Software Directory

Access to software during campus closure: In response to the pandemic, which has forced the campus to work from home and engage in distance learning, Buffalo State has made a number of specialized software applications available to students via remote access. Certain applications, like SPSS and Adobe Creative Cloud, can now downloaded and used on personal devices through the end of the semester. Please see the list of applications below for details.

This directory is a collection of the most commonly requested software titles at Buffalo State. If you require software that is not included on this page, please open a software request ticket via our self-service portal.

Acrobat DC

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, Adobe Creative Cloud is temporarily available to download through August 15, 2020.

With Acrobat DC you can view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Please Note: Before installing Acrobat DC on a personal device, it is highly recommended that you ensure your computer meets the System Requirements to run the application.

Adobe Creative Cloud

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, Adobe Creative Cloud is temporarily available to download through August 15, 2020.

Adobe Creative Cloud is a software as a service offering from Adobe Systems that gives users access to a collection of software developed by Adobe for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, and cloud services.

Please Note: Adobe Creative Cloud apps can be installed à la carte. Before installing Adobe apps on a personal device, it is highly recommended that you ensure your computer meets the System Requirements to run the application.

Apple iLife

iMovie and GarageBand, formerly known as iLife and Apple Creativity Apps (as it is still commonly called), is a suite of software applications for Mac OS X and iOS developed by Apple Inc. for organizing, editing, and publishing photos, movies, and music. The suite is pre-installed on all campus-owned Macs.

  • Platforms: Mac
  • At-Home Access: Not available for home use
  • Obtain for Home Use: Not available for home use

Apple iWork

Apple Productivity Apps, formerly and commonly known as iWork, is an office suite of applications created by Apple Inc. for its OS X and iOS operating systems. It includes Keynote, a presentation program; the word processing and desktop publishing application Pages; and the spreadsheet application Numbers.

  • Platforms: Mac
  • At-Home Access: Not available for home use
  • Obtain for Home Use: Not available for home use

ArcGIS (by ESRI)

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, students in certain classes can access this application remotely. Please contact your instructor for information.

ArcGIS is the industry standard GIS software. Buffalo State holds a campus-wide site license. ArcGIS can be installed on any campus-owned computer, and is also available to install on personally owned devices.

  • Platforms: Windows
  • At-Home Access: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details)
  • Obtain for Home Use: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details)

Autodesk AutoCAD

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, students in certain classes can access this application remotely. Please contact your instructor for information.

Campus licensed application for 2D and 3D computer aided design (CAD) and drafting.

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • At-Home Access: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details)
  • Obtain for Home Use: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details) or free download

Blackboard Collaborate (web conferencing)

Blackboard Collaborate is a simple, convenient, and reliable web conferencing solution built for education and training. It works within your Blackboard course or independently for meetings. Visit the links below to learn more.

Ensemble Anthem (screencasts)

Ensemble Anthem is the campus/SUNY supported screen cast solution: Ensemble Anthem or utilize Ensemble Anthem Chrome Extension

Logger Pro

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • At-Home Access: Faculty, staff, students
  • Obtain for Home Use: Faculty that use LoggerPro for teaching in the Biology Chemistry or Physics departments can sign up for a free account that will provide you with a link to share for your students.  Faculty can sign up here

Mathematica (by Wolfram)

Mathematica is a symbolic mathematical computation program, sometimes called a computer algebra program, used in many scientific, engineering, mathematical, and computing fields.

MATLAB

MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. A proprietary programming language developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, Fortran and Python.

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • At-Home Access: Not available for home use
  • Obtain for Home Use: Not available for home use

Microsoft Office

Office 365 is Microsoft’s productivity suite which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access and OneNote. The suite is pre-installed on all campus-owned computers. Current Buffalo State faculty, staff and students can also download the Office suite on up to five (5) personal devices.

Microsoft Windows

Windows is a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft, and comes pre-installed on all campus-owned PCs. Current Buffalo State faculty and staff can also purchase Windows for a substantial discount through the Work at Home program under our Microsoft Campus Agreement.

  • Platforms: Windows
  • At-Home Access: Faculty and staff (state-line employees only; does not cover non-state line employees)
  • Obtain for Home Use: Faculty and staff can purchase a copy by visiting the On The Hub website

Microsoft Azure Development Tools for Teaching

Buffalo State students can sign-in to Microsoft's Azure Dev Tools for Education site and download developer tools for personal use.

Minitab

Minitab®, originally intended as a tool for teaching statistics, is a general purpose statistical software package designed for easy interactive use. Minitab is well suited for instructional applications and is most popular as a teaching tool; however, it is also powerful enough to be used as a primary tool for analyzing research data. To learn more about Minitab®, please click here.

  • Platforms: Windows,
  • At-Home Access: Faculty, staff, students
  • Obtain for Home Use: Available from our Software Download site

R

R is a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis.

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • At-Home Access: Faculty, staff, students
  • Obtain for Home Use: Learn how to obtain a copy by visiting https://www.r-project.org/

Read&Write

Read&Write is the award-winning literacy toolbar that enables students to realize their full potential - throughout K-12 to Higher Ed and beyond. Great for all subjects and lesson plans, Read&Write helps students understand, learn and express themselves with confidence. To learn more about Read&Write, please click here.

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • At-Home Access: Faculty, staff, students
  • Obtain for Home Use: Available from our Software Download site

SAS

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, students in certain classes can access this application remotely. Please contact your instructor for information.

SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is a software suite developed by SAS Institute for advanced analytics, multivariate analyses, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.

  • Platforms: Windows
  • At-Home Access: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details)
  • Obtain for Home Use: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details)
  • Other Products: SAS on Demand and SAS University 

SPSS (by IBM)

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, SPSS is now available to download (for academic use only).

SPSS Statistics is a software package used for statistical analysis, survey authoring and deployment (IBM SPSS Data Collection), data mining (IBM SPSS Modeler), text analytics, and collaboration and deployment (batch and automated scoring services).

  • Platforms: Windows, Mac
  • At-Home Access: Faculty, students - academic use only
  • Obtain for Home Use: Available from our Software Download site

SolidWorks

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, students in certain classes can access this application remotely. Please contact your instructor for information.

SOLIDWORKS is the most widely used 3D CAD package in education and industry today. Learning SOLIDWORKS helps you rise above your peers by developing the design and engineering skills you need to be successful for the next step in your education, or when it is time to enter the job market.

  • Platforms: Windows
  • At-Home Access: Faculty, students
  • Obtain for Home Use: Temporarily available via Remote Desktop (contact your instructor for details)

Tinkerplots

COVID-19 Update: In response to the COVID-19 situation, Tinkerplots is temporarily available to download through September 2020.

TinkerPlots is a data visualization and modeling tool developed for use by middle school through university students.

Alternative Software Applications

Learn about (and download) alternatives to popular software applications at AlternativeTo. To learn more visit the AlternativeTo home page.