Software for students and staff

Students with their own personal computers will find installing the free software below will ensure that SCU teaching and learning resources are all accessible on their computer. For antivirus software reviews please see the Information Security webpage. For accessibility software please see the accessibility free software suggestions.

Note: Technology Services is unable to provide support to personal laptops/tablets belonging to students, including support for SCU recommended software from SCU units or as below. The range of hardware and operating state of personally owned computers is too wide and varied for the provision of satisfactory support. Students should seek their own support for hardware and software issues on their own computers/tablets.

Adobe AIR
Enables developers to use HTML, JavaScript, Adobe Flash software, and ActionScript to build web applications that run as standalone client applications without the constraints of a browser. Acrobat AIR

Adobe Flash Player
Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform browser-based application runtime that delivers uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across screens and browsers. Flash Player

Acrobat Reader
Free software for viewing/printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on all major computer platforms, as well as fill in and submit Adobe PDF forms online. Acrobat Reader

Adobe Shockwave Player
Access to some of the best the Web has to offer - including dazzling 3D games and entertainment, interactive product demonstrations, and online learning applications. Acrobat Shockwave

Cute PDF Writer and PDF Converter for PC
Allows users to save documents in .pdf format. Cute PDF Writer/Converter for PC

iTunes is a free application for all computer platforms. It lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, apps, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. iTunes

Java 7 for PC (to be used with Blackboard)
If you have a PC and are having trouble using the Virtual Classrooms or Elluminate within a MySCU unit, this Java Update may help you. Java 7 for PC

Java latest version
Java technology allows you to work and play in a secure computing environment. Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few. Java for PC

Microsoft Office 365 for Education
As part of our subscription to the Microsoft Office 365 platform, Southern Cross University students and staff have free access to Microsoft Office on your personal devices. Download and install Office

Microsoft Silverlight
Silverlight is a powerful development tool for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web and mobile applications. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works.Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Security Essentials
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free software to guard against viruses, spyware, and other evil software. It provides real-time protection for your home or small business PCs. Microsoft Security Essentials

NCH PDF Writer/Converter for Mac
Doxillion is a multi format file converter giving you a fast and easy way to convert documents between DOC, DOCX, PDF and other file types. NCH PDF Writer/Converter for Mac

NVIVO for Home Use

  1. Download the trial version of NVIVO from the following link:
  2. Download the activation file from
  3. Install NVIVO trial
  4. Run the activation file which will then licence NVIVO. Note: Do not change the extraction path or the activation will fail.

Qualtrics is a comprehensive online survey tool that provides a broad range of surveying capabilities and reports online. Go to SCU Qualtrics Software page for access and information (staff or student login required).

QuickTime is a multimedia technology capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music. Quicktime

VLC Player
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, and more) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. VLC Player

7-zip for Windows
7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio. 7-zip