Site-Licensed Software

We offer a variety of site-licensed software that helps with specific roles or functions for faculty, researchers, staff and students.

Software Request Instructions

Software is distributed via several channels (see the individual software listings below for specific information on each), but in most cases you will need to place an order through the IT Service Desk to obtain the software.

How to Order Software

To order available software provided by the OCIO, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the IT Service Desk and select the Sign in to your account button, then select Log In.

  2. Select Order Services (marked with a shopping cart icon).

  3. Select Software Services from the list of categories.

  4. Select the Site Licensed Software Request option.

  5. Complete the Site Licensed Software Request Form, including choosing an item from the available software options. In some cases, you may be required to agree to terms and conditions for the selected product.

    If you are ordering more than one license, change Quantity in the box at the upper right.

  6. Click Check Out.

  7. Review your shopping cart and, if correct, click Submit Order at the lower right. 

  8. Your order confirmation page lists your selections and their costs, as well as provides a Request Number (i.e., REQ12345) for tracking purposes. 
    • If there is no price is listed for your selections, you will be provided with a link for download or, in some cases, have activation codes emailed to you. 
    • If you have selected software that shows a price, you must submit an eRequest that includes the REQ number on this page to complete your transaction. URGENT: Referring to your REQ in your eRequest is the only way to ensure that your payment is linked to your software order so that delivery can be completed.

 

Note: Access to download software from the IT Service Desk is restricted to current Ohio State faculty, staff and students. The right to distribution of site-licensed software is limited to the OCIO. Individuals are strictly prohibited from loaning such software or making a copy for anyone else.

Site License Software Coordinators

Registered Site License Software Coordinators can request certain additional software products for departmental distribution. An SLS Coordinator is authorized through their department chair or unit director to partner with OCIO to distribute site licensed software to end users within their department or unit. They must be a regular faculty or staff employee.

To request to become a coordinator, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the IT Service Desk and select the Sign in to your account button, then select Log In.

  2. Select Order Services (marked with a shopping cart icon).

  3. Select Software Services from the list of categories.

  4. Select the Site Licensed Software - Coordinator Request option.

  5. Complete the Site Licensed Software - Coordinator Request form.

  6. Click Check Out.

  7. Review your shopping cart and, if correct, click Submit Order at the lower right. 

Adobe Creative Cloud

All Ohio State students can opt in to receive access to the entire suite of Creative Cloud desktop and mobile apps. 

Microsoft 365

All faculty, staff and students have automatic free access to Microsoft 365.

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Available Software

Adobe Enterprise License Agreement

The Office of the Chief Information Officer has an agreement with Adobe to provide unlimited use of the Acrobat Professional product on all Ohio State campuses for faculty and staff. This Adobe Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) permits a broad installation of the software, and allows us to deepen our relationship with Adobe. Available to faculty, staff, and GRA/GTA's, this software may be used on Ohio State-owned machines, or on home machines for university business. Available on main and regional campuses and all extension offices.

Adobe Contract License Program

Ohio State University has a Contract License Program (CLP) with Adobe. This contract provides discounts on educational boxed product. Site License Coordinators may obtain installation codes for departmental use. 

Apple Developer Kit

Ohio State offer two Apple development kits:

  • The first is the Enterprise Kit for designing and distributing Apple Apps for iPhones, iPods, and iPads for internal departmental use.
  • The second is a Standard Kit for distribution via the Apple App Store.

Kits may be used on university-owned machines for departmental use by faculty and staff only.

ArcGIS Desktop

ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) product from Environmental Systems Research Institute. ArcGIS offers advanced modeling, mapping and analysis capabilities for the desktop. ArcGIS runs on Windows platforms. For information regarding setup for renewal of an existing license, see go.osu.edu/esri.

