Friday, 26 October 2012 08:31

LabView - National Instruments

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 []
  • 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 (, but is not available for download.  Documentation (guides and manuals) is available on the LabVIEW web site - DOCUMENTATION.

Thursday, 25 October 2012 16:54

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 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 Adobe ID, or create an Adobe ID with your 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.

Adobe Creative Cloud Installation and Upgrade Instructions

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 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.

  • 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.