Software Support

Jump to Software (Listed in alphabetical order):

After Effects   |   Animate   |   ArcGIS   |   Audacity   |   Audition   |   Blogger   |   Canva   |   Character Animator
Comic Life   |   GarageBand   |   Google Docs   |   Google Earth   |   Google Sheets   |   DaVinci Resolve
Google Slides  |  Excel   |   Final Cut Pro   |   Illustrator   |   InDesign   |   iMovie   |   Keynote   |   LinkedIn
My Maps by Google  |  NatGeo MapMaker   |   Numbers   |   OBS   |   Pages   |   Photoshop   |   Piktochart
Pixton   |   PowerPoint  |  Premiere Pro   |   Prezi   |   QuickTime   |   Sway   |   Weebly   |   Wix   |   Word   |   WordPress

Where to Get Help

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Looking for software help and/or training on campus?

Check out our friends at Software Training for Students! They offer free workshops on all different kinds of software, as well as free one-on-one help through their “Ask a Trainer” appointments!

You can also check out the links below to make an appointment or find a workshop for the particular software you need help with!

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Looking for online tutorial videos?

Check out LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com) for all kinds of software training videos! You’ll also find direct links below directly to training videos for each software program.

Adobe Software (Campus Supported)


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Adobe After Effects

This program is used to create visual effects and motion graphics for video content. It works seamlessly with Adobe Premiere Pro. This program is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, in the labs only. This software can be used on both Windows and Apple machines, but needs a strong processor and lots of RAM.

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Adobe Animate

Adobe Animate is used to create vector graphics and animations for cartoons, advertisements, games, and other interactive content. This program is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, in the labs only. This software can be used on both Windows and Apple machines.

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Adobe Audition

This program is industry-standard audio editing software, and it works seamlessly with Adobe Premiere Pro for editing a video’s audio. Adobe Audition is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, in the labs only. This software can be used on both Windows and Apple machines.

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Adobe Character Animator

Adobe Character Animator combines live motion-capture with a multi-track recording system to control layered 2D puppets drawn in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. This software is not yet available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, but can be used with a paid Adobe Creative Cloud account. This software can be used on both Windows and Apple machines.

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Adobe Illustrator

This program is a graphics editor, typically used for vector (line-based) images. Adobe Illustrator can be used for comics, logos, research poster creation, fliers/brochures, business cards, CVs and resumes, and many other graphic-based projects. This program is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the lab and for checkout. This software is available for both Windows and Apple machines.

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Adobe InDesign

This program is a document creator, typically used for creating print materials. Adobe InDesign can be used for research poster creation, fliers/brochures, magazines, business cards, CVs and resumes, and other printed materials. This program is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the lab and for checkout. This software is available for both Windows and Apple machines.

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Adobe Photoshop

This program is a graphics editor, typically used for raster (pixel-based) images. Adobe Photoshop can be used for photo editing, research poster creation, fliers/brochures, and many other graphic-based projects. This program is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the lab and for checkout. This software is available for both Windows and Apple machines.

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Adobe Premiere Pro

This industry-standard video editing software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, in the labs only. This software can be used on both Windows and Apple machines, but needs a strong processor and lots of RAM. Premiere Pro is a step above Apple’s iMovie, and has a lot more functions and features.

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Apple Only Software


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GarageBand

This program is an advanced audio editing software designed mostly for music, with the ability to create synthesized music and percussion in a multi-track overlay. It can, however, be used for voice-based projects like podcasts. GarageBand is available for free on all Apple devices via the App Store. GarageBand is also available on the UW-Madison Mac computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Final Cut Pro

This industry-standard video editing software is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, on select lab machines only. This software needs a strong processor and lots of RAM, so it is not recommended for use on most laptops. Final Cut Pro is similar in function to Adobe Premiere Pro, and has a lot more features than Apple’s iMovie.

