Managed Software Center
Managed Software Updates
Why do some people already have the Managed Software Center?
Some of our computers are designated as “beta” systems. These computers are part of a small collection of machines that will get access to new software applications, or updates before the main body of computers. The primary goal of this program is to provide a safety net for the IT Department. Beta testers give us a live production environment to tryout new things, and sometimes, it goes wrong. An application may not install properly, it may crash when it launches or even break major parts of the computer operating system. The Technology staff tests all applications and tools to try and prevent that but sometimes things are missed or software conflicts with applications that we do not have on our testing machines in the Technology Office. If your computer has the Managed Software Center, it is likely part of this testing group.
So how does Managed Software Center work?*** MSC is available from a Brehm-issued computer at any of our 4 Carbondale locations ***
- Access via Finder by clicking on Go (in the Top Menu) and selecting Applications
- While in Finder you can also press Command+Shift+A
- It can also be accessed via LaunchPad
The Managed Software Center application window is themed after the Apple App Store program and may look familiar.
This is a collection of all of the software that you can install on your computer. Some programs may be for entertainment like Spotify or iTunes while others may be for classes like the iWork or iLife suites.
This section contains all of the software that you have access to as “Optional Installs” and that you have chosen to install on your computer. This is also where you go to uninstall or remove software from your computer that you do not need. The most common reason for doing this is to free up space on your system.
This is a section that breaks down all of the software that you have available based on categories set by the Technology Department. It is a new feature and one that will be used more as new applications are added and updated in Managed Software Center.
Please not that not all applications will be listed under a given category. If you are looking for a specific installer or tool, please use the search feature at the top right of the Managed Software Center window.
This section will list out all of the updates that are waiting to be installed. If you have items listed here you should install them. Updates sent out but the Technology Department via Managed Software Center address a number of issues, including software bugs, security issues and new programs that may be needed for your classes or jobs.
The sidebar in Managed Software Center is a collection of links for you. It includes links to the Technology Home Page (Welcome) as well as the Department (Support) page outlining the school’s Help Desk system.
Other links include information about OS X from Apple, Inc; a quick link to Google’s Search page and other useful tools.
The Mac Apps link on the sidebar takes you to the Apple Support page that covers all of their applications like: Quicktime, iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie, Mail, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc.