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SAFARI Montage® Version 3.2



Released: 10/10/2008

New Features & Additions

  • NEW! – SAFARI Montage Media Player
    • Dynamic toggling between Spanish and English language tracks, allowing for continuous play between Spanish and English for Schlessinger Media Titles
    • Dynamic full screen display switching as the video plays
    • Ability to dynamically turn closed-captioning on and off as the video plays
    • Support for mixed media play lists on Windows®, combining QuickTime® and Windows Media® videos
    • Support for Windows Vista®
  • NEW! – WAN Server automatically updates connected Expansion and Remote Servers
  • Remember Me, allowing users to remember login for 30 days
  • Additional H.264 Support, allowing Standard and HD content upload via CreationStation
  • SSL Support, providing secure connections for user login and administration functions
  • Numerous Additional Reports, including select reports providing real-time feedback of server usage (real-time reports indicated as "live" below):
    • Logins by School (live)
    • Logins by Time (live)
    • Hard Drive Usage (live)
    • Playbacks by Media (live)
    • Playbacks by Time (live)
    • Playbacks by School
    • Playbacks by User
    • Usage Data (csv)
      • Total Plays (by Month)
      • Total Plays (by Month, Content Package)
      • Total Plays (by Month, Content Package, School)
      • Total Plays (by Month, School)
      • Total Plays (by Month, School, User)
      • Total Plays (by Month, School, User, Title)
      • Total Plays Last Month
      • Total Plays Last Month (by Content Package)
      • Total Plays Last Month (by Content Package, School)
      • Total Plays Last Month (by School)
      • Total Plays Last Month (by School, User)
      • Total Plays Last Month (by School, User, Title)
      • Full Export Last Year
      • Full Export Last Month
      • Full Export (up to 5 years)

Updates

  • Updates to CreationStation to provide end-user information on metadata areas
  • Updates to Permanent Links to support automated login
  • Updates to Promethean whiteboard support:
    • CreationStation Guide “next steps” added to the left navigation within CreationStation, allowing users to navigate back to the list of "next steps" at any point while adding or editing metadata.
    • Promethean users can now search for Promethean Flipcharts by username, using the “Uploaded By” advanced search parameter (available to all users who have the privileges to upload Flipcharts)
    • CreationStation upload now supports Promethean Flipchart .flp and .flipchart files
    • Playlist manual playback now supports Promethean Flipcharts
    • Firefox 3.0 support added
  • Subject Tab and browsing navigation enhanced to increase speed
  • Backup and Restore updated to manage additional information
  • Online Help updated to include 3.2 features
  • Content Auto Activation Sequence enhanced to reduce overhead

Corrections

  • Corrected issues preventing student users from editing play-list metadata
  • Corrected issues preventing users from uploading content to CreationStation with Firefox 3.0
  • Added support for dashes and underscores in user login names
  • Numerous additional minor corrections and enhancements

Additional Content-Related Updates:

  • Correlations
  • State Standards
  • Metadata Updates

Windows© Requirements

Windows Vista©1
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 - 7.0 or Firefox 2.0 - 3.0 & SAFARI Montage Media Player (Required)
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player – Required for support of Closed Captions, Multi-Language Audio, Enhanced Full-Screen mode and Windows Media Player 11
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • QuickTime® 7.4.5 or greater – Required for playback of QuickTime® media (Recommended: QuickTime® 7.5.5 or greater)
Windows XP©
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 - 7.0 or Firefox 2.0 - 3.0
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player – Required for support of Closed Captions, Multi-Language Audio, Enhanced Full-Screen mode and Windows Media Player 11
  • Windows MediaPlayer 7 – 112
  • QuickTime® 7.4.5 or greater – Required for playback of QuickTime® media (Recommended: QuickTime® 7.5.5 or greater)
Minimum Hardware
  • 1.5 GHz CPU (Recommended: 2 GHz or greater)
  • 256 MB RAM (Recommended: 512 MB or greater)
  • 64 MB of Video RAM

Macintosh© Requirements

Mac OS® X 10.4, 10.5 or newer
  • Safari 2.0 - 3.0 or Firefox 2.0 - 3.0
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player – Required for support of Closed Captions, Multi-Language Audio, and Enhanced Full-Screen mode
  • QuickTime® 7.4.5 or greater (Recommended: QuickTime® 7.5.5 or greater)
  • Sun Java2, Version 5, Update 5 or Greater - Required only for CreationStation uploads
Mac OS® X 10.3.9
  • Firefox 2.0
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player – Required for support of Closed Captions, Multi-Language Audio, and Enhanced Full-Screen mode
  • QuickTime® 7.4.5
  • Note that Max OS® X 10.3.9 does not support CreationStation
Minimum Hardware
  • G4 (Recommended: G5 or Intel System)
  • 1 GHz CPU (Recommended: 1.6 GHz or greater)
  • 64 MB Video RAM per display minimum, with hardware acceleration

