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MCS applications and utilities for Windows (AY2016-17)

The current operating system on MCS machines is Windows® 7. We are trialing Windows 10 at participating sites.

Please note that as we move to Windows 10 in the next academic year the category menu structure that was available under Windows 7 has disappeared. Some applications will be listed by their application name while others will be listed under the manufacturer name.

If you know the application name then please use the Find field. We have kept the menu structure on these web pages but also included the name under which you will find it. eg Sibelius is Music but listed under company name of Avid.

Many applications are available at all sites; however, a few teaching applications are site-specific, and some are available at UIS sites, but not at all managed cluster sites. Availability at a site is dependent on licence arrangements. Site codes are used where there is restricted availability of an application.

[1] UIS pool of licences floated across all cluster sites
[2] Licensed by individual institutions
[3] Limited availability - UIS rooms and cluster sites on request
[4] Stem Departments: CH, CL, MA, ML, PH

The menu structure layout is similar to standard Microsoft® menu - our main menu is found under All Programs. 

Other menu items may be visible such as Adobe applications and SMART Technologies when hardware is detected.


All applications under this menu heading are part of the Windows OS.

Command Prompt
Connect to a Network Projector
Connect to a Projector
Default programs Select applications that Windows will use by default. These applications will appear in the top menu.
Getting Started Learn about Windows 7 features
Math Input Panel
Media Center
Remote Desktop Connection Connect to another computer
Snipping Tool
Sound Recorder
Sticky Notes
Sync Center
Windows DVD Maker
Windows Fax and Scan
Windows Update
XPS Viewer
Ease of Access > Narrator, On-screen keyboard, Text Size Changer, Windows Speech Recognition, ZoomIt
System Tools > Character Map, Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, Internet Explorer (no-add-ons) Resource Monitor, System Information, System Restore, Task Scheduler, Windows Easy Transfer Reports, Windows Easy Transfer
Tablet PC > Shape Collector, TabTip, Tablet PC Input Panel, Windows Journal
Windows PowerShell > Windows PowerShell including x86, ISE and ISE (x86) versions

Account Management

DS-Filestore Quota
DS-Print Balance
DS-Print eCredit
Manage Password

MCS Help

Webpage with links to the most common queries regarding use of the MCS.

All applications within each menu category below are listed alphabetically. Directories are found at the end of the menu and indicated by ">".

Assistive Technology

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Anki Softonic > 2.0.33 create your own flash cards to help memorise information
Built-in Ease of Access tool Accessories > Ease of Access Ease of Access Center, Magnifier, Narrator, On-screen keyboard, Text size changer, Windows speech recognition, Zoomit
MindView MatchWare > 6 Mind Mapping software
Natural Reader Natural Reader > 14
TextHelp Read & Write TextHelp > 11 [1], deployed to nominated PCs in institutions on request
Workrave Workrave > 1.10 Time management app for RSI

Database Packages

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Access Microsoft > 2016
ArcGIS ESRI > 10.4.1 [2], ArcGIS Globe, ArcGIS Map, ArcGIS ArcScene; [3], AR, ED, ENG, GE, LE; available at Colleges on request
EndNote Thomson Reuters > X7.5 [1]; EndNote Help
Filemaker Pro FileMaker > 13 [1]
LibreOffice Base LibreOffice > 5.1.4
Mendeley Desktop Mendeley > 1.16.3 Reference manager
QGis QGIS > 2.10.1 GRASS GIS 6.4.3; QGIS Desktop; QT Designer; SAGA GIS
Zotero Zotero > 4.0.29 Install Firefox and Word Plugin (v3.1.20), Standalone

Email and Messaging

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Hermes Webmail All Programs > University email
Skype Microsoft >
Thunderbird Mozilla > 45.3.0

Graphics and Presentation

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Blender Blender > 2.49b
CorelDraw Graphics CorelDRAW > X6 [1] Corel CAPTURE, Corel PHOTO-PAINT
FastStone Photo Resizer FastStone > 3.6 Faststone Help
FastStone Image Viewer FastStone > 5.7 Faststone Image Viewer Help
Fireworks Adobe > [1] Creative Suite
Google Earth Pro Google > 7.1.5
Google SketchUp Google > 8
Illustrator Adobe > [2], AR, CC, GE, GT & PHX TR2
ImageJ ImageJ > 1.48r
Inkscape Inkscape >
Install Adobe Connect Add-in Adobe r96
LibreOffice Draw LibreOffice > 5.1.4
LibreOffice Impress LibreOffice > 5.1.4
Movie Maker Microsoft > 2016
Omero Omero > 5.2.4 AR, Microscope images supported
Origin Origin Lab > 9.1 Origin Viewer, Origin Pro
Paint.Net Paint.NET > 4.0.1
Photo Gallery Microsoft > 2016
Photoshop Adobe >
PowerPoint Microsoft > 2016
Subtitle Workshop Subtitle Workshop > 6.0b
Visio Microsoft > 2016

