What’s New in Academic Computing Services?
“Windows OS 64 bit & Memory upgrades!”
Academic Computing Services has upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit operating system to allow the expansion of additional RAM upgrades for all PC workstations. With 64bit Windows 7 and additional RAM the computer lab PCs are much more capable machines. The increased capacity will allow for faster rendering, a more stable environment and the ability to run multiple programs without fear of memory loss.
“Color Printing PaperCut accounts at Fashion!”
Fashion design students no longer need to visit the main campus for their color printing needs.They have a “pay as you print” system for Letter and Tabloid color prints. Students can visit the fashion campus office and add credits to their accounts for on-demand printing. This method saves time by allowing students to print directly to the color laser printer from their workstation.
“Leopard for Mac OS X!”
Starting this Fall 2008, all MacIntosh computers in the computer labs have been upgraded to the new Apple OS Leopard 10.5. With over 300 plus features the new operating system is Apple’s most advanced OS to date. Features included:
Quick Look Browsing: Allows the previewing of files without opening them
Spaces: Ability to organize clutter-free workspaces for an efficient workflow
BootCamp: This feature configures Intel-Based Macs with Windows XP for Dual Booting computing.
Graphics & Media: Leopard has multicore processing power integrated into OpenGL for faster and smoother graphics performance.
Font Book: Font Book has a built-in Font Auto-Activation feature. Font Book will activate a font for any application that is requesting a disabled font. The font will be activated until the requesting application is closed.
“Faculty Laptops for Checkout”
Academic Computing now has four MacBook Pro computers available for checkout by current faculty. These computers have the latest software and wireless access to the network. For information on reserving a computer, please contact the ACS Office.
“Smart Classroom Upgrade”
In conjunction with LAS, Academic Computing has completed the installation of the three new Smart Classrooms on the 5th floor. These classrooms are configured with a new Crestron control system featuring an iMac, DVD/VCR, digital projector and laptop connections all accessible from a touchpanel interface. This new system will be the model for all future classroom upgrades.
Two network shortcuts have been placed on the Mac OS Desktop for ease of use and greater accessibility. The TransferVolume shortcut allows students to move files between computers independent from the OS. (ie Windows to Mac, or Mac to Windows). The second network shortcut is the Color_Print_Folder. Students needing to print in color can drop their files into the Color_Print_Folder volume and walk over to the Print Area in room 401. The student then directs an ACS technician to the open files for review for color printing.