Student uses video software on computer

Equip yourself with the software to succeed

Use our apps store, AppsAnywhere, to download essential software and find out what else is available to you while you're a student

You have access to a wide range of software to help you succeed in your course.

All Open Access Area PCs and laptops are equipped with the AppsAnywhere desktop icon, which lets you download software you need and access software remotely if you need to. You can also download additional software to your University or personal laptop or computer.

If you need to access software held on a lab computer, find out how to get remote access to lab computers from your personal device.

Available software and directories

AppsAnywhere

AppsAnywhere is the University Apps portal that allows you to stream apps and download software for study and work – available anywhere, on and off-campus, anytime.

Visit the AppsAnywhere portal

Validating your session

Each time you visit AppAnywhere, your session needs to be validated. Validating means the portal will know what type of device you're using, whether you are on or off-site and what operating system (OS) you are using.

Once validation is complete, the list of applications you're eligible to download will be listed. Once you've successfully validated, you can view your validation information by scrolling to the bottom of the Portal.

Validation details

Failed validation

Validation can fail if you do not have the AppsAnywhere Client installed on your computer – this can be downloaded from the portal by searching for .AppsAnywhere Client.

If you're on campus and still experiencing difficulties, please visit the IT Help Advisers in the Library or Open access areas or contact the Service Desk.

Available software on AppsAnywhere

AppsAnywhere has a vast catalogue of software but depending on your location or device, you may find some software unavailable. In general, all software you're entitled to will be available when you're on campus using a University-owned PC or laptop.

Some applications have [Campus or VPN*] in the title, which means they're only available on-site or off-site using the VPN. Other factors that determine what applications you have access to are:

  • Your course or department – some software is only available to certain courses or departments.
  • Machine type – whether the device you are using is university owned or not. Any University-owned devices are joined to the University domain, any personally owned devices are not. Personally owned devices will always be Off-domain
  • Location – off or on-site. You can use the VPN to appear on-site if necessary.
  • Operating system – some software isn't compatible with all operating systems.

Unavailable software

If an application isn't available to you, it will be in the Unavailable category. You can find why an application is unavailable if you click on the More info button next to the application (it will appear greyed out but will still work) then choose the Delivery Methods tab then the Restrictions tab. Any sections with a red cross against has failed the eligibility check, if there is one or more failures, the application will not be available for that specified reason/s.

All application availability is determined by each individual vendor's licensing agreements with the University. If you feel you should have access to an application, perhaps if a classmate has some software you do not, please contact the IS Service Desk.

Streaming software from AppsAnywhere

How to use AppsAnywhere

1. Select the AppsAnywhere icon on the desktop to visit the AppsAnywhere portal.

AppAnywhere icon

2. AppsAnywhere will start the validation process, you will get a Validation Successful message on a green banner and your applications will be listed.

AppAnywhere validated

3. Find the application you want and click Launch. The AppsAnywhere agent will request the software and the Cloudpaging Player will launch and show you the install (paging) progress. Larger applications will take longer to install but many launch within 10 seconds.

AppsAnywhere launching

4. Once the application has finished installing it will either launch automatically or may tell you to launch the software from the start menu.

When visiting AppsAnywhere for the first time, you'll need to install the Cloudpaging player – ensure you're not connected to the VPN.

1. Visit appsanywhere.port.ac.uk and log in with your university username and password

Log in

2. On your first visit you'll be presented with a welcome screen, feel free to take or skip the tour.

Skip tour

3. On the next screen, choose It's my first time using AppsAnywhere on this device. Let's go.

Get agent and Cloudpaging player

4. The application will download, run the installer and complete the installation accepting all default settings.

Install application

5. Once you have installed the application, click Done in the browser.

Confirm install

6. You will be prompted to run AppAnywhere launcher, to ensure it remembers the settings, tick the Always open these types of links in associated app checkbox then click Open AppsAnywhere Launcher

AppsAnywhere Launcher

7. On all future visits you can wait for validation to complete and your list of software will appear.

Google Apps Suite

The Google Apps Suite includes access to Gmail, Calendar and Drive, including Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Your Gmail account is the main method of communication in the University. Your username is your username plus @myport.ac.uk. For example, up123456@myport.ac.uk.

You get unlimited cloud storage with access to Google Drive. This is storage you can access anywhere, without needing to connect to the University's virtual private network.

Microsoft Office 365

You can get a free 4-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 that allows you to:

  • download the desktop version of Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs
  • access the web-based version of Office
  • use the mobile versions for phone or tablet.

