Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264



Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda
Homepage

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Software Availability

Licensed Software

The department has the following software available for installation, most of which can accessed from the server called Eddington on the Physics network. A Physics account is required to access all the folders but not all the folders are open to all Physics accounts. If you do not have access to a folder, access can be granted by Physics IT:

  • Autocad (CD only)
  • IDL (Solar Physics license)
  • Labview (DVD only)
  • Maple
  • Mathcad
  • Mathematica (high performance computational grid available)
  • MathType
  • Matlab
  • McAfee
  • MS Office
  • MS Windows Operating Systems (CD/DVD,upgrades only)
  • Origin
  • ProE
  • Solidworks Student Edition (DVD only)
  • SSH Client for Windows
  • WinEdt
  • X-Win32

Other software packages can be purchased from ITC at educational discount prices. See the ITC webpage for details.


Free Software Recommendations

There are many excellent free software packages available from the web which may be of use. If you know of something not listed below which could be of use to others in the department, please let Physics IT know so it can be included on the list:

     

 

Writing/Documents/Create Webpages
Name OS URL Purpose
Notepad++ W http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm General text editor. Great for writing code in many languages.
Notetab Lite W http://www.notetab.com/ General text editor. Has some good features for modifying text/lines e.g. stripping off email quotes.
Crimson Editor W http://www.crimsoneditor.com/ General text editor. Great for writing code.
PDFCreator W http://www.pdfforge.org/ Create PDF’s - split or merge pdf's. Create pdf from scratch by adding content from different files
Foxit W http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/ PDF reader with some editing functions
OpenOffice W M L http://www.openoffice.org/ The free replacement for MS Office from Sun. Works seamlessly with MSOffice files
OpenProj   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenProj Open source project management software. It can open native Microsoft Project files.
Scribus W M L http://www.scribus.net/ Open source desktop publishing - creates great loooking documents of all kinds, including PDF's
Adobe Acrobat Reader W M L http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/ PDF viewer
Kivio L http://www.koffice.org/kivio/ Easy to use diagramming, org. charts, and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other KOffice apps.
Webmatrix W http://www.microsoft.com/web/ Create websites for hosting on servers running IIS, ASP and MSSQL
Wordpress W M L http://wordpress.org/ Create websites for hosting on servers running Apache, PHP and MySQL
Kompozer W M L http://www.kompozer.net/ Web page authoring with ‘WYSIWYG
Sharepoint Designer W Sharepoint Designer link Tools for creating Microsoft Sharepoint websites
Freemind W M http://freemind.sourceforge.net/ Mind mapping software.
LyX W M L http://www.lyx.org/ LyX is a MS Word styled frontend for LaTeX. It has templates for writing documents and creating pdf slides using Beamer package
File Hamster W http://www.mogware.com/filehamster/ File version tracking and real-time backup.
WinMerge W http://winmerge.org/ Compare differences in files and folders and merge.
Ditto Clipboard Extension W http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/ Extends the Windows clipboard by storing many ‘clips’.
Baregrep W http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baregrep/ Text search tool, like the Unix Grep command.
MacTex M http://www.tug.org/mactex/2009/
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacTeX
Redistribution of TexLive with many useful sub-packages.
TeXworks WML http://www.tug.org/texworks/ The TeXworks project is an effort to build a simple TeX front-end program (working environment) for all operating systems.
     

 

Math

Name OS URL Purpose
Microsoft Math 4.0 W Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science studies.
(From basic math to precalculus)
Octave W M L

http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

http://qtoctave.wordpress.com/what-is-qtoctave/
(Octave GUI for Linux)

GNU Octave, a Matlab-like product, is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab.
Power Calculator W http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/
powertoys/ Xppowertoys.mspx
Graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.
R W M L http://www.r-project.org/ Software environment for statistical computing and graphics, compares to S-PLUS. R is now very popular in academia.

 

 

 

Coding

Name OS URL Purpose
MS Visual Studio Express W http://www.microsoft.com/express/download/ This free version of Microsoft Visual Studio contains C#, C++, Visual Basic, and Web Development programming packages.
BlueJ W M L http://www.bluej.org/about/what.html BlueJ is an integrated Java programming environment specifically designed for introductory teaching.

 

 

Drawing

Name OS URL Purpose
Dia W M L http://dia-installer.de/index_en.html Program to draw structured diagrams (flowcharts).
Kivio L http://www.koffice.org/kivio/ Easy to use diagramming, org. charts, and flowcharting application with tight integration to the other KOffice apps.
Gliffy N/A

http://www.gliffy.com/
Note, one caveat with the free basic version is that your documents are "public" meaning that potentaily anyone can view them if they guess the name of the file, see http://www.gliffy.com/faqs.shtml

Create professional-looking flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more
Gimp W M L http://www.gimp.org/ Image manipulating – like Photoshop.

