Academic Software Licensing & Availability

Davidson College provides academic software for classroom and lab, as well as college-owned devices.  Some application licensing allows for installation on personal devices.  This article highlights academic software used by faculty, staff, and students.  

Davidson licenses a number of academic and productivity software packages to support teaching, learning, research, and administrative activities at the college. Depending on the license rights, this software may be available to be used or installed on classroom/lab computers; on college-owned workstations; or for use on personally-owned employee and/or student computers. Learn more about software available in classrooms/labs.

This table highlights commonly used academic and productivity applications in use at Davidson and where they may be used. Follow the link provided for more details about the software packaging including how to access or install it.    

Software Description College-owned Computers Virtual Lab

Personally-owned Computers

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of applications used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography


Yes

 

No


Eligible Faculty/Staff Only
Anaconda Anaconda is a free and open-source distribution of the Python and R programming languages for scientific computing, that aims to simplify package management and deployment. Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
ApE A DNA editing program Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
ArcGIS Desktop Platform for organizations to create, manage, share, and analyze spatial data   Yes No Faculty/Research Staff (academic purposes only) 

Students (on-campus)
ArcGIS Pro Explore, visualize, and analyze data; create 2D maps and 3D scenes, and share your work to your ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise portal.  Yes Yes Faculty/Research Staff (academic purposes only) 

Students (on-campus) 
Arduino IDE A cross-platform application used to write and upload programs to compatible boards. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
AstroImage J An interactive, easy-to-use research-grade image analysis software.  Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Atlas.ti Workbench for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio, and video data  Yes No Faculty/Students 
Atom An open-source text and source code editor Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
Audacity An open-source digital audio editor and recording application software Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Blender A free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Blue Griffin A free (and open-source) web editor that anyone can use to design a website. Yes Yes

Faculty/Staff/Students

ChemDraw Drawing tool that allows users to draw chemical structures and reactions as well as biological objects and pathways Yes  No Faculty/Staff/Students
Chipper   Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Chrome A cross-platform web browser Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Console A Windows console window enhancement. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
Cyberduck Cloud storage browser that enables you to easily upload and download files. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
DFIELD & PPLANE Software programs for the interactive analysis of ordinary differential equations (ODE). Yes No No
Eclipse  Eclipse is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing applications using the Java programming language and other programming languages  Yes No  Faculty/Staff/Students
EPUB Reader Firefox add-on which lets you read ePub-files just in the browser.  Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students

Fiji/ImageJ

An open-source image processing package based on ImageJ. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students

Firefox

Web browser Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
GIMP A free and open-source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. Yes  No Faculty/Staff/Students

GitHub Desktop

  Yes No  Faculty/Staff/Students
Google Earth A computer program that renders a 3D representation of Earth-based primarily on satellite imagery

Yes

 

Yes (cloud-hosted)

Faculty/Staff/Students

GSView

A graphical interface for Ghostscript, an interpreter for the PostScript language and Portable Document Format. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Guassian 16W A general-purpose computational chemistry software. Yes No Faculty (lab only)
Gurobi A mathematical optimization solver Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students (research and academic purposes only) 
Handbrake An open-source transcoder for digital video files

Yes

Yes

Faculty/Staff/Students

Homebrew A free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple's operating system macOS

Yes

No

Faculty/Staff/Students

ImagePlot A free software tool that visualizes collections of images and video of any size.

Yes

No

Faculty/Staff/Students

iMovie  

Yes

No

Faculty/Staff/Students

Inquisit An application for creating and administering a broad range of psychological tests and experimental paradigms.

228A/228B

No

No

Jamovi

A free and open statistical platform which is intuitive to use, and can provide the latest developments in statistical methodology.

Yes

Yes

Faculty/Staff/Students

JavaSDK

A software development environment used for developing Java applications and applets.

Yes

No

Faculty/Staff/Students

JMP Pro Predictive analytics software providing advanced algorithms for building, assessing and managing predictive models.

