2017-2018 School Year

The following software programs are required and used by students in their studies and design work. As you will see below, many are free, but Adobe Creative Suite and Rhino require purchase.

Please note that Apple computer owners will need to use the Windows operating system to run some of this software.  Please see the “Important Note to Macintosh Users” below.

Primary software

These products are required for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Software Platform Cost Notes
Microsoft Office
(Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
Win/Mac Free SU provides Microsoft Office for free to all active students. Click here for info. It is also sold as “Office 365 University” on Microsoft’s store site as a 4-year subscription.” 
Digital Imaging
Adobe Creative Cloud
Student & Teacher Edition
(Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro + other products)
Win/Mac $240/yr or $20/mo for 1st year (new users); then $360/yr or $30/mo Adobe Creative Cloud is subscription based. The SU Bookstore sells one-year CC licenses for $240 for the first year. You can also subscribe through Adobe’s website for $20/mo with a one-year contract, but then it goes up to $30/mo. All Adobe products are included with the subscription.
CAD
AutoCAD Architecture Win/Mac Free Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.* The Mac version of AutoCAD is also available, but is not the Architecture edition and is not as feature complete.
3D Modeling
Rhinoceros 5.0 Win $100 SU Bookstore price. Note: Don’t purchase Rhino for Mac. It’s missing essential features such as certain plugins and Grasshopper.
Rendering
V-Ray for Rhino Win Free Obtain the V-Ray installation file and installation instructions from the G drive. Find it in G:\ARCH\Student Resources\Software.

 

* Once you have an syr.edu email address, register for free to obtain and download the Autodesk software. Visit the Autodesk Education Community and look for the “Sign In” link. Fill out the registration form using your syr.edu email address. When creating a password, please pick a different one than your SU NetID password. After logging in with the new account info, go to the software download section to obtain the free programs.

additional SOFTWARE

These products are for 2nd-5th year undergraduates and graduate students.

CAD / BIM / Environmental
Autodesk Revit Win Free Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*
GIS
Autocad Map 3D Win Free Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*
ArcGIS Win Free E-mail us at archit@syr.edu to obtain the free license.
Google Earth Pro Win Free Download & install, then sign in using your school e-mail address and the license key GEPFREE.
Digital Modeling
3ds Max Win Free Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*
Maya Win/Mac Free Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*
Cinema 4D Studio Win/Mac Free E-mail us at archit@syr.edu to request a free license.
Rendering
Lumion 3D Win Free Visit this site to obtain a free license.

Software Copyright

Students must keep the original receipt of purchase of all software. All instructors of course work that use computing media may require students using machines and software not in School computer clusters to provide a copy of the purchase receipt(s) of the relevant application(s). The School requires this to avoid software copyright violations.

Important Note to Macintosh Users

In order to run Windows programs such as AutoCAD Architecture* or Rhino** on a Mac, you will need a Microsoft Windows license. Windows 10 is now free for students.  The preferred method for running Windows uses Apple’s Boot Camp, which is a feature built-in to Mac OS. Another option is to run Windows within Mac OS using 3rd party programs such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion, but the performance suffers compared to Boot Camp, and you may experience glitches when running 3D or CAD software.

* The Mac version of AutoCAD isn’t as feature complete as the AutoCAD Architecture version for Windows.

** Please don’t purchase Rhino for Mac. It’s missing essential features such as plugins and Grasshopper, although this may change in the next version of Rhino.