 

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Graphics/Video

Name OS URL Purpose
Gimp W M L http://www.gimp.org/ Image manipulating – like Photoshop
Paint.Net W http://www.getpaint.net/ Image manipulating – like Photoshop
Photoscape W http://www.photoscape.org/ps/main/index.php Photo editing
Inkscape W M L http://www.inkscape.org/ Open Source vector graphics editor
ImageMagick   http://www.imagemagick.org/script/index.php Create, edit, convert images with this open source suite
IrfanView W http://www.irfanview.us/ Graphics viewer
Windows Live Photo Gallery W http://download.live.com/ Photo manager and basic image editing tool.
Picasa 3 M W L http://picasa.google.com/ Excellent way to manage, find, edit and share your photos.
VLC Media Player W M L http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ Video/audio file player. If you cannot get a file to play, this player will play most file formats.
     

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Backup and Synchronization

Hard drives are mechanical devices which will fail at some point in time! It is extremely important to backup or synchronize your data to at least one another location on a weekly basis - a daily basis would be even better! Using one, or a combination of these tools will enable you to do so. Remember that your Physics P:\ is automatically backed up for you! (See here for a backup plan)

Name OS URL Purpose

Dropbox. (This is very cool so have moved it to the top of the list)!

  http://www.dropbox.com/ This is a great tool! Sync data between PC's and even phones. Share folders with others. free for up to 2G
SyncBack W http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware Powerful, feature rich but easy to use backup or sync. tool. Can be scheduled to run automatically and set to email results after completion.
GFIBackup W http://www.gfi.com/backup-hm New as of March 09, this is a feature rich backup and sync. tool, with easy to use 'wizard' driven interface. Jobs can be scheduled and notification emails sent to monitor jobs
Karen's Replicator W http://www.karenware.com/powertools/
ptreplicator.asp
Cobian Backup   http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm A more complex backup program as it offers differential and incremental backups. Does not have file synchronization. Can be scheduled to run automatically.
Allway Sync W http://allwaysync.com/ This one is worth a mention as it is free for students but with limitations (limitations allow user to synchronize no more than 20,000 files per 30-day period). Easily backup or synchronize your files. Try this in lieu of SyncBack. Can be scheduled to run automatically.
MS Synctoy W http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?
familyid=C26EFA36-98E0-4EE9-A7C5-98D0592D8
C52&displaylang=en
Very simple easy to use backup or sync tool, does not have scheduling capabilities built in but can be used with the Windows Task Scheduler easily. No automatic notification on task completion.
File Hamster W http://www.mogware.com/filehamster/

see the Wiki here...
http://wiki.mogware.net/index.php?title=FileHamster

File version tracking and real-time backup. Monitors specific files/folders and automatically creates incremental backups whenever those files are modified. Best of all, notes about the changes made can be easily added, allowing quick location of a specific revision or to provide a detailed account of the work done on a specific file.
MozyHome Free W M L http://mozy.com/home 2GB free online backup. You could also use Google/Yahoo/Hotmail for free online storage!
iDrive   http://www.idrive.com/ Another 2GB free online backup
TimeMachine M Built into OSX leopard onwards Backup
RsyncX M http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9066 Implementation of rsync with HFS+ support and configuration through a Terminal or graphical user interface.
Back In Time L http://www.le-web.org/back-in-time/ Backup with GUI (based on rsync).
Outlook Backup Add-in W M L http://www.microsoft.com/ Add on for Outlook to backup the .PST file. (Can also be done with a backup program above).
MozBackup W http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/ Simple backup tool for backing up Thunderbird, Firefox and other Mozilla products. (Can also be done with a backup program above).
DriveImageXML W http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm Creates an ‘image’ of your hard drive which can then be copied to a new hard drive should failure occur. (Best not used for day to day backup/synchronization – use Synchback).
FreeFileSync W M L http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/ Very simple easy to use tool for comparing and synchronization of files. Great for one-off manual sync. jobs.
Windows Live Sync W M http://sync.live.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Live_Sync
free online file synchronization from Microsoft
   

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Antivirus/Antispyware/Firewall
Name OS URL Purpose
McAfee W M http://software.montana.edu/mcafee/
Student/MSU owned computers only
Antivirus/malware protection. Free to use on university and student computers.
Avast Home Edition W http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html Antivirus, malware and rootkit protection. Excellent reviews.
Microsoft Security Essentials W http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx Microsoft's own antivirus product. As good as anything else.
Spybot Search and Destroy W http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html Malware, spyware and adware security software. Use in conjunction with AV software.
AVG W http://free.avg.com/ Good reviews, basic antivirus protection only in the free version.
Comodo Firewall/AV W http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/ Great 2-way firewall that now comes with Antivirus also. (Windows firewall is good but protects incoming connections only).
ZoneAlarm Firewall   http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/anti-virus-spyware-free-download.htm Great 2-way firewall. (Windows firewall is good but is incoming connections only).
Smoothwall L http://www.smoothwall.org/ Firewall for Linux

OSX Firewall

M Built in to OSX Firewall for Mac

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Security and Passwords
Name OS URL Purpose
KeePass W http://keepass.info/ Secure password manager Stores all your usernames/passwords and logs you into website automatically. Can be run from USB thumb drive.
keePassX W M L http://www.keepassx.org/ Ported version of KeePass for Mac and Linux but also runs on Windows. dont know why there are now 22 version for Windows!