Autodesk

Ohio State purchases Autodesk licenses at the government rate, which is approximately 90% the cost of a commercial license. Licenses only need to be purchased if users plan to edit drawings. For viewing only, Autodesk TrueView can be installed at no cost through OCIO Self Service (instructions above). If editing of DWG (AutoCAD) or RVT (Revit) files is needed, purchase an Autodesk collection license. Floating licenses may be used to limit the cost, enabling installation on an unlimited number of machines, and the license is only active while the software is being used.

BadCopy Pro

BadCopy Pro is a data recovery tool for floppy disk, CD-ROM, CD-R/W, digital media and other storage media, including hard drives. It can recover corrupted or lost data from damaged, unreadable or defective disks. Available to faculty and staff for on-campus machines only. No home use is allowed. This tool is for use for university business only. When you are no longer affiliated with Ohio State you must return the software to your department or to OCIO.

Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

OSUnet VPN service is designed as a solution for faculty, staff and students to provide remote usage to the OSUnet network that is authenticated and secure. It is for university-related business only and must be left with your department and removed from your home computer when you leave Ohio State. 

Fetch

Fetch is a program that enables you to connect to a remote computer to send and retrieve files over the Internet using FTP (file transfer protocol) or secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). Fetch includes improved capability with MacOS X 10.5, and allows you to upload files to servers using copy and paste commands. In addition, Fetch is a Universal application and supports PPC and Intel Macs.

JMP

JMP is an interactive software tool designed for statistical visualization and exploratory data analysis that may be used for classroom instruction, academic research and course work only. Home use is allowed for a holder of the license on campus.

JMP Genomics is an optional package that combines interactive JMP graphics and SAS Analytics, allowing researchers to see and explore genomic data from every angle, understand it and share analysis with colleagues. JMP Genomics is available only to faculty and staff for classroom instruction, academic research and course work only. It can be used on campus and at home for no change (Ohio State Pediatrics has provided a cost share for this license). JMP Genomics is a very large program (approx. 11.2GB in size). Check the file size after downloading to ensure you have received the entire program. JMP Genomics Version 10 is the only version of this software available at this time.

LANDesk

LANDesk software provides organizations with solutions for managment of systems, security, services, assets and processea. It is available to Ohio State faculty and staff for use on all university-owned machines and any machines that require management by Ohio State staff.

OCIO Site Licensing and OCIO Security, with help from CFAES and other offices at Ohio State, have partnered to negotiate a three-year contract with LANDesk for departments to purchase a variety of software from GovConnection. Pricing is based on a per-FTE basis, as calculated by Site Licensing based on departmental Microsoft FTE counts. All departments receive the same price, regardless of size. Site Licensing recommends the Management Suite and Mid-year Upgrade Protection.

  • Audience: Faculty, Staff
  • Platform: Windows
  • Cost: Variable, FTE cost model
  • How to Order: Request a quote from Pete Kelley, 800-800-0019 ext. 76160 or pkelley@govconnection.com

Maple

Maple is a powerful and comprehensive interactive symbolic algebra system used for engineering and mathematical instruction and research. Additionally, you can access the Maple Application Center, which is a free online resource of (1.) technical solutions submitted by Maple users from around the world, (2.) Maple Student Center for course help, (3.) Maple Power Tools as add-on packages and (4.) The Maple Reporter, which is published semiannually and covers new developments at Waterloo Maple, Inc.

Mathematica Faculty/Staff Edition

Mathmatica is a technical computing system used by science, industry and academia. It combines high-precision numeric and symbolic computation with data visualization and programming capabilities. This license is maintained by the College of Math and Physical Sciences and is limited to currently employed faculty and staff. This software may be used on personal machines in support of instruction. Researchers are not eligible unless their primary mission is the direct teaching of students. The software is licensed annually at no charge and licenses run from September to September.

Mathematica Student Edition

Mathmatica is a technical computing system used by science, industry and academia. It combines high-precision numeric and symbolic computation with data visualization and programming capabilities. This license is maintained by the College of Math and Physical Sciences. The student version, available via electronic download through OCIO as "Mathematica for Students," is intended for use on student-owned computers to be used for instruction and research activities. 

