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These tools allow creating casual to professional publications, including journal articles, theses and dissertation, and books and book chapters.

  • Adobe CS6 Design & Web Premium Suite


    Windows and Mac

    Adobe programs are the standard for design professionals. Photoshop and Acrobat are available in labs across campus, other programs less so.

    Suite includes:

    • Adobe InDesign CS6 (desktop publishing)
    • Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended (image manipulation)
    • Adobe Illustrator CS6 (create graphics)
    • Adobe Acrobat X Pro (PDFcreator/editor)
    • Adobe Flash Professional CS6 (animations)
    • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 (web authoring environment)
    • Adobe Fireworks CS6 (website and mobile design)
    • Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit (scripting language and associated toolkit)
    • Adobe Media Encoder CS6 (export videos so sites and devices)


    Windows and Mac (all stations)

    "LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.  LaTeX is not a word processor! Instead, LaTeX encourages authors not to worry too much about the appearance of their documents but to concentrate on getting the right content."

  • Libre Office

        Libre Office

    Windows and Mac (All stations)

    Leading open-source office software suite, imilar to OpenOffice (diverged in 2010)..  

    Key components include:

    • Writer (word processing)
    • Base (database)
    • Calc (spreadsheet)
    • Draw (graphics)
    • Impress (presentations)
    • Math (create mathematical equations)
    • Charts (chart creator) 

    Stores all your data in  ODF (Open Document Format) ; can also read and write files from other common office software packages, including MSOffice. 

  • Microsoft Office

        Microsoft Office

    Windows and Mac (All stations)

    Familiar, commercial suite of common applications

    Main components include

    • Word (word processor)
    • Excel (spreadsheet)
    • PowerPoint (presentation application)
    • Access (relational database)
    • Publisher (desktop publishing)
  • Scribus


    Windows and Mac (All stations)

    "Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to ... desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.  Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation."

Contact us

  •     Bruce Pencek
  • Bruce Pencek
  • College Librarian for Social Sciences & History
  • (540) 231-2140
  • (540) 231-2140 (Newman Library 3050 office -- for most purposes)
  • 3050 Newman Library, 560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Port computers

  • Use of Port must comply with the Virginia Tech Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Files left on machines may be seen (and changed) by others; personal files and settings can be deleted at any time. Save your work to portable media and/or cloud storage and delete files from computers – protecting your research from loss and theft is your responsibility.
  • Port computers do not all have the same software. Users needing licensed software (nVivo, SPSS) have priority – please accommodate them.

Please respect the privacy, comfort, and needs of others who are here to use Port’s special research and learning opportunities