2011-2012 Academic Year Announcements

Welcome back for the 2011-2012 Academic Year. Here is a short list of the major changes for this academic year. If you have any questions, please submit a ticket online at http://CAD-helpdesk.rit.edu.


Operating System:

  • Macs — will remain on Snow Leopard 10.6.8. Mac OS X LION is on hold until incompatibilities with key software suites are resolved.
  • PCs — Windows 7

Popular Software Suites

  • Adobe Suite — All versions have been updated to the latest release of 5.5. Mac users will be notified before installation starts. Windows users have to make an appointment for update to be applied.
  • Apple Final Cut Pro — FCP 7 will remain in the labs where it was installed before. FCP X will be added to New Media Lab and various SOFA areas. If you would like more information, please ask by submitting a ticket online.
  • AutoDesk Software — 2012 versions will be deployed to the labs for the start of Fall. Please make a request for the software to be applied to your computer.
  • Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac — Installed in all Mac labs. It is recommeneded that users of 2008 be updated at their earliest convenience. Please make an appointment via http://CAD-helpdesk.rit.edu

Lab Hardware Upgrades

Witmeyer Lab

  • Upgraded with brand new iMac 21.5″ Intel Core i7s

New Media Lab

  • Brand new rolling carts, and iMac 27″ i7s


  • New Mac Pros 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeons

SOFA Animation Grad

  • New Mac Pros 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeons

SOFA Edit Suites

  • New Mac Pros 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeons

SOFA Under Grad

  • Newer tables, Mac Pros cascaded from Grad Lab

Kodak Lab

  • Mac Pros updated with ATI Radeon 5770 Graphics cards and new 1 TB hard drives.

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