Software Recommendations

Contents:

Essential Desktop Downloads

Mobile Device Software

Specialized Software


Essential Desktop Downloads

Automatic Data Backup (free)

Students can automatically back up their data using Google Backup and Sync. For students who do not use the EliApps email service, click here for a guide on how to log in.

Students who handle sensitive data can use Box Sync with their Secure Box account.

Trend Micro ($3)

Trend Micro is antivirus software that should be installed on all computers that access Yale’s network or that handle Yale data. Windows Defender is an acceptable replacement for Windows 10 computers. 

PaperCut (free)

PaperCut is software that enables computers to send files to BluePrint, the system of on-campus printers.

VPN (free)

Cisco AnyConnect is software that allows Yale community members to access Yale’s virtual private network.

Microsoft Office (free)

Microsoft Office is a suite of software that provides tools for word processing, spreadsheet and slideshow creation, and other functions. It is available for Windows and MacOS. It is available through the 3rd-party vendor OnTheHub, which provides you with 30 days of access to the product key, and will not provide refunds for any additional services purchased. You can view their Help Page here. Please contact the Student Technology Collaborative for assistance past 30 days – they can retrieve your product key information for free! 


Mobile Device Software

Gmail/Microsoft Outlook

To access EliApps email on mobile, we recommend Gmail. (Android | iOS)

To access Office 365 email on mobile, we recommend Microsoft Outlook. (Android | iOS)

Duo Mobile

Duo Mobile sends convenient push notifications for multifactor authentication. (Android | iOS)

Yale Mobile

Yale Mobile is a central hub for Yale news and other resources. (iOS)

Yale Dining

Yale Dining displays the menus for all on-campus dining halls. (Android | iOS)

DoubleMap

DoubleMap shows the location and expected arrival time of Yale’s free-to-ride shuttles. (Android | iOS)

Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe)

Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) sends institutional security alerts. (Android | iOS)

TapRide

TapRide allows you to request a free night-time shuttle between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. (Android | iOS)


Specialized Software

These pieces of software may be useful or necessary for certain courses or majors. This list was curated in 2018 with the generous help of faculty and staff working in Yale’s academic departments. If any entries are out-of-date, please email student.technology@yale.edu.

Architecture (ARCH)

Please refer to this curated list of software.

Biomedical Engineering (BENG)

C++
MATLAB
Python
R
Simulink

Chemical Engineering (CENG)

Aspen HYSYS
Mathematica
MATLAB

Chemistry (CHEM)

Avogadro
ChemDraw
ChemInformatics
Gaussian (contact department for more information)
JChem
JMol/JSMol
Marvin
MNova
PyMol

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (E&EB)

Atom
git
R
RStudio

East Asian Languages & Literature (EALL)

Adobe Acrobat Pro
ArcGIS
EndNote

Economics (ECON; International & Development Economics)

MATLAB
R
Scientific Word
Stata

Environmental Health Sciences (EHS)

Adobe Creative Cloud
EndNote
R
SAS
Stata

Environmental Engineering (ENVE)

Aspen HYSYS
Mathematica
MATLAB

Latin American Studies (LAST)

EndNote
NVivo

Mathematics (MATH)

Desmos
Magma
Mathematica
MATLAB

Mechanical Engineering (MENG)

Ansys Fluent
Mathematica
MATLAB
Python
SolidWorks

Neuroscience (NSCI)

MATLAB

Philosophy (PHIL)

Adobe Acrobat Pro
SPSS

Religious Studies (RLST)

Bar-ilan
Bibleworks
Classical Text Editor
EndNote
Mendeley
Scrivener
Surfer
ToposFusion Pro
Zotero

Sociology (SOCY)

EndNote
NVivo
Stata

Statistics (STAT)

C
C++
LaTeX
Python
R
RStudio

Theater Studies (THST)

Adobe Creative Cloud
Final Cut
Isadora
Logic
QLab
SketchUp
Vectorworks

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

EndNote
Zotero