Monday, September 17, 2007

Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe CS3 and Other Updates to the Ball State University Libraries’ Public Access Computers

One of the University Libraries’ primary objectives is to provide our students and faculty with excellent technology to support their pursuit of academic success. In keeping with this goal, the University Libraries are home to over 350 public access computers (PACs), which we endeavor to keep updated with a wide variety of software applications used by students of all academic programs.

During the Summer Interim, several enhancements were made on more than 120 PACs on Bracken Library’s first floor. Among the most significant changes was the addition of Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium.

Included in Microsoft Office are the newest versions of Access, Excel, Grove, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. To minimize compatibility issues and other customer concerns, Office 2003 applications are still available on all PACs.

Included in Adobe CS 3 are the newest versions of Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. As always, Ball State faculty and students are invited to recommend other software applications for addition to the University Libraries’ PAC repertoire.

Personnel in the Libraries’ Library Information Technology Services (LITS) unit have worked with several academic departments to offer many software applications. These include ADAM, ArcInfo Desktop/Workstation, AutoCAD, Mathematica, MiniTab, MultiFrame, Music Ace, Revit Building, SAP GUI, SPSS, among others. Thousands of students benefit daily from having on-demand access to these applications in University Libraries.

For a complete list of software and hardware available on equipment at the University Libraries, see “Customer Technology” of the LITS website,

For more information, contact Bradley D. Faust, Ball State University Libraries’ Assistant Dean for Library Information Technology Services,,(765) 285-8032.

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