Fall 2020 Technology Announcements

Apple’s New macOS: Big Sur

Apple recently released their newest operating system, macOS Big Sur (v11.0.1). We ask at this time that you PLEASE DO NOT UPGRADE to this version. Likely you will get some alerts or be prompted to update to Big Sur. If so please just ignore these notifications.

Based on trials with beta versions and associated release notes from Apple, Big Sur is currently incompatible with some of the College’s systems and software. Changes to printing and enhanced end-user security are just a few of the issues that need to be resolved.

CATS and colleagues in ITS will need time to more thoroughly test this drastically different OS. Follow up messages and tips for upgrading will be sent out once Big Sur is deemed compatible for use on campus.

Remote Teaching Resources

How to use the Wacom Tablet 

Access to Software
There are two main ways to access specialized, college-provided software: Direct Download, or Remote Access via Splashtop. Please reference the following links to guide you through what software is available and how to obtain it.

Splashtop – remote access service:

Overleaf Professional subscription (collaborative, online LaTeX editor) is now available to all students and faculty. Signup through the Smith College Overleaf Portal 
If you do not already have VPN, here are the current links on how to get started: