The Cloudpaging Player allows you to access software relevant to your course on any university computer.
To use the Software Hub you will need to be on NTU-WiFi if on campus, if you are using an NTU machine that connects via the WiFi, if you are able to verify that this is not on PSKConnect, if connected to this it will not allow you to use certain pieces of software on the Software Hub. This is due to ceratin software requiring connection to our network to retrieve a licence. Please find the following guide on how to connect to NTU WiFi
- To see the list of available applications, double-click the "Software Hub" icon on your desktop:
The Software Hub will then open up a list of applications in Internet Explorer.
- To run an application first click the Launch button to the right of the application.
The Cloudpaging Player will now pop up. The application files are "prefetched" to your PC:
Once the files have been downloaded, the application is then "virtualized":
The application has now been fully installed.
- You can launch it from the Start Menu, for example 7Zip
The application will now start, and you will see "Running" next to the application name:
Once the application has started you can safely close the Cloudpaging Player and the Software Hub.
The Cloudpaging Player will continue to run in the background:
The applications that you add to the Cloudpaging Player will also be added to the Windows Start Menu. Here we can see that Ansys 14.5 has been added.
Note that some software packages contain multiple sub-applications (as Ansys does here). The Cloudpaging Player menu will not show all these sub-applications, and in such cases you will have to run them from the Start Menu.
Using the Software Hub you can continue to add further applications to the Cloudpaging Player, and each one will be available to run, either from the Cloudpaging Player or from the Start Menu:
These applications will remain in the Cloudpaging Player on this machine only until you manually remove them.
- To remove an application open the Cloudpaging Player, from either the Task Bar or the Start Menu
- Highlight the application and click the Remove icon. You will be asked to confirm the removal:
Depending on the size of the application this may take a few seconds. When the application has been removed, the list will be empty, and the Start Menu items will also have been removed:
To add the application again, you will need to go back to the Software Hub.
NOTE: Most software installed from the Software Hub is user-specific. If you install software via the Cloudpaging Player, that software will remain in your Cloudpaging Player (and on your Start Menu) indefinitely.
However it will not appear in the Player or Start Menu of any other users, who will have to select it from the Software Hub themselves. But, since the files have already been downloaded, the software will appear in their Player and Start Menu far quicker.
There are a few cases of software that is machine-specific. It will have been installed to a group of computers and all users will have instant access to it. If you log onto one of these computers you will find this application already in your Cloudpaging Player, and you will not have to add it yourself.