Qwizdom OKTOPUS Software

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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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Software Update – 4.4.46

The latest version of Qwizdom OKTOPUS is now available!

In this release we’ve implemented lots more background options including lined paper, graphing paper, and some new colours.

We’ve also added a buzzer sound to our countdown timer, improved scrolling through the sidebar, and made the handwriting recognition available in every tool category. Check out the change log for all the updates.

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Community Feedback – New Backgrounds

OKTOPUS comes with several options for lined paper and graph paper backgrounds, as well as different effects and colours.

We’ve had teachers from nursery/kindergarten right up to university lecturers asking for more background options – specifically lined and graphing paper.

We think this is a great idea and will help to further embellish your OKTOPUS lessons, so please keep an eye out for the next version of OKTOPUS with these backgrounds implemented.

We’ll also have the usual round of improvements and bug fixes!

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