October 26, 2012



MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java.

You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image and video processing, control systems, test and measurement, computational finance, and computational biology. More than a million engineers and scientists in industry and academia use MATLAB, the language of technical computing.
For more information and installation instructions click below:

LabVIEW is a powerful graphical development environment, for signal acquisition, measurement analysis, and data presentation. LabVIEW also provides the flexibility of a programming language without the complexity of traditional development tools. LabVIEW is an open environment designed to make interfacing with any measurement hardware simple. With interactive assistants, code generation, and connectivity to thousands of devices, LabVIEW makes gathering data as simple as possible. LabVIEW has more than 500 built-in functions designed specifically for extracting useful information from any set of acquired data and for analyzing measurements and processing signals. LabVIEW also provides tools for data visualization, user interface design, Web publishing, report generation, data management, and software connectivity. For more info on the LabVIEW product see the National Instruments web site.

As a current subscriber to the National Instruments Academic Site License, UAB receives:

  • Unlimited installations of all NI software included in the NI Academic Site License for teaching or research across campus (see below for products included)
  • Unlimited one-on-one technical support by NI applications engineers via phone/e-mail [ni.com/support]
  • Automatic semiannual updates with new and upgraded software (May and November)
  • The following products are included unless noted otherwise:
  1. Control Design, Simulation, and Mechatronics
  2. LabVIEW
  3. Control Design Toolkit
  4. Simulation Module
  5. System Identification Toolkit
  6. State Diagram Toolkit
  7. LabVIEW FPGA Module
  8. LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  9. NI SoftMotion Development Module
  10. LabVIEW PDA Module
  11. Signal and Image Processing
  12. LabVIEW
  13. Digital Filter Design Toolkit
  14. LabVIEW DSP Module
  15. Adv. Signal Processing Toolkit
  16. Sound and Vibration Toolkit
  17. Modulation Toolkit
  18. Vision Development Module
  19. LabVIEW FPGA Module
  20. Spectral Measurements Toolkit
  21. Measurements and Instrumentation
  22. LabVIEW
  23. SignalExpress
  24. DIAdem
  25. LabVIEW PDA Module
  26. Sound and Vibration Toolkit
  27. Circuit Design and Simulation (This software is not included in the UAB site license.)
  28. RF and Wireless Communications
  29. LabVIEW
  30. Modulation Toolkit
  31. Spectral Measurements Toolkit
  32. Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit
  33. Embedded Systems Design
  34. LabVIEW
  35. LabVIEW Real-Time Module
  36. LabVIEW FPGA Module
  37. LabVIEW PDA Module

The media can be ordered through AskIT at 205-996-5555 or via e-mail (askit@uab.edu), but is not available for download.  Documentation (guides and manuals) is available on the LabVIEW web site - DOCUMENTATION.

October 25, 2012

Adobe Software

Adobe Creative Cloud provides access to Adobe's creative desktop apps and services, streamlined license management and flexible deployment.

For a tutorial on Adobe Creative Cloud and its applications, click here.

For pricing and ordering, click below.

Products for UAB Owned Systems (Faculty/Staff only)


Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions are $300 per year and run from June 1 to May 30 of each year. Subscriptions placed during the term are prorated to the lesser of $30 per month for the remaining months, or $100. At this time, we are unable to separate or distribute individual applications that are included in our Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, with the exception of Adobe Acrobat CC. An Adobe Creative Cloud subscription must be activated with an @uab.edu email address and purchased in its entirety, which includes all of the applications below with links to Adobe for more information about each.

Adobe Acrobat CC subscriptions are $10 per year and also run from June 1 to May 30 of each year. Subscriptions placed during the term are NOT prorated. 

(NOTE: Acrobat PRO is INCLUDED if you order the CREATIVE CLOUD SUBSCRIPTION; there is no need to order Acrobat separately).

Both subscriptions will renew annually unless cancelled.

Photoshop CC Image editing and compositing.

Illustrator CC Vector graphics and illustration.

InDesign CC Page design, layout and publishing

Dreamweaver CC Websites, app design and coding.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Production and editing.

After Effects CC Cinematic visual effects and motion graphics.

Acrobat XI Pro Create, edit and sign PDF documents and forms.

