AppsAnywhere

AppsAnywhere is a web-based app store enabling you to downloadAppsAnywhere logo
and run software applications with a single click from any Windows
PC on or off campus and is installed on all campus computers.
Guidance for Mac users can be found below.

To get started go to https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk and use your UWE Bristol email and password to log in. Some software will not be available until you have a Pulse Secure VPN connection.

Important: AppsAnywhere does not currently support mobile or tablet devices or Chromebooks.

AppsAnywhere

Check out our video tutorial to help you get started with AppsAnywhere.

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Using a VPN for AppsAnywhere

Some software is only licenced for use on campus computers.
If you're using your own device on or off campus, or a UWE Bristol device off campus, you'll need to use a specific Pulse Secure VPN (virtual private network) connection to obtain a license for these packages.

Please note: other VPNs won't work with AppsAnywhere.

A VPN extends a private network (in this case UWE Bristol) across a public network (your broadband or other internet connection). It allows your computer or laptop to communicate securely with licence servers on the UWE Bristol network.

Starting a Pulse Secure VPN connection

  1. Login to AppsAnywhere using your UWE Bristol email and password
  2. Search VPN in the search bar
  3. Select Pulse Secure VPN
  4. Click Download:
    An image of the Pulse Secure VPN window.
  5. Follow the instructions in the Pulse Secure Setup window:
    An image of the Welcome to the Pulse Secure Setup Wizard window
  6. Once the set up is complete, open Pulse Secure and click the + button to add a new connection:
    An image of the Pulse Secure window, showing the + button.
  7. In the 'Add Connections' window, enter the following details:
    Name: AppsAnywhere
    Server URL: xa.uwe.ac.uk/licence (must be lowercase)
    An image of the Add Connection screen within Pulse Secure.
  8. Click Connect
  9. The UWE Bristol login screen will then open.
  10. 9a. If you have not set up MFA using the Microsoft Authenticator app:

    • Enter your UWE Bristol email and password
    • A Microsoft Authenticator page will open. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up or open your account:
    • Select work or school account
    • Tick save
    • You will be presented with a QR code. Using the Authenticator app on your phone, scan the QR code on the screen
    • You will be prompted to approve the code on your phone
    • Enter the code from Authenticator on the login screen
    • Enter your UWE Bristol password when asked for 'secondary password'
    • Click connect.

    9b. If you are already set up with MFA:

    • Enter the code from Authenticator on the login screen
    • Enter your UWE Bristol password when asked for 'secondary password'
    • Click connect.
  1. Once you are connected you can launch the required software from AppsAnywhere.

Connection time limit

Pulse Secure VPN connections last for seven days and you'll receive a warning notification three hours before the session is due to end.

If you require more time, you will need to reopen Pulse Secure, login, connect and go through the authentication process again. Please follow the 'Starting a VPN connection' guidance above (steps 9b-10).

AppsAnywhere software requiring a Pulse Secure VPN connection

In AppsAnywhere, you will see Campus PC or Pulse VPN below the title of the software. 

Please note: some software will not be available in AppsAnywhere until you have a Pulse Secure VPN connection, so make sure you have set this up first.

Software requiring a Pulse Secure VPN connection

  • Abaqus
  • Altair FEKO Winprop
  • Altair Hyperworks
  • Ansys (although there is also a local version available)
  • ArcGIS Desktop
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • Civil 3D
  • CLion
  • Esri CityEngine
  • Eviews
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • Inventor
  • Junctions
  • Keyshot
  • Maple
  • MATLAB 2019a
  • Maya
  • Minitab
  • Motion Builder
  • Mudbox
  • Navisworks Manage
  • Navisworks Simulate
  • PSCAD
  • PyCharm
  • Recap Pro
  • Revit
  • Rhino 6
  • Ricardo
  • Robot Structural Analysis
  • Solidworks
  • STK Systems Tool Kit
  • V-Ray for Revit
  • V- Ray for Rhino
  • V-Ray for SketchUp

Pulse Secure VPN

Watch this short video on how to set up a Pulse Secure VPN for AppsAnywhere.

