Software Help

PC and Mac Software

Programs are arranged in the same way as they are found under the “Start” Menu on UWM Libraries computers.

Jump To: Accessibility | Autocad | Geographic Information Systems | Graphics and Presentation | Internet Applications | Math and Statistics | Microsoft Office | Multimedia Applications | Utilities | Video and Audio Editing | Software under “Program Menu” | Macintosh Software



  • JAWS is a screen reader for visually impaired users.


  • Magnifier is a display utility that makes the computer screen more readable by people who have low vision by creating a separate window that displays a magnified portion of the screen.


  • Narrator is a text-to-speech utility for people who are blind or have low vision

On Screen Keyboard

  • On–Screen Keyboard is a utility that displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen that allows people with mobility impairments to type data by using a pointing device or joystick.

Utility Manager

  • Utility Manager is an accessibility utility that enables users to check the status of accessibility programs (Microsoft Magnifier, Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard) and to start or stop them.


  • AutoCAD is a software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting.

Geographic Information Systems

  • ArcGIS is a suite of geographical information system software
  • ERDAS IMAGINE is geospatial data authoring software
  • IDRISI Taiga is an integrated GIS and Image Processing software

Graphics and Presentation

Adobe Distiller 9

  • Distiller converts Postscript files to PDF documents over a network

Adobe Acrobat X Pro

  • Acrobat allows you to create and share PDF’s
  • This is a web development application where users can create web templates or pages using HTML, css or Javascript.

Adobe Extendscript Toolkit CS5

  • Extendscript is a development and debugging tool for JavaScript scripts
  • Flash is used to create animation and interactivity on web pages.
  • This is a vector graphics editor that can be used for graphic design, page layout, logos, sharp-edged illustrations, technical illustrations, diagrams and flowcharts.

Adobe InDesign CS5

  • InDesign is a desktop publisher that can be used to create items like flyers, posters and brochures.

Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES 8.2

  • This is a server software product used to build applications that automate a broad range of business processes.

Adobe Photoshop CS5

  • This is a graphics editing program that allows users to manipulate images.

Internet Applications

  • Core FTP is a secure FTP client
  • PuTTY is an open source telnet and SSH Client.

Math and Statistics

  • Stata is a command driven statistical software package
  • Maple is a computer algebra system
  • MATLAB is a numerical computer environment and programming language

PASW Statistics 18

  • PASW is a program used for statistical analysis
  • Wolfram Mathematica is a computational software program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields
  • Minitab is statistical software

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Access 2010

  • Access helps you track and report information

Microsoft Office Excel 2010

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2010 is a tool used to create and format spreadsheets, and analyze and share information in through formulas, charts, graphs and other features.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010

  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint is a presentation program that can be used to make outlines and visual aids.

Microsoft Office Publisher 2010

  • Microsoft Office Publisher is a desktop publishing application that focuses on page layout and can be used to create fliers, brochures, newsletters, web sites and much more.

Microsoft Office Word 2010

  • Microsoft Office Word is an authoring program where you can create and share documents by using a variety of writing and editing tools.

Microsoft Office OneNote 2010

  • Office OneNote 2010 is a digital notebook to gather and organize notes and information in any format: text, pictures, digital handwriting, audio and video recordings. It also has a search tool and sharing features.

Multimedia Applications

iTunes 9.2.1

  • iTunes is a digital media player application

QuickTime 7.6

  • Quicktime is a digital media player capable of handling various formats of video, audio, and pictures


  • Realplayer is a digital media player that handles a number of audio and video formats

VLC media player

  • VLC media player is a digital media player that handles DVD’s, CD’s, web streams, and more.

Windows Movie Maker

  • Windows Movie Maker is video creating and editing software


Adobe Reader x

  • This program allows for the viewing and printing of PDF files.


  • Calculator is basic calculation software included on all versions of windows

Deepburner CD Burner

  • Deepburner is an advanced CD and DVD burning application


  • Notepad is a basic text editor you can use for simple documents or for creating Web pages.


  • Paint is a drawing tool you can use to create simple or elaborate drawings.


  • WordPad is a basic word processor that is included in Windows.

ZipGenius 6

  • ZipGenius is a zip compression application

Video and Audio Editing

Audacity 1.2.6

  • Audacity is an audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio

Software under “Programs” Menu

Cabri II Plus 1.4.1

  • Cabri II Plus is software for the drawing of geometrical figures

Google SketchUp 78

  • SketchUp is a 3D software tool that combines a tool-set with an intelligent drawing system


  • McAfee is a software package for virus protection and internet security

Microcase Research Methods in Political Science

  • MicroCase is statistical analysis software developed specifically for use in the social sciences

Mozilla Firefox 4

  • Firefox is a web browser 3.2

  • OpenOffice is a free, open source suite of productivity software


  • OpenSophie is software for writing and reading media documents

Macintosh Only Software


  • Blender is an open source 3D modeling application


  • Burn is an open source CD and DVD burning application

DVD Player

  • DVD Player is a basic application for playing DVD’s

Font Book

  • Font Book sorts and previews different fonts

Fugu 1.2.0

  • Fugu is a graphical frontend to the commandline Secure File Transfer application

Gantt Project

  • GanttProject is a cross-platform desktop tool for project scheduling and management.


  • JellyfiSSH is a bookmark manager


  • KeePassX saves many different information e.g. user names, passwords, urls, attachments and comments in one single database.


  • Safari is a web browser


  • Seashore is an open source image editor

Second Life

  • Second life is a 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat.


  • TrueCrypt is free open source encryption software


  • X11 is an implementation of the X Window System that makes it possible to run X11-based applications in Mac OS X.