The SIM supports a host of productivity and creative software in our labs. All of our computers run exclusively in the Mac OS X environment and each of the computers is based upon a standardized software build, so working at any of our workstations will provide a consistent and ultimately familiar experience for our users.

Listed below are the most commonly used applications available in our labs.  

Text & Layout

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is Microsoft's flagship word processing software.

Final Draft

Final Draft is a word processor for screenwriters.

Microsoft Excel

A proprietary spreadsheet-application written and distributed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables.

Microsoft Power Point

PowerPoint gives you the flexibility to create a basic presentation or to design your own presentation template by customizing layouts and theme colors.


InDesign software breaks down the barriers between online and offline publishing. Create compelling print layouts, immersive content for playback in the Adobe Flash Player runtime, and interactive PDF documents.

 Adobe Acrobat Pro

View and modify PDFs and a key tool in electronic pre press production.


TextWrangler is the powerful general purpose text editor, and Unix and server administrator's tool.



  • Viewing images: View several types of image files, including JPG, GIF, HDR, TIFF, PSD, PICT, PNG, BMP, RAW, and SGI. Then rotate, resize, crop, and convert them.
  • Viewing PDF files: Read, search, and add notes to PDF files.
  • Annotating: Add your own notes, highlight text to remember, and circle sections you don't want others to miss.


VLC media player is an free and open source software media player; it is excellent for various audio and video codecs.


Toast sets the standard for burning CDs, DVDs, and now Blu-ray Discs, on the Mac. Create superior sounding audio CDs with smooth crossfades and transitions.


Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a post-production and sound editing application.


Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems/ You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.


REAPER is digital audio workstation software: a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment.

Pro Tools

Pro Tools is the world's most popular computer-based digital music production system. The combination of Pro Tools software and related hardware delivers unprecedented recording, editing, mixing, and mastering power.


Using GarageBand, you can make your own music to share with the world. You can also create audio and video podcasts in GarageBand.

Max/Msp + Jitter

In use for over twenty years by performers, composers, artists, scientists, teachers, and students, Max is the way to make your computer reflect your individual ideas and dreams. Max/MSP/Jitter is three things:

  • Max, a graphical programming environment that provides user interface, timing, communications, and MIDI support
  • MSP, for real-time audio synthesis and DSP
  • Jitter, for video and matrix data processing

Sibelius 5

Sibelius is a music notation software. User can write, refine, hear, scan and print scores.


Adobe After Effects

Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics, visual effects and compositing software.

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software application.


Compressor is an essential part of the video compression process. It makes compression fast, efficient, and convenient, giving you more options in your choices of compression settings and output formats.

Final Cut Pro (version 6 & X)

Final Cut Pro is a professional non-linear editing software application developed by Apple Inc.

DVD Studio Pro

DVD Studio Pro 4 makes it easy to extend your creative vision to every aspect of DVD authoring. Whether your project is simple or sophisticated, you'll enjoy using familiar, easy-to-use tools to produce the perfect presentation of your SD or HD content.


iDVD is a user-friendly software program that gives you all the tools to create professional-quality DVDs using your own videos, digital photos, and music.

  • Importing video into iMovie: Import video from your camcorder or from movie files, or record directly into iMovie.
  • Building and managing your video library: Play, watch, and organize your video; mark your favorite and tag it with keywords; customize your iMovie workspace.
  • Creating a video project: Polish your best shots with image enhancement, text, transitions, photos, and music.
  • Sharing your video project: Share your video on the web, or on your iPod, TV, or computer.


Use LiveType to create animated titles for anything from feature films to broadcast promos to movies for the web.


Motion takes the complexity out of 3D by extending the 2D tools you already use. With its intuitive interface and rich toolset, you can send particles exploding through space; swing cameras around an object with breathtaking ease; squiggle vector-based paint strokes in 3D. Motion 3 lets you create 3D motion graphics with drag-and-drop ease, startling performance, and unprecedented color fidelity.

SoundTrack Pro

Soundtrack Pro provides film and video professionals streamlined workflows for editing everything from individual audio files to large multitrack sound projects, including synchronizing audio and video, editing sound in place, working with automatic dialogue replacement (ADR), analyzing and fixing common audio problems like clicks and pops, and creating stereo and surround sound design.

Web tools


Dreamweaver can hide the HTML code details of pages from the user, making it possible for non-coders to create web pages and sites. It is supported by a large community of extension developers who make extensions available (both commercial and free) for most web development tasks from simple rollover effects to full-featured shopping carts.


Create and optimize graphics and prototype websites and application interfaces with Adobe Fireworks. The emphasis of Fireworks is on vector editing, similar to Adobe Illustrator. This is ideal to use with Photoshop, which is primarily for bitmap graphics with limited vector editing features. Vector objects in Fireworks can be resized with no loss of quality, just as in Adobe Illustrator. A range of Macromedia FreeHand's vector tools were incorporated into the release of Fireworks 8. Bitmap objects by their nature suffer a loss in quality (known as "pixellation") whether resized in Fireworks, Adobe ImageReady, Photoshop, or any other program.


Flash can manipulate vector and raster graphics and supports bi-directional streaming of audio and video. It contains a scripting language called ActionScript. Several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash content, including Adobe Flash Player, which is available for most common web browsers, some mobile phones and other electronic devices (using Flash Lite).

Graphics & CAD


Photoshop complements other Adobe software for media editing, animation, and authoring. Files in Photoshop's native format, .PSD, can be exported to and from Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Adobe Encore to make professional standard DVDs and provide non-linear editing and special effects services, such as backgrounds, textures, and so on, for television, film, and the Web. For example, Photoshop CS broadly supports making menus and buttons for DVDs. For .PSD files exported as a menu or button, it only needs to have layers, nested in layer sets with a cuing format, and Adobe Encore DVD reads them as buttons or menus. Photoshop is a pixel-based image editor, unlike Adobe Illustrator, which is a vector-based image editor.


Illustrator allows you to converte bitmap imagery into vector art with its tracing abilities.


Vectorworks offers a full range of 2D, 3D, production management and presentation capabilities for all phases of the design process.