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Your Laptop & Software

  1.  Buying Your Laptop
  2.  Lab Computer Software
  3.  Downloadable Software
    • Autodesk Software
    • Google Earth
    • ArcGIS/Info
    • Data, Map & Government Information Services
    • Vectorworks
  4.  Software From Daniels (Rhino,V-Ray)


All students must have a laptop. Only use our computers for tasks you cannot perform on your own laptop.

There are a number of faculty resources available for your laptop.

Please note that the Faculties IT Department is not responsible for your laptop. Any hardware or software issues, unless it is software downloaded from our website, should be resolved with your computer manufacturer.

To minimize the instability of the wireless environment in studios, you must keep your wireless card driver software up-to-date. Go to your computer manufacturer website Downloads section, select your computer model, and check for newest version of the driver.

Buying Your Laptop

Laptop Requirements

We recommend buying the best computer you can afford — but do not forget about servicing. Laptops are preferable because they allow you the greatest flexibility. Our recommendations  assume you will want to use more advanced software for rendering and 3D modeling. We have a few contacts through the University for discounts:

In general, the lighter the weight of a laptop and the more compact it is, the more expensive it is. You must balance the weight of the computer with the features you need.

There are three key points to consider when buying a computer for advanced work:

  • For advanced 3D work or Graphics programs: such as Photoshop, the graphics card is very important and cannot generally be changed after you have bought the unit. As a guide a dedicated Graphics card with its own on-board memory of at least 4GB that supports OpenGL 3.0 or higher is recommended.
  • For advanced graphics work: a generous amount of memory is important. We recommend Windows 10 and minimum of 16 GB of memory. SSD drive is highly recommended.
  • A good warranty: covers the likely life of the laptop, three years is recommended.

The vast majority of students purchase PC laptops rather than Mac PowerBooks. One reason is that Autodesk suite products are not fully supported natively on the Mac platform. In addition, various plugins for Rhino3D are only available on the Windows platform.

Please shop around to find a product that works for you in terms of keyboard, screen size and additional features.


Lab Computer Software

The Following Software is Available on Most Lab Computers:

CADD Modeling

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk 3DS Max
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk Raster Design
  • Rhino 6
  • SketchUp 2018
  • v-Ray for Rhino
  • RhinoCam 2018

Graphics, Web Authoring

Adobe CC 2018


  • ESRI ArcGIS 10
  • Google Earth Pro

Lumion 8.0


  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Firefox
  • VLC Player


Downloadable Software

Antivirus software
It is essential that you have anti-virus software on your computer. The University of Toronto provides a free version of antivirus software called UTORprotect to all registered students and faculty.

It is important to have your computer's operating system up-to-date with the latest security and updates. Most exploits, including viruses, happen on computers that have not been kept up to date with the latest security releases.

If you are using Microsoft Windows go to windows update site and press "express install." This link will scan your version of Windows and Internet explorer to see if you require any security updates. (Note: If you are using another browser like Firefox this link will not work properly.)

Microsoft also releases new antivirus/antispyware software that is free for personal use and can be downloaded from their website: Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus: Follow this link for download and installation instructions.


Autodesk Software


The Student Engineering & Design Community has established Autodesk as a FREE website for students in engineering, architecture, design and animation. Students are able to download free student editions of Autodesk 3D design software, discuss projects, share work, and learn from the experts.

Faculty can join the Autodesk Faculty Lounge area of the Students Engineering & Design Community. It's the perfect place to share course ideas, curriculum, and exercises; host faculty-only forums to discuss issues and best practices; and download the free versions of Autodesk software.

Free Software Downloads:

  • Revit Architecture
  • Revit Structure
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Inventor Professional
  • Autodesk AliasStudio
  • AutoCAD Electrical
  • AutoCAD MAP 3D
  • Autodesk VIZ
  • AutoCAD Raster Design
  • Autodesk Impression
  • 3ds Max Design
  • AutoCAD for Windows
  • AutoCAD for Mac

REGISTER at for your FREE Academic Edition of Autodesk Software.

Google Earth Pro

Google Earth Pro now is free and can be downloaded here.


Robarts Library has limited copies of a free Student Edition of ArcGIS.

ArcInfo 10

ArcInfo 10 software is available but will expire one year after installation. You will have to come in  in person to sign for it.

Try submitting ESRI Software License Request Here.

Data, map & Government Information Services

Available on the 5th floor of U of T's Robarts Library.


Full time students at a recognized academic institution who are taking a design-oriented program are eligible for a free version of Vectorworks Designer with Renderworks.

Students may request Vectorworks version 2016, 2017, or 2018. Please check with your Instructor to see which version is more appropriate.

Please note, only use the Canadian distributor’s ( web site to get and submit your license form.


Software from Daniels

The Rhino 6 licenses are available for  distribution while quantities last. Otherwise, 90 days FREE trial version can be downloaded and used at -

Software package available for current Daniels students include:


Rhino 6 Educational Single-User perpetual license
Each student is entitled to one copy of the software package either for Windows or Mac. 

The same serial number will be accepted on both Windows or Mac platform.
   Rhino 6 Licence Key

 Rhino 6 Installers 


I lost my Rhino License key! Where do I get it from?

If you are unable to locate your copy of Rhino license key after uninstalling rhino or wiping your computer, you will be able to find the key if you sign in into your Daniels account online and press on the “Software” tab.

!!!IMPORTANT!!! LICENSE SERVER NAME HAS CHANGED, UPDATE NEEDED. Installation packages for V-Ray can be found in the Resources folder on the Daniels FTP server. Please use "" as the Primary License server option, which can be found under "Change V-Ray client license settings." Right click and choose: "Run as Administrator."

To use V-Ray from home, a VPN connection must be configured and established.

 V-Ray Installers - Daniels Login & Password, Connection to Daniels Network Required
        Windows 10: In File Explorer (Copy & Paste) -

Maxwell & V-Ray for Rhino are not available for Mac.

RhinoCAM 2018
A limited number of RhinoCAM 2017 is available with connection to our license server. To configure your computer follow these steps:

  • Right-click This PC-Properties-Advanced system settings-Environment Variables-New User Variable
  • For name: RLM_LICENSE
  • Value: 5053@license2

Installation packages for RhinoCAM could be found under Resources folder on Daniels FTP server.

RhinoCAM 2018 Installers - Daniels Login & Password Required

Connection to VPN is required from any other network than Daniels.


Dell Canvas 27 Tablet

Available now in the Undergraduate & Graduate Studio.

Dell Pen and Totem kit will be provided by a ticket request.

Software must be downloaded and installed on your laptop from this link: