Computing Software Available

SFU has a variety of software available through a number of sources.
  • SFU IT services manages statistics, MS office, and some other software.  
  • SAS, JMP, S-Plus and StarOffice are available free to SFU students, staff and faculty. Maple, SPSS and Systat are available free to SFU staff and faculty. 
  • Matlab is available to current SFU faculty and researchers. 
  • R Project for Statistical Computing is open-source and free to everyone.
  • Citation software is available, but check out the free Firefox extension Zotero "to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources". Mendeley is another reference management and sharing tool.
  • The SFU library has several GIS software site licenses for academic purposes.   
  • Macintosh users requiring Windows-only software should investigate Crossover which allows many Windows programs to run without buying the MS Windows system.  Crossover is not to be confused with programs like Fusion or VirtualBox which require a separate Windows licence and a lot more resources. We can install Windows on SFU owned Macs using the SFU site licence, but not on PC's without a Windows licence.
  • Anti-virus software is available for University owned computers, submit a Support Request to have it installed. The free versions of AVG and Avast may be used on most student/home computers but not on SFU computers.  Mac users should consider Sophos for home use.
  • If you need to compress or zip a file or folder- try right clicking it.

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