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Systems & Software for Personal Computers

This article contains a list of resources for members of the MCAD community who are using their personal computers on campus or to complete work for MCAD.

This includes students who waived the laptop requirement, graduate students, faculty not issued laptops by the school, and other guests who qualify for software access.

**These instructions are meant for users who have Apple computers. If you have a Windows computer, please see this article.**

Many of the following steps can be skipped or shortened by enrolling in our MDM server. For instructions and more information about this, please read the section at the bottom of this article under the heading "MDM enrollment." Please note that licensed Microsoft Office programs are only available through MDM enrollment.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Degree-seeking students, faculty, and full time staff have a free Adobe CC license connected to their MCAD account by default. Other community members may be issued a license by exception.

If you need to install and license the Adobe CC programs from scratch on a personal computer, please follow these instructions. These apps are available for both Mac and Windows users.

If you already have these apps installed on a personal computer and simply want to switch to licensing them using your MCAD account, simply log out of your current Adobe ID in the Adobe CC desktop app (accessible via the Adobe CC icon in your top menu bar), then sign back in first with your full MCAD email address and then with just your MCAD username and password.


Please use these instructions to install the printers on a personal computer.


All Apple computers can easily connect to the MCAD wifi. For instructions, please see this article. You can also connect your iPhone or Android phone to the wireless.

Server Access

The MCAD servers should be equally accessible from any Apple computer. Please go here for instructions on connecting to servers at MCAD as well as a list of server addresses.

Other Software

To install and license Autodesk programs, such as Maya, please see this article for instructions on getting this directly from Autodesk. To install and license FormZ, please see this article.

To receive licensed Microsoft Office programs, you must follow the instructions below for MDM enrollment. These are only available for Mac users.

Most other software distributed by MCAD must be accessed by enrolling in our MDM program. See the instructions below.


MDM Enrollment Instructions

There are a few applications that only MCAD can distribute to you if you enroll your computer with our Mobile Device Management (MDM) program, including Microsoft Office and Cycling '74's Max 8. Further, we can use our MDM system to make it easier to interface with MCAD hardware and software by deploying a Kiosk that lets you download additional drivers and applications that you might require.

Please be aware that these instructions are for macOS-based computers ONLY. Anyone on a Windows device should visit this article or contact the Help Desk for assistance.

MDM Profile Installation

To begin the MDM process, please download the following Mobile Device Profile, and install it on your computer by double clicking on it, and following the prompts. Once you open it, you'll need to click the Apple in the upper left of your screen, and go to System Preferences. Inside System Preferences you'll see a new icon for Profiles, usually in the lower right, select this. You should see the new profile certificate, and it should prompt you to install it by clicking the "Install" button. Do so and follow the prompts, entering system passwords when asked.

NOTE: The process for installing this profile differs for versions of macOS earlier than macOS 11 Big Sur. If you have any problem following the prompts or instructions, contact the Help Desk for assistance.

Once the MDM profile is installed, it should download a program called FileWave in the background. This program allows MCAD to communicate with your computer and "push" software to it or offer it to you through the FileWave Kiosk (a little red wave icon that will appear in your top menu bar when online).

However, in order to start receiving software from us we'll need to register your computer with MCAD. Please email with the serial number for your MacBook Pro as well as the name of your computer.

To find your serial number, either look on the bottom of your computer, or click the Apple icon in the menu and select About This Mac.

To get your computer's name, go to System Preferences and then Sharing. It should list the name up at the top. Please take this time to set a new name for your machine to make it unique. We recommend a name that starts with your MCAD username, ie. tstudent-macbookpro.

Once you've install the profile and contacted the Help Desk we will follow up with further information to verify your check-in.

After your computer is fully checked in, you'll be able to choose from a menu of optional software installations from within the FileWave Kiosk. When online, a small red icon shaped like a wave/flag will appear in the top menu bar of your computer. Click on this icon and choose "install software" to see what items are available to you. Clicking install on any of these items will silently begin the installation in the background, and when they are ready you'll see the programs in your Applications directory.

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