Adobe Muse CC Website design without coding.

Also included:

Adobe Audition CC, Bridge CC., Edge Tools & Services, EncoreFireworksFlash Builder PremiumFlash Professional CCInCopy CCLightroomMedia Encoder CCPrelude CCSpeedGrade CC

Pursuant to the agreement, the software may only be installed on university-owned computers. A license must be ordered for each PC on which the software will be installed, however, users are allowed to install a single purchase/copy on both their laptop and desktop system (for the same user).

Fill out the form at the link below:


 Adobe Creative Cloud purchase process:

  • You should expect an e-mailed invitation from Adobe, which provides access to your subscription
  • You must have an @uab.edu Adobe ID, or create an Adobe ID with your @uab.edu email address
  • Click here for Adobe's download manager.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud can be accessed on two machines simultaneously. If a third machine is attempted, the user will be notifed to log out from one of the two previous machines. This option does NOT apply to lab machines.
  • This is a per user purchase license and cannot be shared with multiple users.
  • Lab machines are entitled to one install per purchase only.

Adobe Acrobat Pro Purchase Process

  • A serialized installer will be sent via the Drop Box in a separate email (license key is embedded).
  • You are allowed to install Acrobat Pro on two machines per person/purchase for the SAME individual. This applies to a desktop and a laptop, NOT two desktops or two laptops. This does not apply for lab machines.
  • Lab machines are entitled to one install per purchase only.

Products for Personal Use (Faculty/Staff/Student Home Use)

Adobe product purchases for student personal use may be purchased through two methods. Please note that product pricing varies between the two options. Users should select the most appropriate option based on price and timing of need for the product.  Product is available for immediate delivery at the UAB Barnes & Noble Bookstore, but must be shipped if purchased from CDW-G via Kivuto. 

1. UAB Barnes & Noble Bookstore: A limited number of titles are available for immediate purchase at the Bookstore and include Acrobat Pro, Creative Suite Design Premium, and Photoshop. Please contact the Bookstore directly for pricing at (205) 996-2665 or check the website. Only purchases for home/personal use on non-UAB owned systems should be made at the Bookstore.

2. CDW-G: A larger selection of titles is available for online purchase through CDW-G (via the Kivuto webstore). All purchases include media. Purchases are made directly with CDW-G and ship directly to the user. A valid UAB.edu email address is required to purchase through CDW-G. Only purchases for home/personal use on non-UAB owned systems should be made from the CDW-G link below.

  • http://uab.onthehub.com
  • Login using your BlazerID and PW.
  • Once at the website select the Student tab
  • Products other than Adobe may be available from the CDW-G site, however, only the Adobe products are discounted through a UAB agreement. Other products are strictly offered at CDW-G's normal pricing.

Faculty and staff may order Adobe's Creative Cloud subscription (or just the Acrobat Pro subscription) for home/personal use through the Kivuto webstore.  Pricing for home-use is the same as that provided to UAB faculty and staff for installation on UAB systems. 


January 01, 2012

Software Licenses

Click here for details on available software 


UAB makes software available to faculty, staff and students under a variety of licenses. These are:

  1. Site Licenses - In certain cases, UAB has negotiated with a software manufacturer pricing that will provide access to a software program to all faculty, staff and students on campus. UAB has paid for these software licenses and only needs to ensure that the users downloading the software are actually members of the UAB community.

    Software covered under site license is available free for download or for purchase with a nominal media fee.

    Examples: Microsoft Office (see Microsoft Campus Agreement), SAS, SPSS, EndNote (for campus)

  2. Volume Discount Licenses - Other software titles are covered under a Volume Discount license. UAB was able to negotiate a reduced price for a bulk quantity of licenses. Most of these titles are free for use by the UAB Community - the only difference is that the University must keep track and count the number of copies of the software being used, in order to comply with the license agreement.

    Software covered under volume discount license is usually free for download or for purchase with a nominal media fee.

    Example: Microsoft Visio, Adobe 

  3. Freeware - These software titles are free to use under the license provided with the software, and UAB did not have to negotiate any pricing to obtain the titles.

