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. This list will be updated frequently as new resources are put in place.

Standard Software

  • 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


  • Some software is available to install yourself in the Software Center
  • If you need non-standard software, please contact the IT Service Desk by emailing

Students and Employees

  • Some software is only available in specific locations. For more information, see the list below
  • If you have any questions about where specific software is installed or how to access it, please contact the IT Service Desk at

List of Available Software

Adobe Products

Acrobat ReaderView PDF documents
Acrobat ProCreate, edit, sign PDF documents
Creative CloudThe collection of 20+ apps including: Illustrator


Sage 50 AccountingAn advanced small business desktop accounting solution.
Sage 300Sage ERP line of enterprise management and accounting applications.

Design & Development

AutoCAD 2020A computer-aided design (CAD) software used to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.
Blender3D 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.
Bridge DesignerThis software provides you with the tools to model, test, and optimize a steel highway bridge, based on realistic specifications, constraints, and performance criteria.
GIMPGIMP 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.
GTKGTK is a free and open-source cross-platform widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces.
InkscapeInkscape is a vector graphics editor used to create vector images, primarily in Scalable Vector Graphics format.

GIS Applications

ArcGISArcGIS is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information

Available in Bldg. 315, Rm. 113
AutoCAD LT2D drafting & drawing software

Available in Bldg. 315, Rm. 113
GeomaticaRemote sensing desktop software package for processing earth observation data

Available in Bldg. 315, Rm. 113

Mathematics, Mapping, and Scientific Software

GeoGebra ClassicFree dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that brings together geometry, algebra, spreadsheets, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package.
Google EarthGoogle Earth renders a 3D representation of Earth based primarily on satellite imagery.
LTSpiceLTspice is a SPICE-based analog electronic circuit simulator computer software
Vortex 10Vortex Population Viability Analysis software

Meetings & Collaboration

TeamsDescription Teams is a Microsoft Office 365 collaboration workspace. It brings together instant messaging, threaded conversations, file sharing, voice and video conversations, and more.
ZoomZoom is VIU's officially supported virtual meeting software.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office

Office productivity suite from Microsoft which includes:

Microsoft Office is available on all computers at VIU

Reference Management

MendeleyMendeley is a free reference manager that can help you collect references, organize your citations, and create bibliographies.
Write-N-Cite IIIWrite-N-Cite is a Microsoft Word plugin that allows you to quickly insert and edit citations.
ZoteroZotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials.
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