MATLAB

The MathWorks' MATLAB is an interactive environment for numeric computation that specializes in working with matrices. It combines a powerful user interface with 2-D and 3-D graphics and a comprehensive library of mathematical analysis techniques. Commercial use is prohibited. Additional toolboxes may be ordered. Please contact Cathy Mertz of The Mathworks at 248-675-3310 or cathy.mertz@mathworks.com to inquire about quotations and orders for additional toolboxes. In this case The Mathworks will generate any additional license codes for add-on toolboxes (Child Licenses) for you to combine during installation with your Standard Configuration license codes.The MATLAB TAH Install Guide provides details on how to install additional toolbox licenses NOT in the Ohio State Standard Configuration along with the TAH license for the Standard Ohio State license configuration.

  • Audience: Faculty, Researchers, Students
  • Platform: Mac, Windows, Unix/Linux
  • Cost: Free
  • How to Order: Order MATLAB through the IT Service Desk (instructions at the top of this page). See special instructions for ordering additional toolboxes above, in software description.

Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection (formerly Forefront)

This anti-malware, anti-virus and anti-spyware product is available as both an individual solution (for unmanaged deployments and stand-alone installations) and for departments, as an enterprise-level solution (for managed deployments or departmental distribution).

MINITAB

MINITAB is a statistical analysis software package available to faculty and regular staff for use on campus, in student labs and on Ohio State owned machines for university-related business. Installation on a personal machine is permitted, but you will need to log in via VPN to obtain a license from our on-campus server. Software must be returned when you leave Ohio State. MINITAB uses a concurrent licensing model and clients "check out" licenses from a license server. Install instructions are sent to you with the software. Minitab Express is available as well.

NVivo

NVivo is a tool that enables fine-detail analysis, fluid exploration and interpretation, integrating the processes of interpretation and questioning data. It records links between data and ideas that go beyond coding. New and existing users must purchase or renew during the licensing year, which is from July 1 - July 1 of each year. Upgrades to newer versions during the year are free. Home use is allowed for Ohio State business purposes only. It is available to you while you are affiliated with Ohio State and must be returned or deleted from your home computer when you leave Ohio State. 

Oracle Database Software

Oracle is available to faculty, staff and students on main and regional campuses for administrative, teaching, research, or community service functions. Commercial and home use is prohibited. It is not available for use in the Medical Center for non-medical functions such as patient management and billing. Software must be returned when you leave Ohio State.

  • Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students
  • Platform: Mac, Linux
  • Cost: Cost determined by product
  • How to Order: Order Oracle Database Software through the IT Service Desk (instructions at the top of this page).You will be given access to the site where you can order software CDs directly from an Oracle MetaLink

OzTeX

The Department of Statistics pays the shareware fee for licenses for Macintosh implementation of Donald Knuth's TeX typesetting system for typesetting complex mathematical formula. Details of changes for recent versions and a users guide is provided with the software.

  • Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students
  • Platform: Mac
  • Cost: Cost determined by product
  • How to Access: Download from OzTex

PowerTerm Pro Enterprise

PowerTerm Pro is a terminal emulator and supports IBM 3270 emulation and other terminals such as Digital, Wyse, Data General and more. Host support includes the IBM mainframe, AS/400, Unix and more. This product is able to interact with document imaging systems through the Dynamic Data Exchange protocol. It is also able to establish a secure session with SSH and SSL protocols, and it supports secure FTP. Software must be returned and deleted from your home computer when you leave Ohio State.

Read and Write

Read and Write is a support program provided by the Office for Disability Service to help people with reading and writing difficulties when using their computer. It can use a sound card to read aloud and help you construct words using word prediction. 

RefWorks

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create their own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. They can use these references in writing their papers; it automatically formats the paper and the bibliography. It is a web-based application; it does not require downloading or installation. Write-n-Cite is a feature that allows you to access your references in RefWorks while working in Microsoft Word. RefWorks is provided through Ohio State University Libraries in conjunction with other OhioLink member schools, and more information, including login processes, is available on the Ohio State Library's website.

  • Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students
  • Platform: Mac, Windows, Unix/Linux
  • Cost: Free
  • How to Access: Go to RefWorks

SAS Enterprise Minor (Workstation)

SAS Enterprise Minor creates accurate, predictive and descriptive models on large volumes of data across different sources in an organization. Each copy for Windows desktop use is designated for administrative use only. For each site license copy purchased you may use one  copy on a home computer; software must be returned when you leave Ohio State. Enterprise Miner is available to faculty and staff for administrative use only. All SAS software is renewable each September. View documentation on the SAS website.

SAS Server

SAS Server extracts and stores large volumes of data across different sources and enables data utilization in high-end analytic techniques. The product options contained in this package are as described for SAS for Windows workstations, EXCEPT for Enterprise Miner and Genetics which are not on the server platform. The server version is available to faculty and staff for use on Ohio State owned machines located on campus for academic instruction, research and administrative use, and must be returned when you leave Ohio State. You must state your intended use (Administrative or Teaching and Research) when you order the software. SAS Windows Server is available on a per-processor basis. A CPU processor is a single integrated circuit on the motherboard with one or more cores. A dual core CPU counts as one CPU. This software is renewable annually each September. View documentation on the SAS website.

SAS Teaching and Research (Workstation)

SAS Teaching and Research creates accurate, predictive and descriptive models on large volumes of data across different sources in an organization. Faculty and staff should order "SAS Teaching and Research;" students should order "SAS." Each copy for Windows desktop use is designated for teaching/research use only. For each site license copy purchased you may use a copy on one home computer; software must be returned when you leave Ohio State. SAS Genetics is an option for teaching/research use only. All SAS software is renewable each September. View documentation on the SAS website.

SciFinder Scholar

SciFinder provides easy, natural language searching of the "Chemical Abstracts" database by subject, author and chemical substance. For issues with this software, email the university contact, Belinda Hurley at hurley.50@osu.edu.

SigmaPlot

SigmaPlot is specifically designed to aid in documenting and publishing research, specializing in the graphical presentation of data. It may be used for research, education and administrative purposes. This is a right-to-use license that must be returned when you leave Ohio State. SigmaPlot is purchased by subscription in November of each year. If you purchased SigmaPlot after September 1 of the year, your license will be vaild until the following November.

SpinRite

SpinRite is used for hard drive disk care, maintenance and data recovery. It is available to faculty and staff; however, the company strongly recommends it is used only by trained IT support staff. This is a right-to-use license that must be returned when you leave Ohio State. It is for use on Ohio State main and regional campuses, on university-owned equipment only. 

SPSS Linux

SPSS is a comprehensive statistical analysis package. Available to faculty and staff for use on the main and regional campuses and at home for university-related business, including teaching and academic research. Available to students for use on their personally-owned computer. Ohio State owns a Teaching and Research license.

SPSS Statistics and Amos

SPSS Stastics and Amos is a comprehensive statistical analysis package that is available to faculty and staff for use on the main and regional campuses and at home for university-related business, including teaching and academic research. It is available to students for use on their personally-owned computer. Ohio State owns a Teaching and Research license.

SPSS Windows and for campus lab use includes the following modules:

  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • IBM SPSS Statistics Base
  • IBM SPSS Regression
  • IBM SPSS Advanced Statistics
  • IBM SPSS Exact Tests
  • IBM SPSS Categories
  • IBM SPSS Missing Values
  • IBM SPSS Conjoint
  • IBM SPSS Custom Tables
  • IBM SPSS Complex Samples
  • IBM SPSS Decision Trees
  • IBM SPSS Data Preparation
  • IBM SPSS Forecasting
  • IBM SPSS Neural Networks
  • IBM SPSS Direct Marketing
  • IBM SPSS Bootstrapping

The license also includes Amos (Analysis of MOment Structures), which implements the general approach to data analysis known as structural equation modeling. The software license code must be renewed on an annual basis. The IT Service Desk will provide license codes. Software must be returned to OCIO or left with your department when you leave Ohio State.

