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Mobile Devices (iPads, Smartphones etc) Hide

Apps which *might* work.  Not "officially" supported or endorsed. Try at your own risk. Search your devices App Store to see if it's available for your device.

Puffin Browser with FLASH support

Puffin is a "Proxied Browser" that works with most websites that use Adobe Flash plugins. Free version with ads or low-cost $3.99 no-ads paid version with extra features. (I HIGHLY recommend the paid one!) This browser works with the myCMU BigBlueButton, live 'eClassroom' program.

iCab browser/file uploader

iOS ONLY. A special web browser designed to allow file upload or downloads using the "Browse to choose file" method. $1.99

Documents by Readdle

iOS ONLY. A free multi-purpose document management app. Create basic text documents, download and view files from your 'cloud' services. View Word, PowerPoints or PDF's etc.

WPS Office suite

A free Microsoft Office "clone" program. Create, edit and view Word, PowerPoint or Excel files. Does not require a Microsoft account.

Microsoft Office for Mobile

Available for iOS and Android in their respective App stores. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote etc.  Requires a "paid" Office 365 subscription account (personal or business/edu) to edit/save. Otherwise they are "Read only" (the CMU student Office 365 license is not considered a 'paid subscription" by Microsoft. so use with your CMU student account is still considered "read only" by Microsoft)

Meeting & Lecture Recorder

Audio/Voice recorder with notepad to make quick notes about the audio.  Free


iOS ONLY. An electronic version of the old standby study method of creating 3 x 5" "recipe cards" with the question on front and answer on back.

Educreations Whiteboard

iOS ONLY. A free general purpose "whiteboard" that lets you draw in colors, type, insert pictures, create multiple pages, erase and reuse all or part of a page, even record as you work for later playback.

Office Lens

Take a photo of a page of text and it will straighten the page and clean up the text for easy reading. Then Upload to OneDrive to save it. Great for taking a picture of class lecture data written on a whiteboard.


This iOS app costs 99 cents but is well worth it. It allows you to set a smaller video resolution and/or lower frame rate in which to record your movies.  Most videos shot on an iPhone or iPad do not need to be full Hi-Def BlueRay or DVD quality. They can usually be like the 'standard' definition and size of most YouTube videos which take up WAY less space, and can be uploaded faster and more easily than huge HD videos.

VLC (VideoLan Player)

The incredible, versatile multi-media player as an App. Will play nearly any kind of internet movie or audio file. Works with AirPlay to project the movie to an AppleTV/AirServer etc.


A universal bar-code, QR code utility that works with most any type of codes.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Lets you view and sign PDF files.

My Script Stylus 'keyboard'

A keyboard add-on that replaces the letters with a writing area so you can quickly take notes with your finger or stylus by just writing on the screen. It Automatically translates the written text to 'type' and has a "best guess" correction mode that gives you 3-4 possible alternatives in case your writing is a bit sloppy.

How to free up storage space on a full iPad

Hints and Tips for how to free up space on your iPad if it becomes full. This does not include the obvious like deleting games or other non-essential Apps. These are the 'hidden' settings buried in non-obvious locations... like deleting extra Siri voices that you don't use etc.


AppZapp finds new Free or On Sale price apps. It is not uncommon to find apps that cost $3-7 temporarily reduced to Free, often for a holiday special or the apps 'birthday' etc. so I check this app daily!

EDU Free Textbook - Resource Sites Hide
These sites provide a ton of free materials that can supplement most any type of course.
Free educational eBooks, Videos, Audio and self-paced courses.
Free open-source e-textbooks on dozens of topics.
Thousands of free educational, multimedia resources on virtually any topic.
Hundreds of free Learning Guides, Test Preps,  Study Tools etc.
100 sites with free eBooks
Software at Discount Prices Hide
Purchase Software at EDU Discounts

Save on MS Office and other software with proof of being a student. (see site for details)

File Helper Applications (PC/Mac) Hide

These are for Desktop/Laptop computers, not Tablets or SmartPhones

Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader is a free viewer for PC's or Macs for viewing documents saved in the ".pdf" format.
Adobe FLASH plugin
This is the required Adobe FLASH PLAYER browser plugin. There is a DIFFERENT ONE for EACH browser. (I.E, Firefox etc) Go to the download website Using Each Browser and download/run the appropriate installer. It should Auto-Detect the correct one for your browser. DO NOT checkmark/Install the "Optional" product. Usually a McAfee, ASK, or Google Chrome product. They are NOT needed and are there as paid for commercial "spamware".

Audacity is a free, powerful Audio recorder and editor for PC's or Macs. Use the latest "beta" version for newer computers or operating systems. To save files as MP3's you must download and install a separate free extension. Instructions are on the Audacity website. You can open/play MP3's without the add-on, it is only needed if you wish to save or change MP3's.

Firefox is a free alternative web browser for PC's or Macs. It is recommended for use with myCMU. 
This free media viewer and organizer allows PC's or Macs to download, import and play a variety of internet based music and movies. Some are free and others must be purchased through the iTunes Store, or you can import your own music from CD's. Works with iPods, iPhones in addition to computers. (* Note* Quicktime must be installed before installing iTunes)
Formerly called OpenOffice, this program is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. It is not 100% compatible since MS Office is a copyrighted commercial program, but it will open most MS Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and can save its own files in an MS Office compatible file format. It has a wordprocessor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, database, and graphics editor. It works on both PC's and Macs.
VideoLAN Client (VLC)
VLC is a free multi-purpose digital media player. It will open and play/view nearly every kind of internet multimedia file type such as photos, music/audio, and movies. It is Multi-Platform so works on PC's or Macs
7-Zip is a free file archive/expansion program that works with a variety of compression formats. such as .zip or .rar. Large files are often compressed before uploading/downloading to save drive space and bandwidth. This program works on both PC's and Macs.
ShotCut Video Editor

Free, open-source, multi-platform video editor. Makes a good replacement for Apple iMovie or Windows MovieMaker.

Calibre - eBook Manager

This free cross-platform app will import a variety of eBook formats and let you manage them, read them or convert them to other formats for other devices.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view and print PDF files.