Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center

Lower Level, Johnson Building, Central Library, 617 536-5400, businessref@bpl.org

Innovation Center

Software in the Innovation CenterInnovation Center

Visitors to the Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center are limited to one two-hour session on the Innovation Center workstations per day. Software includes:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
    • Acrobat DC: Used to create, edit, print, manage, comment, review, and sign PDF documents
    • After Effects: Used to create motion graphics and cinematic visual effects
    • Animate: Used to design interactive animations with cutting-edge drawing tools and publish them to multiple platforms
    • Audition: Used to record, edit, mix, and restore audio compositions
    • Bridge: Allows you keep your digital images organized.  You can rank and share images easily
    • Dreamweaver: Used to create websites and applications that work on multiple browsers
    • Encore: A professional DVD-authoring tool that allows you to publish your work to DVDs, Blu-Ray Discs, and Web DVDs
    • Fireworks: Used to create, edit, and optimize web graphics.
    • Flash Builder: A development environment for building games and applications
    • Illlustrator: Used for creating scalable vector  artwork for use in print and web
    • InDesign: Publishing application for print publications, interactive PDFs, digital magazines, and epubs
    • Media Encoder: Used to create output for web, broadcast and cinema
  • Blender: A free and open source 3D creation suite
  • Comic Life 3: Turns your images into a comic
  • Balsamiq: Used to easily create interfaces, websites, software and mobile apps using wireframing
  • Final Cut Pro: Video editing software
  • Office for Mac
  • XMind: Graphic way to group concepts by association

Software in the InnoLAB

Book an appointment in the InnoLAB

  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
  • Logic Pro X : A digital audio workstation (DAW) and MIDI sequencer software application
  • Ableton Live 9: a software music sequencer and digital audio workstation
  • Reason:  a digital audio workstation
  • Trapcode Particular: used to create organic 3D particle effects and complex motion graphics elements

Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center 3D Printing Guidelines

  • All builds must be scheduled in advance by email to 3dprint@bpl.org.
  • No more than two builds per month per person will be accepted,
  • All designs must be submitted in an .STL file format,
  • Only builds of ten hours or less will be accepted. To preview how our printer will handle your build and how long it will take, you can download the  MakerBot Desktop here for free.
  • If a build is too large or complex we suggest a commercial service.
  • No hazardous or offensive items.
  • The library reserves the right to decline any print job.

About our MakerBot 5 Replicator

  • Maximum print volume: 252 x 199 x 150 mm (9.9 x 7.83 x5.9 In). Please stay well within those dimensions for a successful print
  • Print Resolution (Layer Height): Low (0.3 mm), Standard (0.2mm), and High (0.1mm). Most objects will be printed at standard or low resolution
  • Filament: PLA (Polylactic acid)–a biodegradable thermoplastic made from corn starch.  We can only print one color at a time. Please tell us what your top two color choices are when you submit your build.

The Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center 3D printer and related equipment may be used for lawful purposes in compliance with library policies. Patrons may not upload, transmit, display, or create content that violates any law, privacy or property right. Please be aware that prints themselves may occur within public view and that the library does not make any promise that any particular print will not be seen by members of the public. We do consider that the identity of the submitter of a job will fall under the same legal protection that extends to the privacy of the intellectual content of borrowers of library material. The Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center reserves the right to refuse to scan or print any object.