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.

Software FAQ

  • 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

Employees

  • Some software is available to install yourself in the Software Center
  • If you need software that is not listed in Software Center, please contact the IT Service Desk by emailing ithelp@viu.ca

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 ithelp@viu.ca

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 icon  are available to download for free.
  • Software titles listed below with a pink cloud icon  are available for students to access online. Click on the link below to learn how to access software remotely using the Student Online Software Access tool.
     Student Online Software Access

List of Available Software

Accessibility

NameDescriptionHow 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
Kurzweil 3000  Text-to-Speech

On campus:
B305 Library accessibility stations

Off campus:
Instructions

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
ReadPlease 2003Text-to-SpeechB305 Library media stationsEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request

Adobe Products

NameDescriptionHow 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 ProCreate, edit, sign PDF documentsB305 Library media stationsEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request
Creative CloudA collection of 20+ apps including: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere, LogicBook a video editing room

VIU computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

On campus:
Book a video editing room

Accounting

NameDescriptionHow 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 300Sage ERP line of enterprise management and accounting applicationsContact your instructor for detailsEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request
Quickbooks  Accounting software package

B255-105

Specialty labs:
ABT Students: Contact your instructor for details

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Audio/Video

NameDescriptionHow to Access (Students)How to Access (Employees)
Adobe Premiere ProProfessional video editing softwareBook a video editing room

VIU computer:
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

On campus:
Book a video editing room

Audacity  Digital audio editor and recording application software

On campus:
Book an audio editing room

Off campus:
Free download

VIU computer:
Install using software center

Personal computer:
Free download

On campus:
Book an audio editing room

CamtasiaUsed for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencasts.Not availableSite license for instructional staff. Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
iMovieEntry level video editing software available for Mac computersBook a video editing roomBook a video editing room
Final Cut ProProfessional video editing software available for Mac computersBook a video editing roomBook a video editing room
SnagitScreenshot software that captures video display and audio output.Not availableSite 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

NameDescriptionHow 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 studentsEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request
Brackets  A source code editor with a primary focus on web development.Free download

VIU computer:
Install using software center

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 studentsEmail 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
R  R is a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing.Free download

VIU computer:
Install using Software Center

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

VIU computer:
Install using Software Center

Personal computer:
Free download

Sketchup3D 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 detailsEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request

GIS Applications

NameDescriptionHow to Access (Students)How to Access (Employees)
ArcGIS  ArcGIS is a geographic information system for working with maps and geographic informationB305-508
B315-113
B370-108
Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
AutoCAD LT  2D drafting & drawing softwareFree for studentsEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request
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

NameDescriptionHow to Access (Students)How to Access (Employees)
EViews  Statistical package for Windows, used mainly for time-series oriented econometric analysisB250-115Email 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 onlineAccess 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

VIU computer:
Install using Software Center

Personal computer:
Free download

LTSpiceLTspice 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 languageB305-508
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
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
B356-340
B356-Atrium
Library Commons Virtual Terminals

Personal computer:
Contact your instructor for details

Email ithelp@viu.ca to request
Vortex 10Vortex Population Viability Analysis softwareComing soonEmail ithelp@viu.ca to request

Meetings & Collaboration

NameDescriptionHow 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.InstructionsInstructions
VIUOnline Rooms (Zoom)  Zoom is VIU's officially supported virtual classroom and meeting software.InstructionsInstructions

Microsoft Office

NameDescriptionHow to Access (Students)How to Access (Employees)
Microsoft Office  
Word
Powerpoint
Excel
Access
Outlook

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

NameDescriptionHow 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.B305-508Email 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.B305-508Email ithelp@viu.ca to request

Utilities

NameDescriptionHow 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

VIU Computer:
Install using software center

Personal computer:
Free download
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