Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

Computing & Software Resources

Software is available for download through the Computing Services software catalog, for on-campus use in desktop computer labs, in a virtual environment on Virtual Andrew, or on laptops available through IDeATe Lending. IDeATe works closely with Computing Services to make relevant software available on our fleets of laptops for student and instructor use. 

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software

Both Autodesk and Solidworks are available for free to CMU students and affiliates.  The licenses, the operating systems, and methods for obtaining the software are different for each application.  Learn more about CAD software available to CMU students.

IDeATe Laptops & Software Matrix

IDeATe laptops are intended primarily for IDeATe student use related to IDeATe classes held in Hunt Library. They are not configured for general off-campus use, as license authorization for much of the campus software listed below requires an active campus connection. ​While some functionality may still work in certain off-campus settings, this is not considered a supported function of the laptops in IDeATe Lending. Individuals may request software to be installed on IDeATe laptops.

Two types of machines are available for loan or IDeATe classroom use:

  • Dell Inspiron 15-5578 2-in-1 laptops running Windows 10 Enterprise 22H2
  • MacBook Pro (2019) laptops running macOS 13.5._ (Ventura)


Dell Inspirons (15-5578)

Macbook Pros (2019)







3ds Max Autodesk Yes 2021 No
7-Zip N/A Yes 19 No
Acrobat DC Adobe Yes
(bring your own subscription)
20.12 No
Acrobat Pro DC Adobe No Yes 2019.021
After Effects CC Adobe Yes
(bring your own subscription)
17.1.3 (2020) Yes 16.1.3 (2019)
Anaconda3 Continuum Yes 2019.03 (Python 3.7)
ANSYS ANSYS Yes 2020 R2 No
Arduino IDE Arduino Yes 1.8.9 Yes 1.8.10
Atom GitHub No Yes 1.41.0
Audacity N/A Yes 2.4.2 Yes 2.2.2
Blender N/A No Yes 2.8.0
Chrome Google Yes 85 Yes 78
Dragonframe DZED Systems No Yes (MAC-A01 through A10 only) 4.1.9
Dreamweaver CC Adobe Yes
(bring your own subscription)
20.2.0 (2020) Yes 19.2.1 (2019)
DWG TrueView Autodesk Yes 2021 No
FileZilla N/A Yes 3.50.0 No
Firefox Mozilla Yes 68.11 ESR Yes 71
Fritzing N/A No Yes 0.9.3
GarageBand Apple No Yes 10.3.4
GIMP N/A Yes 2.10.20 Yes 2.10.12
Git SCM N/A Yes 2.28.0 No
GitHub Desktop GitHub Yes 2.5.4 Yes 2.2.3
Horizon Client VMware Yes 5.4.3 No
Illustrator CC Adobe 24.2.3 (2020) Yes 23.1.1 (2019)
iMovie Apple No Yes 10.1.14
InDesign CC Adobe Yes
(bring your own subscription)
15.1.1 (2020) Yes 14.0.3 (2019)
Inkscape N/A Yes 1 No
Inventor Professional Autodesk Yes 2021 No
Keynote Apple No Yes 9.2.1
Live Suite Ableton No Yes 10.1.9
Max (MSP) Cycling ’74 Yes 8.1.5 Yes 8.0.6
Maya Autodesk Yes 2020 Yes 2019
MeshLab N/A Yes 2020.07 Yes 2016.12
Millumin v2 Anomes SARL No Yes 2.19.f
Mudbox Autodesk Yes 2020 No
Notepad++ N/A Yes 7.8.9 No
Office Professional Plus: Access Microsoft Yes 365 No
Office Professional Plus: Excel Microsoft Yes 365 Yes 16.31 (2019)
Office Professional Plus: OneNote Microsoft Yes 365 Yes 16.31 (2019)
Office Professional Plus: PowerPoint Microsoft Yes 365 Yes 16.31 (2019)
Office Professional Plus: Word Microsoft Yes 365 Yes 16.31 (2019)
p5 Processing Foundation No Yes 0.6.2
Photoshop CC Adobe Yes
(bring your own subscription)
21.2.2 (2020) Yes 20.0.8 (2019)
Premiere Pro CC Adobe Yes
(bring your own subscription)
14.3.2 (2020) Yes 13.1.5 (2019)
Processing Processing Foundation Yes 3.5.4 Yes 3.3.7
Pure Data (Pd) Miller Puckette Yes 0.49-0 Yes 0.48.1
PuTTY N/A Yes 0.74 No
Python3 N/A No Yes 3.8.1
QuickTime Player Apple No Yes 10.5
Rhino McNeel Yes 6.28 No
Solidworks Dassault Systèmes Yes 2020 SP4 No
Solstice Client Mersive Yes 4.3 Yes 4.4
Sublime Text Sublime No Yes 3.2.2
Texmaker Xm1 Math Yes 5.0.4 Yes 5.0.3
Unity Unity Technologies Yes 2019.4.9f1 No
Visual Studio Code Microsoft Yes 1.48.2 No
VLC VideoLAN Yes 3.0.11 Yes 3.0.8
WinSCP N/A Yes 5.17.7 No
Xcode Apple No Yes 11.3
Zoom N/A Yes 5.2.0 No

Request Software

Requests for new and updated software are solicited from our instructors on an annual basis, and are coordinated with Computing Services wherever possible to ensure cross-compatibility with their campus computer labs.  We discourage reliance on demo, beta, and pre-release software.

To request software be added to the IDeATe catalog, please email  Software is generally updated prior to the start of each academic year in August.  First priority is provided, as resources permit, for titles already in the Computing Services software catalog and other requests meeting campus licensing and software requirements made prior to 15 April in direct support of IDeATe courses.  Requests made after this date, including off-cycle updates, are handled on a “best available effort” basis for deployment during breaks in the academic year.  Due to budget limitations, we may not be able to honor certain software requests.

Please note that IDeATe and Computing Services require adherence to the terms of license agreements and will not violate these terms.  Violations can result in penalties for the university and the software not being available for use.