Specialist software

The University has purchased limited licensing for specialist software designed to support students on certain programmes of study.

Please click on the links below to learn more about the software and to check your eligibility.

SHU Licensed Software free to students in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Students Eligible: Engineering students only.

What is it for? SolidWorks (SEK) is the Engineering Kit version of SolidWorks. It has the same functionality as the SolidWorks Design Kit (SDK) but is inclusive of the simulation features and working component modelling. The SEK is the version we have on campus.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows

So, how can I get it? As licensing is very limited on this version, please ask your tutor to contact IT Service Desk to request this software. Tutors may also provide direct links to Solidworks for eligible students.

General Terms of Use: A new licence must be requested each year of study. It can be used for personal non-commercial educational use only. Research purposes are not allowed. A full licence agreement must be accepted during set-up before the installation will begin.

How can I get support? Your tutor is your first line of support with SolidWorks. SolidWorks Help is available online via their website. Students with a valid .ac.uk email can also access their tutorials.

The University has a subscription to LinkedIn Learning which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills. You need to create an account before you can log in - See this LinkedIn Learning guidance for help setting up an account and how to use it.

Students Eligible: All students in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering

What is it for? VMware Fusion is software from VMware that virtualizes Windows operating systems (OSes) and application programs so they can be used on Macintosh computers. VMware Fusion allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris.

System Requirements: Mac

So, how can I get it? VMware Fusion Pro is part of the VMware enterprise package available to College of Business, Technology and Engineering students. Contact the IT Service Desk to request an account for their webstore. Your product licence will be valid for one year. This starts from the first day of the month in which you place the order. You will be able to order again 12 months after your last order, providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

General Terms of Use: You must be an enrolled student in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering to download the software. You can use this for personal use only on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. The full End User License Agreement is available at time of download.

How can I get support? The University IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Please visit VMware's product siteto access knowledge base articles, community forums and FAQ's, or to log a support call.

Your tutor can offer advice if they have asked you to use this software.

Students Eligible: All students in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering

What is it for? VMware Workstation is a hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems. It enables users to set up virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine, and use them simultaneously along with the actual machine. Each virtual machine can execute its own operating system, including versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux, BSD, and MS-DOS.

System Requirements: 64bit Windows, Linux

So, how can I get it? VMware Workstation Pro is part of the VMware enterprise package available to College of Business Technology and Engineering students. Contact the IT Service Desk to request an account for their webstore. Your product licence will be valid for one year. This starts from the first day of the month in which you place the order. You will be able to order again 12 months after your last order, providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

General Terms of Use: You must be an enrolled student in the College of Business, Technology and Engineering to download the software. You can use this for personal use only on a single machine, not for use on shared workstations. The full End User License Agreement is available at time of download.

How can I get support? The University IT Department does not offer support for this software on personal devices.

Please visit VMware's product siteto access knowledge base articles, community forums and FAQ's, or to log a support call.

Your tutor can offer advice if they have asked you to use this software.

SHU Licensed Software free by invitation only (See specific applications below for eligibility)

Students eligible: Students on selected courses in Architecture, Art & Design, and Media, Arts & Communication are eligible for Adobe home use licences. You will have been sent an email if you are eligible. If you have any queries about your eligibility, please contact your tutor.

What is it for? Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of creative applications and services. SHU has made a special purchase for the courses in the above departments to facilitate learning from home. The licence includes applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, After Effects and more.

System Requirements: Mac and Windows. Please visit their website to learn more about specific system requirements.

So, how can I get it? These are the Instructions for downloading the Adobe home use software.

Requests from individual students cannot be accepted.

The importance of which app versions you have installed: You should use the same version on your own device as is used on campus. If you use different versions you could encounter compatibility issues which could also impact on the marking of your work when submitted. If you are unsure which version to use please contact your tutor. These are the versions of the commonly used Adobe applications installed on campus as of October 2020:

  • After Effects – 17.0.5
  • Animate – 20.0.2
  • Audition -13/0.4.39
  • Bridge 10.0.3.138
  • Character Animator – 1.5
  • Dreamweaver – 20.1
  • Illustrator – 24.0.1
  • InCopy – 15.0.2
  • InDesign – 15.0.1
  • Photoshop – 21.1.0
  • Prelude - 2020
  • Premiere Pro – 14.0.0
  • Premiere Rush – 1.5.8

General Terms of Use: You must be enrolled on an eligible course at Sheffield Hallam University. The software is for your personal and educational use only. It must not be used for commercial gain.

How can I get support? Adobe offer support via their Help Centre , or via their user community forums

You might also find this trouble-shooting guide useful as it contains help with the most common issues encountered..

The University has a subscription to LinkedIn Learning which is full of tutorials and videos to further your skills. You need to create an account before you can log in - See this LinkedIn Learning guidance for help setting up an account and how to use it.

Contact IT Help

For further assistance, please contact IT Service Desk.

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