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The Office of Information Technology (OIT) offers a new initiative called UTools. The first phase of the OIT UTools initiative is to expand OIT's current software license program and recommend an evolving Delicious-based list of free or low cost open-source and shareware applications and tools. Below are the exciting changes that you will see starting Aug. 6, 2008.

Expansion of OIT's Current Software License Program

OIT is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with the Office of Distributed Education and Instructional Technology and the Academic Health Center to offer the three most common faculty toolkit software tools at a drastically reduced cost. Under the new program, all current U of M faculty and staff will be able to purchase Adobe Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, and PhotoShop Elements at approximately 40% of the already discounted U of M Adobe software license price. For example, Adobe Acrobat Pro will cost only $25 for faculty and staff through this program (approximate retail price is $449).

All Adobe software orders can be placed through the OIT Software License program online order form at www.umn.edu/software. Questions regarding the discounted software options can be sent to software@umn.edu.

As a result of this new program, as of Aug. 6, the Faculty Toolkit program will no longer be available. Currently, the Faculty Toolkit program restricts the "free" software options to only five faculty classifications, leaving many faculty and all staff not eligible for this option.

Delicious-Based List of Free or Low Cost Open-Source and Shareware Applications and Tools

OIT will recommend an evolving Delicious-based list of free or low cost open-source and shareware applications and tools. OIT will work with the University Community to align applications and tools to the University of Minnesota mission of research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service. This use of the Delicious social networking application will facilitate community sharing of information, recommendations for online tools, and more. Visit the UTools website (www.umn.edu/oit/utools) for more information and a direct link to the Delicious Web site. Questions regarding the open-source initiative can be sent to dmc@umn.edu.

Additional software and applications will be added to the UTools initiative. Please check UTools for upcoming opportunities.

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