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Digital Commons

Computers, scanners, printers, plotter, help desk, comfy chairs, and more!


  • Windows 10 (~50 machines)
  • Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (~10 machines)
  • Scanners: standard (one with document feeder), tabloid, large format (40-inch)
  • Plotter: 36-inch wide, heavy coated paper (pay with Husky Card)
  • Printer: color, duplex, letter/legal/tabloid (pay with Husky Card)
  • Wacom Intuos3 Graphics Tablets (available for in-lab use from help desk)
  • Presentation / collaboration spaces with projectors, comfy chairs, conference tables
  • Faculty loaner equipment pick-up/drop-off (at help desk)


Title Version Note
7-zip 9.2
Adobe Creative Suite – Design & Web Premium CS6 Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro
Autodesk Suite 2017 AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD Raster Design, 3dsMax, Inventor, Robot, Ecotect (2011), Navisworks Manage, Revit, Showcase, BIM 360
Bluebeam Revu CAD 2016
Citrix Receiver 14.3
Classic Shell 4.3.0
Climate Consultant 5.5
Comfen 4.1
Conefor 2014
Connectivity Analysis Toolkit 1.3.2
Daysim 4
Energy Plus 8.5
ENVI 5.1
ESRI 10.4 ArcGIS, ArcMAP, ArcScene, ArcCatalog, CityEngine (2015)
Firefox 43.0
Fragstats 4.2
Google Chrome 52.0
Google Earth Pro 7.1.5
Grass GIS 7.0.4
Guidos Toolbox 2.3
HdrScope 1
IDL 8.3
IrfanView 4.4
Land F-X 11.6 AutoCAD Plugin
Lands Design WIP
Lumion 6.5.1
Microsoft Office 2016 Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Word, Visio
Microsoft Silverlight 5.1
MySQL Workbench 6.3.7
OnScreen Takeoff 3.93
Optics 6.0
Panopto Recorder 5.1
Processing 3.1.1
QGIS 2.16
Quicktime Player 7.7.7
R 3.2.1
Radiance 4.3
Rhinoceros 5
Bongo 2 Rhino 5 Plugin
Diva 4.0 Rhino 5 Plugin
Flamingo nXT Rhino 5 Plugin
Grasshopper 0.97 Rhino 5 Plugin
HoneyBee Rhino 5 Plugin
Hummingbird Rhino 5 Plugin
LadyBug Rhino 5 Plugin
Lands Design Rhino 5 Plugin
RhinoCAM 2012 Rhino 5 Plugin
Rhino Terrain 2 Rhino 5 Plugin
TSplines 4.0 Rhino 5 Plugin
V-Ray 2 Rhino 5 Plugin
Culebra 1.0 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Firefly 1.0 Grasshopper Plugin
gHowl R50 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
HelioTrope 2.02 beta Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Hoopsnake 0.6.7 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Human UI 0.71 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Kangaroo 2.14 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Karamba 1.2 Grasshopper Plugin
Ladybug/Honeybee 0.62/0.60 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
LunchBox 2016.3.21 Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Meerkat 1.6 beta Grasshopper Plugin – user install
Slingshot! 2015.8.25 Grasshopper Plugin
Weaverbird 0.90 Grasshopper Plugin
Rstudio 0.99
SketchUp Pro 2016
V-Ray 2 SketchUp Plugin
V-Ray Express 2012 SketchUp Plugin
Kerkythia 2008 SketchUp Plugin
Sococo 3.5.13
SolidWorks 2016
Stroboscope/EZStrobe Visio 2016 Plugin
Therm 7.2
TileMill 0.1
TOR Browser 6.0.4
Vuescan 9.5.52
VLC Player 2.2.4
Window 7.4
WinSCP 5.7.5
WWHM 2012
Windows 10
Title Version Note
Adobe Creative Suite – Design & Web Premium CS6 Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Reader (XI)
Adobe Premiere Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Reader (XI)
ArchiCAD 20
Citrix Receiver 12.1.1 Xen software portal
CyberDuck FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, Azure browser
Firefox latest browser
Google Chrome latest browser
Google Drive local folder file sync
Google Earth Pro
HandBrake video transcribing
iMovie video editing
iTunes music player, store
iWork Keynote, Pages, Numbers (office software)
Kerkythia 2 rendering software
Lumion 6.5.1 Windows side of DC 27-inch iMacs
Microsoft Office 2016 Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word (office software)
Microsoft Remote Desktop remote access software
MySQL Workbench 6.3.7 SQL
Panopto 5.2.1 lecture capture
Photos photo management
qGIS 2.14.3
Quicktime Pro 7
Rstudio GUI for R statistical package
Radiance 5 lighting simulation and rendering
Safari browser
SketchUp Pro 2016 with Kerkythia plugin
TextWrangler 5 text editor
TOR Browser
VLC Player 2.2 video player
VueScan 9.5.52 scanning software
Mac OS


