EMS embarks on software updates

New technology will soon crop up in Nicholson Library. As many students have noticed, furniture has moved around in the Electronic Media Services and more computers are being placed in the area.

These computers will be upgraded with an array of new software from the Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) package.

The only type of software on current campus-owned computers is CS3. The newer edition is equipped with many upgraded CS4 programs, such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Acrobat Pro. Many students are familiar with these programs, but the CS4 version has more features.

Multimedia Support Specialist Andy Lockhart said that although the software update may take about a year to complete, the library is starting to update every computer.

“The funding will come from an endowment that we have received for the library,” he said. “We have a set number that we can spend, and we will draw that number each year for the software.”

Students will be able to work more efficiently with print, Web, mobile, interactive, film, audio and video production.

Junior Spencer Crepeaux, an electronic arts major, said that the new CS4 software is not only for those of his major but could also be helpful for other majors such as mass communication, theater and art.

“CS4 is completely better than CS3. It’s a lot more user-friendly — especially with Web design,” Crepeaux said. “You can also do a lot more with your photos.”

Lockhart also mentioned that there will be new furniture being put in the multimedia section, such as tables between the music scores and the DVD section.

“We are hoping to make it more student friendly. Ideas are appreciated, and there is a box for comments by the front desk,” Lockhart said.

Lauren Ostrom, for the Review, linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com

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