Software for each of our courses is available in the lab for the specific course, however, if you are interested in having the same software at home, you may consider the software below. In general, the following software will be used in all our degree programs:

Software used in Specific Degree Programs

Computer Information Technology

Microsoft Office 2013 (office.microsoft.com/en-us/store)

The Business Computer Technologies Department is a member of the Microsoft DreamSpark for Academic Institutions. This allows qualified students to access available software through the MSDN webstore website.

The contact person for the BCT Department is Kathie Doole (kathleenrdoole@abtech.edu).  If interested in the software, send an email to Kathie using your A-B Tech student email listing the courses you are enrolled in for the current semester.  If you qualify, your information will be added to the Microsoft Dreamspark database and you will receive an email allowing you access to the software.

Digital Media Technologies

The Digital Media program relies heavily on a number of different applications and software suites. The following software applications are available in the Digital Media classrooms (Balsam 104/115) as well as the Balsam 003 lab.

  • Microsoft Office (office.microsoft.com/en-us/store), Open Office (www.openoffice.org), Google Docs, or equivalent
  • Coding tools: Many free options exist such as: Notpad++TextPadbrackets and others.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - includes commonly used Adobe applications for design and development, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and recent additions such as Adobe Edge, Edge Reflow and Edge Inspect. Video tools such as Premiere Pro, Encore, Audition and After Effects will be used as needed.
  • XAMPP - Open-source software. Includes Apache Web Server, MySQL, php, phpMyAdmin, cgi
  • Others - other software tools may be used as needed in classes.
  • Online - online tools and services will be used when appropriate.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

All GIS classes use ESRI's ArcGIS. This software is provided through a 1-year Educational License by your instructor. This software will only operate under a Windows Operating System. The software WILL NOT run on a Mac OS unless you use Boot Camp and Windows 7 or a Virtual Machine and Windows 7. 

Mobile Development

  • Coding tools: Many free options exist such as: Notpad++, TextPad, brackets and others.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - includes commonly used Adobe applications for design and development, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and recent additions such as Adobe Edge, Edge Reflow and Edge Inspect.
  • XAMPP - Open-source software. Includes Apache Web Server, MySQL, php, phpMyAdmin, cgi
  • Others - other software tools may be used as needed in classes.
  • Online - online tools and services will be used when appropriate.

Web Technologies

  • Adobe Creative Cloud - includes commonly used Adobe applications for design and development, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and recent additions such as Adobe Edge, Edge Reflow and Edge Inspect.
  • XAMPP - Open-source software. Includes Apache Web Server, MySQL, php, phpMyAdmin, cgi
  • Java SDK - Open-source software
  • Uniform Server 3.5 - Open-source software. Includes PHP, MySQL, Apache Web Server
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