Computing

On-campus resources

Gould Hall Digital Commons
Gould Hall Plotter
Gould Hall Scanners
Architecture Hall printing (Archnet)
Laser cutter

Working@home

Laptop loaner program (comes preloaded with CAD/GIS/Adobe software)
Application server (for use with your own laptop)
UBookstore discounted software

 

Free Software

Graphics

Sketchup
Easy-to-learn 3D modeling. Good for getting a sense of 3D space/perspective, lighting studies, exporting to Google Earth.

Blender 3D
3D modeling and rendering, used by computer game designers to create stunning characters/scenes. Steep learning curve. Comes pre-loaded on loaner laptops

GIMP
Alternative to Photoshop. There is a portable version that can be run from a flash drive

Inkscape
Alternative to Illustrator. Can import Illustrator/PDF files and can export PDFs. Native file format is SVG, which reads like xml. Comparison to Illustrator can be found here

MakeHuman
3D human posing software, with sliders to control gender/body mass/ethnicity/muscle tone/age. Exports in .obj format. Still in development.

Arbaro
Tree generator. Start with a dozen complex tree files or the basic default one, and apply extensive trunk/branching customization. Exports to Autocad dxf.

GIS
Scroll down in the freegis.org database for a long list of free GIS software

Office/productivity

Microsoft Software Not really free, but paid for by your student technology fee

OpenOffice
Alternative to Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Access

Google Docs
Alternative to Word/Excel, good for online collaboration

Scribus
Alternative to InDesign/Framemaker