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Q: What site licensed software is available?
A: The answer is more complicated than you might think.

The only technically “site licensed” software the campus has is Endnote and the Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac package.

Most, but not all, other commercial software that folks think of as “site licensed” is actually purchased through a “Volume Discount”.

Licensing details typically vary from product to product. There are no generalizations about software licenses. Each vendor uses its own team of highly paid lawyers to negotiate each licensing contract.

General information about each product can be found on the campus Software Licensing site: http://software.ucdavis.edu.


Some details about commonly requested commercial software
Software Licensing & Conditions
Adobe Acrobat Professional The Earth and planetary sciences department participates in the annual Adobe Term Site License (TSL) program that allows the department to install Adobe Acrobat on University owned computers. The license must be renewed annually. In addition, faculty and staff can install Adobe Acrobat on one personal computer for work-related purposes.
Adobe Dreamweaver Neither the campus nor the department have an Adobe Term Site License (TSL) agreement that covers Dreamweaver, CS5, or CS6 (The Creative Suite package that includes Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Photoshop and other titles). We do have special educational pricing available through the campus Bookstore Computer Shop. http://ucdavisbookstore.com then click TechHub.

The computers in the iMac Classroom are provisioned with Mozilla SeaMonkey for HTML editing. See this article for instructions on how to set up SeaMonkey for web page editing.

Adobe Illustrator Neither the campus nor the department have an Adobe Term Site License (TSL) agreement that covers Illustrator, CS5, or CS6 (The Creative Suite package that includes Illustrator and Photoshop and other titles). We do have special educational pricing available through the campus Bookstore Computer Shop. http://ucdavisbookstore.com then click TechHub.

The computers in the iMac Classroom are provisioned with Adobe Illustrator CS5.1.

Adobe Photoshop Neither the campus nor the department have an Adobe Term Site License (TSL) agreement that covers Photoshop, CS5, or CS6 (The Creative Suite package that includes Illustrator and Photoshop and other titles). We do have special educational pricing available through the campus Bookstore Computer Shop. http://ucdavisbookstore.com then click TechHub.
Anti-Virus
 
See: What are my Anti-Virus choices?
ArcGIS ESRI Software’s ArcGIS is available with an annual license that expires at the end of January each year. The price for 2012-13 is $75 per license. The cost is not prorated. Software and licenses can be obtained from the campus software site. http://software.ucdavis.edu

The computers in the iMac Classroom are provisioned with ArcGIS 10.

COMSOL see Magali Billen
ENVI+IDL see Eric Cowgill
Endnote The EndNote site license permits installation and use of the software on work and home computers by all current UCD faculty, staff, and students. The software is under a “perpetual license” with updates and support included for the duration of the contract. Contract period is from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.

Endnote is available as a free download for faculty, staff and students from http://software.ucdavis.edu

Kaleidagraph We do not have a site license for Kaleidagraph. Kaleidagraph is available with academic pricing: single license: $139.95, 5-User License: $595.95, and 10-User License: $1119.95. http://www.kaleidagraph.com/pricing.htm
Matlab The campus Matlab license is available to faculty, staff, and students. The license is available in two forms: standalone and networked.

The standalone option is an annual designated computer license and will expire on May 1st each year available for $165/year (2011-12 pricing).

The network license allows MATLAB to run if it can check out a license from the department’s MATLAB license server. This means your computer must be on the internet in order to launch MATLAB. If you wish to participate in the Earth and planetary sciences MATLAB pool you should contact Magali for details. mibillen (at) ucdavis.edu

The computers in the iMac Classroom are provisioned with instructional-use-only licenses for MATLAB. The iMac Classroom computers are not licensed for research use.

Microsoft Office Students: Tuesday, September 30, 2014   Students now have free access to Microsoft’s Office 365 and familiar applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint along with the ability to create and share information from anywhere and at any time with OneDrive.

On September 26, Information and Educational Technology (IET) started offering elements of the Office 365 package to new, continuing and graduate students. Use of these services is optional and students will continue to use DavisMail (Gmail) for email and calendaring.

Student access to the Office 365 tools will continue as long as individuals are classified as students at UC Davis. Anyone who already has a personal Office 365 account, with sign-on using their @ucdavis.edu email address, will not encounter a conflict with their UC Davis provided Office 365 account. Students can go to officedownload.ucdavis.edu to activate and access their free account. After activation, students can get information on how to download Office to their computer at officedownload.ucdavis.edu . A help article in the knowledge base also provides step-by-step instruction. Questions should be directed to IT Express, the campus IT service desk, at (530) 754-4357, or by emailing ithelp@ucdavis.edu .


Faculty and Staff: The Earth and planetary sciences department participates in the Microsoft Consolidated Campus Agreement (MCCA) progeram. Departments participating in the MCCA program may install Microsoft Office on any University owned computers within the department. Licensing under the MCCA program must be renewed annually. In addition, Microsoft Office may be installed on staff and faculty personal computers to be used for work purposes only through the Work at Home (WAH) program (http://iet.ucdavis.edu/microsoft/office2008/staff_faculty_software.cfm).

Work At Home (WAH) Rights -- MCCA and Select
Staff and faculty in departments licensed via the MCCA and Select program have Microsoft Work-At-Home (WAH) rights, through which they may install Microsoft Office for work purposes only on personal computers. Licensed staff and faculty members are entitled to one WAH license per product.

Please note that physical media may not be purchased to enable WAH rights through the MCCA because the agreement specifies that all software must be delivered electronically for tax purposes.

Staff and faculty who wish to take advantage of WAH rights should contact their departments. To utilize WAH rights, departments have three options to install the software:

  1. Departments may install the software directly onto staff and faculty personal computers. (Office 2008 and 2011 do not require a key code.) The software may be downloaded by technical support staff.

  2. Departments may duplicate and distribute the media to staff and faculty.

  3. Desktop Enterprise Solutions, a unit within IET that provides computer and network consulting services, can install the software on staff and faculty machines on a fee basis. ($75.50/hour, one hour minimum, charged in 15-minute increments after the first hour.)

Move see Eric Cowgill
Sophos Anti-Virus Faculty and staff are allowed to install and use Sophos Anti-Virus on University owned Mac OS X computers through November 30, 2014. If you become unaffiliated with UC Davis, you are no longer licensed for this product. Additional information about anti-virus software for Windows-based machine and anti-virus solutions for student and personally owned machines can be found in this TechNews article.

Sophos Anti-Virus is available as a free download for faculty and staff from http://software.ucdavis.edu

Campus Site Licenses and Volume Purchased Software See: http://software.ucdavis.edu