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AppsAnywhere UVM Software Portal

Access AppsAnywhere at software.uvm.edu using your UVM NetID and password. You do not need to be on-campus or connected to the UVM VPN to access AppsAnywhere.

macOS 11 Compatibility

AppsAnywhere is not currently compatible with macOS 11 Big Sur – we’re working with the vendor to update our instance of AppsAnywhere as soon as possible.

AppsAnywhere Basics

Windows: Installing AppsAnywhere and the Cloudpaging Player

An Administrator Account is Required to Install AppsAnywhere

  1. Visit software.uvm.edu and sign in with your UVM NetID and password.
  2. Click the button marked It’s my first time using AppsAnywhere on this device. Let’s go. to start the download of the AppsAnywhere client setup.
  3. Double click the download to open the installer and proceed through each step. When the installation completes, an expected AppsAnywhere Software2 window will briefly appear before automatically closing.
  4. With AppsAnywhere installed, return to your browser and click Done or open a new tab and visit software.uvm.edu. After a few moments, you should see a banner at the top of the window that says Validation Successful.
  5. If prompted to Open AppsAnywhere, please check the box that says, “Always allow software.uvm.edu to open links of this type in the associated app“, then click Open AppsAnywhere.

Validation Failed?

Please view the troubleshooting section of this article.

macOS: Installing AppsAnywhere

  1. Visit software.uvm.edu and sign in with your UVM NetID and password.
  2. Click the button marked It’s my first time using AppsAnywhere on this device. Let’s go. to start the download of the AppsAnywhere client setup.
  3. Double click the download to open the installer and proceed through each step. When the installation completes, an expected AppsAnywhere Software2 window will briefly appear before automatically closing.
  4. With AppsAnywhere installed, return to your browser and click Done or open a new tab and visit software.uvm.edu. After a few moments, you should see a banner at the top of the window that says Validation Successful.

Validation Failed?

Please view the troubleshooting section of this article.

Downloading, Installing, or Launching Applications

Applications in AppsAnywhere have different installation or launch options. View these options by hovering your mouse over an app (or on mobile devices, by single-tapping an app). Most applications will have a Launch option as well as either a Download or Open Website option.

The primary option displayed when you hover your mouse over an app may vary by application, license, or by the operating system you are running. Some apps will also have a dropdown icon () that, when clicked, shows you the other available delivery methods for the app.

Launch via Locally Installed

When AppsAnywhere detects that you have already installed an application on your computer, you’ll see this option. Clicking Launch will open the application, just like if you searched for the application in the Applications folder or from the start menu and double clicked it.

Launch via Cloudpaging – Windows Only

Internet Connection and Cloudpaging Player App Required

For Windows AppsAnywhere users, if the selected application doesn’t appear to be installed on your computer already, and the application is available for virtualization, you will see this option.

The Cloudpaging Player is described further below in this guide, but works in tandem with software.uvm.edu to rapidly get the app running. Launching an app this way is effective for conserving your computer’s storage space, and can be much faster than installing the application locally. However, you will be unable to access the application if you are not connected to the internet or the Cloudpaging Player is not installed.

Download

Recommended for those with inconsistent internet connections or for resource intensive applications

Clicking this option will cause the selected application to immediately start downloading through your browser. Software installation may vary by application. Double click the downloaded installer and proceed through the normal installation steps.

Applications with the Download option typically have some UVM-specific licensing or configuration.

Open Website

Clicking this option will open a browser window and navigate to the website where you can download the app and potentially view installation instructions.

Applications with this option typically do not require that UVM customize the installation files, but these applications may still benefit from AppsAnywhere categorization, the ability to be added to AppsAnywhere App Lists, and from being linked through a trusted UVM resource.

AppsAnywhere Advanced

Requesting Software to be added to AppsAnywhere

Not every application used at UVM will appear in AppsAnywhere. If you would like to request that an application be added to AppsAnywhere, click here to fill out the AppsAnywhere Software Request form.

Major application requests, including (but not limited to) those that require license negotiation and signature, must undergo the Technology Review process. The AppsAnywhere Software Request form may not be the appropriate first step for this application to be added or licensed at UVM.

Free, open source software, or software already under a UVM-wide license may be appropriate additions to AppsAnywhere. To request the addition of software specific to your college or department, please have your departmental IT or department head fill out the AppsAnywhere Software Request form.

What is the Cloudpaging Player?

Requires Internet Connection

The Cloudpaging Player comes bundled with the Windows AppsAnywhere installer, and is required for the Launch via Cloudpaging option to function correctly. This option is not available for macOS computers.

The Cloudpaging Player is used to run AppsAnywhere apps as though they are locally installed on your computer without requiring that you fully download and install them.

If you have previously Launched an app via Cloudpaging, these apps will appear when you open the Cloudpaging Player app, and can be launched from within the app – no need to launch them from software.uvm.edu.

Read more about the Cloudpaging Player here.

