MyWorkplace

By using MyWorkplace, you can access software that you need for your studies, such as SPSS, Mathematica, MatLab, NVivo or Stella. You can use the software using anytime, any place, using devices with Windows, Apple or any other operating system. For more information, visit the page MyWorkplace.

SURFspot

You can also buy software and hardware with a discount on SURFspot.nl. (Click on "English" at the upper right corner on the website.) Log on using your Solis-id and password.

Other Software

Utrecht University also offers some applications and suites which you may install locally (and free of charge) on your own laptop or computer. See below for specific information:

Adobe Creative Cloud is available for all students of Utrecht University on the public student computers on campus. Applications covered by this version include Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator. 

In order to use the applications, it is necessary to create a Adobe ID. You'll have to accept the privacy terms of Adobe. These terms are not a part of the contract between Utrecht University and Adobe (via SURF); sharing information with Adobe is your own responsibility.

How to create an Adobe ID is described in this manual. Once you have completed the registration, you can use these Adobe applications. You only need to create an Adobe ID once.

If you want to use Adobe Creative Cloud on your privately owned computer, you can buy a license on SURFspot.nl, with a considerable discount.

With ArcGIS Pro, you can explore, visualize, and analyze data; create 2D maps and 3D scenes; and share your work to your ArcGIS Online. 

ArcGIS Pro is available in MyWorkplace. When starting ArcGIS Pro choose 'enterprise login', type uni-utrecht (so now it reads: uni-utrecht.maps.arcgis.com), then type your Solis-id and password.

Local installation on your Windows computer/laptop

The ArcGIS license of Utrecht University allows students, faculty and staff to install ArcGIS Pro software on their personally-owned windows computer. Summary of Steps:

  1. Download the installers. You can find the installers on Blackboard under Communities (top right) - Gis Community - Content - ESRI Software - ArcGisPro. (If the Gis Community is not available in Blackboard, please contact Maarten Zeylmans Van Emmichoven.)
  2. Unpack the 7z file.
  3. Start the installation by double clicking ArcGISPro<version>.exe - confirm licenses and folder destinations etcetera - click Finish.
  4. Execute the second installation by double clicking ArcGIS_Data_Interop<version>.exe
  5. Start ArcGIS Pro, choose 'enterprise login', type uni-utrecht (so now it reads: uni-utrecht.maps.arcgis.com), then type your Solis-id and password.

ArcGIS Pro regularly and automatically checks if updates are available

ArcGIS Online

ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping and analysis solution. Use it to make maps, analyze data, share and collaborate. Get access to workflow-specific apps, maps and data from around the globe, and tools for being mobile in the field. Log in with your Solis-id and password on ArcGIS Online.

Mathematica is a software application focused on mathematics. It uses symbolic language (mathematical formulas).

Use the software via MyWorkplace (free of charge)

Myworkplace is the easiest way to use the software for free: anywhere, anytime, any device.

Local installation on your PC

You may install Mathematica on your own PC. There are versions available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

  1. First, create a Wolfram ID, using your @students.uu.nl or @ucr.nl email address. Other email accounts do not work.
  2. Then you can request an activation code on the portal of Wolfram. You will receive the code and download links directly on the screen via email.

Every year you will receive an email to confirm you are still a student; this prolongs your license for another year.

Need help with the installation? Visit the support page of the supplier

MATLAB (developed by MathWorks) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces.

Use the software via MyWorkplace

Myworkplace is the easiest way to use the software for free: anywhere, anytime, any device.

Local installation on your PC

The MATLAB license of Utrecht University allows students (and faculty and staff) to install MathWorks software on their personally-owned computers.

Summary of Steps:

  1. Log in to the MathWorks Portal, using your @students.uu.nl email address. (If you don't have a MathWorks account, you may need to create one first.)
  2. Download the installer for your selected version of MATLAB and run it.
    1. Windows users: double click on the Installer named MATLAB_<version number>_win64.exe in your download folder.
    2. Mac users: double click on the Installer named MATLAB_<version number>_maci64.zip - which will extract the files in the folder named MATLAB_<version number>_maci64. Start the Installer by double clicking InstallForMacOSX.
  3. In the installer, select Sign in with a MathWorks Account and follow the instructions.
  4. When prompted, select the Academic – Total Headcount license labeled MATLAB (Individual).
  5. In the Product Selection screen, select the products you want to download and then click Begin Install.

