What software is available on library computers?

Public use library computers have the following software installed:

  • Windows 10
  • Pharos Account Balance: View the balance on your Pharos account.
  • Microsoft Edge: Web browser
  • Firefox: Web browser
  • Google Chrome: Web browser
  • PDF-Xchange: Open, read, create & edit PDF files
  • Adobe Digital Editions: eBook management software
  • OverDrive: eBook and eAudiobook reader
  • Microsoft Office: Suite of programs including word processor, slide-show, spreadsheet and more.
  • Libre Office: Suite of programs including word processor, slide-show, spreadsheet and more.
  • Māori keyboard and dictionary
  • Multiple keyboard languages supported
  • 123D Design*: 3D modelling 
  • Minecraft: You’ll need your own Minecraft subscription to log in
  • SketchUp Make: 3D modelling
  • Gimp: Drawing programme
  • Inkscape: Drawing programme
  • Paint.net: Drawing programme
  • Skype: Internet based phone and video calling
  • iTunes: Music library software.
  • Audacity: Audio editing software.
  • VLC: Multi-format video player.
  • Windows Media Player: Media player for video, audio and images.
  • Notepad++: Text tool for programmes
  • Magnifier: Microsoft screen magnifying software.
  • Narrator: Microsoft light-duty screen reader utility.
  • NVDA: Non Visual Desktop Access: Free, open-source screen reader software
  • Google Earth: a 3D representation of Earth based on satellite imagery

*Autodesk stopped supporting 123D in 2016. Because it is no longer developed and supported at some point it will no longer run on newer versions of Windows 10. Therefore we recommend you check out free or trial alternatives to 123D, such as:

  • Onshape Design online, register for a free account, designs are public
  • Tinkercad Free online modelling
  • Fusion 360 Download a trial version on your own computer.

Learning Centre computers

The following software applications are used during Learning Centre programmes (i.e. available during organised classes and creative drop-in sessions).

  • Affinity Designer: vector graphics editor Adobe Illustrator alternative
  • Affinity Photo: raster graphics editor Adobe Photoshop alternative
  • Affinity Publisher: desktop publishing application Adobe InDesign alternative
  • Arduino IDE: coding for Arduino boards
  • Blender: 3D computer graphics
  • Discord – VoIP & chat alternative to Skype
  • Krita – digital painting
  • League of Legends – eSports  
  • MakerbotPrint: 3D printing design
  • mBlock: block-based programming
  • Minecraft Education Edition
  • OBS Studio: Desktop video recording and live streaming software
  • Sculptris: 3D digital sculpting
  • Silhouette: crafting tool
  • SimplePlanes: 3D sim – build airplanes by snapping parts together
  • SimpleRockets: 3D space sim - build rockets, airplanes, rovers and explore
  • Vital: Create your own custom sounds with Vital, a digital synthesizer.

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