Campus community getting new website for immediate software downloads

Purdue has a new website for finding and immediately downloading software licensed by the University, from software to write a paper or edit a video to software for crunching big data or administering a computer network.

Purdue through ITaP licenses a large array of software to provide access to faculty, staff and in some cases students at lower or no cost. The new download site is available by going to communityhub.purdue.edu and clicking the SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS tab at the top of the page, or by going directly to https://communityhub.purdue.edu/storefront.

A Purdue user name and password are needed to gain access to the download site, which will eventually become a one-stop shop for University-licensed software. The new site also is for use by information technology staff who support Purdue’s academic units.

“This new hub for software downloads, with its simple interface and streamlined content, should make it easier for everyone to find what they need and get started using it,” says Rick Rodriguez, director, IT service management.

While it is still a work in progress, the new download site hosts popular titles such as Microsoft Windows 10 and Office (for both PCs and macOS), McAfee VirusScan and Camtasia and more specialized software such as JMP from SAS, SPSS and ArcGIS.

Software is available in categories, including:

  • Antivirus and security software
  • Computational software
  • Developer software
  • Geospatial tools
  • Graphics and design software
  • Office software
  • Server software
  • Statistical software
  • System software

Along with an easy system for initiating downloads, the site’s download pages include a thumbnail description of the software and its uses. The download pages also contain brief information about the licensing terms, such as whether the title is available to everyone or just to faculty and staff, for example, or whether it is limited to Purdue-owned computers or can be installed on personal machines. Some titles, for example MATLAB, are not student eligible.

In addition, the download pages include links to more detailed information about the software on company websites, and to more detailed information about the licensing terms and available support from Purdue.

For more information about the new download site and software available through Purdue, email itap@purdue.edu or call the ITaP Customer Service Center at 4-4000.

Writer:  Greg Kline, IT communications manager, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8167, gkline@purdue.edu

Last updated: January 4, 2017

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