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iMovie

This program is a good introductory and easy-to-learn video editing software. iMovie is available for free on all Apple devices via the App Store. It is also available on the UW-Madison Mac computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Keynote

This slideshow software is Apple’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint/Google Slides. Like PowerPoint, it has the ability to have animations and play/record video. Keynote is available for free on all Apple devices via the App Store. It is also available on the UW-Madison Mac computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Numbers

This spreadsheet software is Apple’s version of Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets. Like Excel, it has the ability to create customizable data visualizations. Numbers is available for free on all Apple devices via the App Store. It is also available on the UW-Madison Mac computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Pages

This word processing software is Apple’s version of Microsoft Word/Google Docs. Like Word, it has the ability to create word documents that incorporate images and other design elements. Pages is available for free on all Apple devices via the App Store. It is also available on the UW-Madison Mac computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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QuickTime

This program can be used for recording audio or video on Mac computers, including screen-capturing video. QuickTime is available for free on all Apple devices via the App Store. It is also available on the UW-Madison Mac computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Google Programs


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Google Docs

This word processing software is Google’s version of Microsoft Word/Apple Pages. Like Word, it has the ability to create word documents that incorporate images and other design elements. Google Docs is all online and designed for collaborative work. All documents are housed on Google Drive, so you can easily invite colleagues to edit, suggest edits, and/or comment. Google Docs is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison G-Suite.

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Note: Since Google Docs is based heavily on Microsoft Word’s interface, many of the software training links listed under Microsoft Word may be applicable to both software programs.


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Google Earth

Google Earth renders maps the earth, moon, and mars using superimposing satellite images, aerial photography, and GIS data onto a 3D globe, allowing users to see cities and landscapes from various angles. With it’s creation tools, you can draw on the map, add your photos and videos, customize your view, and share and collaborate with others. You can also create “fly throughs” of various locations.

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Google Sheets

This spreadsheet software is Google’s version of Microsoft Excel/Apple Numbers. Like Excel, it has the ability to create customizable data visualizations, although it does have less features. Google Sheets is all online and designed for collaborative work. All documents are housed on Google Drive, so you can easily invite colleagues to edit, suggest edits, and/or comment. Google Sheets is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison G-Suite.

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Note: Since Google Sheets is based heavily on Microsoft Excels’s interface, many of the software training links listed under Microsoft Excel may be applicable to both software programs.


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Google Slides

This slideshow software is Google’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint/Apple Keynote. Unlike PowerPoint, it has limited functions for animations, video, and audio. However, Google Slides is all online and designed for collaborative work. All documents are housed on Google Drive, so you can easily invite colleagues to edit, suggest edits, and/or comment. Google Slides is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison G-Suite.

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Note: Since Google Slides is based heavily on Microsoft PowerPoint’s interface, many of the software training links listed under Microsoft PowerPoint may be applicable to both software programs.


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My Maps by Google

My Maps allows you to make custom Google Maps that highlight places of interest with personalized icons and colors. You can also draw on the maps! My Maps are all online and designed for sharing. All maps are housed on Google Drive and are also accessible under Google Maps > “My Places.” You can easily invite colleagues to edit, suggest edits, comment, or add their own points. My Maps is available to anyone with a Google account.

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Microsoft Software (Office 365)


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Microsoft Excel

This spreadsheet software is the industry-standard for numbers and accounting. It also has the ability to create customized data visualizations. Similar programs are the online-based Google Sheets and Apple’s Numbers. Microsoft Excel is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via UW-Madison’s Office 365. It is also available on the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Microsoft PowerPoint

This slideshow software is the industry-standard for presentations. PowerPoint has the ability to customize templates, add animations, and play/record video and audio. Similar programs are Apple Keynote/Google Slides. PowerPoint is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via UW-Madison’s Office 365. It is also available on the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Microsoft Sway

This online program can be used to create interactive reports and presentations. Sway can be used to make single page websites, graphic essays, or presentations. Sway allows the creator to design the site to be viewed as a scrolling page top to bottom or left to right. It can also be created to be viewed in a slide layout. Microsoft Sway is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via UW-Madison’s Office 365.

