A new version of Qwizdom OKTOPUS is now available to download!
We’re really excited to tell you that we’ve implemented our new clear screen options and our new textbox controls. (See the change log for links later in this post). We’ve also sorted out some IWB import issues with commas and other special characters, and fixed several bugs.
Download it at https://qwizdomoktopus.com/downloads
We’ve received some excellent feedback and new ideas for our “clear screen” functionality.
Currently, we have one button to clear the screen, but we are going to add two more options as our users have requested:
- A way to clear annotations only
- A way to set the slide back to how it originally opened
As well as this, we have had users requesting for better text controls. So, we’re going to:
- Move the textbox controls to the bottom of the screen
- Implement textbox rotation
- Implement textbox scroll bars
Stay tuned for the update!
Another new version of OKTOPUS is available for download!
We’ve implemented the ability to hide unnecessary toolsets. To do this, expand the toolbar to Aerial View and click the toolset title. It will grey-out the column. Click it again to mark it active.
Now, in the standard view, when you click the toolset selector, you’ll only see the toolsets you need and use.
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Read more for our full change log.
As you are probably aware, OKTOPUS has several toolsets available to choose from:
Standard Tools, Maths, Literacy, Geography, Science, and Polling.
But in secondary and grammar schools, a lot of teachers just need one or two of these toolsets to be available. So, for our next update, as well as some planned bug fixes and general improvements, we’ll be adding a way to hide the unnecessary toolsets by clicking the toolset title name in Aerial View.
Today we’ve release version 4.4.37.
This update brings in support for 4K / UHD screens. We’ve re-jigged our interface and have built it specifically with 4K screens in mind. You can be sure of a pixel-perfect display for your 4K content with OKTOPUS.
We’ve also implemented some recent community feedback and have implemented a primary-friendly font for our numbers tool and sentence builder tool.
Download from: https://qwizdomoktopus.com/downloads
Recently we received a really important piece of feedback about our software, which is our choice of font. It is generally well received as it is clear and easy to read, but there are two areas where it doesn’t make sense for primary school teachers: our numbers tool and the sentence builder tool.
The number 4 and various letters are not displayed in a primary-friendly way, so we will be addressing this with a new type font very soon.
We’ve also got some of our own exciting plans for UHD/4K support in our upcoming release!
It’s been 5 months since our last update, but we think this one was worth waiting for.
Many thanks to our users for the requests they have sent in to us. We’ve successfully implemented the Open Recent feature, as well as a way to split your screen to support the Windows split-screen function. And we’ve added locking to shapes, images, and text boxes.
The Word Vault tool can now be populated on a per-slide basis, and we’ve taken care of a lot of pesky bugs too.
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Welcome to 2016! We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our community who have taken OKTOPUS in their stride on our first year together. It’s not easy to move away from whiteboard software (especially if it’s all you’ve known) but we hope that we’ve done our part to make it as easy as it possibly can be.
Since our last release we’ve had an influx of feature requests and ideas for improving our software. And we say keep ’em coming!
There are so many great ideas, and we want to get them all in. So far we’ve had feature requests for an “open recent” function, a split-screen function (to deal with the Windows split-screen feature), shape, image, and text-box locking.
For usability we’ve had really great info from school admins about how their network locations work for AppData purposes, so we’ve changed how OKTOPUS works to deal with that. Another great feedback request is to tap anywhere once to go back to cursor mode when drawing a shape. Also worth mentioning is a request for the Word Vault to load on a per-slide basis, rather than on a per-lesson basis.
Thanks also to the users reporting bugs to us, we will do our best to address these and get them fixed for the next release.
Version 4.4.31 is now available for download!
Based on previous user feedback, we have solved the problem when loading consecutive IWB files, and we’ve made a lot of improvements and fixed some bugs that may be an issue when prepping a lesson. We’ve added a new save option, and we’ve sorted out the issue when moving slides around.
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Many thanks to our IWB import users for their continued feedback, this time when loading consecutive IWB files. We’ve seen the issue and we will fix it!
We’ve also had some great usability feedback on different ways to use OKTOPUS, particularly when prepping a lesson.
These items include different ways to save (save vs save-as), mouse controls for the eraser, moving slides around, and tools remembering previous settings.
We’re taking all of these on board and we hope to deliver! Stay tuned.