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.
Software: McNeel Rhinoceros, CES Edupack, IBM SPSS Statistics (free)
- Log in to Blackboard, click on “MyStudentInfo”
- Click on “Student Resources” (just beneath MyStudentInfo)
- Locate “TUDelft Software (TDS)”, click “Go to software”
- Check “I Agree with the requirements” and click the button “Go to software”
- Click “Software” in the menu at the left side of the screen.
- Choose the application you wish to download and follow the instructions.
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 AutoCAD and Revit (these allow non-commercial use only).
Software: Microsoft Office, anti-virus and various other software (non-free)
Adobe Creative Cloud available for €133,- (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. 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 133 euros for one year.
adobe.com – Alternatively students can subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students directly at an academic discount. You pay a monthly fee of 30 euros per month, 20 euros per month for the first 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 (buy through Surfspot, or use LibreOffice or OpenOffice)
- McNeel Rhinoceros (Blackboard)
- Autodesk Revit (Autodesk Student community)
- Autodesk AutoCAD (Autodesk Student community)
- Adobe Creative Suite (Surfspot or Creative Cloud for students)
- Autodesk Maya (Maya 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 TUDelft weblogin environment (Citrix). 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.