Oxford University IT Services manages a wide range of software university-wide site licenses. Please check the full list of site-licensed-software for details about the product you are interested in. Each software licensing agreement has its own specific details restricting use and availability.
- Some software can be purchased from the IT Services on-line shop.
- Some software can be downloaded including Office365 from OnTheHub
- Some specialist software site licenses are managed by Departments. See software list on ITSS wiki.
- Most software can be deployed onto Departmental computers by IT staff upon request by email to email@example.com specifying your email address and phone number plus the hostname and IP address of the computer.
Please check if IT staff have the media before buying/ordering the licence from the IT Services shop. Software to be installed on Department owned machines should generally be purchased with a department requisition form, following the Department guidelines for purchasing, whereupon the finance office automatically add the SoftwareCardID to the purchase order.
- Operating systems - Linux users should seek advice from IT staff. Mac computers should always run the current up-to-date version of MacOS. Windows computers should run either Windows 7 or Windows 10 . For personal machines staff are entitled to one copy of Microsoft operating system from IT Services shop under the Microsoft Campus agreement. Students are entitled to Microsoft education discounts for personal machines. Staff and students can also purchase discounted Microsoft products online - see download details.
- Word processing- Microsoft Office is freely available from IT staff for all department-owned machines. For personal machines staff and students are entitied to Office 365 Pro free on upto 5 devices - see download details. The university operates a Microsoft Campus agreement. Open source alternatives like LibreOffice or Latex are not promoted since Microsoft Office is the standard across the department.
- Reference management - ask IT staff to install Endnote free on department-owned machines. Endnote for home use cost ~£80 from IT Services shop. Alternatively use EndnoteWeb online or Refworks online for free. Some students also download freeware Mendelay or Zotero. Please read http://ox.libguides.com/reference-management.
- Web browsers - Microsoft Edge and Internet explorer come with Windows however many people use alternative free web-browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. See Comparison of web browsers.
- PDF software - for PDF creation and annotation, ask IT staff to install Nuance PDF Converter Pro (free on department-owned machines) or Acrobat Professional (costs money on department-owned machines). Alternatively download freeware pdf995 or cutepdf. Free PDF readers include Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader or Expert PDF Reader.
- Images - ask IT staff to install Corel Suite (free on department-owned machines) alternatively spend money at IT Services shop on various Adobe softwares such as Photoshop or Illustrator but cost and complex licensing model is off-putting. Note that Corel is also available for home use for £125 from IT Services shop but Adobe software is not available for home use. Many users download freeware such as GIMP or Inkscape and IrfanView. Maybe also checkout DavinciResolve and some training from Lynda. Programs for scanning probe microscope image manipulations include Gwyddion and WSxM. For Electron Microscopy there is widespread use of Digital Micrograph now known as Gatan Microscopy Suite 3 (free version), also ImageJ or FiJi.
- Graphing - Excel is widely available as part of Microsoft Office but Excel not ideal for graphs and data analysis. Ask IT staff to install more powerful site-licensed software like Origin or Matlab (more details about these packages are below). Alternatively download freeware like QTI plot, Gnuplot
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) - The department does not provide any licensed CAD software. Students can freely download AutoCAD from http://students.autodesk.com/ (try Inventor Professional). For 3D try Google Sketchup. For 2D try LibreCAD or Solid Edge Free2d. See Gizmo review of free CAD software or http://www.freecad.com/ for other suggestions. Some staff pay for TurboCAD.
- Mathematical - ask IT staff to install site-licensed software (see details below) like Mathematica or Matlab. Note that Maple is available free from OUCS for home use but Materials has not bought into site-licence for department owned machines.
- Anti-virus - all department-owned equipment has Sophos Antivirus installed by IT staff. Personally owned equipment must run antivirus software in order to be registered for the department network and usually this is also Sophos as per the antivirus instructions.
- Compilers - see separate page about getting compilers
- Miscellaneous - Mobaxterm, WinSCP, Cisco AnyConnect VPN, TSM Backup, FilezillaFTP, Notepad++, 7-zip Skype
The following is a non-inclusive list of scientific software used in this Department. Contact itsupport@materials for more information.
|ABAQUS||Finite element modelling software||Annual contribution to Abaqus license pool via Engineering.||Windows
|Available on SGR and AJW group desktops under windows.||Contact IT support.||Annual contribution|
|CasaXPS||Analysis of spectral and imaging data. XPS, Auger, ToF SIMS, dynamic SIMS and many more.||Site license.||Windows||Installed on XPS control computers but can be install on other computers too.||Download CasaXPS. License code available from robert.Jacobs@chem.ox.ac.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org or IT support||Free (Paid by Chem?)|
|CASTEP||density functional theory modelling software||Licensed to academia via UKCP consortium.||Linux||Available in MML||Contact IT support or Jonathan Yates||Free|
|ChemBioOffice||Full suite of tools for chemistry & biology||Site licensed via Chemistry for work and home until 14 Sept 2014||Windows
|Some desktop/laptops||download from chemstry||Free (Paid by Chem)|
|COMSOL||Multiphysics simulation environment - finite element modelling||Two floating network licenses. Modules in support: ACDC, RF;||Windows
|Installed on user desktops/laptops.||Instructions for COMSOL||Annual maintenance (Paid by PSG/HBh)|
|Crystalmaker, CrystalDiffract and SingleCrystal||Crystal structure and crystallography software||Site licensed via Chemistry for work and home until 31 August 2014||Windows
|Some desktop/laptops||download from chemstry||Free (Paid by Chem)|
|Labview||graphical programming for test, measurement and control||Annual contribution to site-license. Details at Physics and also License info||Windows
|Various group laboratories.||Contact IT support||Annual contribution|
|MAPLE||mathematical software||Site-licensed through OUCS but Materials does not take part.||Windows
|Not available. (use Mathematica or Matlab)||Contact IT support||Annual contribution|
|MATHEMATICA||mathematical modelling software||Annual contribution to site-license||Windows
|Available on MML linux desktops and many user desktops/laptops.||Instructions for Mathematica||Free (Paid by Dept)|
|MATLAB||Mathematical modelling and data analysis.||Annual site license paid centrally||Windows
|Available on many desktops and laptops.||Instructions for Matlab||Free (Paid centrally)|
|ORIGIN||Graphing and data analysis||Annual contribution to site-license||Windows||Available on many desktops and laptops.||Instructions for Origin||Free (Paid by Dept)|
|VASP||ab-initio quantum-mechanical molecular dynamics modeling||Five-user license bought by MML||Linux||Available in MML.||Contact IT support||Bought by MML|