UW Health Sciences Library


  • Apple iMacs
  • Windows PCs
  • Black and white laser printing
  • Flatbed scanners
  • Large screen monitors
  • Disability accessible state

PC Software

Software Name & Version Purpose Vendor
7Zip Open source Windows utility for manipulating archive files 7Zip.org
Adobe Reader Open Adobe PDF documents Adobe
Audacity Audio recording and editing software Open source software
Citrix Receiver Citrix
Endnote Basic Reference management Thomson
Epi Info Public domain statistical software for epidemiology CDC
FileZilla Free FTP Client FileZilla
Firefox Web browser mozilla.org
Flash Player High performance, lightweight, highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones and devices. Adobe
Google Chrome Web browser Google
MS Office 2013 Microsoft
MTS Lab Training UW Dept. of Lab Medicine Training Medical Training Solutions
NCBI Cn3D Allows you to view 3D structures in NCBI’s Entrez Structure database NCBI
OpenBUGS Statistical software for Bayesian analysis using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods BUGS Project Cambridge UK
PS Power and sample size calculator Vanderbilt.edu
PuTTy Free implementation of Telnet and SSH, along with an xterm terminal emulator PuTTy
Quicktime Multimedia playback Apple
R Free software environment for statistical computing and graphics The R Project for Statistical Computing
RStudio IDE for R RStudio
Softest Secure examination delivery system Examsoft
SPSS/PASW 18 Data mining, statistical analysis, predictive analysis, decision support tools SPSS Inc.
Stata SE No longer available at HSL. Available at Odegaard. Stata
Tableau Public Data visualization tool Tableau
VLC Open source media player VideoLAN.org
Xming X Window System Server for Microsoft Windows. PuTTY is Project Ming’s preferred and integrated X terminal emulator. Straight

Mac Software

Software Name & Version Purpose Vendor
Adobe Reader Program to read pdf’s Adobe
Audacity Free, open source software for recording and editing sounds Audacity
Chrome Web browser Google
Eponyms Medical dictionary Ossus GmbH
Firefox Web Browser mozilla.org
Garage Band Music recording software. Apple
Image Capture Enables users to upload pictures from digital cameras or scanners Apple
iMovie Movie creation software Apple
Keynote Presentation and slideshow software Apple
Microsoft Office Excel Create spreadsheets Microsoft
Microsoft Office PowerPoint Create presentations and slideshows Microsoft
Microsoft Office Word Word processor Microsoft
MTS Lab Training UW Dept of Lab Medicine Training Medical Training Solutions
Numbers Spreadsheet software Apple
Omni Graffle Diagramming The Omni Group
Omni Outliners Program for creating, collecting, and organizing information The Omni Group
Pages Word processing software Apple
Photos Photo organization software Apple
R and R Studio Statistical computing and graphics R Project for Statistical Computing
Safari Web browser Apple
SPSS 18 Data mining, statistical analysis, predictive analysis, decision support tools SPSS Inc.
Stata SE No longer available at HSL. Available at Odegaard. StataCorp
Tableau Data visualization tool Tableau
Text Wrangler Text Editor Bare Bones Software
The Unarchiver Archive unpacker designed to handle several formats Apple
VLC Open source media VideoLAN.org
XQuartz X terminal emulator Apple

Information for Instructors

If you plan an assignment using either existing Lab software or your personal software, please contact Paul Ludecke, lab manager, to discuss your needs. This is important even if you have used the software previously, since a new version may have been installed, or the configuration or location may have changed since the last time you used the software. Keeping us informed of your software needs helps us direct students to the correct software for their course and helps us plan future workstation configurations.

The Commons Lab staff can install and configure software for course use, and will also install data files for class exercises. Contact us as early as possible if you need software installed. There is a fee for this service. Installation of course-specific software or files are subject to the approval of the Lab Manager. Installation on lab machines should be regarded as a last resort method. Preferred methods would be distribution via the web or on departmental-based servers, giving students the widest possible access.

US copyright and licensing laws cover software. You must provide evidence of ownership (original manuals or disks, license, or registration) before instructor-owned software can be installed.