Multimedia and Music

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Aegisub Aegisub > Editor for timing subtitles to audio; ASSDRAW 3;
Audacity Audacity > Audio editor and recording
Avidemux Avidemux > 2.6 Avidemux Job Control, AVS Proxy GUI 2.6
Camtasia 8 SoftwareCasa > 8 [2], MenuMaker, Recorder, Studio,
ForeVid ForeVid > Allows forensics analysis
iTunes Apple >
MuseScore MuseScore >
Sibelius Avid > 7.5.1 [1] Sibelius 7.5 (32 bit), Sibelius 7.5
Snag IT SoftwareCasa > 32 Snag IT Editor, Snag IT
VLC Media Player Video LAN >
VMWare Player VMWare > 12.5

Network Tools

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Cisco Cisco > UIS Teaching Rooms, Cisco Jabber, Cisco Packet Tracer, Internet Explorer for CCNA, Qt Linguist
MobaXterm Professional Mobatek > UIS Teaching Rooms, also under Network Tools > Parameters, Tools
NX Client NX Client > 3.5.0-9 NX Client, NX Connection Wizard, NX Session Administrator
Pageant PuTTY > Key holder for PuTTy
PuTTY (Secure Telnet) to Hermes PuTTY >
PuTTY (Secure Telnet) to Remote MCS Linux Server PuTTY >
PuTTY (Secure Telnet> PuTTY > 0.60 Telnet client with ssh
WinSCP WinSCp > 5.1.7 Secure file transfer

Programming and Scripting

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Eclipse for Java Developers Eclipse > 3.+ Neon IDE, Neon SDK
Git Git > 1.7.10 includes Git Bash, Git GUI, SmartGit 3
HyperSpy HyperSpy > 0.8.2 HyperSpy Notebook, HyperSpy Qt Console, HyperSpy
IntelliJ IDEA JetBrains > 8u211
MySQL MySQL > UIS Teaching Rooms rooms only
node.js Dynatrace > 4.0.0 runtime environment for developing server-side web applications
Notepad++ Accessories > 6.6.8+
Perl Perl > 5.18.2
PolyML PolyML >
Octave Octave > 3.8.1 Octave, Octave-GUI (beta), Octave Readme
Python Python > PsychoPy, v2.7 >, 3.3 >, NumPy and SciPy modules included
Visual Studio Microsoft > 2016

Spreadsheets, Maths and Statistics

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
AMOS IBM > 23 [1], File manager, Graphics, Language, Program Editor, Seed Manager, Text Output, View Data; use with SPSS
Eviews IHS > 8 [2], EC, [3], available at colleges on request
Excel Microsoft > 2016
Genstat VSNi 18th [1], statistics
GeoGebra GeoGebra 4.2
Gnuplot gnuplot > 4.7.0 gnuplot console, gnuplot
JASP JASP > graphical program for statistical analysis
LibreOffice Calc LibreOffice > 5.1.4
LibreOffice Math LibreOffice > 5.1.4
Maple Maple > 2016 [1] Command Line, Help, Calculator, Shared Server
Mathematica Wolfram > 10 [1], available in colleges & CS Rooms; [2], CH,CL,EC,GE,MA,PH; Mathematica II Kernal, Mathematica, Wolfram Workbench
MathCAD PTC > 15 includes Prime v3
MatLab MathWorks > R2016a [1] colleges & UIS Teaching Rooms; [3], CL, EC, GE, MA
Minitab Minitab > 17 [1], [2], GE
R Statistical Data Analysis R > 3.1.1
R Studio R > 0.98.932
SigmaPlot SigmaPlot > 12.5 [1]
SPSS IBM > 23 [1], SPSS 23 Statistics, SPSS SmartViewer 15
Stata IC Timberlake > 14 [1]
Stata SE Timberlake 14 SE version available only at POLIS
Statistics for the Terrified Concept Stew > 6.4 [1]
WinBUGS WinBUGS > 1.4.3

Teaching Packages

Most of these applications are supported by the institution for whose use they are provided and may be available at specific sites only; or are freely available across the MCS; (see site codes at the bottom of this page). ">" indicates a directory heading.

Please Note:The Department > Application(s) directory structure is being deprecated. The folder name is annotated with > and given in bold where it differs from application name.


