Below is a list of applications used within UTSOA. For information about training, visit Software Training and Tutorials


FunctionNameHow Students Use ItStrengthsWeaknessesCost StructureLink
Non-DesignArcGIS


FreeArcGIS Online is a free option for UT students at UT. UT Libraries has a great wiki page with detailed instructions: https://guides.lib.utexas.edu/gis/set-up-ut-arcgis-online-account They also have tutorials for research-related GIS tasks.
Energy PlusSimulating energy loads

Freehttps://energyplus.net/
eQuestSimulating energy loads

Freehttp://www.doe2.com/equest/
Google Earth ProExploring site conditions and contexts

Download high-resolution satellite images


Freehttps://www.google.com/earth/versions/#download-pro
Microsoft o365


FreeLog in with your EID credentials
Microsoft Windows 10


$19.99https://store.hied.com/item/Microsoft/WAH+Windows+10/1605667 (requires a login in here first)
RStatistical computing

Freehttps://www.r-project.org/
SPSSStatistical computing

$92.99/yr

https://store.hied.com/item/IBM+SPSS/IBM+SPSS+Statistics/1693258

or 5x Floating Licenses in the Computer Classrooms

CAD Modeling




Rhino 3D

Iterative massing models

Model complex geometry, like curved surfaces

Easily create 2D drawings

Highly Accurate, versatile, includes parametric functionalitySomewhat difficult to learn

Perpetual Education/Commercial* License - $90 (per version)

* There are no usage limitations on this license. It is the same as the full commercial version and never expires.

Request a license from the Tech Desk, either in-person or via email.

Note: The SOA Tech Desk only sells one version of Rhino at a time (currently Rhino 7. We upgrade to the newest version during the Summer session following the release of a new version. If you would like to upgrade a previous license earlier than this, you can do it directly through McNeal for $90 through this link. For proof of eligibility, you can access and save your tuition bill receipt from this link.

Sketchup

Quickly model

Share models with student in other disciplines/students without subscriptions to paid software

Easy to Learn, quick

Entourage from 3D Warehouse easily enlivens models

Files can be accessed online with any computer with free web-only version

Imprecise, slow when files get large

Yearly Ed. Subscription - $55

Free web-only version (limited functionality)

https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing/sketchup-studio-for-higher-education

https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing#for-personal

AutoCAD

Create 2D drawings

Import and export to a variety of other software

Closest to drawing lines on paper, industry standard for 2DSomewhat difficult to learnFree with Ed. Accounthttps://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/autocad
Solidworks
Mostly used to model/simulate mechanical componentsDifficult to learnYearly Ed. License - $20https://www.solidworks.com/product/solidworks-education
Fusion 360Mostly used to model for industrial manufacturing processes like CNC or 3D PrintingEasy to create models using variablesHard to make non-industrial looking productsFree with Ed. Accounthttps://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/students-teachers-educators?mktvar004=668081&internalc=true
3DS MaxRendering and animation

Robust material editing ablity

Integrates with other Autodesk Applications

Difficult to learnFree with Ed. Accounthttps://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/3ds-max
BIMRevit

Model at a greater technical resolution than Rhino, with embedded materials and thicknesses

Automatic generation of organized 2D drawings

Industry standard

Large library of standard building components

Manages collaboration on a single model

Not conducive to loose massing modelingFree with Ed. Accounthttps://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/revit
Rendering



V-RayRender light, and sometimes materials, for perspectives and 2d drawings

Good initial results only get better with additional adjustments

Ample materials included

Available online

Requires a lot of computer powerYearly Ed. License - $99https://www.chaosgroup.com/education/students
EnscapeInstant rendering plugin for Rhino, Revit, and SketchUpFast, real-time rendering will good initial resultsOver saturated at timesFree with Ed. Accounthttps://enscape3d.com/educational-license/
Lumion
Vast compatibility with modeling softwaresRequires a lot of computer powerFree with Ed. Accounthttps://lumion.com/students.html
Kerkythea
Free, open source
Freewarehttp://www.kerkythea.net/
Blender
Professional grade, open source 3D modeling for freeDifficult to learnOpen Sourcehttps://www.blender.org/
ArchVision RPCPopulate your renderings with entourage

Yearly Ed. License - $99https://archvision.com/shop/archvision-rpc-software-edu/
Raster Graphic Editing


Adobe Photoshop

Powerful functionality, from quick touch-ups on drawings to adding layers of depth to renders

Link to other Adobe programs for seamless editing

Industry standard

Lots of education material available

ExpensiveYearly Creative Cloud Subscription - $199.95

https://campuscomputer.com/campuscomputer/
Sign in with UT ID and search for adobe

Affinity PhotoAlternative to Adobe Photoshop

Similar to Photoshop

Often on sale

Perpetual license

Missing some of the "smart" features of PhotoshopPerpetual License - $25-50https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/
GIMP
Free, open sourceSignificantly different than industry standardOpen Sourcehttps://www.gimp.org/
Procreate (iPad)
Intuitive, mobile, able to edit .PSDApple SpecificApp Store - $9.99https://apps.apple.com/us/app/procreate/id425073498
Vector Graphic Editing


Adobe Illustrator

Assign lineweight to drawings exported from Rhino, Revit, AutoCAD, etc.

Link to other Adobe programs for seamless editing

Industry standard

Lots of education material available

ExpensiveYearly Creative Cloud Subscription - $199.95https://store.hied.com/item/Adobe/Creative+Cloud+for+Education/1809740 (requires a login in here first)
Affinity DesignerAlternative to Adobe Illustrator

Similar to Illustrator

Often on sale

Perpetual license


Perpetual License - $25-50https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/designer/
GIMP
Free, open sourceSignificantly different than industry standardOpen Sourcehttps://www.gimp.org/
Inkscape
Free, open sourceSignificantly different than industry standardOpen Sourcehttps://inkscape.org/
Document Layout Editing

Adobe InDesign

Combine drawings into boards for reviews

Portfolio design

Link to other Adobe programs for seamless editing

Industry standard

Lots of education material available

ExpensiveYearly Creative Cloud Subscription - $199.95https://campuscomputer.com/campuscomputer/
Sign in with UT ID and search for adobe
Affinity PublisherAlternative to Adobe InDesign

Similar to InDesign

Often on sale

Perpetual license


Perpetual License - $25-50https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/
Microsoft Publisher
Included with Microsoft o365, simpleSomewhat clunky interfaceFree through UT o365 Access

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/publisher


Updated August 2020