Network© Requirements

  • Local Area Network
  • NetBIOS Protocol
    • Windows® – “Client for Microsoft Networks” protocol must be active on client machines.
    • Mac OS® X – “Samba” suite of protocols is already active. No changes are required.
  • 100Mbps or greater
  • Switched backbone
  • Full duplex

Managed Home Access

  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
  1. Windows Vista® is supported only when using the SAFARI Montage Media Player and requires qualification prior to purchase to ensure complete compatibility.
  2. Windows Media Player 11 only supported in Internet Explorer 6 and 7. Windows Media Player 9 does not support closed captioning in Full-Screen mode.

Contents — One(1) Update DVD:

  • SAFARI Montage Update version 3.2.8 Disc 1 of 1

Before You Begin:

Please note that these update instructions are specifically for updates to installations of version 2.3.13 or higher only. If you are currently running a version prior to 2.3.13, you will need to first update your installation to 2.3.13.

  • Please read these instructions completely to plan your update.
  • Please review the SAFARI Montage System Requirements to ensure your environment meets all stated requirements.
  • Include time to backup your system in your update planning.
  • Plan to review any questions in advance with Technical Support. Please note that SAFARI Montage Technical Support is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and may be contacted by telephone at 800-782-7230 or online via www.safarimontage.com/support/.

Important:

There should not be anyone using SAFARI Montage while the updates take place, so please run the update off-hours when Montage is not in use. The 3.2.8 update includes both significant software updates and database optimizations and may take from four to six hours so it is strongly recommended that you run the update on a Friday evening or over a weekend.

If you are watching the update from the Console, SAFARI Montage may appear to be inactive at certain times during the update, so please give the update ample time to complete.

Once the software update is complete, the SAFARI Montage server will reboot, after which the database optimization process will begin automatically.

WARNING: DO NOT INTERRUPT THE UPDATE IN ANY WAY OR POWER OFF THE SERVER AT ANY TIME DURING THE UPDATE PROCESS OR DATABASE OPTIMIZATION. DOING SO MAY SEVERELY AND IRREPARABLY DAMAGE YOUR SAFARI MONTAGE SYSTEM.
Special Instructions:

WAN Manager

  1. The WAN Manager Parent server must be upgraded first per the instructions below.
  2. Once the update completes on the WAN Manager Parent server, the administrator will be able to automatically "push" the update to the Child Servers from the WAN Manager Parent server, rather than having to update them separately on-site.
    1. Browse to Admin > WAN Manager > Child Servers
    2. You can either check "Remote update all servers" which will update five servers at a time until they have all been updated or you can select individual servers to be updated by checking the box next to the server name. The update will proceed automatically.

Expansion Server

  1. The Expansion Controller must be upgraded first.
  2. Once the Expansion Controller is updated, it will automatically push the update to all of the Expansion Servers. The progress of this update push can be viewed by browsing to Admin > Expansion Server > Expansion Servers.

Total time to update all child and expansion servers will depend on the total number of servers and available bandwidth between servers. The update will be automatically downloaded to each remote server, where the update process will run automatically and take approximately one to two hours. If "Remote update all servers" is selected, servers will be processed in groups of five and updates will run concurrently on each group of remote servers.

Server Update Procedure:

  1. Backup your SAFARI Montage system via the Administration tools within Montage
    1. Navigate to Admin > Data Recovery > Backup
    2. Perform a complete backup by making certain the backup option "Data Only" is set to "No".
  2. At the SAFARI Montage Console (with monitor and keyboard attached to the Server), select "Eject CD" to open the CD drive.
  3. Insert the SAFARI Montage Update version 3.2.8 Disc and close the CD drive.
  4. Select "Update from CD-ROM" to run the software update, which will take approximately one to two hours, after which the server will reboot.
  5. When the server reboots, the database optimization process will begin automatically. Please allow at least six hours for this process to complete.
~ THIS COMPLETES THE SERVER UPDATE PROCESS. PLEASE TEST FROM A CLIENT BROWSER. ~

Client Update:

Please see the separate instructions to deploy the new SAFARI Montage Media Player to your client environment.