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Software Update – 4.5.5

A new truly-4K performance enhanced version of OKTOPUS is now available to download!

We’ve made our pen super-fast, even on 4K displays with limited spec hardware and integrated graphics. This should also make a difference to the pen speed for all our users, no matter what type of display or other hardware they are using.

In order to achieve this, we have unfortunately been required to make a major change to our software surrounding Glass Mode. For more information about how this will affect your OKTOPUS usage, please see the Glass Mode section of our user guide.

However, do not fear, we will be bringing back Glass Mode the way you have been using it with another update in the very near future.

In other really exciting news, OKTOPUS now has brand new interactive activities. Find the link for these in your toolset selector. They support dual and quad screen layout, and each section can run its own activity! And for tabletop users, there is even better news – they can be rotated for up to 4 users around your screen!

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Community Feedback – Create Native 4K / UHD Lessons, and Pen Speed Improvements

Thanks again to everyone who has been in touch with us with their latest feedback and requests.

With 4K / UHD flatpanels now being sold over 1080p / FHD flatpanels, we get a lot of users asking us about 4K support. We actually added in native 4K support last year, so when you run OKTOPUS on a 4K flatpanel, it means:

  • OKTOPUS runs in native 4K out-of-the-box – no additional config required
  • 4K content is fully supported – ie images and video
  • The OKTOPUS user interface is perfectly sized – every icon and button looks as it should
  • The OKTOPUS canvas (drawing area) is native 4K – you can use every pixel available
  • There is no pixelation – everything is sharp

However, there is one sticking point for our 4K users. The current hardware requirements to run OKTOPUS in 4K – which a lot of users simply don’t have – means that a lot of users experience a slow pen. We are committed to fixing this and giving the best 4K performance we can, even with integrated graphics cards such as the entry-level Intel HD520.

In fact, our recent development tests have shown that on a standard OPS module (i5 processor, 8GB RAM, Intel HD520 and a traditional hard drive), OKTOPUS deals with the pen in 4K effortlessly!

We can’t wait to get this new version out the door – keep your eyes peeled!

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Software Update – 4.5.3

A new version of Qwizdom OKTOPUS is now available to download!

We’ve implemented the Smart Notebook import improvements as requested by our community, we’ve made that change to the Periodic Table that was reported to us, we’ve implemented a new touch-friendly Presentation Setup screen, and we’ve also brought a whole list of other improvements and bug fixes to the table!

All the changes are in the Change Log below.

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Community Feedback – Notebook Import Improvements and Periodic Table Update

Our Smart Notebook import functionality has been well received and we have been hearing about some missing functionality that people would love to see.

These include: better shape import support, background colours and images, ordered and unordered lists, adding .notebook files to the “open recent” area, and reading in the filename as the OKTOPUS project name. We’ve got all of these on our to-do list for the next update, so please keep an eye out for that.

We’ve also received valuable feedback from a chemistry teacher who let us know that the element “Gallium” should be listed as a solid at STP. Thanks for the info, we’ll get that one updated!

In addition, we’re planning to add a touch-friendly Presentation Setup window for our polling and collaboration, and we’ve got loads of other improvements and bug fixes on the way.

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Software Update – 4.5.1

We have released a new bug-fix release of OKTOPUS.

This update resolves two issues which affects our “OKTOPUS with Connect” version.

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Software Update – 4.5.0

We’re delighted to announce that our latest and greatest version of OKTOPUS is now available!

We’ve made some major changes to our polling support, by now making it possible to set up each slide as a specific question, with answer options and correct answer specified.

We’ve also added in nested slides, so you can add a subset of slides to any standard slide.

Based on community feedback, we’ve also added in additional shapes and set up a limit for significant figures.

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Community Feedback – New Shapes and Significant Figures for Sums

We have some exciting new changes to OKTOPUS which we will be able to share more of once released, but we also have some new feature requests from our community which we’d like to talk about here.

Our users have asked for new shapes, so we will added a plethora of new shapes to choose from. Right now you can draw a rectangle/square, a circle, a triangle, or a freehand shape. But we’ll be adding in stars, shapes, and a bunch of random shapes too! All of these shapes can be edited to change their line colour, fill colour, and opacity.

For our maths teachers among you, we have added in the ability to set the number of significant figures when creating OKTOPUS sums. This will be set through the Preferences screen under the Settings cog. By default, it will be set to 3.

We’ll be getting both of these in for the next update, so keep an eye out!

Also coming for the next update is a brand new audio playback tool design for a better audio experience within OKTOPUS.

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Software Update – 4.4.53

A new version of OKTOPUS is now available to download!

This is a bug-fix version for our collaboration screenshots which was introduced with 4.4.52

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Software Update – 4.4.52

OKTOPUS 4.4.52 is now available for download!

We are delighted to announce that OKTOPUS can now import Smart Notebook files directly – as requested by many of our users who are now using OKTOPUS after moving away from Notebook.

We have also added in the ability to choose your own collaboration ports (that one is for the network admins), we’ve got even more backgrounds to choose from, and we’ve implemented a brand new design for our webcam feed tool!

We’ve also made some performance improvements, tidied up our highlighter UI, fixed some undo/redo functionality, and a whole lot more. The change log has all the info.

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Community Feedback – Smart Notebook Import

As soon as we had implemented IWB import support, we continued to get requests for direct import of Smart Notebook files from our user community.

We are happy to say that we are now working on adding in this functionality to our software! We understand that a lot of schools are moving away from Smart Notebook for various reasons, and are now using OKTOPUS as a direct replacement, so we want to ensure that the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

Our next release will import Smart Notebook files to the same level as our IWB import support, which includes annotations, shapes, lines, images, and text.

Stay tuned for an update!

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