Qwizdom OKTOPUS Software


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.

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

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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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Software Update – 4.4.43

Qwizdom OKTOPUS version 4.4.43 has been released!

OKTOPUS will now use Microsoft’s handwriting capabilities (if installed on your system) for the currently selected language within OKTOPUS. Previously, OKTOPUS may have been using your system default language, which may not have been correct. This was a sticking point for our global user community. Thanks for the feedback!

We’ve made improvements when dealing with locked objects, importing audio is faster, and the selection box can deselect when dragging the opposite way.

We’ve also fixed a few bugs with the audio tool and fixed some layering issues too.

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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!


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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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