When the end date of the license is near, you'll see a pop-up. Start the application as Administrator (Start - click with the alternative (usually right) mouse button - More - Run as Administrator) - Click Help – Licensing – Activate Software.

MATLAB and Simulink Training

All students (and faculty and staff) also have free access to MATLAB and Simulink Training Online. Access through matlabacademy.mathworks.com. (If you don't have a MathWorks account, you may need to create one first on the MathWorks Portal.)

MATLAB Online and Simulink Online

All students (and faculty and staff) also have free access to MATLAB Online and Simulink Online. With MATLAB Online and Simulink Online you can access MATLAB and Simulink in your webbrowser without installation. You can also share files with others or across different applications. Access MATLAB Online and Simulink Online throught matlab.mathworks.com.

MATLAB Mobile

You can also find free MATLAB Mobile apps in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Office 365 is a collaboration platform developed by Microsoft. Every UU employee and -student has a license and can use it for free. This includes Word, Excel, Access, Teams and PowerPoint, with a licence that allows you to use it on 5 different devices.

Office 365 can be accessed via office.com. You can log on with your email address that ends with @uu.nl or @students.uu.nl and your Solis password, after which you’ll see the Office 365 homepage. From this page you have access to all the online Office 365 applications.

Please note: If you're asked to enter a product key, click on 'sign in to an existing office 365 subscription'.

 

 

 

Students can download Windows 10 Education for free. Windows 10 Education contains more options that the standard Windows 10 Home operating system.

Do you already own a laptop?

  • Yes, it’s a laptop with Windows – you can order the free upgrade on SURFspot.nl.
  • Yes, it’s an Apple MacBook with Windows - you can order the free upgrade on SURFspot.nl.
  • Yes, it’s an Apple MacBook without Windows - first, order the cheapest Windows license, on Microsoft.com or elsewhere. Next, you can order the free upgrade on SURFspot.nl.

You don’t own a laptop, and plan to buy one?

  • You plan to buy a laptop with Windows – in most cases, Windows is installed on the laptop, with an ‘OEM license’. Order the cheapest Windows license. Next, you can order the free upgrade on SURFspot.nl.
  • You plan to buy an Apple MacBook – in most cases, it is possible to obtain an ‘OEM license’ with your laptop. Order the cheapest Windows license. Next, you can order the free upgrade on SURFspot.nl.

The Microsoft Azure DevTools for Teaching (formerly called Dreamspark/Imagine) offers free Microsoft software with a valid Windows licence. Log in with your Solis-id and password.

Please note: this software can only be used by students and teachers of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to learn/teach design, development and testing of software applications, and researchers STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to perform non-commercial research.

Access is limited to employees and students of the Faculty of Science.

QSR NVIVO is a software package that can be used for the qualitative analysis of primarily textual information.

Use the software via MyWorkplace (free of charge)

Myworkplace is the easiest way to use the software for free: anywhere, anytime, any device.

Local install on your own PC

  • Go to https://portal.mynvivo.com e and create an account with your UU email address. You'll have to accept the privacy terms of NVivo, which are accepted by Utrecht University with reservation.
  • After logging on to the website, you can download and install NVivo.
  • The first time you start the application, you will be asked to activate NVivo. Click “provide enterprise key to activate” and use the license code that you'll find on this website (log in using your Solis-id and password)

Please note:

  • It is NOT necessary to share your personal financial/payment information in order to use NVivo.
  • After logging on to the website, you will see advertisements for other QSR products, such as NVivo Transcription*. The use of those products is not allowed under the terms of the Utrecht University license.

*ITS is working on a transcription service for Utrecht University. More information about this will be published in due time.

