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Applied Computer Systems’ Solutions Are Windows 11 Compatible

November 13th, 2021 by

Windows 11 was released on October 5th. It is available as a free upgrade on many eligible Windows 10 devices and will also begin to ship on all new PCs.

While the new Windows 11 release may come as a surprise to you, we are proud to announce that we’ve been working hard to ensure that our products are compatible with Windows 11. If you currently own any of our solutions listed below, or are in the market for one of our products, you can rest assured knowing they will work as expected with Windows 11.

Windows 11 offers a new design, updated features, better security and productivity tools. You still have plenty of time before updating, as support for Windows 10 does not end until 2025.

Manager Version 12.8

March 12th, 2020 by

Showing Applications

A show (broadcast) of an application can now be displayed in a separate window by changing the Display Mode setting. This new feature allows the end user to continue to use their screen normally – maintaining productivity levels even when a show is conducted.

When showing applications spread across multiple screens to an end user, the screens are now compressed displaying the entire desktop. This provides the end user with a view of all the applications.

Manager Console

HTTP Access

Manager now includes the option to control HTTP access based on a user’s IP address. This enhances the Gateway’s security even further for the Manager suite.

Filter List of Clients

Manager has increased user efficiency by allowing your IT team to filter the clients on the Gateway based upon name, username, and description. Easing the process for searching and connecting to clients quickly is just another way Manager will help you save time and money.

Thumbnail view

The thumbnail views of connected devices in the Manager Control panel have been optimized to improve frame rate and overall performance.

Feedback Mode*

SoftLINK (provided free within Manager), provides educators a way to capture how their trainees feel.  An instructor can quickly gauge their trainees’ confidence on a topic.  This helps the instructor to decide if they can proceed onto the next topic or if they need to focus additional time on the topic at hand.  This will help the instructor to increase their class’s overall comprehension level.

SoftLINK provides a variety of visual indicators to choose from.  After selecting the desired option, a dialog box appears and allows the instructor to enter the question they want to displayed to the class.  The question, along with the visual indicator selected, will appear on the trainees’ workstations.  The trainees can then choose one of the options provided to them.

SoftLINK Feedback and Wellness Mode

The results from the trainee feedback are reported back to the SoftLINK Tutor in two different formats.  A list style report displays each individual trainee’s feedback and allows the instructor to see each trainee’s response.  The chart view provides a holistic view of the class responses, giving the instructor a overview of the entire class.

*This feature requires the free SoftLINK components (providing classroom instruction/training features), available from the Manager installer package.

Easy Mode*

Applied Computer Systems, Inc. has restructured SoftLINK (provided free within Manager) to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly, regardless of the instructor’s technical experience.  SoftLINK now offers three separate Tutor Console modes; Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.  Each mode provides core functionality that instructors require yet allows the instructor to customize their interface based on their SoftLINK comfort level.  The new “Easy” mode provides technology-shy staff the core SoftLINK functionality while providing it in a simplistic interface.

SoftLINK Easy Mode

Easy mode’s tools include:

  • Lock/Unlock
  • Blank screens
  • Power on PCs
  • Message trainees
  • Trainee Feedback
  • Block all internet
  • Help requests
  • ‘Mute Audio’ at trainee
  • Lesson Timer

The “Intermediate” mode (previously “basic” mode) offers additional control to the instructor.   The “Advanced” mode provides all SoftLINK’s features and functionality, allowing instructors to use all of SoftLINK’s features.

*This feature requires the free SoftLINK components (providing classroom instruction/training features), available from the Manager installer package.

SoftLINK Version 14 – OUT NOW!

January 28th, 2020 by

Student Feedback Mode

SoftLINK’s new Student Feedback Mode provides educators a great way to capture how their students feel.  A teacher can quickly gauge their students’ confidence on a topic.  This helps the teacher to decide if they can move onto the next topic or if they need to spend additional time on the current topic.  Ultimately, this will help the teacher increase their class’s overall comprehension.

SoftLINK provides several different styles of visual indicators to choose from.  Once the desired option is selected, a dialog box appears and allows the teacher to enter the question they want to pose to the class.  The questions, along with the visual option chosen, will appear on the students’ workstations.  The students can then make their selection from the options provided to them.

SoftLINK Feedback and Wellness Mode

The results from the student feedback are reported back to the SoftLINK Tutor in two formats.  The first, the list style report, displays each individual student’s feedback and allows the teacher to see each student’s mood/understanding response.  The chart view provides a holistic view of the responses, giving the teacher a general mood/understanding of the entire class.

