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MCS software for Windows

The current operating system on MCS machines is Windows®10. This page was last updated 23 January 2020.

Please note that the move to Windows 10 has meant that 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.

Calculator Plus
Character Map Windows Accessories >
Command Prompt
Connect to a Nearest Printer
Cortana Online Help
Get Help Microsoft Help
Maps Windows Maps
Math Input Panel Windows Accessories >
McAfee On-access Scan, On-Demand Scan, Virus Scan Console
Media Center
Notepad Window Accessories >
Notepad++ Windows Accessories >
Paint 3D Create and paint 3D objects
Remote Desktop Connection Windows Accessories > Connect to another computer
Snipping Tool Windows Accessories >
Steps Recorder Windows Accessories >
Sticky Notes
Text Size Changer Windows Accessories
Windows DVD Maker
Windows Fax and Scan Windows Accessories >
WordPad Windows Accessories >
XPS Viewer Windows Accessories >
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
Zoomit Windows Accessories >

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 Anki > 2.1.18

Create your own flash cards to help memorise information


Built-in Ease of Access tools Windows Ease of Access >

Magnifier, Narrator, On-screen keyboard, Windows speech recognition

Microsoft Accessibility

MindView MatchWare > 6

Mind Mapping software


Natural Reader Natural Reader > 15

Text to Speech Reader.

Also available as an online reader.


TextHelp Read & Write TextHelp > 11

[1], deployed to nominated PCs in institutions on request.

Texthelp Read & Write

Workrave Workrave > 1.10

Time management app that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury.


ATBar for Windows ATBar >

Text to Speech Reader which supports colour overlay.

Also available as an Open-source cross-browser toolbar to help users customise the way they view and interact with webpages.


Microsoft TellMe Microsoft > Office applications suite eg: Office Excel 2016

Microsoft TellMe is built into the Microsoft Office applications suite which allows you to undertake quick tasks within the Microsoft Office applications suite.

Microsoft TellMe

Windows Voice Recorder Voice Recorder 10.0.17134.376

Record sounds, lectures, interviews and other events. Mark key moments as you record, edit or play them back.

Voice Recorder

Database Packages

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Access Microsoft > 2016
ArcGIS ESRI > 10.5.1 [2], ArcGIS Globe, ArcGIS Map, ArcGIS ArcScene; [3], AR, ED, ENG, GE, LE; available at Colleges on request
AutoCad 2018 AutoDesk > AutoCAD 2018, AutoCad Map 3D & Help, AutoDesk Recap, Batch Standards Checker, Reference Manager & other modules
EndNote Thomson Reuters > X8 [1]; EndNote Help
LibreOffice Base LibreOffice >
Mendeley Desktop Mendeley > 1.19.2 Reference manager
QGis QGIS > 2.18.24 GRASS GIS 7.4.1; QGIS Desktop; QT Designer; SAGA GIS
Zotero Zotero > 4.0.29 Install Firefox and Word Plugin (v5.0.55), Standalone

Email and Messaging

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Exchange Online Webmail
Hermes Webmail University email
Skype Microsoft >
Thunderbird Mozilla > 60.0

Graphics and Presentation

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Blender Blender > 2.49b
CorelDraw Graphics CorelDRAW > X6 [1] Corel CAPTURE, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, Duplexing Wizard, Video Tutorials
Drishti Drishti > 2.6.1. for visualising tomography & electron-microscopy data
FastStone FastStone > 3.6 Faststone Help, Image Viewer & Image Viewer Help, Photo Resizer
Fireworks CS6 Adobe > CS6 [1] Creative Suite
GIMP 2 GIMP > 2.8 GNU Image Manipulation Program
Google Earth Pro Google > 7.1.5
Google SketchUp Google > 8
Illustrator Adobe > CC 2019 [2], AR, CC, GE, GT & PHX TR2
ImageJ ImageJ > 1.52r
Inkscape Inkscape >
Adobe Connect Adobe 201_7_10
LEGO Digital Design LEGO Company > 4.3 LEGO Digital Designer, LEGO Digital Designer Manual, LEGO Digital Designer Read Me
LibreOffice Draw LibreOffice >
LibreOffice Impress LibreOffice >
LTspice Linear > XVII
Movie Maker Microsoft > 2016
Omero Omero > 5.2.4 AR, Microscope images supported
Origin Pro (64-bit) OriginLab > 2018b Origin Pro
Paint.Net Paint.NET > 4.0.1
Photo Gallery Microsoft > 2016
Photoshop Adobe > CC 2019
PowerPoint Microsoft > 2016
Subtitle Workshop Subtitle Workshop > 6.0b
Visio Microsoft > 2016

