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Student Desktop Service (SDS)

IT Services has worked on the introduction of a standard Student desktop across campus, meaning you can log on to all of the open access machines, and you will see the same software on each machine.  In some areas you may also find software that is tailored to your studies.

You will need your University user ID and password to log into these computers. If you have forgotten your password you can use the password reset tool. If you don't have your username, contact IT support on 0191 515 3333 and we'll help get these details to you.

Please note that our IT regulations specifically forbid the installation of non-supported software on our computers. This is to ensure that our computers are always in a suitable state of readiness for the next user, and there are no conflicts between software. University Student Desktop Service PC's shut down automatically after 30 mins of inactivity. Any work that is not saved will be lost.  Always make sure, therefore, that you save your work frequently.

The software currently available on these PC's are:

 

Internet Browsers

Internet Explorer 11, Firefox and Google Chrome

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)

Software
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
    • Acrobat DC 2017
    • After Effects - Animation and creative compositing software
    • Animate
    • Audition - Cross-platform audio editor
    • Bridge – Digital asset management software
    • Character Animator
    • Dreamweaver – Web design, development and publishing software
    • Extension Manager CC
    • ExtendScript Toolkit – Script editor
    • Fireworks – Website and mobile app design tool
    • Flash Builder Premium – Development environment for building games and applications
    • Fuse CC Beta
    • Gaming SDK 1.4
    • Illustrator – Vector art and illustration tool
    • InCopy - Writing and copy editing software
    • InDesign – Page design and typography tool
    • Lightroom - Digital Photography software
    • Media Encoder  - Video encoder
    • Muse - Web design software
    • Photoshop – Image editing software
    • Prelude – Video ingest and logging tool
    • Premiere Pro – Video editing software
    • Scout - SWF profiling software
    • SpeedGrade – Colour grading tools
  • Apple iTunes 12.6
  • Autograph 3.3 - Tools for teaching maths
  • ChemDraw Prime 16
  • Deducer 2.15.0 - Must be used with R (graphical add-on)
  • EndNote x8 - Bibliography manager
  • FileZilla 3.25.2
  • Java Development Kit - Allows development of Java applications
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack - Adds support for various video and audio formats
  • Kinovea 0.8.24 - Sports video analysis and editing tool
  • LongoMatch 1.3.7 - Sports video analysis tool
  • Mindjet MindManager 2018 - Mind mapping, visualisation tool
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 including Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, Project and Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2017 - integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft, used to develop computer programs
  • QSR NCapture for Internet Explorer - Web capturing tool
  • QSR Nvivo 12
  • Quicktime Alternative - Media Player
  • OpenSesame 3.1.6 - Create experiments for psychology, neuroscience and experimental economics
  • R 3.4.0 - Statistical tool

  • SPSS 25 - Statistical analysis tool
  • SPSS AMOS 25 - Equation modelling tool
  • VLC Media Player 2.2.6 - Media player
  • WinDiets 2008 - Analysis tool for diet and nutrition
  • Windows Movie Maker 12 - video editing tool

  • Zotero 5 - Reference management tool
  • 7-Zip

  We also offer a limited number of Mac computers with the following software available:

Apple Mac Browsers

Safari, Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome (FireFox and Google Chrome are configured to update automatically periodically)

Apple Mac Operating System

macOS Sierra 10.12.6 (10.13.4 available if compatible)

Apple Mac Software
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2018
  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • After Effects - Animation and creative compositing software
  • Animate - Multimedia authoring and computer animation program
  • Audition - Cross-platform audio editor
  • Bridge – Digital asset management software
  • Character Animator - Combines live motion-capture with a multi-track recording system to control layered 2D puppets drawn in Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver – Web design, development and publishing software
  • Edge - Interactive and  animated web content software
  • Extension Manager CC
  • ExtendScript toolkit – Script editor
  • Fireworks – Website and mobile app design tool
  • Flash Builder Premium – Development environment for building games and applications
  • Fuse CC Beta
  • Gaming SDK 1.4
  • Illustrator – Vector art and illustration tool
  • InCopy - Writing and copy editing software
  • InDesign – Page design and typography tool
  • Lightroom - Digital Photography software
  • Media Encoder  - Video encoder 
  • Photoshop – Image editing software
  • Prelude – Video ingest and logging tool
  • Premiere Pro – Video editing software
  • Scout - SWF profiling software
  • SpeedGrade – Colour grading tools
  • Audacity v2.1.3 - Audio editor and recorder
  • Autodesk Maya 2018 - 3D computer graphics software
  • Autodesk Mudbox 2018 - 3D sculpting and painting tool
  • Corel Painter 12 - Full-featured digital painting software
  • FileZilla v3.27.0.1 - Cross-platform FTP client
  • Handbrake v1.0.7 - Video translation software

  • Intel XDK v2170 - Integrated Development Environment (IDE) created by Intel to create native apps for mobile phones and tablets using web technologies like HTML5, CSS and JavaScript
  • Linotype Font Explorer X - Font management software
  • Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 - Office suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Oracle Java v8 - Java web player
  • QuickTime - Media player
  • Microsoft Silverlight - Web player for pages using the Silverlight plugin
  • ToonBoom Harmony Premium v15 - Powerful animation package
  • Unity Web Player - Web player for pages with Unity content
  • Unity v5.4.0f3 - Game development platform
  • VLC Media Player v2.2.6 - Media player
  • Wacom drivers - Provide support for the use of Wacom Bamboo or Cintiq graphics tablets

 

 

 

 

 

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