Public Software Available on Our Computers
The library has the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox, and Opera installed on our public computers with high security settings applied. Feel free to use whichever browser you are most comfortable with, but don't be afraid to try out the others.
All library computers have the 2007 or 2010 edition of Microsoft Office Professional Plus installed. The suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, OneNote, and InfoPath. The library is able to provide access to this software through a software donation from Microsoft Canada through the Technology Donation Program from TechSoup Canada. Free training for Office 2010 is available on Microsoft’s website here.
We have the free, open-source office suite LibreOffice installed on all library computers. LibreOffice, developed by The Document Foundation, contains a word processor (Writer), spreadsheet program (Calc), presentation program (Impress), database management program (Base), vector graphics editor (Draw), and formulae editor (Math). LibreOffice can also open and save files in Office's file formats, including the new 2007/2010 formats (such as '.docx').
The library has the latest versions of two free PDF programs: Adobe Reader, which is used to open PDFs, and CutePDF, which allows anything printable to be saved as a PDF file.
Easily edit images with the free software Paint.NET, which is installed on every library computer. The program is intended to be an intuitive, yet more capable alternative to Windows’ built-in Paint program, featuring support for layers and special image effects.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free, open-source alternative to Photoshop and has many similar high-end capabilities for creating, editing, and retouching images.