Easy mode

It is essential the money schools invest in EdTech be spent wisely.  It is just as important to ensure the educational technology purchased is fully utilized in the classroom.  With this in mind, Applied Computer Systems, Inc. has restructured SoftLINK to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly, regardless of the end-user’s technical experience.  SoftLINK now boasts three separate Tutor Console modes; Easy, Intermediate, and Advanced.  Each mode provides the core functionality that teachers require yet allows the teacher to customize their interface based on their SoftLINK knowledge and comfort level.  The new “Easy” mode provides technology-shy staff the core SoftLINK functionality needed in the classroom while providing it in a simplistic manner.

SoftLINK Easy Mode

“Easy” mode tools include:

  • Lock/Unlock
  • Blank screens
  • Power on pcs
  • Message students
  • Student Feedback
  • Block all internet
  • Help requests
  • ‘Mute Audio’ at student.
  • Lesson Timer

The “Intermediate” mode (previously “basic” mode) offers even more levels of control to the teacher.   The “Advanced” mode provides all SoftLINK’s features and functionality, allowing teachers with more SoftLINK experience the ability to use the product to its fullest potential.

SoftLINK Version 12.65

August 28th, 2019 by

Integration with Google Classroom

SoftLINK now integrates with G Suite for Education.  Teachers can connect to their students’ devices using the class lists composed in Google Classroom. This feature is available to customers that are running the SoftLINK Windows Tutor and the SoftLINK Name & Connectivity Server (NCS).  The Google Classroom integration offers more flexibility when setting up their technology-led lessons and helps teachers save time. Read our Installation Guide for more information.

SoftLINK for macOS

SoftLINK for macOS (previously Assist) now sports a completely new user interface.  The enhanced interface provides teachers an easier method for identifying and navigating features.  In addition, teachers now have the flexibility to connect, via their Mac, to a wide range of student devices, regardless of their operating systems.  The supported student platforms include macOS, Chrome OS, Windows, iOS and Android. SoftLINK continues to support cross-platform capabilities, as a Windows Tutor can still connect to a Mac student as well.

SoftLINK for macOS

Key Mac features include:

  • Monitor the entire class or individual students via a thumbnail view
  • Show or broadcast the teacher’s screen to all or a selected group of students
  • Chat and send messages to the class or selected students
  • Monitor and control application and internet use
  • Conduct quick surveys to gauge student comprehension
  • Distribute and automatically collect files from each student
  • Plus many more!

SoftLINK for macOS provides 64-bit support allowing support for the latest macOS releases and devices, as well as older versions of macOS.

The macOS agent can be remotely deployed on macOS clients, saving valuable time by circumventing the manual installation process.

*The SoftLINK Name & Connectivity Server (NCS) musted be installed and running to establish a connection between the teacher’s device and Chrome students. Read our Installation Guide for more information.

SoftLINK Version 12.60

June 25th, 2019 by

SIS Integration

SoftLINK now supports integration with SIS (Student Information System) environments via ClassLink OneRoster (Windows and Chrome Tutor only). Once synced, the SoftLINK Tutor can be configured to identify, at an individual school level, the SIS data (teacher, lesson and required students) relevant to the teacher’s current lesson. This new feature help teachers to save time when setting up their technology-led lessons and also it offers more flexibility when connecting to student devices.

SoftLINK SIS Integration

SoftLINK Version 12.50

February 1st, 2018 by

Refreshed User Interface

SoftLINK now features a completely refreshed user interface to make it even easier to identify and navigate to features. Users can also switch between a basic and advanced toolbar – which makes it more accessible to new teachers.

SoftLINK New User Interface

Reset System Passwords

One of the most common issues for IT technicians is students forgetting their passwords. Now, teachers can take on the role of resetting network passwords via their task bar, allowing the students quicker access to their devices and ensuring that lesson disruption is kept to a minimum.

New PowerShell Feature

A PowerShell window can now be launched from the console to quickly and easily execute PowerShell commands at a selected Windows Client.

New Deployment Enhancements

SoftLINK Deploy now offers a more intuitive interface for locating and deploying to machines and allows you to quickly locate machines local to the Tutor.

Improved Performance

Teachers can maximize lesson time even further with enhanced file transfer and distribution speeds.

Disable Webcams

Webcams on classroom devices can now be disabled, which not only helps support a school’s eSafety policy but also helps to maintain students’ focus during lessons.

