Qwizdom OKTOPUS Software


Community Feedback – Handwriting Recognition Improvement

Primarily for our global users outside of English-speaking countries, getting handwriting recognition to work using Microsoft Windows’ built-in recogniser doesn’t always work out of the box.

So, we’re going to make this easier by improving our process. Right now we’re auto-detecting the language you’re using in Windows and trying to match that in OKTOPUS. Often, this isn’t working as expected for some users who have multiple languages installed on their system.

Going forward, we’re going to use the same handwriting engine within Windows to match the currently selected language in OKTOPUS. So if you are using OKTOPUS in French, we will attempt to use the French handwriting recognition engine. This means you will have to ensure that the handwriting pack is installed for the language you want to use OKTOPUS in. For the majority of our users with this feedback, that’s not a problem.

And if the language pack doesn’t exist, we’ll use to your system’s default handwriting recognition engine!

Expect the update soon!


Posted in: Community Feedback

Software Update – 4.4.42

We’ve release another update to Qwizdom OKTOPUS, ready for download right now!

This release will make two textbox improvements: formatting selected text rather than the whole textbox, and adding in improved hyperlink support.

We’ve also fixed some issues introduced with the new Clear Screen options and implemented better support for keyboard shortcuts when working with textboxes.

Download from: https://qwizdomoktopus.com/downloads

Read more

Posted in: Software Updates

Software Update – 4.4.41

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

Read more

Posted in: Software Updates

Community Feedback – Clear Screen Options and Text Box Controls

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:

  1. A way to clear annotations only
  2. 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:

  1. Move the textbox controls to the bottom of the screen
  2. Implement textbox rotation
  3. Implement textbox scroll bars

Stay tuned for the update!

Posted in: Community Feedback

Software Update – 4.4.38

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.

Download from http://qwizdomoktopus.com/downloads

Read more for our full change log.

Read more

Posted in: Software Updates

Community Feedback – Ability to Hide Toolsets

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.

Posted in: Community Feedback

Software Update – 4.4.37

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

Read more

Posted in: Software Updates

Community Feedback – Primary-Friendly Fonts

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!

Posted in: Community Feedback

Software Update – 4.4.35

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.

Download from: https://qwizdomoktopus.com/downloads

Read more

Posted in: Software Updates

Community Feedback – Open Recent, Split-Screen, and more

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.


Posted in: Community Feedback
Translate ยป