Remote Working and Learning - How to Get Software While Remote

This document will help you get the software you need to work or learn remotely.

Updated 3/17/20 - updated Mathematica information

Adobe Creative Cloud 
Faculty and Staff are licensed to use Creative Cloud on both UW- and personally-owned devices. Access info here:

Adobe Connect Classroom/Meeting Tool 
Adobe Connect announced on Monday they are offering free 90-day access until 1st July 2020, where individuals/institutions can use Adobe Connect rooms with up-to 25 participants for free for up to 90 days if they sign-up for a trial license between now and 1st July.

Cisco Webex Meetings 
Available for download by faculty and staff from the CSL (

Installation instructions:

Cisco Jabber Client for Phone/Chat/Meetings
Available for download by faculty, staff, and students from the CSL (

Installation instructions:
Communication setup:

Our Campus-Wide License gives everyone has access to MATLAB Online, MATLAB Drive, MATLAB Mobile, and MATLAB Grader, all cloud based tools for instruction.
All of these can be accessed via our MathWorks/UW Portal here:

If faculty are unfamiliar with MATLAB Online, this short Onramp (Teaching with MATLAB) will help them get up to speed on using these resources:

Wolfram is allowing access to Mathematica Online for the spring and summer semesters. Mathematica Online is their cloud based tool for mobile access and notebook sharing.
Go to
1. New users who do NOT already have a WolframID will need to use the link at the bottom of the box which says "Don't have a Wolfram ID?" and click on "Create one."
a. Users who already have a WolframID may skip to section 2 below.
b. Fill out form using your @ .edu email only (gmail or other email addresses will not work)
c. Click "Create Wolfram ID"
d. Check your email and click the link to validate your WolframID
2. Fill out the following form to request access to Mathematica Online:
3. Go to and sign in with WolframID and password
There are also many useful resources with courses, tutorials and ways to use Mathematica on the Wolfram website:
A quick tutorial for Mathematica Online -
Help menu for the Wolfram Language on the Documentation Center -
Fast Introduction for Math Students -
Fast Introduction for Programmers -
Courses and webinars on WolframU -
Tutorials on Wolfram Screencasts -
Ways to use Mathematica on the Wolfram Blog -
Forum for questions on Wolfram Community -

Microsoft Office 365

Smart Draw 
SmartDraw is an easy-to-use yet powerful diagramming tool for flowcharts, organization charts, mind maps, project charts, and other business visuals. It's like Visio, only better.

Available for download by faculty, staff, and students from the CSL (

For the Cloud-based tool:

Solidworks has released new options for students, hobbyists, faculty, and staff beyond our current campus license.

Download 60-day Trial SOLIDWORKS® software:
• Choose current SOLIDWORKS® version
• During the download process you will receive an email with the 24-character serial number needed to install and activate.

SPSS & Stata are statistical analysis programs that are available for Faculty, Staff, and Students for teaching and research purposes.
Available for download by faculty, staff, and students from the CSL (

VanDyke SecureCRT and SecureFX 
SecureCRT for Windows, Mac, and Linux provides rock-solid terminal emulation for computing professionals.

SecureFX for Windows, Mac, and Linux is a flexible, secure file transfer application with an easy-to-learn visual interface.
Available for download by faculty, staff, and students from the CSL (

WiscVPN (PaloAlto GlobalProtect)
There has been no change with the status of this software. Here are the instructions for using the software:
Available for download by faculty, staff, and students from the link above.

X-Win32 & FastX 
All students, faculty and staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison can make use of X-Win32 and FastX in order to connect to servers on campus. Use for personal purposes, such as connecting to a personal Linux machine is also covered. FastX is particularly well suited for people connecting from home to servers on campus. Performance of FastX over WAN connections is close to LAN-like so even high-end graphics applications perform well. The X11 protocol on which X-Win32 is based is usually too heavy for remote use.

The only requirement is that Administrators will need to install the FastX server component onto the Linux machines that host the applications users need to access. Desktop clients are unlicensed and users can also use their Web browser to access applications.
Available for download by faculty, staff, and students from the CSL (

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Owner:Nick R.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2020-03-16 12:29 CSTUpdated:2021-03-26 10:22 CST
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