MS Imagine & On The Hub services unavailable: 7th February

Our supplier has informed us that they will be carrying out maintenance on our hosted MS Imagine and the On The Hub web store next week.

  • Date: 7th February
  • Time: 12 noon – 2 pm (GMT)

Both services will be unavailable during this time.

See Software for Personal Use for full details of free and discounted software available to HWU staff and students.

Inspiration or MindGenius – take your pick…

Inspiration and MindGenius are mind mapping applications.

You could use mind mapping applications to

  • brainstorm ideas
  • summarise a topic or course in a more visual format
  • plan your thesis or dissertation
  • identify relationships between ideas
  • plan group activities
  • strengthen understanding of a topic or concept, and build retention – especially if you’re a visual learner
  • add colour and pictures to improve memory recall


There are two mind mapping applications on the Heriot-Watt network – MindGenius and Inspiration – both have tablet versions available. See

You can also download the full version of MindGenius to your own PC or laptop see Software for Personal Use.

You can see MindGenius in action at the Power Hour on 9th February 2017 at 12:15 on the Edinburgh campus – see MindMap with MindGenius for details.

12 Apps of Christmas: MindGenius and SimpleMind

Today is the last day of our 12 Apps of Christmas feature. We hope you’ve found some useful new apps that will help you. For our final post, we’re going to look at two apps that help you to create mind maps – MindGenius for iPad and SimpleMind. Mind maps are fantastic tools for brainstorming, helping you to visualize and plan essays and projects. If you’ve never used them before, why don’t you look at our Power Hours or contact your campus library for help getting started.

MindGenius for iPad icon

MindGenius allows you to make mind maps from scratch or by using a broad range of templates. As a companion to the MindGenius software installed on all IS supported PCs, the iPad app allows you to work on your mind maps while on the go. You can also get the full software for use on your home Windows PC.

To download the software and iPad app, follow the instructions on the IS website


If you don’t have an iPad, there are other mind mapping apps available. One such app is SimpleMind. It is a straight forward and easy to use app that lets you build and edit mind maps on the go. There is a basic, free version and a premium version with some additional features. To compare the two, go to the website.

To download, go to:

Android: SimpleMind

iOS: SimpleMind

Microsoft Office 2016 – optional upgrade for staff

Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for deployment to the HWU managed staff desktop*.

If you wish to upgrade your PC or laptop please email the IT HelpDesk ( stating: –

  • your UserID
  • your computer name**
  • that you wish your computer to be upgraded to Microsoft Office 2016

The upgrade will run overnight and we will let you know when your upgrade will take place.

Please note that the upgrade will remove Microsoft Office 2013 completely.

If you have any queries regarding the either of these upgrades please contact the IT Helpdesk.

* Managed desktops and laptops are:

  • All staff desktops and laptops in Professional Services
  • All staff/postgraduate desktops in SoSS
  • Windows 7 desktops and laptops in EGIS where users log on with their HWU UserID and password
  • Windows 7 desktops and laptops in EPS where users log on with their HWU UserIDaboutmypc and password

** You can find your PC/laptop name in About My PC on your desktop.  It has the following format –  HWPC**** or HWLAP****

To help you get started with Office 2016 see What’s new and improved in Office 2016 for Office 365

You’ll find other useful links on our Software guides & tutorials page

12 Apps of Christmas: Class Timetable

unnamedToday’s app, Class Timetable, lets you keep track of all your scheduled classes from your mobile device. Keep track of where you should be with a widget on your home screen and optional notifications before each class.

To download, go to:

Android: Class Timetable 

iOS: Class Timetable  

EndNote upgrade to version X7.7.1

EndNote will be upgraded to version X7.7.1 on the HWU Staff and endnote771Student managed desktops by the end of 2016.

When you first open the upgraded version, the Welcome to EndNote window may be displayed, with prompts to help you get started syncing, sharing, learning and connecting with the EndNote community.

  • If you are an existing user, you will have an EndNote online account, and are probably all set up to go – so you can just close the Welcome window.
  • If you are a new EndNote user, you will want to set up an EndNote online account – see EndNote Sync: EndNote X7.1 and Later to find out how to set up an online account and sync libraries.

You can open the Welcome to EndNote window at any time from the Help menu.

Learning to use EndNote

EndNote for Personal Use

Staff and students can purchase a personal copy of EndNote for home use – see Software for Personal Use for details.

12 Apps of Christmas: Sonocent

Today’s app, Sonocent Recorder, allows you to take high quality audio recordings asonocentrecordernd annotate with colours, photos and text notes. Remember to always get permission before recording anyone else.

The recordings can then be transferred into Audio Notetaker for further processing.

To download, go to:

Android: Sonocent

iOS: Sonocent

12 Apps of Christmas: EverNote

Today’s app is Evernote, a great note taking app which is also available for yoevernoteur desktop or laptop PC and in your browser. With EverNote Basic you can group your notes into notebooks and share them with others. Other features include:

  • Attach documents to notes
  • Search for text inside images
  • Add information straight from webpages
  • Add a passcode to secure your notes

There are paid for versions of Evernote, Evernote Plus and Evernote Premium, which have additional features. For a comparison, visit their website.

The app is available on iOS and Android.

iPad users can also download Penultimate, a handwriting app which allows you to use a stylus to handwrite notes on the iPad.

To download, go to:

Android: Evernote

Browser: Evernote

iOS: Evernote

Other: Evernote

Penultimate: Penultimate

12 Apps of Christmas: Quizlet

Today’s app is Quizlet, a fun online learning tool that helps you quizletstudy on the go. With Quizlet you can create flashcards and quizzes, or use ones made by other users. You can also access it in your browser at

It’s available on iOS and Android. To download, go to:

Android: Quizlet

iOS: Quizlet

12 Apps of Christmas: Alarmy

Today’s app is Alarmy  (Sleep If U Can) – alarm.

alarmyIf you’re struggling to get up in time to get to lectures or exams,
then this might be the app for you.

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is the innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.

To get the app search for Alarmy in the app store, or follow the links below:

Android: Alarmy

iOS: Alarmy

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