    Example: TN3270 Emulator Software for Mac
January 01, 2012

Gartner Research

Gartner Research

Provided as a service to the UAB Community through UAB IT, Gartner delivers technology-related insight and information to chief information officers and senior IT executives around the world. Through UAB's agreement with Gartner much of that insight and information is now available to all current UAB faculty, staff, and students.



Once logged on you can browse the site or search for specific research information. You can also set up alerts to automatically notify you when new information is added related to a topic of interest. Searching, browsing, and alerts are all free to use. Gartner also creates your profile using the Blazer login information. Profiles can easily be customized within the Gartner service. A link called "Your Profile" is at the top of every Gartner page.

The "Ask an Analyst" feature shown on the web site is not included free to Reference Users. Use of that feature is available only to certain Advisor Users and may result in additional costs to the University. Ask an Analyst provides one-to-one live contact for requesting additional research.

The Quickstart Guide provides more detail on how to search, browse, and set up alerts.  The Registration section is not appropriate to UAB as you logon as indicated above through BlazerNet...do not follow the Registration instructions in the Quickstart Guide.

Preparing Your Computer for Use at UAB

Incoming students are required to verify that their computers are up-to-date with the latest patches and antivirus software. This step must be completed prior to connecting to the UAB network using a wired Ethernet (in residence halls only) or wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. Please follow these steps to prepare your computer. When you have prepared your computer, click the link in Step 5 to verify that you have the correct settings.

Step 1.Ensure that your computer is running a valid, licensed operating system. For students, UAB supports PCs with Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7 with Service pack 1, and Windows 8.   UAB also supports Macs with OS X 10.6 or later.

(Note:Microsoft and UAB will stop supporting XP on April 8th, 2014.  Students can download Windows 7 and Windows 8 for free on the software website, www.uab.edu/it/students then click on Microsoft Agreements and Products for more information

Step 2. Check for updates that are available for your operating system. Windows operating systems can be updated by clicking on Start, clicking on All Programs, and then click Windows Update.

Student Computer Step 2 1     Student Computer Step 2 2

Mac OS X operating systems can be updated by clicking on the Apple icon in the Menu ribbon and choosing Software Update.

Student Computer Step 2 mac

Step 3. Ensure that one of the antivirus applications in the list below is installed. Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront are free of charge to students and can be downloaded at the links provided. Contact the AskIT Help Desk at 205-966-5555 for assistance with antivirus issues.

For Windows Operating Systems:

·Microsoft Security Essentials (available to students at no cost)

· Norton (Symantec)

· McAfee


·   Microsoft Forefront (available to students at no cost)

For Mac Operating Systems:

·Sophos (available to all students at no additional cost)

· Avast

· ClamAV

· McAfee

· Norton

· Intego

When you select and install your antivirus software, be sure to enable the Auto-update feature so the application will automatically download the latest antivirus definitions at regularly scheduled intervals.

Step 4. Secunia PSI is a security tool designed to detect out-of-date programs and plug-ins which expose your computer to attacks. This tool regularly scans your computer to determine if installed programs need to be patched or are no longer in service. Click here for Secunia PSI

Step 5. Click the link below to perform the final verification. This final step will either indicate a successful completion or indicate where further changes must be made.


Step 6. For complete setup instructions to UAB Wifi-NAC click here Setting up Wifi-Nac for Network Access

Step 7. Blackboard (UAB Online Learning System) http://www.uab.edu/bblearn/student-support

For students who will be using Blackboard, visit the Blackboard Student Support page and follow the directions to ensure that your computer is configured properly. Several tutorials are provided to familiarize you with the Blackboard system.

Step 8. For assistance with the information above or any technical issue, contact AskIT or send an email to askit@uab.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Recommended System Specs for Student Computers

2014-2015 UAB IT Recommendations


Apple Macintosh:  Laptop & Desktop systems





Intel I5 processor or higher


RAM (memory)

4GB or higher


Hard Disk

160 GB or higher (or SSD)


Operating System

Mac OS X 10.8 or higher



802.11g/n wireless or ethernet


 Microsoft Windows PC:  Laptop







Intel I5 processor (or higher)


RAM (memory)


4 GB (or higher)


Hard Disk


160 GB (or higher) or SSD


Operating System


Windows 7 (or higher)




802.11g/m wireless or Ethernet