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IT Help Desk
Kansas State University
K-State Student Union
Cat's Pause Lounge
Room 222
Manhattan KS 66506

785-532-7722
800-865-6143
helpdesk@k-state.edu

CatPack Software Collection

The CatPack is a free, personalized software collection for K-State. Because some software is restricted due to licensing agreements, the CatPack is for K-State faculty, staff, students, and university departments only.

The CatPack is only for computers running these operating systems:

  • Windows Vista, 7, or 8
  • Macintosh 10.7, 10.8, or 10.9

Windows software

Software Description
Antivirus
Anti-adware, anti-spyware
Audio editor
Browsers (web)
 
CD/DVD burning
Disk (secured)
Email Client
  • Outlook — Office 365 Web and desktop email clients
File compression
and decompression
  • 7-Zip — Used to archive files into a single, extractable file
File Transfer Program (secured)
Graphics Editor
  • GIMP — Used for image drawing, retouching and editing
  • Inkscape — Used for vector graphics editing
  • Pixlr — Free web-based graphics editor
Java client
  • Java — Cross platform computer language that many modern computer applications and web applets are written in
Media players
  • iTunes — Used for playing and organizing digital music
  • Quick Time — Used to listen to many different audio formats and to watch several video formats
  • VLC — Used for various audio and video formats
PDF reader
  • Acrobat Reader — Software used to read Acrobat PDF files
  • PDF-XChange Editor —
Photo/picture viewer
Security updates
  • Windows Security Updates — The most current, critical updates for Windows 2000, XP and Vista. These can be updated from the Microsoft website. (Click PC's Start button, click All programs and then click Windows Update, or open Internet Explorer, click Tools and then click Windows Update.)
System terminal
  • PuTTY — Software used to sign in to K-State's central Unix system securely
Video converter
VPN client
Wireless setup
Word processor
X Windows system
  • XMing — An emulator for the X Windows System that makes the PC interface similar to a Sun workstation

Mac software

SoftwareDescription
Antivirus
  • Avast — University-owned Macs (and Linux) and personally-owned Windows computers
  • Sophos Home — Personally-owned Windows computers
Browsers (web)
Documentation
  • Apple Mail — Apple mail client
  • Firefox (PDF) — Mozilla web browser
  • Fugu (PDF) — FTP program
  • QuickTime (PDF) — Media player
  • StuffIt (PDF) — Compression and expansion program
  • Webmail — How to access e-mail from the Web
File compression
and decompression
File Transfer Program (secured)
  • Fugu — A secure FTP program to access remote computers
  • FileZilla — 
Graphics Editor
  • GIMP — Used for image drawing, retouching and editing
  • Pixlr — Free web-based graphics editor
Media players
  • QuickTime — Used to listen to many different audio formats and to watch several video formats
  • VLC — Used for various audio and video formats
PDF reader
Operating system upgrades
  • OS X — Upgrades, downloads, and resources
Video converter
VPN client