Viewing Licensing Keys, Codes, and Info

  1. Visit software.uvm.edu and hover your mouse over the desired app, then click More Info.
  2. You should see the code, key, or other licensing information toward the bottom of the App Details section.

Favoriting Apps

Applications in AppsAnywhere can be favorited by hovering your mouse over an app and clicking the star icon (). You can view your Favorites from any device by clicking the Favorites section on software.uvm.edu.

Creating and Editing an App List

App Lists can be an effective way for people to designate and share specific sets of apps for a course or group. This may be useful for faculty looking to share a comprehensive list of all software relevant to their coursework in a single link.

Click here for a video demonstration of this process.

  1. Hover over your image in the top right corner and select App Lists.
  2. Under My App Lists, click Add a new list or click on the list you would like to edit. 
    1. If prompted, enter the List Name, then click Create.
  3. Add or remove apps as desired, click Save.
  4. Optionally, click Share List to generate a link to the App List that can be copy-pasted and shared.
  5. Click Finished when you are done editing your App List.

Troubleshooting

Needs Validation Error

If you are seeing Needs Validation under each app, the AppsAnywhere client and related services may not be installed or not running, or you may not have accepted the prompts required for validation.

If you have not yet installed AppsAnywhere, please follow the instructions at the start of this guide.

If you have installed the client, please ensure you are accepting the prompts required to validate. If you are getting the Validation failed error, see the help section below.

Validation Failed error

If you received the Validation Failed error, please click Retry and ensure you have accepted the External Protocol request as recommended.

If you are still receiving this error, please double check that you have a functioning internet connection and that you have installed AppsAnywhere using the installation instructions above.

If you are still receiving the Validation Failed error, please clear your cache and cookies, reboot your computer, and try again.

If you continue to experience issues with validation – disable any Anti-Virus software on your computer. If you’re not sure how to disable your AV software, perform a google search for “temporarily disable <name of AV software>”

In some situations it may be easier to reset your browser back to its defaults. Note that this will remove all saved passwords, cache, extensions, and settings for the browser.

  • Reset Google Chrome – https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/3296214?hl=en
  • Reset FireFox – https://malwaretips.com/blogs/reset-firefox-settings/

Some apps are appearing as unavailable

An application will appear as unavailable if your device doesn’t meet the requirements to run it. Some applications can only be installed on UVM-owned computers or may only be available on-campus. An application will also appear as unavailable if it is incompatible with your device’s operating system.

To review these requirements:

  1. Visit software.uvm.edu and hover your mouse over the desired app, then click More Info.
  2. Select the Delivery Methods tab, optionally clicking your preferred delivery method, then click Restrictions to view requirements and explanations.

If you believe an application is incorrectly appearing as unavailable, please contact the UVM Tech Team.

Some apps are missing for me

If an application doesn’t appear in the available or unavailable sections of AppsAnywhere, and you know that others are able to see the application, it’s possible that your UVM affiliation does not permit access to the application.

If you believe you should be able to view the application, please contact the UVM Tech Team.

App missing for everyone?

It’s possible that the app hasn’t been included in AppsAnywhere yet. Submit a request to add the app by filling out the AppsAnywhere Software Request form.

Security & Privacy FAQ

What does AppsAnywhere install on my computer?

On macOS, the AppsAnywhere client and related background services are installed.

On Windows, the AppsAnywhere client, Cloudpaging Player and related background services are installed.

What can AppsAnywhere do with my computer once installed?

The AppsAnywhere client and related background services can install and launch applications that you initiate from the UVM Software Portal at software.uvm.edu without requiring administrator access or rights.

On Windows, the Cloudpaging Player continually streams application installation blocks to your device as you use a Cloudpaging application, until all relevant information is cached locally.

All activity is performed with user initiation, alerts or approval.

What information does AppsAnywhere gather about my computer?

After logging in to the UVM Software Portal, the AppsAnywhere client performs the initial Validation step to determine which software in the catalog your device is able to run. In doing so, it communicates information to the UVM servers about your device hardware (OS version, laptop vs. desktop) and your current IP address to determine on-campus or off-campus presence and country-level location (such as US or UK). It also checks what applications in its database you may already have installed locally, to provide the Launch via Locally Installed option.

For applications launched via the portal, analytic usage information about the application may also be logged (such as number of times the application was run, and for how long). Applications not launched from the portal, or otherwise not part of the AppsAnywhere service, are not tracked.

For more information on analytics, see www.software2.com/appsanywhere/analytics.

Who has access to the information gathered about my computer?

Validation information is exchanged directly between your computer and the UVM servers. Analytics information may be viewed by UVM system administrators to ensure optimized service performance, software licensing, and software delivery methods.

Can AppsAnywhere manage other aspects of my computer?

No, the AppsAnywhere client is not an overall management agent.

The AppsAnywhere client is intended to gather basic information for software compatibility, and install or launch the software you choose to initiate. It performs no other management functions.

Updated on November 16, 2020

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