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AppsAnywhere is an app store-style platform that gives you access to the software you need for your studies.

Available on all campus computers and any Windows PC on or off-campus.

AppsAnywhere does not currently support Chromebooks, Windows 10 and Windows 11 in S mode, mobile or tablet devices.

Getting started

  1. Open AppsAnywhere by going to https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk
  2. Log in using your UWE Bristol email and password.
    • Using your own device you may be prompted to install the 'AppsAnywhere Client'. This is needed to launch the applications.
  3. Use the search bar to find the software you need - click the app icon to see a description and availability information.
    • Some software won't be available until you have a Pulse Secure VPN connection, which you will also need each time you access that software.
    • Some specialist software may take longer to download when launching it for the first time. Depending on your network connection, you may find it faster to do this on-campus whilst connected to eduroam.

Further guidance for Windows and Mac users can be found below.

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

When you first launch an app in AppsAnywhere that required a VPN connection, you will be prompted to install Pulse Secure VPN. Alternatively, you can create a Pulse Secure VPN connection first using the steps below:

  1. Open AppsAnywhere by going to https://appsanywhere.uwe.ac.uk/ and log in using your UWE Bristol email and password
  2. Search VPN in the search bar
  3. Select *Pulse Secure VPN*
  4. Click Download
  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 setup 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. 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.

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
  • Ansys
  • CLion
  • EViews
  • Junctions
  • Keyshot
  • MATLAB
  • Minitab
  • PyCharm
  • Ricardo
  • 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. You will see a pop-up asking "Is AppsAnywhere installed on your device?". If you haven't yet installed the AppsAnywhere client, click Install now.
  4. Once the download has finished, open the downloaded file and follow the steps to install AppsAnywhere client.
  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. You will see a pop-up asking "Is AppsAnywhere installed on your device?". Click I have it already 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 Launch. 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 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 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 use 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.

AppsAnywhere further support and feedback

Common questions asked by other students can be found in the AppsAnywhere FAQs.

For further support, please call the IT Service Desk.

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

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