This page is intended to contain information for CAL users of Macs, PCs and other non-CW Linux systems.

Productivity Software License Info:

Each group/individual is responsible for their own software license purchases (with the exception of IDL, for which we have a site license, and Microsoft Office, for which the university has a site license). In general, a license is good for one machine (although most allow for a second instillation on for example a home machine). The media (CD's) for installing the software are typically purchased separately from the license and can be used repeatedly and shared (in some cases files can also be downloaded from the web).

Columbia Purchasing has a list of software vendors:

Here is a link to the Adobe License Plans:

Note that Arts & Sciences pays into the Microsoft Campus Agreement at Columbia and Office is available FREE for employees (support staff, officers, faculty) for download on both office and home computers. Please see this page for more information:

Backing up files:

There are a growing number of options to backup via the web, some of which are even free for small amounts of data (<2-5 GB typically). This seems to be a particularly good way to backup PC and Mac laptops. One nice option is For $5 a month you get unlimited backup space with 30 day version archive. The first time backing things up can take quite a long time, but it works in the background and you can set it up so that it is only active if your computer has been idle for xxx minutes or is using less than xxx% of the CPU. Then it can automatically backup new or modified files continuously or you can arbitrarily schedule backups.

Anti-virus software

Columbia staff, faculty and students can obtain free anti-virus software from cuit at this link.

Mac Astro Software Installation Instructions

The public lab computers in 1402 and lab MacBooks? have been set up with many common astronomy software packages. For a list of the software installed on these machines, see Lab Macs and Lab Laptops. Please contact Cameron if you want to borrow the notebook containing detailed instructions for the installation of these software packages for Mac OS Tiger and Leopard.