IT Services

Software News - Hilary 2008


1. New Software Versions

Paintshop Pro Photo X2


Further Information - SPSS 16

Endnote XI for Mac

Further Information- Endnote

2. Microsoft Campus Update

Vista Ultimate

Microsoft have added the Ultimate version of its Vista operating system to the list of upgrade versions available under the terms of the Microsoft Campus Agreement. Disk sets are available for both University owned machines and for work at home use. In both cases you must obtain a disk pack for each machine that you wish to upgrade since Vista Ultimate is activated on a per copy basis and does not use a KMS server.

Office 2007 Multi Language Pack

This Multilanguage pack replaces the product known as "Proofing Tools" and is available to us under the terms of the Microsoft Campus Agreement. Distribution of this product requires a separate DVD for each language that you require to use.

Language Packs

Both Vista Ultimate and the Office 2007 Language Packs are available via the Computing Services Shop Price List

3. Maple

The Maths Institute has funded a final 12 month extension to the Maple License. If you would like to run Maple on your college or departmental machines during this period please send a purchase order number to

Fees, which will be refunded to the Maths Institute, remain at £202.50 for a single copy, £675.00 for up to 10 copies, £1147.50 for up to 25 copies and £2295.00 for unlimited use.

The Staff and Student use rental extension is funded centrally enabling use on personnally owned machines, licenses obtained via this route must not be installed on computers owned by colleges or departments

4. Novell Netware OES2 and SLES10

Novell have confirmed to us that our maintenance ageement for their products has been extended to include both OES2 and SLES10.

You can run OES on Netware, OES on SLES or SLES standalone under the terms of this license.

Please note that we do ask you to register your use of these Novell products via the Computing Services Shop and to pay an annual contribution to the rental costs.

Computing Services Shop Price List

5. ITSS Software Download Site

We have recently updated the ITSS Software Download Site to include ISO images of the SPSS 16 distribution media and a full (bootable) version of Windows XP.

You can use the SPSS 16 media together with the authorisation code that you will find on the ITSS Wiki, please remember to let the Computing Services Shop know how many licenses and against which software card you need.

The Windows XP media can be used at times when a fully bootable version is required, for example re-installation to a replacement hard drive or as a secord OS running under bootcamp or VMWare. Please remember that the campus license remains an upgrade only license, this media is provided as a service to those of you whose machines already satisfy the necessary licensing requirements, it is not to be used on unlicensed hardware. Please remember to let the Computing Services Shop know how many licenses and against which software card you need.

ITSS Software Download Site

We expect to extend the range of ISO images that are available to you, this is subject to us obtaining the necessary permissions from the owners of each software product.

6. New Services from Software Licensing

Matlab and SigmaPlot Concurrent License Servers

OUCS has recently been able to allocate some additional funding to enable the hosting of license servers for use with software that is available unde site license terms covering the University of Oxford.

Initially Software Licensing will be taking over the management and administration of servers for Matlab and SigmaPlot.

Details of this version of Matlab can be found at Matlab from OUCS , information relating to SigmaPlot will be provided as soon as possible.

The next software products to be offered via license serving from OUCS will be Scientific Word and SPSS 16.

If you have licensed any software using a site license for the University of Oxford and would be interested in it being hosted via OUCS then please contact us at .

Site Licensed Software Distribution

We have recently set up a mechanism to issue licenses and distribute software for a version of Matlab that can be used by students on their own machines.

Have you licensed any software products using a site license model or with a staff and or student extension? If so could we assist with its licensing and distribution? If you require a financial contribution to be made by users of the software then we are also able to set up a mechanism in conjunction with the Computing Services Shop to allow for this. Contact to discuss who we could help.

7. Software Licensing from OUCS

Software licensing is a section of the Technical Services Group within OUCS.

Please direct licensing queries via email to .

Generally available software is distributed via the Computing Services Shop, email with your sales queries. Specialist software funded by departmental groups is distributed directly via software licensing staff.

Information relating to software products and licences is sent via email to all registered IT Support Staff and to the software-announce mailing list.

The Software-announce mailing list is used to announce important changes in our software agreements. To subscribe to the software-announce mailing list, send a message to

The Software-discuss mailing list can be used by you to give your views on software agreements, to say what programs you are interested in and what you would like to see available. To subscribe to the software-discuss mailing list, send a message to

A full list of products and prices is available from the Shop Price List

Details of our software agreements can be viewed from the Software Agreements page

The Home page for Site Licensing can be viewed at Licensing Home Page