Archaeology GDAL > GDAL, Mapserver > Mapserver Tools; MEGA > MEGA6, Network > Network 5; OxCal > OxCal.
Biological Anthropology FLIR Systems > FLIRTools; Morphj > MorphoJ, Morphologika > MorphologikaPajek > Pajek, PajekXXL; Past > Past.
Catam Mathworks > MatLab R2016a, R > R Statistical Data Analysis 3.3.1
Chemical Engineering &Biotechnology Icy > Icy
Chemistry CambridgeSoft > ChemOffice Pro; CCDC > Cambridge Structural Database; HyperCube > Hyperchem 8.0 & manual;
Classics Diogenes > Diogenes 3.1 - not all the databases will be available
Computer Laboratory Microsoft > Project 2016, Visual Studio 2016, Visio 2016, Prolog > Prolog
Economics IHS > Eviews; Timberlake > StataIC 14, OxMetrics 7
Education > Alice, BlockCAD, GPower, Scratch, Whiteboard Active modules; GeoGebra > Geogebra, QSR &gt> Nvivo 11; Zotero > Install Firefox and Word Plugin; Standalone version), Kodu Game Lab > Kodu Game Lab
Engineering > Granta > Cambridge Engineering Selector EduPack 2016
English Literature & Latte > Scrivener
Geography > CAP 4 & manual, ECOM II & manual, ImageJ, Introduction to Multivariate Statistics, MultiSpec, OpenGeoDa, SaTScan, Species Diversity & Richness, Blender > Blender, Harris > ENVI 4.3 (with IDL 6.3.)> iTools >, Hexagon > ERDAS 2014 >
SSRMC > Meta Analysis
MML > Cert in Computing > French > German > Italian > Linguistics > CorpusSearch, Praat, WordNet 2.1, WordNet 3.0 (online), British National Corpus, Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English; Spanish >
Vet School > VE only
Zoology R > R Statistical Data Analysis 3.1.0


ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
7-Zip 7Zip > 9.2
Adobe Acrobat Distiller Adobe > X
Adobe Acrobat Pro Adobe > X
Cygwin Cygwin > 2 Terminal, XWin Server
Dropbox Dropbox > Dropbox Business - University, Dropbox
DS-Filestore Quota Account Management > Check filespace usage
DS-Print Balance Account Management > Check your print balance
DS-Print eCredit Account Management > Add credit for printing
Ghostscript Ghostscript >
Office Language Preferences 2016 [2]
OneDrive Microsoft > 2016 OneDrive File View, OneDrive How to use on MCS Windows, OneDrive Web View
OneNote Microsoft > 2016 [2]
Dropbox Web View Storage > 2016

Web Browsing

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Adobe Reader DC Adobe > 11.0.08 PDF viewer
Cambridge University on iTunesU Apple >
CamTools CamTools >
Firefox Mozilla > 32.0.3
Google Chrome Google > 44
Internet Explorer 11
Library Catalogue (Newton) Library > URL to University Library Catalogue
Library Home Page Library > URL to University Library
Reaxys Reaxys >

Web Design

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Dreamweaver Adobe > [2], HTML tool
Flash Professional Adobe > [2]
Webstorm JetBrains > IDE fr Java script, CSS & HTML

Word and Text Processing

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Adobe Acrobat Distiller DC Adobe > X [1], create and edit PDFs
Adobe Acrobat X Pro Adobe > X
Aegisub Aegisub > editor for timing subtitles to audio; ASSDRAW 3;
Atlas_ti Atlas.ti > 7.1.8 [1]
Colemak Keyboard Colemak > Exit using toolbar icon
EMACS EMACS > 24.3 EMACS - GUI mode, EMACS - tty mode
EndNote Thomson Reuters > X7.3.1 [1], EndNote Help
gedit Gedit > 2.30.2
GMetrix GMetrix > 4.1 SMS Client
gVim Softonic > 7
InDesign Adobe > [2], UIS PHXTR 2
Juxta Juxta >
LibreOffice Writer LibreOffice > 5.1.4
Nvivo QSR > 11 [1]
On-screen Keyboard
Publisher Microsoft 2016
Word Microsoft > 2016
Tex and LaTeX TeX and LaTeX > including LyX 2.2.0, TeXLive 2016 modules, Texmaker, TeXnicCenter, TeXstudio 2.11.0,

Peripheral Hardware Packages

The menu is created dynamically on a workstation if peripheral hardware such as a scanner or smartboard is detected.

Abbyy Fine Reader Light
Epson Scan
Epson V500 Scanner Software
Smart Notebook v11

Browser Plugins

The following browser plugins are available:

Adobe Flash Player 18.0 Firefox, IE
Chem3D 4.0 CH
ChemDraw 6.0 CH
Citrix ICA Client 10.200 Firefox
iTunes Application Detector Firefox
Java 6.23 Firefox, IE
Java Development Toolkit FireFox, IE
RealPlayer (TM) Firefox, IE
SciFinder Application Firefox
SciFinder Scholar 4.0.3116 IE
Scorch Firefox, used with Sibelius
Shockwave Player 11
Windows Media Player 11.0.572 Firefox, IE

Site Codes

  AR  Department of Archaeology
CC Clare College
CH Department of Chemistry
ED Faculty of Education
EN Department of Engineering
GE Department of Geography
GT Gates Trust
MA Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
MML Modern and Medieval Languages
VE Vet School