Sources for obtaining software
Students of the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft can obtain software from various sources. Some software is available for ‘free’, while other software is available at reduced rates.
TU Delft Software Portal
Software: e.g. McNeel Rhinoceros, CES Edupack, IBM SPSS Statistics (free)
software.tudelft.nl – Login with your NetID. After login you will a see a list of software which are made available for you. Some software have versions for multiple operating systems (Windows, macOS and Linux). Click on the desired version and follow the download and installation instructions.
Software: Office 365 ProPlus (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
portal.office.com – Login with your NetID followed by @tudelft.net (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org). After entering your NetID you will be redirected to a TU Delft login page to enter your password. Click on Install Office apps to download the installer for Office. As long as you are a student of the TU Delft you will be able to use Office for free. After that Office will cease to work and you will need to buy a license.
Autodesk Student Community
Software: various Autodesk products (free)
students.autodesk.com – Sign up using your TU Delft e-mail address and fill in ‘tudelft.nl’ as school website. As a student you can obtain free licenses through the Autodesk Educational Community for programs such as Revit, Mudbox, (these allow non-commercial use only).
Software: Sketchup Pro, Parallels Desktop for Mac, anti-virus and various other software (non-free)
Adobe Creative Cloud available for € 139,- (one year subscription)
surfspot.nl – Log in using your TU Delft netID
MSDNAA through Ma3d
Software: various Microsoft products (free and non-free)
ma3d.com – Subscribe using your TU Delft student number and e-mail address. Choose the MSDNAA subscription. The MSDNAA subscription allows you to download various Microsoft products for free for educational or research use.
Adobe Creative Suite / Creative Cloud
Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.
Creative Cloud is the most recent version of the Adobe software. The subscription allows you to use (almost) all Adobe applications on demand.
surfspot.nl – Offers a student license for € 139,- for one year for two devices.
adobe.com – Alternatively, students can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students directly at an academic discount. You pay a monthly fee of € 19,66 per month, or at once € 235,95 for one year. You have to subscribe for at least one year.
Creative Suite, the previous non-subscription version of the Adobe software (CS6), is unfortunately no longer available.
A typical BK installation
A typical software installation for architecture students should contain:
- Security Software
- Microsoft Office (portal.office.com)
- McNeel Rhinoceros (software.tudelft.nl)
- Autodesk Revit (Autodesk Student community)
- Autodesk Maya (Autodesk Student community or Maya for students)
- Autodesk AutoCAD (Autodesk Student community)
- Adobe Creative Cloud (SURFspot or Creative Cloud for students)
For installation guides for various software, refer to Software installation guides.
Using Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud
Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign are very useful, but are only available through an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription or one year license if you want to use it on your own laptop. See the information above.
Alternatively this software is available at the faculty desktop computers or computers in the main library, where you can use it for free. Note that the number of desktop computers is limited and you need to take building opening hours into consideration.
Or you can access the software from you own laptop using the web based TUDelft weblogin environment or download the dedicated application Citrix Receiver for it. Although it allows you to use the software via your own laptop using the TU Delft license, the performance is a limiting factor. The software does not actually run on your laptop, but on the TU Delft servers, communicating back and forth over the internet. This is much slower than running it natively on your own computer. Processing large files in Photoshop or Illustrator will probably not work.
Applications such as Gimp (free), Inkscape (free) or Corel (through SURFspot) may provide a sound alternative and you can use the faculty computers when you really need the Adobe applications. Power-users may choose to invest in an Creative Cloud subscription so they have all Adobe applications available on their own laptop.
Free online software
Some tips for interesting/useful free software that is available online:
- 7Zip – archive/zip utility
- Chrome / Firefox / Opera – webbrowser
- Adobe Reader – PDF viewer
- XnView – Image viewer and basic processing (resizing, cropping, conversion, etc)
- Gimp – image editor for bitmap raster images (Photoshop alternative)
- Inkscape – graphics editor for vector graphics (Illustrator alternative)
- VLC Media Player – video and music player supporting a wide variety of formats
- Notepad++ – text/script/code editor
- Launchy – launch your applications by a few keystrokes
A great service is offered by the following website: http://ninite.com. This website allows you to select a large number of popular applications that can be installed using a single, convenient installer.