Information Commons Apple Computers

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is equipped with Macbook Pro laptops (for classes) and iMac desktops (for general public use). These computers feature the following software and applications:

Audio Production Software

Audacity: An open source audio recording and editing program used for creating music and podcasts. For more information on getting started with it, visit the online Audacity Manual.

GarageBand: Apple’s audio editing software, used for creating music or podcasts. Learn more at Apple.com.

Pro Tools: A professional audio production suite.

Design (photo, graphics, and web) Software

Adobe Production Premium Suite 6: A collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications from Adobe:


GIMP 2: An open source image manipulation program (like Adobe’s Photoshop) used for creating images and retouching photographs. For more information on getting started with it, visit the online GIMP Manual.

iPhoto: Apple’s photo manipulation software. Learn more at Apple.com.

Productivity Software

Microsoft Office: Microsoft’s productivity suite, including:

  • Microsoft Access: A database application. Users can enter, manage, and analyze large sets of data. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
  • Microsoft Excel: A spreadsheet application. Users can enter, sort, and analyze data. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint: A presentation application. Users can create slideshows that combine text, images, and animations. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
  • Microsoft Publisher: A publishing application. Users can create professional-looking documents such as brochures, calendars, and newsletters. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.
  • Microsoft Word: A word processing application. Users can create and format text-based documents such as essays, resumes, and fliers. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from GCFLearnFree.org.

OpenOffice: An open source suite of productivity software that is compatible with Microsoft Office products. Learn more at OpenOffice.org.

Video Production Software

Celtx: A program for writing works including scripts, plays, and comics, as well as storyboards for video projects. Visit Celtx.com for more information.

Debut: A recording application that can capture the view from your webcam, streaming video, or computer screen. Learn more at the Debut webpage.

Final Cut Pro X: A professional quality video production suite. Here's a good tutorial on working with multiple hard drives with FCX, and you may find this thread that describes the types of external hard drives useful as well. We recommend USB 2.0 with 7200rpm (5600rpm works as well). Avoid memory sticks/thumb drives.

iMovie: Apple’s video editing software. Learn more at Apple.com.

File Conversion Software

FLV Crunch: An application for converting audio and video files to multiple formats. Learn more at the FLV Crunch webpage.

Handbrake: An open source video converter. For more information, visit the Handbrake manual.

Accessibility

Mac OS X includes a number of accessibility options for people with vision, hearing, physical, and/or learning disabilities. Go to System Preferences and click on Universal Access.

Acknowledgments

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is made possible by a generous $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.  

The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, a legendary investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to continue the tradition of humanism characteristic of Mr. Levy by supporting scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.

We especially thank Shelby White, Founding Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, for her commitment to the enrichment of Central Library.

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Additional funding is provided through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.