Using a VPN for AppsAnywhere (PDF)

Using AppsAnywhere on Windows

From your own device, on or off campus

  1. Go to https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk.
  2. Login with your UWE Bristol email address and password.
  3. Select ‘It’s my first time using AppsAnywhere on this device’, to start the installation process.
  4. Open the downloaded file and follow the steps to install Cloudpaging Player.
  5. Select Done once complete.
    Wait for validation to complete. Once complete, you will see all applications available for your course.
  6. Now you can choose from the list or use the search box to Launch an application.

From a Windows PC on campus

  1. Access the app store through a web browser at https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk.
    There may also be a shortcut icon on the desktop to open AppsAnywhere.
  2. Once logged in, select Open AppsAnywhere Launcher to validate your session.
  3. You will see a menu of applications available for your course.
  4. Choose an application from the menu, or use the search box.
  5. Select to Launch your application, and Open AppsAnywhere Launcher.
  6. Cloudpaging Player will then stream and open your application.

Please note: launching some applications may take longer, especially when launched for the first time. Please launch any apps when you first arrive and log in, before the lesson begins.

View more information on applications

Select More Info on any application to view:

  • an overview of the application
  • system compatibility, and any license restrictions.

You can favourite your most used applications for quick access and copy a link to share the application with other users.

Uninstall an application

To uninstall an application:

  1. Open the Cloudpaging Player from the Start menu.
  2. Find the application in the list.
  3. Select Remove.

Using AppsAnywhere on a Mac

AppsAnywhere works by using a streaming technology called Cloudpaging which relies on the Windows operating system. While AppsAnywhere is primarily Windows based, there is support for Mac users for all applications which have a Mac version.

If you have a Mac and need to use Windows only software, you may choose to install Windows 10 on your Mac.

Please note: some software may not be compatible with Apple's ARM processor, for example the M1 chip.

From your own device, on or off campus

  1. Go to https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk.
  2. Login with your UWE Bristol email address and password.
  3. Select ‘It's my first time using AppsAnywhere on this device’, to start the installation process.
    Once complete, you will see all applications available for your course.
  4. Choose an application or use the search box.
  5. To run the software, please us the relevant guidance below.

Download – via secure download

This method is where we have provided Mac installers for certain software to provide a consistent experience to Windows users.

However, this method will mean that your Mac won't recognise UWE Bristol as the developer.

Apple provides guidance to open a Mac app from an unidentified developer and from this we have added our recommended way below.

  1. Find the software in the AppsAnywhere portal and select download.
  2. Once downloaded open the .pkg file and you will see an error message like the one below.
    .pkg error message.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Choose Apple menu Apple logo > System Preferences > click Security & Privacy, then select the General tab.
  5. You will see the software listed in the box, click Open anyway.
  6. Another warning message will appear (this is part of Apple's inbuilt security processes). Click Open.
  7. Follow the on screen installation steps.
  8. You can access it via the Launchpad or the Applications menu in Finder.

Launch via OSX install

  1. This method will add the app directly to your Mac.
  2. You can access it via the Launchpad or the Applications menu in Finder.

External website

  1. This will take you directly to the developers site so you can install from there. (e.g. Chrome)
  2. You may need to log in to your existing account or set one up.

Please note: launching some applications may take longer, especially when launched for the first time. Please launch any apps when you first arrive and log in, before the lesson begins.

From a Mac on campus

  1. Access the app store through a web browser at https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk.
    There may also be a shortcut icon on the desktop to open AppsAnywhere.
  2. Once logged in, select Open AppsAnywhere Launcher to validate your session.
  3. You will see a menu of applications available for your course.
  4. Choose an application from the menu, or use the search box.
  5. Select to Launch your application.

Please note: launching some applications may take longer, especially when launched for the first time. Please launch any apps when you first arrive and log in, before the lesson begins.

View more information on applications

Select More Info on any application to view:

  • an overview of the application
  • system compatibility, and any license restrictions.

You can favourite your most used applications for quick access and copy a link to share the application with other users.

