systems only

             

            Next Steps
            • Eligible students can obtain a serial number for SOLIDWORKS SEK from Connect
            • Students can go to www.solidworks.com/SEK to obtain software once they have the serial number.
            • Faculty and staff must contact the IT Help Desk to obtain SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.
            • More information is available.

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            Sophos Endpoint Protection / Anti Virus Utilities Sophos
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Sophos Anti-Virus protects against viruses, spyware and adware, rootkits and suspicious files and behavior. It reduces exposure to malicious websites. Built-in host intrusion prevention systems (HIPS), web-based script attack detection and Live Anti-Virus look ups in real-time to SophosLabs' reputation database.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            Next Steps

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            SPSS (IBM SPSS) Mathematical & Qualitative Analysis IBM
            UBC IT
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            IBM SPSS ia an advanced statistical package for Windows, Mac and Linux. The SPSS software license with UBC specifies that SPSS must only be used by UBC staff, faculty, and students and only for non-commercial Teaching and Research purposes related to UBC. SPSS can only be installed on UBC owned assets.

            Vendor Site

            More Information

            Details
            • Faculty, staff and students can request to have it installed on UBC-owned computers.
            • Must only be used for non-commercial teaching, research purposes related to UBC.
            • SPSS standalone licenses expire annually on May 31 and must be renewed on or before May 31. The license has a grace period but will cease to work within 30 days from May 31.
            • At the time of renewal, one can opt to upgrade if a new version is available.
            • Windows or OSX.
            • For installation on personal device, user can go to On The Hub.
            Next Steps
            • Request this software by submitting a ticket.
            • Install files are available for download from the UBC IT Server by approved IT personnel

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            Unity3D Other Unity Education
            Vendor
            Faculty, Staff, Students Free
            Description

            Unity3D is a game developoment platform. You can create 2D or 3D games or apps with Unity. You can make it with ease, you can make it highly-optimized and beautiful, and you can deploy it with a click to more platforms than you have fingers and toes. What’s more, you can use Unity’s integrated services to speed up your development process, optimize your game, connect with an audience, and achieve success.

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Personal version is available free
            • Available in various platforms
            • Can be used for commercial development if total annual revenue is less than $100K
            Next Steps

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            Vectorworks CAD/GIS Vectorworks
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Students $ Perpetual
            Description

            Vectorworks is a line of industry-specific 2D/3D design and BIM software solutions that allows designers to advance their ideas from concept through completion. More than half a million users around the world transform the world with Vectorworks every day.

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Available for SALA faculty, staff and students only.
            • Installed on SALA computer labs.
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            Vray for Rhino CAD/GIS Vray
            UBC IT
            Faculty, Staff, Students $ Perpetual
            Description

            V-Ray for Rhino is a rendering plug-in for Rhino graphics software. It is used in media, entertainment and design industries such as film and video game production, industrial design, product design and architecture. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-Ray)

            Vendor Site

            Details
            • Available for SALA staff, faculty and students only.
            • Installed on SALA computer labs.

            Next Steps
            •