Software Updates – Spring 2016

New and the latest versions of software are now available to the Northeastern community in ITS-managed labs, on Faculty/Staff Northeastern-managed computers and for local install. Software availability is based on the Spring 2016 image.

If you are a faculty or staff member on a managed computer and are not seeing the latest software in Start or Software Center on Windows, or in Applications or Self Service on Mac, you may want to consider having your machine reimaged. You can do this by contacting the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or help@northeastern.edu.

Also check out the Fall 2015 new software and Software Updates – October 2015 for anything you might have missed.


New OS X 10.11.2 (El Capitan) standard Mac image

ITS now has an OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) standard Mac image for Northeastern-managed computers. The benefit of a standard image is that ITS tests out the operating system with software used at Northeastern to ensure everything works properly with our systems. This image includes Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac 2016, Acrobat Pro DC, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Remote Desktop, PaloAlto Global Protect (VPN software), GarageBand, iMovie, OS X Photos, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

This image adds support for iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015), iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015) and iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015).

To upgrade to this new image, please call the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) to make a desktop appointment, and learn the necessary steps involved in upgrading, including backing up your computer. The Knowledge Base article How to: Prepare for an OS upgrade on a Windows or Mac computer provides details for those looking to upgrade.

Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 12.1.6

This version of the antivirus solution provides support for Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

  • Windows – Installed on all ITS-managed lab and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers. Available for personal faculty, staff and student computers through Software Downloads on the myNEU portal.
  • Mac – Installed on all ITS-managed lab and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers. Available for personal faculty, staff and student computers through Software Downloads on the myNEU portal.

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac

The new version of Microsoft’s Office suite for Mac is a major update, providing an all-new look and feel, and new capabilities, including direct access to OneDrive for Business cloud storage.

  • Windows – Not available
  • Mac – (OS X 10.10+ only) Available on all ITS-managed lab computers. Install on faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers from Self-Service. To install on Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers, submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required). Also available for personal faculty and staff computers through the Microsoft Home Use Program.

Adobe Acrobat DC

The professional version of the PDF reader, editor and creator has been updated.

  • Windows – All ITS-managed lab computers and Faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers via All Programs > Adobe Acrobat DC. Faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers – also available through Software Center.
  • Mac – (OS 10.9+ only) All ITS-managed lab computers. Faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers – use Self Service.

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

64-bit systems only
The latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud service provides access to design and production applications, including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and InDesign. If you already have Creative Cloud 2014, this will install as a separate instance – it will not overwrite the 2014 version.

  • Windows – All ITS-managed lab machines and Faculty/Staff Northeastern-managed computers. Faculty/Staff – Use Software Center to download; there are several different software packages available, based on your needs, details can be found here. If you do not see it in Software Center, see How to: Determine if your operating system is 32-bit or 64-bit. Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers – available via submitting a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow Service Catalog.
  • Mac – All ITS-managed lab machines and Faculty/Staff Northeastern-managed machines running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.10 (Yosemite). Faculty/Staff – use Self Service; there are several different software packages available, based on your needs, details can be found here. Unmanaged Northeastern machines running OS X 10.9+ can contact the ITS Service Desk for local install.
  • Imaged non-ITS labs can contact the Service Desk to upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud 2015.

ANSYS 14.0

This version of this engineering simulation suite provides several updates across its applications, including automation of several user-intensive operations and improved simulation speeds.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Engineering > ANSYS.
  • Mac – Not available.

ArcGIS Desktop 10.3.1

The latest version of this GIS software with tools and capabilities for gathering, editing, analyzing, and modeling data.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Design and CAD/ArcGIS.
  • Mac – Not available.

ChemOffice Professional 15

There is an entirely new version of the visualization and analysis suite now available. ChemOffice Professional 15 provides access to the full breadth of applications for biology and chemistry needs on both Windows and Mac. This new suite is available along with the previous Windows-only ChemBioOffice Ultra and Mac-only ChemBioDraw Ultra suites. It is is compatible with Microsoft Office 2010 (Windows), Office 2013 32-bit only (Windows) and Office 2011 (Mac).

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Chemical Biology > ChemOffice Professional 15. Unmanaged Northeastern computers, and student/faculty/staff personal computers: Direct from vendor. Go to the Knowledge Base for the solution (you may need to sign in with your myNEU username and password).
  • Mac – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers under Applications. Faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers – use Self Service. Unmanaged Northeastern computers, and student/faculty/staff personal computers: Direct from vendor. Go to the Knowledge Base for the solution (you may need to sign in with your myNEU username and password).

Esri CityEngine 2015

The latest version of this modeling application for architects, designers and engineers enhances the link with ArcGIS Online to allow faster creation of 3D models and easier sharing. There are also additional editing, export and workflow features.

  • Windows – Available on all DMC lab machines under Start > All Programs > Esri
  • Mac – Not available.

Students, faculty and staff can now access or install new updates for ITS-provided software.

Maple 2015

The latest version of the mathematical computation software updates most everything, from the infrastructure of the product itself to the tools it provides.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Statistical and Computational > Maple. Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers – submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow Service Catalog. Faculty/staff personal computers – available for download through Software Downloads on myNEU. The home use purchase code is included in a dialogue box when downloading the software from myNEU. Unmanaged Northeastern computers, and student/faculty/staff personal computers may also access the software through RemoteApp.
  • Mac – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers under Applications. Faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers – use Self Service. Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers – submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow Service Catalog. Faculty/staff personal computers – available for download through Software Downloads on myNEU. The home use purchase code is included in a dialogue box when downloading the software from myNEU.

Maple 2015 Student Edition

For the first time, this technical computing software used by engineers, mathematicians, and scientists is now available for student personal computers for both Windows and Mac. All students can purchase the Student Edition at a 50 percent discount through ITS’s site license. Follow the instructions in this Knowledge Base solution (student-only, may require signing in).

Matlab 2015a

The latest version of the high-level language and interactive environment that lets you focus on your course work and applications, rather than on programming details, introduces a new wireless and radar design solution, along with four new toolbox and testing products.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Statistical and Computational > MatLab.
  • Mac – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers. Also available on faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Self Service.

Multisim 14

The latest version of this simulation software provides new parameter analysis, integration with new embedded targets, and simplified design with user-definable templates.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Engineering > Multisim 14. To install on Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers, submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required).
  • Mac – Not available.

SketchUp Pro 2016

The latest version of this 3D software. Details about new features can be found here.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Architecture.
  • Mac – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers.

Software Updates – October 2015

ITS continues to update the software available for students, faculty and staff on Northeastern-owned and personal computers around the university. New versions out now include:

SPSS and Amos 23

Updates to the predictive analytics and statistical modeling solutions include new rules, models, database capabilities and more. On personal and Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers the software is for academic use only.

  • Windows – SPSS & Amos – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Statistical and Computational > SPSS > SPSS 23. To install on Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers, submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required). To install on student/faculty/staff personal computers, go to myNEU > Software Downloads.
  • Mac – SPSS only – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Applications. To install on Northeastern-owned, unmanaged computers, submit a Locally Installed Software request through the ServiceNow portal (sign-in may be required). To install on student/faculty/staff personal computers, go to myNEU > Software Downloads.

Abaqus 6.13-2

In this release, this engineering simulation suite offers a wider range of functionality, particularly regarding the ability to capture edge behavior, and improves the modeling process of finite elements.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Engineering > Abaqus 6.13-2.
  • Mac – Not available

CES EduPack 2015

The latest version of the materials education resource focuses on enhancements that engage students with tools and features that provide real-world context.

  • Windows – Available on all ITS-managed lab computers and faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers under Start > All Programs > Department Applications > Engineering > CES EduPack 2015.
  • Mac – Not available.

FileMaker Pro 14

Updates to this new version of the relational database application include the ability to access in a web browser the same tools and features as are available in the desktop solution.

  • Windows – Available for installation on all faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center.
  • Mac – Available for installation on all faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Self-Service.

Storyline 2 – Update 6

This release of the interactive-teaching tool includes additional HTML5 support across browsers and new accessibility features. Visit the Academic Technology Service’s site for more on Storyline.

  • Windows – Available for installation on faculty/staff Northeastern-managed computers through Start > All Programs > Microsoft System Center > Software Center. Also available in the Digital Scholarship Commons lab.
  • Mac – Not available.