PassPack

W M L http://www.passpack.com/en/home/ Online password manager, store up to 100 entries free. Useful if you use many different computers and do not carry your passwords on a USB drive.

Kruptos

W http://www.kruptos2.co.uk/ File encryption. Ideal for secure transportation of files on portable devices.
ShieldsUP!   https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 Dynamically test the security of your computer when connected to the internet.
Sandboxie W http://www.sandboxie.com/ Run programs in an isolated space e.g. secure web browsing.
NoScript W M L http://noscript.net/ Excellent Firefox plugin that provides extra security. You will be amazed what runs on webpages in the background if you install this!
HostMan W http://www.abelhadigital.com/ Tool which automatically blocks internet connections to known bad sites. List is regularly updated.
Predator W http://www.montpellier-informatique.com/predator/en/ PREDATOR locks your PC when you are away, even if your Windows session is still opened.
It uses a regular USB flash drive as an access control device
HTTPS Everywhere W M L https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere
This is a plugin for Firefox which protects wireless connections against tools like Firesheep.
Read more here...
   

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Utilities
Name OS URL Purpose
WinSCP W http://winscp.net/eng/download.php Secure FTP (SFTP) client. Access your P:\ drive and the department software folder securely from off-campus
Fences W http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/ Great utility for organizing all your desktop icons into categories
Filezilla WML http://filezilla-project.org/ FTP and SFTP program.
WinMerge W http://winmerge.org/ Compare differences in files and folders and merge.
Process
QuickLink
W http://www.processlibrary.com/quicklink/ Find out information about a process running in Task Manager.
Recuva W http://www.recuva.com/ Recover accidently deleted data.
Defraggler W http://www.defraggler.com/ Defrag single files or folders (Windows builtin defrag. tool does not do this). Useful to speed up programs that access big data files like email clients (Outlook/Thunderbird).
Windows Defender W http://www.microsoft.com/ Although this is primarily a security software it also has a useful tool to manage programs that run on startup.
Autoruns W http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/
sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
Comprehensive, powerful tool to monitor auto-starting software – use with caution!
FolderSize W http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/
OS-Enhancements/ Folder-Size-Shell-Extension.shtml
Adds a new tab to the Properties of files or drives giving size of sub folders – very handy
Jellyfissh M http://www.freemacware.com/jellyfissh Graphical (GUI) frontend to the ssh utility.
Fugu M http://rsug.itd.umich.edu/software/fugu/ Graphical (GUI) frontend to the command line Secure File Transfer application (SFTP).
SimplyBurns M http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/ Useful CD/DVD burning utility
Microsoft PowerToys for XP W http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/
powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
Lots of goodies here for Windows!
DiskCheckup W http://www.passmark.com/ Hard drives are mechanical devices and will fail at some point! DiskCheckup monitors your drive and can help predict a failure.
Disk Utility M Built into OSX. Refer to
http://www.ehow.com/how_2091894_
check-macs-smart-status.html
Hard drives are mechanical devices and will fail at some point! OSX Disk Utility can monitor your drive and help predict a failure.
Ditto Clipboard Extension W http://ditto-cp.sourceforge.net/ Extends the Windows clipboard by storing many ‘clips’ .
CCleaner W http://www.ccleaner.com/ System optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.
Baregrep W http://www.baremetalsoft.com/baregrep/ Text search tool, like the Unix Grep command.
mmtaskbar21 W http://www.mediachance.com/
free/multimon.htm
Tool to extend the Windows taskbar to all monitors connect to the computer. (Windows only shows the toolbar on the primary monitior).
Directory Printer W

http://www.karenware.com/
powertools/ptdirprn.asp

Handy utility for printing directory information. (Karen has several other useful utilites)
Scientific and Technical Documentation Utility W http://www.stdutility.com/stduexplorer.html
(ortable version available also)
Windows Explorer file management tool - provides superior preview and thumbnail options.
Absolute Uninstaller W http://www.glarysoft.com/au.html Absolute Uninstaller is similar to standard Windows Add/Remove program but more powerful.
Seagate Diskwizard   http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard Clone your hard drive - uses Acronis True Image
Speedfan W http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php Monitor hardware, temperature etc.
Intel Desktop Monitor W http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/software/idu/ System monitoring tool for Intel motherboards. (You will need to know what Intel chipset you have. Use Windows device Manager to find out. Go here for info.)
   