Qualtrics is a powerful online survey tool that enables UU students and staff to create complex surveys that meet a variety of research needs. You can use this tool to design, distribute and analyze surveys. Log in with your Solis-id, password and two-factor-authentication at https://survey.uu.nl.

More information

Visit the Qualtrics page.

Reference Management tools are used to systematically collect, organise and use references to sources. How to do this in the most efficient way depends on the type of sources you use most frequently and also on your personal workflow and preferences. Read more about Reference Management in the LibGuide by Utrecht University Library. Whatever tool you choose, it is always relatively easy to switch and import your references in another tool.

Name and Wikipedia-link Producer Licence Available on
Zotero Corporation for Digital Scholarship (an independent nonprofit organization) Open Source and free of charge
  • MyWorkPlace
  • Private device (please install this yourself, see Wikipedia-link)
Mendeley Elsevier Free of charge
  • MyWorkPlace
  • Private device (please install this yourself, see Wikipedia-link)
RefWorks Ex Libris Group / ProQuest Commercial. There is a university wide campus license, so you can use this without extra charge Web-based, no installation necessary.

Plugin for Microsoft Word is available on

  • MyWorkPlace
  • Private device (please install this yourself, see Wikipedia-link)
EndNote Clarivate Analytics (previously Thomson Reuters) Commercial. There is a university wide campus license, so you can use this without extra charge
  • MyWorkPlace
  • Private device (please install this yourself, see below)

To install Endnote on a private device (pc/laptop):

MacOS:

  • Go to this website, log in using your Solis-id and password.
  • Download the installation file and double click to install Endnote.

Windows:

  • Go to this website, log in using your Solis-id and password.
  • Download the msi-file and License.dat and save them in the same folder/directory.
  • Double click the msi-file to install Endnote.
  • When the installation is completed: start Endnote and click ‘I accept the licence agreement’. Endnote will ask you to create an account; this is not necessary.
  • You can exit Endnote now, and delete the two files you downloaded.

SPSS is a statistical support package used in teaching and research.

Use the software via MyWorkplace (free of charge)

Myworkplace is the easiest way to use the software for free: anywhere, anytime, any device.

Local installation on your own PC

If you need SPSS for use on a private device, you can buy it at a large discount on Surfspot.nl.

Think-cell facilitates the creation of charts on Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slides from Microsoft Excel data sheets, e.g., bar charts, waterfall charts, Marimekko charts and Gantt charts. It consists of a Microsoft Office add-in for PowerPoint and Excel, which integrates seamlessly with these applications. Some features overlap with those provided by built-in charts in Office 2016. See the Think-cell website.

Employees and students of Utrecht University can use this software for free. Go to this website, log in using your Solis-id and password and download the License Code.

You will find a direct link to Van Dale Online in the start menu of your Solis workspace. You do not have to log in to the site. You have access to the full range of Van Dale dictionaries, including the complete Dutch dictionary and other language dictionaries.

Use the software via MyWorkplace (free of charge)

Myworkplace is the easiest way to use the software for free: anywhere, anytime, any device.

On campus

On campus, but not using an UU computer? Start the software via MyWorkplace or visit the website uu.vandale.nl.

Access off campus

Are you outside the campus? Start the software via MyWorkplace or browse to www.vandale.nl and log in under ‘Inloggen Onderwijs / SURFconext’ using your Solis-id. 

 

Do you spend a lot of time behind your laptop or PC? Check out if WORK & MOVE is something for you. With this software, short breaks in your work provide mental and physical moments of exercise. This way you stay focused and energetic! We recommend that you install WORK & MOVE if you regularly work at a computer for more than two hours. WORK & MOVE is a Windows application. Follow these steps to install this application:

  1. Download WORK & MOVE from WorkAndMove.com (or go to this website and choose "Software installation (Click Once)"), and install it by double clicking the downloaded file and following the steps in the installation wizard. Make sure you have an active internet connection during installation.
  2. Go to this website, log in with your Solis ID and password and download the license file License.json from the WORK and MOVE folder.
  3. Start WORK & MOVE, click Help - Show license page (toon licentiepagina) - Import license file (importeer het licentiebestand). Choose the json file there.

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