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
  • Internet Explorer: 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
  • Gale Anatomy, Chemistry and Science Viewer: science tutorial 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 programmes are used during Learning Centre programmes (i.e. not accessible to the public except during organised classes)

  • Algodoo: physic based 2d sandbox
  • Arduino IDE: coding for Arduino boards
  • Blender: 3D computer graphics
  • Discord – VoIP & chat alternative to Skype
  • Kodu: Games lab
  • Krita – digital painting
  • League of Legends – eSports  
  • MakerbotPrint: 3D printing design
  • mBlock: block-based programming
  • Minecraft Education Edition
  • OBS Studio: screen capture software
  • Pivot Animator: stick figure animator
  • Processing: programming language
  • Ren’Py: visual novel creation
  • Scratch desktop editor: programming
  • Sculptris: 3D digital sculpting
  • Shotcut: video editing
  • Silhouette: crafting tool
  • Sigil: eBook publishing
  • SimplePlanes: 3D sim – build airplanes by snapping parts together
  • SimpleRockets: 3D space sim - build rockets, airplanes, rovers and explore
  • Sonic Pi – code based music creation
  • Twine: interactive book creator
  • Ultimake Cura: 3D printing design

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