The subscription can be renewed for free on a 4 yearly basis while you're a student. When your subscription expires your files won't be affected – but your Office programs will lose editing capabilities until a new license is applied.

Downloading Microsoft Office 365

You need to get an Office 365 account to download Microsoft Office. To do so please follow the instructions below:

  1. Complete this self service form.
  2. You will be emailed login credentials and given instructions to download and install Office
  3. After you have installed Office 365 you will have to sign into any one of the Office applications (Word, Excel or PowerPoint) with the username and password you used to log into the Office portal e.g. up123456@port.ac.uk to activate the suite.

If you already have an account but cannot login, follow this link to reset your Office 365 password.

Student illustrating on Adobe

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications and services from Adobe Systems that gives users access to a collection of software used for, but not limited to, graphic design, video editing, web development and photography. Find out more about Creative Cloud.

Access Creative Cloud software

When using Creative Cloud, you'll need to log in each time you use the software.

Accessing Creative Cloud software on your device

1. To open an Adobe Creative Cloud product, select it from the Adobe CC folder from the Start Menu.

Choosing an Adobe CC product from the Start menu

2. The application will begin to load, after a few moments you will be presented with a log in screen. Enter your university email address into the Email field e.g. up123456@myport.ac.uk.

Enter your university email address into the email field

3. Tab or select the password field, once you are presented with the next screen, choose the Enterprise ID option.

Choose the Enterprise ID option

4. You will automatically be directed to the University log in servers. Once the log in has completed, your software will launch.

Redirection to university log in servers completes the log in process

5. The Adobe log in will remain valid the whole time you are logged into that PC so you can use other Adobe applications without logging in again.

1. To open an Adobe Creative Cloud product, select it from the Adobe CC folder from the Start Menu.

Choosing an Adobe CC product from the Start menu

2. The application will begin to load, after a few moments you will be presented with a log in screen. Enter your university email address into the Email field e.g. up123456@myport.ac.uk.

Enter your university email address into the email field

3. Tab or select the password field, once you are presented with the next screen, choose the Enterprise ID option.

Choose the Enterprise ID option

4. You will automatically be directed to the University log in servers, enter your University computer account username and password (not your university email) click Sign In. Once the log in has completed, your software will launch.

Log in to the University servers

5. The Adobe log in will remain valid the whole time you are logged into that PC so you can use other Adobe applications without logging in again.

Antivirus software

Antivirus software is used to ensure you are protected by numerous threats on the internet such as malware, viruses and identity theft. Information Services recommends to use the following free antivirus software.

Windows 10

Windows Defender comes as standard with Windows 10 and is automatically enabled so no action is required, you are automatically protected.

macOS

Although Apple Macs are less likely to become infected with viruses, there is still a possibility this may occur. Macs can also be vulnerable to other threats such as information theft. If you would like to stay extra vigilant, Sophos have a free product which is very effective at keeping you safe online and is available to download.

Download Sophos for macOS

Linux

Sophos offer a free version of anti-virus for Linux.

Download Sophos for Linux


Additional free software

Depending on the requirements of your course, you may have access to additional software.

Software for CCI students

If you're studying in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, you might need access to software only installed on specific computers across campus.

See available software by teaching room

Software for STEM students

VMware

If you're studying in a STEM department (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths), you can access additional Microsoft, VMware and IBM software. You'll see additional tabs under the search bar. Add them to the cart and check out to obtain them.

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching

If you're studying in a STEM department (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths), you can access additional Microsoft software, including Microsoft Project.

You'll need to have created a free Office 365 Account to download this additional software. If you already have an account, you can download Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching from the Microsoft website.

ESRI ArcGIS

ESRI offer a range of Geographical Information System (GIS) services that you have access to. The University has licensed these services for academic use only.

The following software is available:

  • ArcGIS Online – an external hosted online service that offers access to interactive mapping, data services, and more
  • ArcGIS Pro – a GIS desktop application
  • ESRI Training – a training platform for mapping, spatial analysis, and more (individual training courses are set by ESRI and availability of premium courses may be limited)

Access to all services is granted through your University computer account login details.

  1. Log in to ArcGIS using your University computer account login
  2. Click on your name (top right)
  3. Select My Settings
  4. Select Licenses on the left hand side of the page
  5. Scroll down until you see ArcGIS Pro and click Download
  6. Run the installer

Home installation is not supported by Information Services or the department/school staff, although staff will try to assist students where possible. For usage questions once installed, please contact department/school staff.

An internet connection is required to license ArcGIS Pro.