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Microsoft Word

This word processing software the industry-standard for creating research papers, reports, and resumes/CVs. Similar programs to Word are Apple Pages and Google Docs. This program has the ability to create word documents that incorporate images and other design elements (color, a variety of fonts, etc.). Microsoft Word is available for free to all UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via UW-Madison’s Office 365. It is also available on the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the labs and for checkout.

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Online Software (Recommended by DesignLab)


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Canva

Canva is an online graphic design platform. It is a great place to make visually stunning documents, including resumes, CVs, business reports, business cards, fliers/brochures, infographics, graphic essays, presentations, and more. While Canva has paid features, you can typically make all of your documents with the free account. This platform also comes with a built-in database of free images and icons (and some at low costs) and also gives you the ability to upload your own content. Your files are saved to your account and kept on the Canva server. You can download the files in multiple different formats.

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DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is a free editing software is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. While this software is known for color grading and color correction, the latest version provides a full suite of tools for editing, color correcting, mixing, and rendering video. Resolve also includes tools for motion graphics, visual effects, and audio post-production. There is a paid version that allows for more option including 3D rendering, but this is usually overkill for most projects, so we recommend the free version.

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NatGeo MapMaker

NatGeo MapMaker is a free online custom map maker that allows you to highlight places of interest with personalized icons/images and drawings on one of seven different base maps. You can also add built-in layers onto the map, such as climate data. You need to “Save As” to have your map link sent to you as an email. All maps are housed on the NatGeo server, but after 6 months of inactivity it may be deleted.

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Piktochart

Piktochart is another online graphic design platform that works a lot like Canva, but we recommend it more for data visualizations and data heavy infographics. While the program has paid features, you can typically make all of your documents with the free account. This platform also comes with a built-in database of free images and icons (and some at low costs) and also gives you the ability to upload your own content. Your files are saved to your account and kept on the Piktochart server, but has a maximum of 5 documents on the free account. You can also download the files as select formats.

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Pixton

Pixton is an online comic creator is designed to be a simple template-based system to drag and drop. While the program has paid features, you can typically make a basic comic with the free account. This platform also comes with a built-in database of free characters, images, and icons. The paid account allows you to upload your own content, print, and download. See also, ComicLife below for another comic creator that is available on campus!

Pixton Support:
  • Help Center (Click on the “Help” button at the bottom right of the screen)


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Prezi

Prezi is an online presentation software is designed for spatial presentations, rather than the typical linear slideshow presentation model found in Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Apple Keynote. Using a canvas, the presenter creates fly-throughs that zoom in on particular content. While more visually dynamic than most typical slideshows, it can be jarring for an audience and can lead to motion sickness if not careful! Their basic license is free to use to create from a template or from existing PowerPoint slides, record videos, and create dynamic designs and data visualizations with Prezi Design.

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Open Source Software


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Audacity

This program is another industry-standard audio editing software, commonly used by radio stations and bloggers. As an open source program, Audacity is available as a free download for Mac, Windows, or Linux. It is also available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab machines, both in the lab and for checkout.

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OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) Studio

This program is the industry-standard video streaming software, commonly used by Twitchers and YouTubers. It is also a good program for video recording because it allow for both webcam and screen capture recording. As an open source program, OBS is available as a free download for Mac, Windows, or Linux.

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Other Software Available on Campus


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ArcGIS

This industry-standard program is designed for spatial data (i.e., it is a map creating software). Many base maps are open source, but the program itself is not. ArcGIS is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab Windows machines, in the lab only.

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Comic Life

Create comics from images and hand-drawn artwork with this simple plug-and-play program! Comic Life has built in templates, comic-style fonts, speech bubbles, and image filters to make your comic look authentic. Comic Life is available to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff via the UW-Madison computer lab Mac machines, in the lab only.

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Website and Online Portfolio Creators


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Blogger

Free online blog creator.

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LinkedIn

Free online professional profile.

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Weebly

Free online website builder.

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Wix

Free online website builder.

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WordPress

Free online website builder.

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