General Applications Available

The College has quite a bit of application software that you can use. Anything you could want to do with a computer, you most likely can do on campus. For the most part, you would be limited to the PC Labs in NSB A135.
In the all labs are equipped with laser printers. You could obtain a high quality output from your applications. Many of the computers at that location are capable of working with the most current personal computer technologies.

The application software that you would be able to use is great and varied in many particular disciplines. Some of the applications also have manuals available. You would need to go to the Help Desk with your ID Card to take one of the manuals out. Check at the help desk to see if a manual is available for the application you wish to use.


The different applications fall under several categories. This is a listing of them.

The application selection is greatly varied. Each category is covered by at least two different applications. Read further for your choices. Descriptions are provided with some of the applications. If you can fill in the blanks on the others and want to submit it, please do so. We will include it in future editions of this document. You can contact us as mentioned at the bottom of each document.

Software Copying

If you are going to copy software, please check at the help desk to see what software you may copy. There are several student versions of software that you are allowed to copy. For the most part though, you are not allowed to copy the software that is available in the Labs. The software is licensed by the manufacturer and is covered by copyright. It is a federal offense to violate copyright or licensing agreements. Violators can be held legally accountable. The computer labs strictly prohibit engaging in such activities with their equipment or licensed software products. The lab manager will take action if such activities are discovered.
This is an educational institution. If you wish to behave like a felon, do so elsewhere. Don't tarnish the reputation of this or any other university.

Communication Applications

Computers were initially created to perform complex calculation in a quick manner. The primordial applications for computers were for precision artillery usage (like most technologies, this was born out of a desire to better and more efficiently kill) and complex scientific calculations. Later uses of the computer involved storage and management of data. The next step after that was how to distribute that data. For about thirty years, data telecommunication was within the realm of Government, Big Business and Educational Institutions. With the advent of the PC and commercial pushes for new markets, there now is a huge push for individual data communications.

The computer facilities of Queens College allow you to perform rudimentary communications to state of the art Web Browsing. Some of the communication applications that you can use are:

Word Processing

What can we say about a word processor. If you need one, you obviously know what it does. Getting to know which one to use though is the hard part. That is just a matter of taste. The bulk of this guide was done on Microsoft Word for Windows, Version 6.0a with the Microsoft Internet Assistant add on module. It is my personal favorite. You may feel differently. The following are the Word Processors that you have at your disposal on campus:

Any output from the Word Processors is done on a laser printer. You will have presentation quality output. Please do not print until you are looking for your final output. You should review drafts on your monitor screen.

Spread Sheets

Spread sheets are used for accounting applications and numerical analyses. There are several available for you to use on campus.

Desktop Publishing

With the advent of Laser Printers and WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) graphic screen based programs, it is possible to do printing layouts on a personal computer. A lot of work that people and small businesses used to bring to a printers shop now is done at home or in the office. The PC Labs, with their flat bed scanners, laser printers and desktop publishing software, are able to give you access to some high quality output.

The following is the desktop publishing packages that are available for you to use.


Queens College has software packages on their systems that allow you to perform graphics work. The following is a partial listing of them.

Image Processing

Image processing is a popular computer application today. Photo manipulation is becoming a hot item in motion picture special effects and for photographic treatments with special effects. For Image Processing, the personal computer labs have the following software:

Programming Languages

Within the Computer Science Department, programming is a widely performed activity (At least the department hopes so). There are a vast array of programming languages available on campus. We will only list the ones that are PC based and available on the VAX VMS system.


Beside the normal utilities that you would find in operating system packages, the pc labs have additional utilities packages that you can use. Their functions are varied. The following are available at the PC labs for use.

Math/Scientific/Statistical Applications

The PC Labs have several packages of this type that you may use. They are as follows:

Database Management Systems

The College has Database Management Systems that may be used by the campus population. Note that when you create database files, you should take them with you on floppy disks, as with all your work you perform on campus personal computers. The hard drives are cleaned out occasionally and you also do not know what computer you will use from day to day. The Database Management Systems that are available for you to use are:

There are more applications that you are able to access on campus. We may not know of them all or just were to lazy to include them. As we state throughout this guide any suggestions for additions or revisions are always welcome. Submit your suggestions to the information given at the end of this and every document in the guide.

This document was written by Louis Bianchi. We owe many thanks to the feedback provided by Bert and the students of CS101. More specific details about this document are available.

Please send suggestions and further details to:

Dr. Bon K. Sy
Queens College/CUNY
Department of Computer Science
Flushing, NY 11367
Voice: (718)-997-3500 x-3477
Fax: (718)-997-3513

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