Multimedia and Music

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
Aegisub Aegisub > 3.2.2 Editor for timing subtitles to audio; ASSDRAW 3;
Audacity Audacity > 2.2.2 Audio editor and recording
AudioScore Lite Avid > Part of Sibelius Ultimate
Avidemux Avidemux > 2.6.21 Avidemux Job Control, AVS Proxy GUI 2.6; alternative to MovieMaker
ForeVid ForeVid > Allows forensics analysis
iTunes Apple >
Media Player Microsoft >
MuseScore MuseScore > 2.3.1
OBS Studio OSB Studio 21.1.2 32-bit & 64-bit versions available
PhotoScore Avid > Part of Sibelius Ultimate
Sibelius Avid > 8 Ultimate UIS Teaching Rooms, Music, Colleges
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, Jabber, Cisco Packet Tracer, Internet Explorer for CCNA, Qt Linguist; [3]
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
HyperSpy HyperSpy > 0.8.2 HyperSpy Notebook, HyperSpy Qt Console, HyperSpy
IntelliJ IDEA JetBrains > 2016
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+
Octave Octave > 3.8.1 Octave, Octave-GUI (beta), Octave Readme
Perl Perl > 5.18.2
PolyML PolyML >
Python Anaconda > 2.7 & 3.6 Python 2.7 & 3.6 Cloud; 2.7 & 3.6 iPython; 2.7 & 3.6 Jupyter Console; Navigator, Prompt; Reset Spyder settings
SmartGit Syntevo 7
Visual Studio Microsoft > 2017

Spreadsheets, Maths and Statistics

ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
AMOS IBM > 25 [1], File manager, Graphics, Language, Program Editor, Seed Manager, Text Output, View Data; use with SPSS
Comprehensive Meta Analysis Biostat 2 [3], Available at sites on request
DARwin DARwin > 6.0.614 Dissimilarity Analysis
Eviews IHS > 10 [2], EC, [3], available at colleges on request
Excel Microsoft > 2016
GeoGebra GeoGebra 4.2
Gnuplot gnuplot > 4.7.0 gnuplot console, gnuplot
JAGS JAGS 4.3.0 program for analysing Bayesian hierarchical models
JASP JASP > graphical program for statistical analysis
LibreOffice Calc LibreOffice >
LibreOffice Math LibreOffice >
Maple Maple > 2018.1 [1] Withdrawn over summer 2019
Mathematica Wolfram > 12 [1], available in colleges & CS Rooms; [2], CH,CL,EC,GE,MA,PH; Mathematica II Kernal, Mathematica, Wolfram Workbench
MathCAD PTC > 15 no longer available
MatLab MathWorks > R2018a [1] colleges & UIS Teaching Rooms; [3], CL, EC, GE, MA
Minitab Minitab > 18.1 [1], [2] Please request
Scapetoad Choros > 1.1
R Statistical Data Analysis R > 3.5.1
R Studio R > 3.5.1
SPSS IBM > 25 [1], SPSS 24 Statistics, SPSS SmartViewer 15
Stata IC Timberlake > 15.1 [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 Tools,Mapserver > Mapserver Tools; MEGA > MEGA6, Network > Network 5; OxCal > OxCal, Tree > Beast2, FigTree, Tracer
Biological Anthropology FLIR Systems > FLIRTools; Morphj > MorphoJ, Morphologika > Morphologika, Pajek > Pajek, PajekXXL; Past > Past.
Catam Mathworks > MatLab R2016a, R > R Statistical Data Analysis 3.3.1
Chemical Engineering &Biotechnology Icy > Icy
Chemistry Perkin Elmer > ChemOffice Pro 18.2; CCDC > Cambridge Structural Database; HyperCube > Hyperchem 8.0 & manual;
Classics Diogenes > Diogenes 3.1 - not all the databases will be available
Computer Science & Technology Microsoft > Project 2016, Visual Studio 2016, Visio 2016, Prolog > Prolog
Economics IHS > Eviews; Timberlake > StataIC 15.1, 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 > CES EduPack 2019; Linear >LTspice; PTC > Creo modules
English Literature & Latte > Scrivener
Geography > Pisces > 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 Imagine 2016, Choros > ScapeToad 1.1, Northwestern CCL > 3D Netlogo 6.0.4, Netlogo 6.0.4.
SSRMC > Biostat > Comprehensive 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 3.5.1


ApplicationMCS FolderVersionComments
7-Zip 7Zip > 9.2
Adobe Acrobat Distiller Adobe > X create PDFs
Adobe Acrobat Pro Adobe > X [2], PHX 2 - edit PDFs
Acrobat Reader DC Adobe > X open and read a PDF
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 >
Firefox Mozilla > 61.0.2
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 > CC 2019 [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
Aegisub Aegisub > 3.2.2 editor for timing subtitles to audio; ASSDraw 3;
Atlas_ti Atlas.ti > 8.4.20 [1]
Colemak Keyboard Colemak > Exit using toolbar icon
EMACS EMACS > 24.3.1 EMACS - GUI mode, EMACS - tty mode
EndNote Thomson Reuters > X8 [1], EndNote Help
gedit Gedit > 2.30.2
gVim Softonic > 7
InDesign Adobe > CC 2019 [2], UIS PHXTR 2
Juxta Juxta >
Language Preferences Microsoft >
LibreOffice Writer LibreOffice >
Nvivo QSR > 12 [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,
WinEdt WinEdt > 10.3

Peripheral Hardware Packages

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

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

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