  1. Run ArcGIS Pro.
  2. When prompted for the license (first run) or when logging in (top right in Pro) tick sign me in automatically at the bottom of the window.
  3. Click on Your ArcGIS organization's URL.
  4. Enter portuni (tick to remember the URL).
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Click on University of Portsmouth.
  7. Use your University computer account login details.

ESRI ArcGIS alternative

QGIS is free open source software (FOSS) GIS that can be streamed from AppsAnywhere or from the QGIS website. It matches the capability of most aspects of ArcGIS Pro and is available on Windows/macOS and Linux.

Plesk - web hosting management software

Plesk is a web hosting management software you can use for project work. The University has both Linux and Windows Plesk servers so you will need to select the appropriate option when requesting a site. You can request a site through Service Desk.

Important information about using Plesk:

  • You will be able to login directly to the Plesk Control Panel via a web browser – see demonstrations of Plesk
  • If you prefer to create in MsSQL or ASP.NET you will need a Windows operating system
  • MySQL backend is available on Windows or Linux, and MsSQL is available on Windows
  • You'll get 500Mb of space to host your website – you can request more if needed
  • If an issue with the web contents functionality is caused by a transfer, IT Support will help
  • If you need to setup a redirect to the new site, you can contact IT Support
  • You can use FTP to transfer data for Windows and SSH for Linux – FTP is only available internally

If you have a virtual domain address registered in the University domain name service (DNS) that address can be kept, for example 'crm.port.ac.uk'. However, if you are a userweb address owner, for example http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~yourname, this will change to http://username.myweb.port.ac.uk. In both cases the physical address of the host will have changed and any direct references to ‘Betel’ or Betel’s IP address must be changed in the coding to reflect the new system.

Plesk

  1. All websites must be primarily for educational purposes and not for private use.
  2. Web content hosted on the University of Portsmouth web hosting service must be work, study or research related.
  3. Restricted data must not be collected, stored or processed on or via websites without the written approval of the Complaints/Information Disclosure Officer (ext 3642) and the Security Architect (ext 3279). Restricted data is defined in Annex A of the University Data Protection Policy.
  4. You must not use the website to post or transmit any information that breaches the copyright or intellectual property rights of any third party.
  5. Website owners, activities and content published in www.xyz.myweb.ac.uk and www.xyz.myport.ac.uk domains, are subject to all University of Portsmouth security policies.
  6. Fraudulent, deceptive, defamatory, obscene, racist, sexist or pornographic content must not be published via or on the website.
  7. You must not tamper with or hinder the normal operations of the website, attempt to disable the website, or attempt any unauthorised modifications to the website or its contents.
  8. The security of your username and/or password is your sole responsibility. Do not disclose your password to any other member of staff, student or third party.
  9. Proprietary web applications and tools will not be supported (e.g. Adobe Flash Player, iTunes, Adobe Photoshop, Google Earth, Skype, WinZip).
  10. The University of Portsmouth reserves the right to disconnect websites known to be at high risk of compromise.

Bloomberg software

Bloomberg software is available in the following locations:

  • Richmond Building 1.01 x 8 PCs
  • Richmond Building 1.08 x 19 PCs (this room is available when not in use for teaching)
  • Richmond Building 2nd floor x 1 PC (PC 02 next to the diner booths – 2nd PC in next to the wall)
  • Library first floor x 3 (On the first floor next to the staircase above the print station – they can be identified by the Bloomberg keyboards attached)

Maxon Cinema 4D

Maxon Cinema 4D is the perfect package for all 3D artists who want to achieve breathtaking results fast and hassle-free. Beginners and seasoned professionals alike can take advantage of Cinema 4D’s wide range of tools and features to quickly achieve stunning results.

SideFX Houdini

SideFX Houdini is built from the ground up to be a procedural system that empowers artists to work freely, create multiple iterations and rapidly share workflows with colleagues.

Adobe Substance Suite

Adobe Substance Suite has inspiring, intelligent tools and content to create and apply materials for 3D.

Foundry apps

You can download Foundry apps such as Nuke, Mari, Modo for free for the first year.

Nemetschek Vectorworks

You can download Nemetschek Vectorworks apps for free.

Discounted software

  • Academia provide discounted educational software to students, view their student store
  • Pugh provide discounted educational software to students, view their student store
  • Software4Students offers you more than 100 discount software packages from Microsoft Office, Kaspersky, Adobe and many more with exclusive discounts for students
  • You can purchase EndNote software at a reduced rate. You may be asked to provide evidence of your student status

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