Software Available at no cost for UBC Staff and Faculty

The following software is now available to install at no cost on a UBC owned device:

Adobe Acrobat
Create, edit, and sign PDF documents.

Adobe Creative Cloud
Collection of 20+ Adobe apps including Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and InDesign

An advanced statistical package for the Social Sciences

Software for business intelligence, business analytics, data warehousing, and data mining to gather, manage, and analyze large amounts of information

A powerful mathematical problem solving and visualization system used worldwide in education, research, and industry.

This adds to the Microsoft, NVIVO, MatLab, SnagIT, and Camtasia licenses that are already available for staff and faculty.

For more information on how to install the software on your device, contact your local IT support team. If you are supported by UBC IT Desktop Services, submit a request to Okanagan campus staff and faculty should contact the UBC Okanagan IT Services Help Desk.



  1. Who is eligible for the free software?
    The software listed above is available for university staff and faculty on a UBC-owned device.
  2. If I already paid for a license in 2017/18, do I get a refund?
    Yes, if you made a licensing request after January 1, 2017 you will get a refund for your licenses. The UBC IT Software Licensing Team will be in contact with more information about your refund. If you requested software after April 23, 2017 your JV was not processed and no refund will be necessary.
  3. Is there any account migration involved?
    No, you can continue to use your software as usual.
  4. Can I install this software on a personal computer?
    Camtasia and Snag-It are licensed for all faculty, staff and students and can be installed on personal devices. All other packages except SPSS are only available for installation on UBC-owned devices that are used for university academic, non-commercial research and administrative purposes. SPSS can be installed on UBC-owned devices for academic or non-commercial research purposes only, and cannot be used for university administrative purposes.
  5. How do I install the software on my UBC-owned device?
    Contact your local IT support team or submit a request to Okanagan campus staff and faculty should contact the UBC Okanagan IT Services Help Desk.