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Online Collaboration Tools

There are now many good online collaboration tools which enable online meetings to be conducted with video, voice, IM, desktop sharing, document sharing and whiteboard functions. Several of these tools offer slightly limited free versions, for example smaller number of people can join meetings, so check and test software before using in a real meeting. Save time and money by not having to travel to your next meeting!

 

Name OS URL Purpose
Adobe ConnectNow W M L http://www.adobe.com/acom/connectnow/ I have set this up for people on several occasions and it has been very successful. Offers screen sharing, whiteboard, remote control, videoconferencing, audio and IM. Supports up to three meeting participants.
DimDim W M L http://www.dimdim.com/products/
dimdim_editions_free.html
Not used this one yet but it looks really good and has a whole raft of features listed! Offers screen sharing, whiteboard, remote control, videoconferencing, audio, IM and much more. Free version supports up to 20 meeting participants.
Yugma W M L https://www.yugma.com/ Another webconferencing/desktop sharing application. Requires Yugma client to be installed on computer before a meeting can be joined.
ooVoo W M L http://www.oovoo.com/ Video chat up to 6 people.
YuuGuu W M L http://www.yuuguu.com/pricing/
yuuguu-pricing
Great screen sharing, instant messaging.
NetMeeting W Built into Windows Videoconferencing, desktop sharing, file transfer, whiteboard and IM.
(To run: Go to Start – Run – type “conf”). Windows required at both ends.
iChat M Built into OSX Videoconferencing, file transfer and desktop sharing. Macs required at both ends.
Twiddla   http://www.twiddla.com/ Twiddla embraces a fairly new concept called co-browsing. A team of people can get together on a Twiddla page and browse a site while participating in discussions, adding annotations, sharing files and chatting along - all in real time.  It's like adding a whiteboard layer over any uploaded image or website!
GoogleTalk W M http://www.google.com/talk/ Google has now built in video into their very successful Talk tool making it ideal for one to one meetings. Google account is required.
Skype W M L http://www.skype.com/ Skype is allowed on campus. Great voice and video tool.
iVisit W M http://www.ivisit.com/download/lite_limits.html (Not an Apple product)! Videoconferencing.
Squidcam W M http://www.weblopedia.com/squidcam/ Videoconferencing

 

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Calendar Tools

The department uses a variety of calendaring software, Outlook, iCal and Google Calendar, and our own Webmessaging calendar, which means sharing calendars and organizing meetings automatically is difficult. These tools enable calendars to be shared and meetings arranged without having a common software platform.

 

Name OS URL Purpose
Calgoo Connect W M http://www.calgoo.com/connect/solution.do Calgoo Connect is a calendar sync. tool that supports synchronization between a wide range of calendar programs: Outlook 03/07, Apple iCal, Google Calendar for example.
Calgoo Hub W M http://www.calgoo.com/hub/index.do Share your calendar between different platforms - Outlook, iCal, Google and others.
Timebridge W M L http://www.timebridge.com/products.php Powerful automatic meeting scheduler which works across calendaring systems – highly recommended.
Lightening W M http://www.mozilla.org/projects/
calendar/lightning
Calendar software that integrates tightly into the Thunderbird email client.
Evolution L http://projects.gnome.org/evolution/ Email, address book and calendar software for Linux.

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Remote Computer Access

Access your work computer from home or elsewhere to access files or to run programs.

 

Name OS URL Purpose
Windows Remote Desktop W

Built into Windows.
For details, go to Start – Run – Help and Support, Working Remotely.
Also see How to document here
https://www.physics.montana.edu/sysadmin/
remotedesktop/Remotedesktop.htm


Connect to a remote computer which you have an account on and run programs or access files and folders just like you were sitting at it locally.
Apple Remote Desktop M Built into OSX.
Go to System Prefs. – Sharing – select Apple Remote desktop to turn on.
Connect to a remote computer which you have an account on and run programs or access files and folders.
WinSCP W http://winscp.net/eng/download.php Secure FTP (SFTP) client. Access your P:\ drive and the department software folder securely from off-campus.
Wake On Lan (WOL) W


http://www.dipisoft.com/
See http://www.ezlan.net/WOL.html also
Note, when used from off-campus, "magic packet" must be sent via the Internet not LAN
(Refer to program help)

Turn on a computer remotely via internet network connection to enable remote access. The computer must be new enough to support this function and have wake via network turned on in the BIOS. Handy if you need to access a file on your computer which got turned off.
   

 

Links to even more free software suggestions:

 


Updated: August 25, 2014 15:39