Battery packs for checkout

To assist Addlestone Library patrons who are studying in areas without nearby electrical outlets, the Library and the Division of Information Technology are happy to announce that high-capacity battery packs are now available for checkout.

With a top sustained output of 85 watts, these batteries can charge the vast majority of laptops, plus any phone or tablet. Plug your charger into the battery pack just like you’d plug it into a wall outlet, and you can focus on your work without worrying about whether your laptop will make it.

These battery packs are available at the Addlestone Library circulation desk to College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff for use within the Library for up to two hours at a time. For complete details, please see the Library’s battery checkout policy.

Adobe Creative Cloud available in Addlestone 120

The iMacs in room 120 of the Addlestone Library have access to the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite. The industry-leading apps that make up this suite are replete with features to help you create polished, professional content. Some of Creative Cloud’s most popular programs include:

Photoshop

Photoshop is perhaps the best-known image editing software on the market today. Its complement of “smart” features can assist with tasks ranging from reducing motion blur to seamlessly eliminating objects from a scene, yet it allows for a high degree of manual control for precision work. While its focus is on editing photographs and other raster graphics, it also features some support for creating and editing vector graphics, video, and 3D graphics.

Illustrator

Whereas Photoshop is used primarily for working with raster graphics, Illustrator specializes in vector graphics. Unlike raster images (e.g. photographs), vector images can be resized, rotated, recolored, etc., without any loss in quality. For example, a vector image rescaled to 100 times its original size would still have smooth curves and color gradients, not appearing “pixelated” as a photo or other raster image would.

Premiere Pro

There’s a good chance you’ve recently watched a TV show or movie created with Premiere Pro. This professional-grade video editing software allows you to compile multiple audio/visual sources and add effects (transitions, overlays, zoom/pan, etc.) to and create a high-quality video in a wide variety of formats. With its cloud/social media integration features, you can export your final product directly to sites like YouTube or Vimeo.

Audition

What Premiere Pro is to video, Audition is to audio. Compile multiple audio tracks, eliminate clicks/pops and unwanted background noise, directly modify waveforms, and much more to create professional-sounding audio content. Thanks to the integration between different Creative Cloud programs, Audition can edit audio sources within Premiere Pro project files, streamlining your workflow.

InDesign

The publishing component of the Creative Cloud suite, InDesign is used to create posters, brochures, magazines, and other print media. InDesign can also create digital publications like e-books, interactive PDFs, and other tablet-friendly content.

Acrobat DC

Not to be confused with Acrobat Reader, Acrobat DC is much more than a PDF viewer. This software specializes in creating and editing PDF files. Acrobat DC can import data from a number of sources (e.g. web pages, Microsoft Office documents, scans, etc.) and allows the creation of interactive features like forms that users can complete without having to print the document.

Free Office 365 for Students

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College of Charleston students are eligible to use Microsoft Office 365 free of charge. This free service includes the latest version of the Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) as well as online services like OneDrive cloud storage.

See this page for instructions on signing in to Office 365 and downloading the Office suite!

Google Drive for students

Did you know that your g.cofc.edu account comes with free cloud storage? With Google Drive, you can sync a folder on your laptop with your online storage space, backing up your important data while making it easier to share. This page walks you through how to get started with Google Drive in minutes, whether you’re on a PC or a Mac.