SoftLINK Version 12

August 4th, 2015 by

Windows 10 Support

SoftLINK now fully supports the Windows 10 operating system for both the Tutor and Student. In addition, support for the Microsoft Edge browser has been added as well as tablet mode.

SoftLINK Tutor Interface

Applied Computer Systems, Inc. is aware that more devices are becoming ‘touch’ devices. In response to the growing presence of these devices we have also updated the SoftLINK student dialogs to be more touch friendly.

The SoftLINK Student toolbar has also been updated, providing a new fresh look to the user interface.

SoftLINK Version 11.41

January 21st, 2014 by

Optimized Network Performance (IP Multicast)

In some environments, network activity can be reduced by utilizing multicast rather than broadcast technology, where data is only sent to devices explicitly requesting it. To ensure suitability on all environments, SoftLINK now offers support for both broadcast and multicast modes. 

File Transfer

The latest version of SoftLINK features live folders. When initiating a file transfer to a remote PC, the path to any open folders (Explorer windows) on either the Tutor or Student’s desktop are displayed at the top of the file transfer view window to ease quick selection.

SoftLINK File Transfers

Tutor for Google Chrome

The new Tutor for Chrome extends the product’s multi-platform support by enabling teachers in a dedicated Chrome OS classroom to interact with student Chromebooks from their own Chrome OS-enabled system. The School Student app extension for Google Chrome needs to be installed on each student Chromebook.

SoftLINK Chrome Tutor

Key Features when connecting to students from a teacher’s Chrome OS device:

  • View a crystal clear thumbnail of each student machine in a single view.
  • Zoom in to view a larger thumbnail of any selected student Chromebook.
  • The teacher can set objectives and expected outcomes for the current lesson.
  • Ask students to register at the start of each lesson.
  • Lock the student’s mouse and keyboard when instructing.
  • Send an instant survey or request for feedback to each student and display results in real time.
  • The teacher can open a discussion session that all or selected students can join, enter their comments and share with the rest of the class.
  • Send an attention-grabbing message or instruction to each student machine.
  • Request Help facility – students can send a request for help to the teacher.
  • Block unauthorized websites.
  • Use approved websites only.
  • Block all Internet access.
  • Launch a website on the student Chromebook.
  • Block FTP Access.
  • See details of the website that students are currently viewing.

In mixed platform classrooms, the SoftLINK Windows Tutor application can also connect to student Chromebooks.

Student for iOS

The latest version extends SoftLINK’s ability to support your BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives and the growing use of mobile technology in the modern classroom with the launch of its new Student app for Apple iOS devices.

The Student for iOS ensures students using these devices can still join with your SoftLINK-managed lessons.

Key features when connecting to students using iOS devices:

  • Student Register: The teacher can request standard and/or custom information from each student at the start of each class and create a detailed register from the information provided.
  • Connecting to Students: The teacher can either browse for students (from their desktop application) or allow students to connect directly to the relevant class from their device.
  • Lesson Objectives: If provided by the teacher, once connected, students are presented with details of the current lesson, together with overall objectives and their expected learning outcomes.
  • Sending Messages: The teacher can broadcast messages to one, selected, or all devices. Students receive an audible and visual alert when a message is received and they can then be viewed and managed by the student.
  • Chat: Both the student and the teacher can initiate a Chat session and participate in group discussions.
  • Requesting Help: Students can discreetly alert the teacher when they require assistance. This sends an alert to the teacher’s desktop, enabling them to interact with the student concerned. In addition, a red toolbar appears at the top of the student’s screen, enabling the teacher to easily identify students in need of help as they move around the classroom.
  • Class Surveys: As part of student and classroom assessment, teachers can conduct on-the-fly surveys to gauge student knowledge and understanding. Students are able to respond in real time to the survey questions posed and the teacher can then show results to the whole class, enabling students to receive instant feedback on their progress.
  • Show Screen: While presenting, the teacher can show their desktop to connected devices, at which point students are able to use touch-screen gestures to pinch, pan and zoom in order to highlight key information when needed.
  • Battery Status: View the current battery strength for each connected student device.
  • Configuration Options: Teachers can choose to pre-configure each device with the required classroom connectivity settings, or ‘push’ the settings out to each device from within the SoftLINK Tutor program.

SoftLINK Student for Android v2

The latest version enables teachers to:

  • Remotely launch a selected website on one or multiple student tablets.
  • Remotely assign ‘rewards’ to students to recognise good work or behaviour.
  • Blank student screens to gain attention.
  • View the current wireless battery strength status for each connected student.

