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Most CSIS labs have standard software packages but some have specialist software for particular courses. All PC's are dual boot, with both linux and windows on them.

Common Windows Applications in student labs

(1)MS Windows 2000 is the current windows operating system installed on each PC in the csis labs. It is a follow on from Windows NT 5.0

(2)MS Office 2000 contains various software packages for document manipulation. MS word is a word processing tool. MS Access is a common database package. MS Frontpage is a easy to use html editor with drag and drop facilities similar to dreamweaver. MS Excel is a spread sheet manipulation package. It is useful for creating charts from data or generating basic statistics from the data.

(3)Visual Studio is a Microsoft development environment for Visual C++, Visual basic, ASP, HTML, DHTML and various other languages. Check the home page for a more detailed explanation of the Visual studio features.

(4)MSDN is an online reference library for programmers developing solutions that implement Microsoft technology. MSDN contains 1.5 gigabytes of technical programming information,sample code, documentation, technical articles, and anything else you might need to develope solutions. MSDN is also available as a software package which can be installed on a personal PC.

(5)The Java Development Kit (Also available in linux) version 1.3 is the development environment for java programmers. It contains tools, libraries, and compilers for the java programming language. To determine the current java version installed on your computer type the following command: java - version

(6)Winzip is Windows compression utility developed to manipulate zip files. Zip files are "archives" used for distributing and storing files. Zip files contain one or more files. Usually the files "archived" in a Zip are compressed to save space. Zip files make it easy to group files and make transporting and copying these files faster.

(7)Programmer's File Editor is a basic text editor which can be used for writing code.Its small size and ease of use make it a popular choice among some programmers.

(8) Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. With Acrobat Reader, you can also fill in and submit Adobe PDF forms on line.

(9)Ghostscript (also available in linux) is an interpreter for the PostScript (TM) language. A PostScript interpreter usually takes as input a set of graphics commands. The output is usually a page bitmap which is then sent to an output device such as a printer or display. PostScript is embedded in many printers.

(10)2020 screen capture allows users to take a snap shot of the desktop and save it as an image file.

(11)Norton Anti Virus suite is a software package designed to protect against the migration of viruses across networks.

(12) MS Visual J++ allows developers to create powerful java applications in an easy to use environment.

Common Linux Applications in student labs

Desktop Utilities - OpenOffice, KOffice and GNOME Utilities

Linux contains a direct alternative to MS Office in the shape of Openoffice from Sun, KOffice from KDE and various Gnome utilities. OpenOffice includes all the major components included in the MS-Office Suite and the appearance is a hybrid of MS-Office and WordPerfect. Furthermore it is free whereas MS-Office has a licensing charge. It has amazing capability of working over the MS-Office File formats without loss of formatting information. On the other hand, the file-formats of OpenOffice are based on XML, an open standard, so anyone can write a utility to operate on OpenOffice files easily. KOffice and GNOME utilities are also similar in functionality but their capabilities are more or less eclipsed by those of OpenOffice.

The GIMP stands for The GNU Image Manipulation Program. It has support for almost every image format on earth. It has facilities for format conversion, colour manipulation through curves, levels, HSV and BC controls, including automatic colour correction. Besides that, there is a huge array of extremely high quality image transformation filters. It also includes the capability to create GIF animations and layered images, navigation maps and web widgets through scripts. LaTex is the text based front-end to the Tex typesetting language created by Donald Knuth. LaTex provides templates for various document types like Articles, Reports, Books etc. The immediate advantage of LaTex is that unlike editors like MS-Word, the user doesn't have to worry about the appearance of the work. Another advantage of LaTex is that whatever you write in plain-text is compiled into a Device Independent (.dvi) file. You can view the formatted contents of the file with a dvi viewer or transform it into any of the popular formats like PostScript, PDF or HTML for printing or publication on the Web. Unlike MS-Word, where the appearance may vary across versions etc, a Tex document once compiled into a dvi file, the appearance is guaranteed to remain unchanged. LaTex also has the facilities for mathematical expressions, creation of line-drawings in a very easy manner and insertion of hyperlinks and images. Xpdf is an open source viewer for portable document format (pdf) files/acrobat files. Ghostview is an application for viewing postscript (.ps) files. The Java Development Kit version 1.4 is the development environment for java programmers. It contains tools, libraries, and compilers for the java programming language. To determine the current java version installed on your computer type the following command: java - version (Windows only) Ghostscript is an interpreter for the PostScript (TM) language. A PostScript interpreter usually takes as input a set of graphics commands. The output is usually a page bitmap, which is then sent to an output device such as a printer or display. PostScript is embedded in many printers.



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