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Macintosh Software Downloads

Dartmouth offers several Macintosh software programs for your use.

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Operating System Software Upgrades

For the past several years Mac OS X has been the operating system that ships on all Macintosh computers purchased from Apple Computer. It is a UNIX-based system that provides improved stability for your computer. Note: New Apple computers no longer start up in any operating system prior to Mac OS X. Computing Services currently provides support for Macintosh operating systems (Mac OS X) versions 10.3.9 and higher. If you are running a computer with a version of the Macintosh operating system prior to version 10.3.9, contact the IT Service Desk at 646-2999 or your department's IT support office to determine if your computer can be upgraded to a supported version.

The Mac OS X operating system is, by default, set to check for updates once a week. When Software Update  automatically prompts you, you should install any updates that appear, as they often contain bug fixes. To manually check for updates, select Software Update from the Apple menu, then click Check Now. Install any updates for which you are prompted.

Note: You will need to provide the administrator password for the computer in order to install system updates.

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Connectivity Software

Software and instructions for authentication, public printing, KeyServer, file transfer, telnet, VPN, web browser.

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General Productivity Software

E-mail, Web, backup, calendar, Office updates.

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Academic Software

Software tools for research and the classroom.

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Software Utilities

Tips for Downloading Software

  • You should download the file into a folder, not on your desktop.
  • Once downloaded, you may need to double-click the file to expand it, then use the expanded files to install the application. Other applications will automatically expand and create a folder for you that contains the installed application.
  • Some applications require a license number or serial number. In these cases, one of the files that is expanded from the original file you downloaded will contain the appropriate licensing information.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Service Desk (Help Desk) at 646-2999 and select from the options provided, send e-mail to, or call your department's IT support office.

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Last Updated: 1/23/15