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ESM Available Software

It is illegal to distribute or copy software in a manner other than as prescribed in the licensing agreement.

For example, if you have purchased a single copy of WordPerfect, you cannot install it on multiple computers in your lab for use by students, TAs, visiting faculty, etc.

If you are not affiliated with the ESM department, please contact the technical resources available for your department or college. This page is for the ESM Department only.

If you have any questions concerning ESM licensing, please check with the ESM Technical Contacts at

The University and the ESM department do offer several software packages free of charge, or through volume licensing agreements.

Software available through this link is for use by ESM Faculty, Staff and Researchers only. Students must acquire software via Software at Penn State.

Other software may be available—check with a technical contact for the latest updates and a complete listing. Except where noted, software is for use on ESM departmental equipment only, and not at home.


If you are not affiliated with the ESM Department, please contact the resource in your area.

Software with site licensing, free of charge includes:

  • Other Access Software from ITS Includes clients for SSH, Telnet, and other network utilities.
  • Mathematica
    The ESM Department has a departmental license for Mathematica.
    See this link for more information.
  • Solidworks ESM DOES NOT SUPPORT THIS SOFTWARE - it is available from the College of Engineering and is supported there. Please refrain from contacting ESM staff regarding this software, especially if you are not affiliated with the ESM department. Visit the Solidworks Download Page for instructions.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud is now available for faculty and staff. Check with a technical contact for more information.
    • The Adobe Creative Cloud includes Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere through a university-wide licensing agreement.
    • There is no 'department license' for Adobe products.
      You may download the free Adobe Reader.
  • PSU Software Request Page - various software from ITS, free of charge

Software Available Through Other Units

The following popular software titles are not site licensed and must be purchased

Software at Penn State offers special educational discounts.

Many other freeware and shareware programs are available . . . check with the technical contacts for more help. Or visit the PSU Software page here: We have some free software packages available to install on ESM computers such as Mendeley and Exceed on Demand client.

Installation of sofware may require administrative privileges. Contact ESM IT Staff for assistance if this is the case.