SPSS Amos is available only to Faculty and Staff, and requires a separate Authorization Codes and is only available to faculty and staff or student lab use. SPSS and SPSS Amos are separate, stand-alone products, and are requested separately.

SYSTAT

SYSTAT is a comprehensive statistical analysis package that includes graphics and data management. It provides a point-and-click statistical analysis through a series of icons and pull-down menus; the ability to open multiple windows on the desktop to be able to view data, results, and graphics at the same time; and a large array of scientific and technical graphs. Available to faculty, staff and students for use on computers on campus or at home for university-related business. Software must be returned and deleted from your home PC when you leave Ohio State.

TextPad

TextPad is a powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files. It has many features for the power user, including: editing very large files (up to the limits of virtual memory), spelling checker, unlimited undo/redo capability, block mode, sorting using up to 3 keys and a power search/replace engine using Unix-style regular expressions. It is available to faculty and staff for main and regional campuses and home computers. It can be used only for Ohio State business purposes. It is for use while you are affiliated with Ohio State and must be left with your department and removed from your home computer when leaving Ohio State.

TN3270 X

TN3270 allows a Macintosh computer with a TCP/IP network connection to negotiate a telnet session emulating an IBM 3270 terminal. Features of this release include support for Kerberos 4 and Kerberos 5 authentication and encryption and support for negotiated SSL using the telnet Start TLS option. It is available to all faculty, staff and students. OCIO has obtained permission from the author at Brown University to distribute this software to Ohio State.

Turning Point

TurningPoint is software that Ohio State instructors and staff can use to add interactive polling/quizzing slides to a PowerPoint presentation. They can make a request to have Classroom Services install the software in a Classroom Pool room's lectern computer by sending an email to clickers@osu.edu. Please specify that you want the antenna installed on the Mac computer if you are creating the slides with "TurningPoint for Mac." You cannot use polling on the Windows version of TurningPoint with slides created with the Mac version and vice versa. This software is available from Turning Technologies.

  • Audience: Faculty
  • Platform: Mac, Windows
  • Cost: Free
  • How to Order: Email clickers@osu.edu

VMWare

VMWare is available through an agreement with OARNet. It is now available at substantial discounts from market cost. Among the products offered are: View Enterprise, View Premier Add-on, ESX Enterprise, Lifecycle Manager, Site Recovery Manager, Management & Automation Bundle, Lab Manager, Stage Manager, VirtualCenter, ThinApp Suite, ThinApp Client, Fusion, Fusion Support Pack, Workstation. Please see the OARNet website for ordering instructions and forms. Once your request is reviewed by an OARnet Client Service Representative, your order will be forwarded to VMware representatives, who then will provide you with download instructions and a product key. Once the orders and downloads have been completed, VMware (1-877-486-9273 or vmware-higher-education@oar.net) will be directly responsible for providing you with product support.

Questions should be directed to OARNet at vmware-higher-education@oar.net.

X-Win32 and FastX

X-Win32 is a X Windows server that runs on the PC platform. X Windows provides for a Graphical User Interface for Unix systems. X-Win32 also integrates support for OpenGL-based X Windows applications. It also provides an integrated SSH connection to Unix systems and a new "LIVE" session mode that allows for suspending and resuming sessions. Available to faculty, staff and students on the main and regional campuses and on your home computer. This software is for use for university-related business only. If you leave Ohio State, it must be left with your department and/or removed from your home computer.

FastX is a simple PC X server solution. FastX allows you to connect over the Internet and work with even the most demanding remote hosted Linux and Unix applications at LAN speed. FastX sessions are persistent (you can reconnect after a network interruption) and secure.

Both xWin32 and FastX software are available by requesting xWin32 through the IT Service Desk.