Resources—Software for Home/School
The software used in this class runs on Windows PCs. In some, but not all cases, versions may be available for Mac or Linux systems. The closer your home PC is to the Windows PCs in the labs, the less likely you are to have problems. You are not required to work on UW computers, but teaching staff can provide only limited assistance in debugging problems with home computers.
UW provides software for making secure remote connections to Dante. All the tools you need are contained in the Tools for Safe and Secure Computing. You can download the essential programs for free. Both Mac and Windows software is available.
To view some of the course files, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded for free.
Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance
The last part of the quarter studies Databases and uses Microsoft Access, which is available on all labs on campus. Access is not included in the standard MS Office Suite. Students enrolled in this course may be eligible to download certain Microsoft software products for free, including Access. The procedure varies depending on whether you are registered under CSE or INFO. The software you download may be used for academic, non-commercial purposes only.
Follow these steps to obtain your software and install it:
Photo Editing Software
In the labs, we will use Adobe Photoshop for some exercises. This software is expensive to buy. Free or inexpensive tools are available, such as Gimp, Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Photo Editor, Kodak Imaging, etc. You may also find that your word processor (e.g. Word) or presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint) has some image processing software built in. You can also download free 30-day trials of Adobe Dreamweaver or Photoshop. UW also offers a special discount on academic versions of Adobe products.
Useful Free Software
Best Text Editor
Tips & Techniques
To make lab time more efficient, download NotePad2 for free and unzip it. Store it in your Dante account and download it from Dante to your desktop wherever you are. It does not need to be installed before use.
For laptop or home use, download NotePad2 to your computer and unzip it. Warning: NotePad2 won't show up in the Windows Start menu or All Programs. Place a shortcut on your desktop for convenience.
Download from the links below:
- Firefox particularly helpful for debugging. After it's installed, you can also install these free add-ins: