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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.

SoftLINK Version 11

July 24th, 2012 by

SoftLINK has evolved over many years to ensure it continues to meet the challenges faced in today’s modern classrooms and remains compatible with the ever-changing IT landscape.

With any new release, the focus is not only on introducing innovative new features but to also review existing functionality to ensure it remains relevant and in line with modern teaching practices.

With this in mind, SoftLINK Version 11 delivers over 200 new and enhanced features using a new and improved user interface.

Question and Answers Module

The new Question and Answer Module delivers a simple and compelling set of tools to encourage active assessment of learning in the classroom. It enables teachers to reinforce key learning points and instantly gauge student understanding during a lesson.

Using a ‘game-show’ approach, the teacher can quickly ask the class verbal questions, allow students to be selected based on speed of answer, as a team or at random. Rewards can be allocated and tracked against the individual or, where appropriate, teams.

SoftLINK Question and Answer Module

At the core of this feature is the ability to deliver both peer and individual student assessment quickly and efficiently as well as introduce new questioning styles to the lesson, such as ‘basketball’ questioning.

  • First to answer question type.
  • Enter an answer question type.
  • Random Selection question type.
  • Ability to group students into teams randomly.
  • Ability to specify the number of teams.
  • Ability to create teams based on House/Colours.
  • Ability to ‘bounce’ question to next student.
  • Ability to set thinking time for students before they can answer.
  • Ability to set time limit for students to answer.
  • Ability to exclude students from next round if they answer correctly.
  • Ability to exclude students from next round if they answer incorrectly.
  • Peer assessment option.
  • Ability to score as team or individual student.
  • Option to deduct a point for an incorrect answer.

SoftLINK Tutor Assistant App for Apple iOS and Android

SoftLINK Version 11 introduces a new component available for free download from the Apple iTunes, Amazon App Store and Google Play app stores.

For use in your existing SoftLINK-managed classroom environment, the SoftLINK Tutor Assistant app is an extension to the traditional desktop Tutor application, delivering greater mobility for teachers around the information and communications technology (ICT) suite and the ideal tool to allow teaching assistants to help with monitoring student progress.

SoftLINK Tutor Assistant App
Monitor Student’s Computer Activity

Apple iOS, Android tablet and smartphone compatible, once installed on a device, the app pairs with the SoftLINK desktop Tutor software, allowing teachers the freedom to move around the classroom, helping retain key control and monitoring of all student workstations.

Features supported on Tablets:

  • Support for Android and iPad tablets.
  • View student thumbnails.
  • Send students a preset message.
  • Block restricted websites.
  • Set approved websites.
  • Block all internet access.
  • Lock/Unlock student computers.
  • Logoff student computers.
  • Blank/Unblank student screens.
  • Restrict student printing.
  • Set approved applications.
  • Block restricted applications.
  • Select a group of students.
  • Details View.
  • View student Help Request notifications.
  • Zoom on student.
  • Sort students by name/tutor order.
  • View current application.
  • View current websites.
  • Set connection password.
  • Tutor badge displaying the number of currently connected Tutor Assistants.

Features supported on Smartphones:

  • Support for Android and Apple iOS smartphones.
  • Send students a preset message.
  • Block restricted websites.
  • Set approved websites.
  • Block all internet access.
  • Lock/Unlock student computers.
  • Logoff student computers.
  • Blank/Unblank student screens.
  • Restrict student printing.
  • Set approved applications.
  • Block restricted applications.
  • Set connection password.

Technician’s Console

SoftLINK Version 11 delivers a range of major enhancements to the Technician’s Console, centered around two key areas of functionality. First, Security Policies, where all PCs can be checked against a pre-defined set of policies, identifying instantly any computers that are without anti-virus, Windows updates or Internet protection.

Second, a Policy Management tool allows for SoftLINK restrictions to be defined and applied across the school permanently.

SoftLINK Technician Console

Currently, classroom management solutions offer usage control for the duration of a lesson and these restrictions stop as soon as the teacher PC disconnects. In SoftLINK Version 11, these restrictions are applied centrally and remain in force 24 hours a day. During a lesson these can be overridden with the teacher’s specific settings.

New and enhanced features in the Tech Console include:

  • View/Set Power Management Policy for students and teachers.
  • View/Set Windows Update Policy for students and teachers.
  • View/Set User Access Control Policy for students and teachers.
  • View Antivirus status for students and teachers.
  • View/Set Windows Firewall Policy for students and teachers.
  • View Spyware status for students and teachers.
  • View/Set Internet Explorer Phishing Filter for students and teachers.
  • View/Set Internet Explorer Protected Mode Policy for students and teachers.
  • View SoftLINK Protect Status for students and teachers.
  • Edit the registry of a remote system.
  • Launch a local command prompt from the remote system on your PC.
  • Launch Application toolbar option.
  • Ability to set ‘Always on’ Application Restrictions for students and teachers.
  • Ability to set ‘Always on’ Internet Restrictions for students and teachers.
  • Ability to set ‘Always on’ USB restrictions.
  • Ability to set ‘Always on’ CD/DVD restrictions.
  • Ability to set ‘Always on’ Printer Restrictions.
  • Convenient slider to resize thumbnails, set update interval or auto size thumbnails from status bar.
  • Enhanced File Distribution performance.
  • Support for Google Chromebooks.
  • Search for Student by Name.
  • Search for Students by Device.
  • Search for Students by Room.
  • Show Wireless signal strength in Tech Console.
  • Show remaining battery power in Tech Console.
  • View User Acknowledgement status for students and teachers.
  • View Security key status for students and teachers.
  • Ability to manually mark a machine as a Tutor.
  • Option to exclude teachers’ machines from Global policies.
  • Option to group teachers’ computers automatically.
  • Redesigned Tech Console interface.
  • New Security Column in Tech Console Details View.
  • New Policy Column in Tech Console Details View.
  • Customizable Columns in Tech Console Details View.
  • Wider columns in Inventory, application, process and service lists.

Google Chromebook Support

The new generation of Google Chromebooks is set to help schools put technology in the hands of more students and Appled Computer Systems, Inc. is working hard to ensure that teachers can continue to provide effective student support in this environment.

SoftLINK Version 11 includes as standard a set of plugins for Chrome OS netbooks, allowing them to be monitored by a normal teacher PC. A SoftLINK Chrome Client is available for free download from the Google Play store.

SoftLINK allows a mixture of devices to be managed simultaneously, so not all students need to be on Chrome-based systems. A unique ‘gateway’ is provided to ensure all students can be located and managed when required.

  • View student thumbnails.
  • Send instant Student Surveys.
  • Display Student Survey results.
  • Send students a message.
  • Block restricted websites.
  • Set approved websites.
  • Block all internet access.
  • Launch a website on the student Chromebook.
  • Block FTP access.
  • Close a website on the student Chromebook.
  • Register students.
  • Configure Room Mode.
  • Redesigned Lesson Details entry dialog.

Windows 8 PC and Tablet Support

Pre-release support provided for Windows 8 on both regular and touch-enabled desktop computers as well as for use by both teacher and student on Windows 8 tablets.

File Transfer/File Distribution Enhancements

There are a number of enhancements to SoftLINK’s capabilities when moving files to and from students.

File Transfer now utilizes UDP for one-to-many transfers and delivers files 10x faster across the classroom.

SoftLINK File Distribution

As well as SoftLINK’s 1:1 File Transfer and 1:many File Distribution features, the innovative ‘Send and Collect Work’ tool, that allows documents to be sent to all students and then collected in a single action by the teacher, now provides real-time feedback on the status of each document sent enabling the teacher to see which student files are ready for collection and which students need reminding.

  • UDP File Transfer.
  • UDP Send/Collect Work.
  • Ability to access File transfer/Distribution options directly from the Tutor toolbar menu.

Recording & Replay File Enhancements

A major enhancement to the ‘Record and Replay’ feature is included in SoftLINK version 11. The feature provides a mechanism for a teacher to record activity on a target PC to be replayed at a later date. These recordings are currently stored in a SoftLINK format file.

Version 11 introduces a new Video Editor, allowing Replay Files to be trimmed and edited before being exported as AVI or WMV files. Teachers can use pre-set options or more advanced users can access the new Video Editing application where they can control video resolution, audio quality, start and end points of the video and much more.

The features provides the perfect tool for building a library of recorded demonstrations, either captured in class or pre-prepared for inclusion in future schemes of work.

  • Ability to resize output video resolution.
  • Ability to crop video files.
  • Output files in AVI or WMV format.
  • Configurable audio quality.
  • Preset Normal and Hi-Res video modes.
  • Advanced standalone replay conversion tools.

New Student Connection Mode

The introduction of a new mode of connection, User Mode, enables the teacher to define a list of students to connect to based on their logged-on user name. To make this and other modes of connection easily accessible, a new Class Wizard is displayed when the Tutor program initially loads and when a class is restarted.

The Class Wizard enables the teacher to select the mode that best suits their requirements and guides them through identifying the required students for the class. You can connect by Room, PC Name, Student login name or simply browse the network to locate students.

  • Connect to Students by UserID.
  • New ‘Random Student’ toolbar button randomly selects a student machine for teachers to interact with.
  • Ability to choose how many students to randomly select directly from the Tutor Toolbar.
  • Connect to Chromebook Students.

Student Journal Enhancements

The already unique Digital Student Journal has been further enhanced to aid in lesson recording and improve the provision of content for students outside of the classroom. Teachers and students can now select an existing journal file and continue to add subsequent lessons to it. Teachers can add chapters to the journal, create bookmarks, even synchronize missing content from their journal with a student who has missed a lesson, or simply make the document more professional and add a school logo.

SoftLINK Student Journal

The journal delivers a complete record of all activity within a lesson, aids homework and revision, provides a valuable resource for students who have missed a lesson and gives teachers a full record of activity.

  • Continue adding resources to an existing journal.
  • Ability to name a Student Journal.
  • Teacher’s journal status shown on status bar.
  • Tutor Toolbar icon now indicates whether the teacher’s journal is started.
  • Ability to add a quick note to the student journal directly from the drop down menu.
  • Option to print journal directly from the drop down menu.
  • Ability to add named chapters to the student journal.
  • Include Student Register in teacher’s journal.
  • Automatic creation of bookmarks based on chapters.
  • Journal synchronization – if the student has missed items these can be inserted in the correct position in line with the teacher’s journal.
  • Undo feature allows the teacher or student to remove the last item added.
  • Ability to customize the journal with your school’s logo.

Quick Launch / Desktop Controls

Ease of use is key to the success of any Applied Computer Systems, Inc. product. With the addition of so much new functionality in SoftLINK Version 11, a number of changes have been made to the user interface to simplify use and ensure teachers have instant access to all of its key features.

The new Quick Launch feature brings together functionality from other modules and provides a single source where the teacher can remotely launch applications, specific documents or websites on selected or all student computers in an instant. In addition to Quick Launch, version 11 has extended the usual Lock PC, Blank Screen features to also include ‘Show Desktop’ which instantly minimizes all applications on the student PC and ‘Clear Desktop’ which will automatically close all applications on the student PC…with a warning!

Student Toolbar Updates

SoftLINK Version 11 sees a further extension of the unique Student Toolbar, providing a visual indicator for students as to the current lesson, time remaining, rewards they have been assigned and much more. The Student Toolbar ensures that all collaborative features within the product are accessible to students. Students are instantly notified when printer restrictions have been applied, Internet or application controls are in place and can quickly access details of their lesson objectives and expected outcomes or simply request teacher assistance.

The Student toolbar changes colour when help is requested, avoiding the need for students to highlight their request to the rest of the class. For those less able, the toolbar also provides one-click access to student resources, their memory stick for accessing documents or to identify when they have completed coursework sent by the teacher. The toolbar is also the access point when a student wishes to add their own personal notes or content to their digital journal. The toolbar can be enabled or disabled to suit lesson requirements.

  • Redesigned Student Information Bar.
  • Toggle On/Off Student Information Bar option from the Tutor.
  • Improvement to the calculation of space the class details require removing previous overlapping.
  • Improved Student Toolbar tooltips.
  • Student Information Bar Rewards now displays a number when too many to fit.
  • Alert feature to allow students to let the teacher know when they have run out of work or need assistance.
  • Ability to see work sent by the teacher, sort the files and mark work completed in rea time and tell teacher ready for work to be collected.

Redesigned User Interface

SoftLINK Version 11 sees a fully redesigned interface. While it has retained the same layout for familiarity, all aspects of navigation and feature access have been revisited and enhanced. All menus within the product have been updated, many are now dock and un-dockable, allowing them to be moved around the desktop for regular use. The new menu format provides interactive menus where, for example, a message can be sent directly from within the ‘communication’ menu rather than needing to launch a separate dialog.

With version 11, not only have we added significantly more innovative and unique functionality, we have made the product even simpler and more intuitive to use.

  • Redesigned Tutor Toolbar.
  • Redesigned Tutor Side bar.
  • Visual Indicator for Global Policies on Tutor Side Bar.
  • Visual Indicator for Global Policies against students.
  • Large Application Icon on mouse over.
  • Large Application Icon on Thumbnails.
  • Simplified Client Context Menu.
  • Redesigned Toolbar displayed when the Tutor is minimised.
  • New View Window status bar images for battery and wireless strength.
  • New Inventory Window status bar images for battery and wireless strength.
  • New File Transfer Window status bar images for battery and wireless strength.
  • New style frame for thumbnails.
  • Custom student images used when printing class layout.
  • Client properties correctly identifies Windows 8 (32 bit or 64 bit).
  • New style of dropdowns from Tutor Toolbar allowing additional options to be set.
  • Ability to send a quick custom message directly from the Tutor Toolbar.
  • Ability to select video to show directly from Tutor Toolbar.
  • Ability to select replay file to show directly from Tutor Toolbar.
  • Ability to pin drop down menus as floating windows.
  • Option to minimise Approved/Restricted lists.
  • New Student Desktop toolbar group icon.

Internet Filtering & Control

  • Support for Google Chrome Browser.
  • Support for Mozilla Firefox Browser.
  • New quick launch option available from the Tutor toolbar.

Application Filtering & Control

  • Ability to clear the student desktop.
  • Ability to minimise student applications.
  • Renaming of ‘Execute’ function to ‘Launch’ application.
  • Larger application icons overlaid on student icons.
  • New Quick Launch option available from the Tutor toolbar to replace the Execute at Client toolbar.

Groups

  • Group students randomly by team.
  • Group students by House/Colour.
  • Increased size of “select group” dialog.
  • Group dropdown displayed when right clicking the group menu.
  • Group tabs now resize if there isn’t enough space.
  • Group tooltips now display custom group images.

Tutor Start-up Modes

  • Option to disable Global Internet policy on start-up.
  • Option to disable Global Application policy on start-up.
  • Option to disable Global Print policy on start-up.
  • Option to disable Global Device policy on start-up.

Tutor Configuration Options

  • Ability to predefine Tutor Room list.
  • Option to include multiple rooms in preconfigured Tutor Room list.

Student Configuration Options

  • Exclude specific student machines from global policies.
  • Enable User Acknowledgement for Tech Console connections.
  • Enable Screen Scrape mode.
  • Easy Tutor access to Student Toolbar configuration.
  • New Lock Screen image for widescreen aspect ratio displays.

Print Management

The Printer Management feature now highlights to the teacher the number of paused print jobs requiring attention.

Testing Modules

  • New holding screen while a test is loading.

Help Requests

  • Redesigned Help Request user interface.
  • Visual Taskbar indicator shows new help requests.
  • Tutor Toolbar badge showing the number of open help requests.

Active Directory Compatibility

  • ADMX templates.

Show Video

  • Automatically copy missing video files as part of Show Video.
  • Show Video now supports more video formats.
  • Notification dialog highlighting how to end a show.