  • Contex Large Format Scanner
    Recommended Settings:

    • Resolution: 150 dpi
    • Color Depth: 24 bit
    • B/W: Graytone

    When using tracing paper with the large format scanner, use fixed paper width (preferred) and a white backing sheet (cut off what you need from the roll above the large cutter, use trace tape on leading edge and sides).

  • Epson GT-15000 Tabloid Scanner (use VueScan software)
  • Epson GT-2500 Scanner with Feeder (use Acrobat Pro, especially for multi page documents)

Printing + Plotting

Gould Hall Dawg Prints self-serve printers

UW Creative Communications has placed two self-serve printers in Gould Hall. A monochrome laser printer is in the BE Library (Gould 334) at the east end of the space, while the Digital Commons (Gould 007) has a color laser printer. Both printers are stocked with 8.5″ x 11″ (letter) and 11″ x 17″ (tabloid) paper; the Digital Commons printer also supports 8.5″ x 14″ (legal) paper. CBE lab/studio computers have drivers for these already installed. You can get driver installation packages for installation on your Mac or Windows computer by going to the UW Creative Communications link.

Paper sizes and prices (payment options: Husky Card, Dawg Prints Card, or Department Card (for CBE faculty/staff)) are below.  If your print job fails due to problems with the Dawg Prints system, you may be able to get a refund by filling out an online Refund Request Form on the Creative Communications site.

paper size

black & white

black & white



8.5″ x 11″ (letter)





8.5″ x 14″ (legal)





11″ x 17″ (tabloid)





Gould Hall color plotter

The Digital Commons has an HP DesignJet Z6100PS plotter with 36-inch wide paper (35 pound, heavy coated paper (roll), matte finish (ASTM D-523)) that can be accessed from computers in the Gould Hall computing labs (as “Student Color Plotter”). Since this is a delicate piece of equipment, it is not self-serve like the Dawg Prints printer. After sending a plot to the Student Color Plotter, you’ll need to review it with a consultant at the Digital Commons help desk during regular business hours before it is released for plotting. Pickup and payment is also at the Digital Commons help desk.

Tips for plotting in the Digital Commons (PDF).

The plotter is intended for use by BE students. However, individuals outside BE (but associated with the University of Washington) may visit the Digital Commons and plot to the plotter on a non-interfering basis, with the understanding that non-BE plot jobs will be lowered in priority to accommodate BE student needs. Please note that the BE plotting service is not able to support large-volume plotting for classes outside the College of Built Environments. Non-BE classes needing plotting services should use the general-access facilities in Odegaard and Mary Gates Hall.

Plots are limited to a maximum length of 120 inches (10 feet). Pricing (payment options: Husky Card, Dawg Prints Card, or Department Card (for CBE faculty/staff)):

price per running foot

Students/Faculty/Staff in BE departments


Other UW Students/Faculty/Staff


The length of a plot is measured by the length of paper used, not the image size on the plot. Please note that if you produce a plot, you’ll need to pay for it unless there’s a problem with the system that caused it to plot incorrectly. So please preview your plots to be sure that you’re sending what you intend to send to the plotter.