Information Commons Apple Computers

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is equipped with Macbook Pro laptops (for classes) and iMac desktops (for general public use). These computers feature the following software and applications:

Audio Production Software

Audacity 2: An open source audio recording and editing program used for creating music and podcasts. For more information on getting started with it, visit the online Audacity Manual.

GarageBand 10: Apple’s audio editing software, used for creating music or podcasts. Learn more at

Pro Tools 12.4: A professional audio production suite. Available in the recording studio only.

Design (photo, graphics, and web) Software

Adobe Creative Cloud: A collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications from Adobe:

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2015
  • Adobe Animate CC 2015
  • Adobe Audition CC 2015
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2015
  • Adobe InDesign CC 2015
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015
  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Adobe Bridge CC
  • Adobe Character Animator (Preview)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Edge Animate CC 2015
  • Adobe Edge Code CC
  • Adobe Edge Reflow CC
  • Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CC
  • Adobe Extension Manager CC
  • Adobe Extension Manager CS6
  • Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Adobe Flash Builder 4.7
  • Adobe Fuse CC (Preview)
  • Adobe InCopy CC 2015
  • Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015
  • Adobe Muse CC 2015
  • Adobe Prelude CC 2015
  • Adobe Scout CC
  • Adobe SpeedGrade CC 2015

For more information about Adobe Creative Cloud applications please visit Adobe's website.

GIMP 2: An open source image manipulation program (like Adobe’s Photoshop) used for creating images and retouching photographs. For more information on getting started with it, visit the online GIMP Manual.

Productivity Software

Microsoft Office 15: Microsoft’s productivity suite, including:

  • Microsoft Excel: A spreadsheet application. Users can enter, sort, and analyze data. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from
  • Microsoft PowerPoint: A presentation application. Users can create slideshows that combine text, images, and animations. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from
  • Microsoft Word: A word processing application. Users can create and format text-based documents such as essays, resumes, and fliers. For more information on getting started with it, visit this tutorial from

OpenOffice 4: An open source suite of productivity software that is compatible with Microsoft Office products. Learn more at

Video Production Software

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015: Adobe's video production application. Learn more at Adobe's website.

Debut 2: A recording application that can capture the view from your webcam, streaming video, or computer screen. Learn more at the Debut webpage.

Final Cut Pro X: A professional quality video production suite. You may find this thread that describes the types of external hard drives useful as well. We recommend USB 2.0 with 7200rpm (5600rpm works as well). Avoid memory sticks/thumb drives.

iMovie 10: Apple’s video editing software. Learn more at

VLC Media Player 2: Watch a video in most any file format. Learn more at VideoLAN-VLC Media Player.

File Conversion Software

Any Video Converter: An application for converting video files to multiple formats. Learn more on Any Video Converter's website.

FLV Crunch: An application for converting audio and video files to multiple formats. Learn more at the FLV Crunch webpage.

Handbrake 0.10: An open source video converter. For more information, visit the Handbrake manual.


Mac OS X includes a number of accessibility options for people with vision, hearing, physical, and/or learning disabilities. Go to System Preferences and click on Universal Access.


The Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons is made possible by a generous $3.25 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.  

The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit foundation created from the estate of Leon Levy, a legendary investor with a longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The Foundation’s overarching goal is to continue the tradition of humanism characteristic of Mr. Levy by supporting scholarship at the highest level, ultimately advancing knowledge and improving the lives of individuals and society at large.

We especially thank Shelby White, Founding Trustee of the Leon Levy Foundation, for her commitment to the enrichment of Central Library.

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Additional funding is provided through NYC Connected Communities, a program coordinated by the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.