Faculty 
(office & research computers only)

No

Faculty/Students  (academic work only)

Keynote A presentation software application

Yes

No

Faculty/Staff/Students

LinkedInLearning Video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative, and business skills. Yes
(cloud-hosted) 
Yes (cloud-hosted) Faculty/Staff/Students (cloud-hosted)
MacTex (TexShop & Ghostscript) Qt-based graphical user interface to the TeX typesetting system and its LaTeX, ConTeXt, and XeTeX extensions. Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Mathematica Single, integrated, continually expanding system that covers the breadth and depth of technical computing  Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff 
MathCAD Computer software for the verification, validation, documentation, and re-use of mathematical calculations in engineering and science. Yes No Faculty/Research Staff (academic purposes only) 
MatLab Multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and proprietary programming language  Students

Faculty
(by request)
  No 
Microsoft Office 365 Suite of productivity and collaborative apps including Outlook Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive  Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
MiKTeX An implementation of TeX/LaTeX and related programs for Windows, macOS and Linux. Installation. Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Moodle An open-source, online software application designed for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of educational courses or training programs. Yes 
(cloud-hosted)
Yes (cloud-hosted) Faculty/Staff/Students
(cloud-hosted)
Node.js A JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine Yes No  Faculty/Staff/Students
Origin Pro A proprietary computer program for interactive scientific graphing and data analysis. Faculty
(office and research  computers only)  
No No 
Populus A set of simulations used for teaching population biology and evolutionary ecology. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
POV-Ray A cross-platform ray-tracing program that generates images from a text-based scene description. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
Processing A flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. Yes  No Faculty/Staff/Students
PyMOL A comprehensive molecular visualization product for rendering and animating 3D molecular structures. Yes No Educational Use Only
Python An interpreted, high-level, general-purpose programming language. Yes  No Faculty/Staff/Students
R & R Studio R is a programming language for statistical calculation.  RStudio is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that helps you develop programs in R.  Yes  Yes  Faculty/Staff/Students
Read Write Gold Assistive technology software program   Yes No Students
Readium for Chrome An open-source chrome extension for displaying EPUB® publications in web browsers. Yes No  Faculty/Staff/Students
RegiStax Image processing software for amateur astrophotographers.  Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
Respondus Lockdown Browser A secure browser for taking tests. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
(cloud-based) 
Safari

A graphical web browser developed by Apple.

 

Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students 
SAS A statistical software suite for advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, criminal investigation, data management, and predictive analytics. Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
SciDAVis An open-source cross-platform computer program for interactive scientific graphing and data analysis. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
Skype A telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches over the Internet. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students 

SML/NJ

A compiler and programming environment for the Standard ML programming language. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students

Snapgene Viewer

Software that allows one to create, browse, and share annotated DNA sequence files. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
Spartan A molecular modeling program used in computaSonal chemistry.  Yes No No
SPSS SPSS Statistics is a software package used for interactive, or batched, statistical analysis  Faculty
(office and research computers only)
No FY21 July 2020 – June 2021
Stata/IC Statistical software that enables users to analyze, manage, and produce graphical visualizations of data  Faculty
(office and research computers only) 
Yes No
Stellarium A visual analytics engine that makes it easier to create interactive visual analytics in the form of dashboards. Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
Tableau Connect and extract data from various places and transform it into an easily understandable format Yes  No Faculty/Staff/Students

Thonny

A dedicated IDE for Python designed for beginners. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Tracker Video analysis and modeling tool built on the Open Source Physics (OSP) Java framework.  Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students

UCSF Chimera

A program for the interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures and related data, including density maps, trajectories, and sequence alignments. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Vectorworks Design software that delivers a flexible and collaborative design process to architecture, landscaping and entertainment professionals. No No Faculty/Staff/Students
Wing Personal A Python IDE designed for students and hobbyists. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
Winshell A freeware, closed-source multilingual integrated development environment (IDE) for LaTeX and TeX Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
Worldwide Telescope A tool for showcasing astronomical data and knowledge. Yes  Yes Faculty/Staff/Students 
 Xcode An integrated development environment (IDE) for macOS containing a suite of software development tools. Yes  No Faculty/Staff/Students
Zoom  Modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars multiple devices and systems  Yes
(cloud-hosted)

 

Yes

(cloud-hosted)

Faculty/Staff/Students
Zotero An open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. Yes Yes Faculty/Staff/Students
7-ZIP A utility program to help you extract compressed files and create your own compressed files in several different formats. Yes No Faculty/Staff/Students
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