OIT Technology News: August 2012

OIT Newsletter: Back to School Edition

OIT Technology News: August 2012

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Adobe Web and Design Premium—Available to All Faculty and Staff next month!

SMU is finalizing a site license for the Adobe CS6 Web and Design Premium software. This agreement will allow the installation of the CS6 suite on any University owned computer for Faculty and Staff.

Adobe CS6 Design & Web Premium TotemThe CS6 suite includes the following software titles: Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, In Design, Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash Pro, and Fireworks. Faculty and Staff in Cox School of Business or Lyle School of Engineering should contact their local IT support for installation instructions. All other faculty and staff will find the Adobe installation package available in the LANDesk software portal next month.  

The software will be available for all University owned machines with the exception for any machines that are loaned out to students for an extended period. Lab machines are covered under the license agreement.

There are a number of online tutorials available to help get you started with these applications. In addition, training classes on the more frequently used applications in this suite will be scheduled during the Fall semester. To access the online tutorials, visit http://tv.adobe.com/channel/how-to/

If you have any difficulty with the installation, please contact the IT Help Desk.

Training update

Online TrainingThe new training certificate program has received an overwhelming response! Classes begin in May and will continue through February. Two tracks are being offered: Microsoft Office and Inside.SMU. With both tracks, additional classes had to be scheduled due to enrollment! There are plenty of sessions left. To view the upcoming training schedule or register for classes, click here.

Mountain Lion: Apple's Latest Operating System

Mountain LionApple released their newest operating system, named Mountain Lion, at the end of July. The new OS offers a number of new features including better integration with iCloud, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. 

Here are few highlights of the new functionality:

  • SharingNew share button allows you to quickly post to your Facebook, Twitter or other social media accounts
  • MessagesMessages app (formally known as iChat) allows you to send free unlimited messages to other IOs contacts
  • Notification CenterNew Notification Center compiles reminders and updates from Email, Facebook, System updates, etc all in one location
  • DictationDictation feature-- allows you to double tap the function key anywhere that you'd normally type text. You can then speak the text you wish entered (provided you have a microphone) and the computer will type it for you!
  • iCloudiCloud offers better integration and synchronization between the various devices.  Some of these new features do introduce some security concerns (click here for more info)
  • SafariNew Safari version combines the search bar and the address bar into one. You can now simply type a URL or type your search terms in the same bar.  Safari can also share browsing history if synched with iCloud so that you can access the same sites on all your devices.
  • GatekeeperYou can now configure additional security regarding downloads using a new feature called Gatekeeper.  This allows three settings for downloading applications: allow all, allow only Mac app store and identified developers or allow only Mac app store.

All new Macintosh computers ordered for Faculty and Staff will automatically come loaded with Mountain Lion.  At this time, we are testing the various applications and services to determine any compatibility issues. Once the testing is complete, an email will be sent to faculty and staff with procedures for requesting an upgrade.