Software for Self-Maintained Workstations

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UC Davis Licensed Software

Many commonly used software applications are available for free or at a significant discount through the MyUCDavis Software website. This is the best place to start if you're looking for something as most applications are available for immediate download.

ECE Departmental Purchases

The University of California's designated software reseller for Adobe, FileMaker, Microsoft, and VMware software agreements is SHI. To place an order for software available at SHI, please submit your order request through the College of Engineering Online Purchasing System .

One license must be purchased for each workstation but you will need only one copy of the corresponding media to perform the install. SHI catalog numbers for commonly requested software licenses and media are below. Media may be available for loan from the computer support group if not already loaned to someone else.

Windows Vista/7/8

  • 26691700 Microsoft Office 2013 Standard License $40.10
  • 26691397 Microsoft Office 2013 Standard DVD $19.43
  • 26374065 Adobe Acrobat X Professional License $63.12
  • 26344294 Adobe Acrobat XI Professional DVD $15.40
  • 25545336 Adobe Photoshop Extended 13 (CS6) License $147.61
  • 25552799 Adobe Photoshop Extended 13 (CS6) DVD Set $15.40

Mac OS X

  • 22089030 Microsoft Office Standard 2011 License $40.10
  • 23682816 Microsoft Office Standard 2011 DVD $19.43
  • 26374065 Adobe Acrobat XI Professional License $63.12
  • 22184537 Adobe Acrobat XI Professional DVD (download) $20.53
  • 25545336 Adobe Photoshop Extended 13 (CS6) License $147.61
  • 25552800 Adobe Photoshop Extended 13 (CS6) DVD Set $15.40

(Prices & catalog numbers last updated on 1-15-2013.)

Need something today? Software is also available for purchase at the UC Davis Bookstore.

Research Software

Availability of research software packages for installation on self maintained workstations varies. Below are some commonly requested software packages and their availability at the time this page was last updated.


  • A network license is available to faculty, graduate students, & visiting researchers for departmental research. An active internet connection is required when using this license.
  • Standalone licenses are available at a discounted cost of $153 per year, per workstation (not including toolboxes). Please include the following when requesting a Matlab standalone license: a list of all required toolboxes, MAC address & operating system of workstation, and the DaFIS account code to charge. Note that authorization is required before a DaFIS account can be used.


  • Licenses are available at the discounted rate of $375 per year.

Note that many research and instructional software packages are available on department maintained workstations. You might also want to check our list of the major instructional/research software packages available on department maintained Linux workstations.

Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA)

The ECE department is a member of the Microsoft DreamSpark. Through this program, ECE students, faculty, & staff can obtain a license for many Microsoft products for their personal workstation if they meet the program requirements. To access software licenses & downloads you must be enrolled in the system. Applications available include:

  • Windows 7*
  • Windows Server
  • Visio
  • Access
  • Project
  • Visual Studio & the MSDN Library
  • And many others, but NOT Microsoft Office.

*This system limits each user to one license per product, but all department owned systems are eligible for a Windows OS license.