Uninstall an application

To uninstall an application:

  1. Go to Finder > Applications.
  2. Select your app and drag it to the Bin.

Using Adobe via AppsAnywhere

Adobe software is one of the most popular packages we provide at UWE Bristol. Due to the complexities of the software, it can behave very differently depending on what device you are using and whether you are on or off campus.

Please note: if your course requires Adobe Creative Cloud, you will have access to this in AppsAnywhere.

If your course does not require Adobe Creative Cloud, you can still access it from a computer on campus.
It is also available to purchase with a 65% discount from the Adobe website.

Using Adobe on campus lab computers

  1. Open AppsAnywhere or use the short cut on the desktop.
  2. In the login box enter uwe.ac.uk – you don’t need to enter your full email address on campus lab computers.
  3. If you are asked to select an account you must select ‘School or work account’ – however you should be logged in automatically by single sign-on (SSO) and won’t be asked for this.
  4. Once you are in the AppsAnywhere portal you will see all available Adobe apps.

Please note: the Adobe software version installed on campus machines will be a different to what is available via AppsAnywhere. It is worth making a note of the version you are using on campus if you need to access work on your personal device.

See the Using Adobe on a personal or UWE managed devices below for more info.

Using Adobe on a personal or UWE Bristol managed device

  1. Open AppsAnywhere, log in and wait for the validation to complete.
  2. Depending on your device, Download and install/Install on the Creative Cloud app.
  3. Open Creative Cloud and sign in with your UWE Bristol email and password. If you are prompted to select an account you MUST choose ‘work or school account’.
  4. You will see all available Adobe apps and can install what you need. Please note: The Adobe software version installed on campus machines will be a different to what is available via Creative Cloud.
  5. If you need to use the on-campus version, click the three dots next to ‘Install’ and select ‘other versions’.
  6. Find the one you need and click ‘Install’
  7. Find the version you need you need. Please see software groups and versions for more information.

AppsAnywhere further support and feedback

For further support, please call the IT Service Desk on +44 (0)117 328 3612.
This is the quickest way to resolve issues.

Feedback on AppsAnywhere or the guidance above can be emailed to AppsAnywhere@uwe.ac.uk.

Specialist Software

Specialist software is installed on some student PCs on campus. It may be easier to use one of these PCs if you are needing to use larger software packages.

Use our computer locations by software guide to find where you can use the software you need.

Software available in Frenchay Library

Some areas of Frenchay Library and open access/learning zones have PCs with specific groups of specialist software installed. Faculties may also provide a range of specialist hardware and software to support teaching and learning.

Please see software groups and versions for more information on specific types of software available and which version installed.

Please note: due to the coronavirus situation, campus PCs are using the software installed and updated for the 2019/2020 academic year. This means they may have older versions of software than are available via AppsAnywhere. However, if you are on campus and AppsAnywhere is running the same version that is installed on a PC it will launch the locally installed version as this is the easiest and quickest delivery method.

Offers for students

Educational discounts for UWE Bristol students:

Microsoft Office 365 University

As part of the Office 365 agreement with Microsoft, students are allowed to install up to five copies of the latest version of Microsoft Office on their personal devices and online access. Find out more about Office 365.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Please note: if you need Creative Cloud for your course you will be able to access this and most of the Adobe apps, at no cost, through AppsAnywhere.

Adobe offers all students and teachers a 65% discount on Creative Cloud packages, which can be found via the Adobe website.

IT equipment at discount prices

If you need support to purchase IT equipment for studying, including internet access, please see our Digital Capability scheme (DCS). This has been set up to provide grants to help students who have no access to IT equipment.

Routine student discounts can be found for products such as HP, Dell, Apple etc through a number of well-known outlets.

Please note: there is no obligation or responsibility on the University's part for schemes run by well-known suppliers. To ensure you purchase what you need for your course, please read the guidance on choosing IT equipment for university.

Anti-virus software

It is strongly recommended that you have an anti-virus software package installed, regardless of the operating system you are running on your computer.

Mobile devices normally include built-in protection.