New Software Updates Available

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Start your New Year off organized and focused with the latest software updates! Check out all the latest and upgraded versions of software available to the Northeastern community in ITS-managed labs, on Faculty/Staff Northeastern-managed computers and for local installation.

For information on the various ways to access software, visit Software Access for Individual Use on the ITS website. For a complete list of software titles and how each is distributed, visit Available Software on the ITS website.*


New Software

New Operating Systems for Windows and Mac – New Windows computers will have Windows 10 as the installed operating system and new Macs will have Sierra, MacOS 10.12. If you are using a Windows computer currently on Windows 7, that operating system will continue to be supported. To get the newest operating system on an existing computer, contact the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) and ask to have your computer reimaged.

IBM SPSS Modeler – Available on all Northeastern-Managed Windows and Mac computers, both Faculty/Staff desktops and labs, via Software Downloads from myNEU, and for local installation on non-Northeastern-managed and university-owned machines by submitting a ServiceNow request to the ITS Service Desk.


Software Version Updates

  • IBM SPSS – Available on all Northeastern-Managed Windows and Mac computers, both Faculty/Staff desktops and labs, via Software Downloads from myNEU, and for local installation on non-Northeastern-managed and university-owned machines by submitting a ServiceNow request to the ITS Service Desk
  • IBM Amos – Available on all Northeastern-Managed Windows and Mac computers, both Faculty/Staff desktops and labs, via Software Downloads for Faculty/Staff and Students for personal use from myNEU, and for local installation on non-Northeastern-managed and university-owned machines by submitting a ServiceNow request to the ITS Service Desk.
  • FileMaker Pro – Available on Northeastern-Managed Windows and Mac computers only.
  • LabVIEW – Available for local installation on university-owned machines by submitting a ServiceNow request to the ITS Service Desk
  • MiniTab and MiniTab Express – Available on all Northeastern-Managed Windows and Mac computers, both Faculty/Staff desktops and labs.
  • Respondus Test Creator – Available on Northeastern-Managed Faculty computers and via Software Downloads from myNEU.

Additional titles will be available as they are tested and deployed. Check the Available Software charts for Faculty/Staff Standard Configuration or Labs, Classrooms and Individual Access to find the title you wish to use.

*NOTE: If you are a faculty or staff member on a managed computer and are not seeing the latest software updates in Start or Software Center on Windows, or in Applications of Self Service on Mac, you may want to consider having your computer reimaged. For information on reimaging your computer, search the Service-Now Knowledge Base for reimage at https://northeastern.service-now.com/ne/ or by contacting the ITS Service Desk at 617.373.4357 (xHELP) or help@northeastern.edu. We are more than happy to assist getting you on board with the newest versions available.

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.

New Software Available – Fall 2015

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 Fall 2015 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 Summer 2015 new software for anything you might have missed, including:

  • Mathematica 10
  • Storyline2
  • FileMaker Pro 13

OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) standard Mac image

ITS now has an OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) 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 2011 (The enterprise version for 2016 is not yet available), Acrobat Pro DC, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Remote Desktop, PaloAlto Global Protect (VPN software), GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers,

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) 12.1.5

The latest version of the antivirus solution is compatible with Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.10 (Yosemite). NOTE: This version is not compatible with Windows 10.

  • 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 myNEU.
  • 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 myNEU.

Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN Client 2.3.1

This update to the VPN client, which allows access to Northeastern resources when off-campus, will expand compatibility to include Windows 10.

Windows 10 Education

The Education edition of Microsoft’s new operating system is now available. This version provides Enterprise edition management features that are not in the Home edition available to individuals directly from Microsoft. See this Microsoft comparison page to determine whether you need the Education edition.

  • Windows – Available for all students, faculty, and staff through the Free and Discounted Software link on the myNEU portal. This access is provided through Northeastern license with Microsoft, administered by Kivuto. Students can download it for free. Faculty/staff can download it for a significantly discounted price.
  • Mac – Available for all students, faculty, and staff (running a partitioned or virtual environment) through the Free and Discounted Software link on the myNEU portal. This access is provided through Northeastern license with Microsoft, administered by Kivuto. NOTE: To use the third-party vendor’s system on a Mac, the supported browser is Safari. Students can download it for free. Faculty/staff can download it for a significantly discounted price.

SPSS – Now available to students for local install

For the first time, students are now able to download and use SPSS on personal machines. Currently SPSS 22 is available for both Windows and Mac on myNEU, under Software Downloads. When you download the installer be sure to read (or save) the information in the Read Me dialogue box that appears before the download begins. This text contains installation instructions and the license code which is required to authorize the software. The SPSS license code lasts one year, and expires on 8/31/2016, after which you will need to enter a new code in order to continue using the software.