Additionally, for supported devices:

  • View thumbnails of all connected student tablets from the Tutor PC.
  • Zoom in to view a larger thumbnail of any selected student tablet.

SoftLINK Version 11.30

June 21st, 2013 by

SoftLINK for Android

Available to download from Google Play, the new SoftLINK Student for Android meets the challenges presented by the increased use of mobile technology in the modern classroom.

For use in your existing SoftLINK-managed classroom environment, once installed on your students’ Android tablets, teachers can interact with and support students from the traditional desktop Tutor application.

SoftLINK for Android Students

Key features when connecting to students using Android tablets:

  • Student Register: The teacher can request standard and/or custom information from each student at the start of each class and create a detailed register from the information provided.
  • Connecting to Students: The teacher can either browse for student tablets (from their desktop application) or allow students to connect directly to the relevant class from their Android device.
  • Lesson Objectives: If provided by the teacher, once connected, students are presented with details of the current lesson, together with overall objectives and their expected learning outcomes.
  • Sending Messages: The teacher can broadcast messages to one, selected, or all tablet devices. Students receive an audible and visual alert when a message is received and they can then be viewed and managed by the student.
  • Chat: Both the student and the teacher can initiate a Chat session and participate in group discussions.
  • Requesting Help: Students can discreetly alert the teacher when they require assistance. This sends an alert to the teacher’s desktop, enabling them to interact with the student concerned. In addition, a red toolbar appears at the top of the student’s tablet, enabling the teacher to easily identify students in need of help as they move around the classroom.
  • Class Surveys: As part of student and classroom assessment, teachers can conduct on-the-fly surveys to gauge student knowledge and understanding. Students are able to respond in real-time to the survey questions posed and the teacher can then show results to the whole class, enabling students to receive instant feedback on their progress.
  • Lock Screen: The teacher can lock students’ screens while presenting, ensuring student focus when required.
  • Show Screen: While presenting, the teacher can show their desktop to connected tablets, at which point students are able to use touch-screen gestures to pinch, pan and zoom in order to highlight key information when needed.
  • Configuration Options: Teachers can choose to pre-configure each Android tablet with the required classroom connectivity settings, or ‘push’ the settings out to each device from within the SoftLINK Tutor program.

Extended Google Chrome OS Support

  • Chat: The teacher can open a discussion session with selected or all students, enter their comments and share with the rest of the class.
  • Performance: Enhanced ‘Show’ response time.
Chrome Student Chat

SoftLINK Version 11.20

April 16th, 2013 by

Enhanced Windows 8 Support

Adding to SoftLINK’s existing Windows 8 desktop support, teachers and technicians now have the capability to interact with and control student machines that are running the Windows 8 Metro interface:

Internet Control

  • Allow access to approved websites only.
  • Block all internet access or limit to those on a restricted list.
  • Use the SafeSearch feature to prevent inappropriate content being returned within search results.
  • Block FTP access.

Application Control

  • Only allow approved applications to run.
  • Prevent restricted applications from running.
  • Monitor the use of open applications.
  • Change the currently viewed application.
  • Close applications, with the option to save work, on selected student systems in a single action.
  • Force applications to close without prompts.
  • Launch an application at student machines.

Quick Launch / Desktop Controls

Introduced in SoftLINK Version 11, the ‘Quick Launch’ option lets teachers remotely launch applications, specific documents or websites on selected or all student computers in an instant. The feature now includes support for Windows 8 Metro apps.

The ‘Student Desktop’ controls now include the option to switch between the Windows 8 desktop and Metro interfaces.

Technician’s Console

Now allows Windows 8 Store Metro apps and web pages viewed on Windows 8 Metro browsers to be included in your ‘always-on’ restrictions.

Optimizing SoftLINK for use in a wireless environment

SoftLINK uses advanced techniques to limit the effects of an unreliable wireless network. In this latest version, we have added multiple configuration options that will help you reduce the amount of data being sent across your network – resulting in improved performance.

Extended Google Chrome OS Support

The latest version extends SoftLINK’s support for students using Google Chromebooks:

  • Show the teacher’s screen. Ensure student attention and focus when presenting by ‘showing’ the teacher’s desktop to selected student screens.
  • Perform a show to students in a browser tab, or in full screen mode.
  • Multi-monitor support. If the teacher is using multiple monitors, select an individual screen to show to students or show all.
  • Show an application to selected students.
  • Remote Control. As well as discreetly monitoring student screens (Watch Mode), teachers can now interact with the students’ desktops with real-time remote control (Share Mode). Ideal for providing 1:1 help and support to students as needed.