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SAFARI Montage® Version 5.0.x

Product Release Information

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SAFARI Montage
5.0.29 - 04/20/2011


This document contains the release notes for SAFARI Montage 5.0.x. This is a full release of the SAFARI Montage System and the following sections provide details to its release. SAFARI Montage 5.x is not a software-only upgrade from SAFARI Montage 4.x and may require a new OS drive, increased RAM, and/or a new server. Contact SAFARI Montage Customer Service (1-800-782-7230) regarding SAFARI Montage 5.x upgrade options.

New in this Release

  • Thumbnail and Icon Dashboard
    • Thumbnails are now integrated into a new dashboard, search results, detail pages and playlists.
    • Packaged content now supports thumbnails, including chapter and key concept thumbnails for video.
    • CreationStation supports automatic generation of thumbnails.
      • User selectable thumbnails, including a snapshot created from the media for supported formats, a title slate based on the item's title, or a standard thumbnail per media type.
      • NOTE: The new dashboard requires content drives purchased in the last 2 years to support the addition of thumbnails. For customers with content drives older than 2 years, a new content drive will need to be purchased.

  • Enhanced Core Platform
    • Improved fault tolerance and recovery.
    • Improved stability and security based on a full update of core OS components.
  • New User Types
    • School Admin (school-specific administration)
    • Principal (school-level admin and reporting access)
    • Curriculum Admin (curriculum-specific administrative reporting and content approval)
  • Expanded Interactive Whiteboard File Support
    • eInstruction® Workspace
    • Hitachi® Starboard®
  • Expanded support for projector control via Pathways SM
    • BenQ MX711
    • Promethean PRM-20AV1
    • Hitachi CP-A220N
    • LG 50PQ30C
    • LG 42PA30C
    • SMART UF-65
    • SMART UX-60
  • New Apple® iPad®/iPod Touch®/iPhone® support
    • Access SAFARI Montage and Pathways SM device control via iOS devices.
    • Available in the Apple App Store
    • Requires H.264 Home Access Content Drive for Packaged Video Playback
    • NOTE: Subject to native playback limitations of iOS device.

Supported Content Packages

  • Audio Clips With Supporting Still Image
    • IRC: History Pictures
    • IRC: California History Pictures
  • Interactive
    • Visual Dictionary
  • Still Images
    • Schlessinger Image Library
    • World Factbook
    • Paintings by the Masters
    • Digital Resources From NASA
    • IRC: History Pictures
    • IRC: California History Pictures
    • National Atlas of The United States Maps
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photographs
  • Video
    • K-8 Core Content (2010)
    • 9-12 Core Content
      • 9-12 Core
      • 9-12 Expansion
      • 9-12 Super Core [9-12 Core + 9-12 Expansion]
    • K-12 Core (2010)
    • K-12 Super Core [K-12 Core + 9-12 Expansion]
    • 9-12 Super Core
    • Additional Schlessinger Media® K-8 (2010)
    • Additional Schlessinger Media 9-12 (2010)
    • K-6 Supplemental (2011) - NEW!
    • Eyes on the Prize
    • Career Clips1
    • BestQuest Teaching Systems®
      • Algebra'scool®
      • Math'scool®
    • Almanac Newsreel
    • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center®
    • Reading Rainbow®
    • The Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century®

Installation and Upgrade Notes

  • Installation and Upgrade
    • See the SAFARI Montage 5.0.x Upgrade Instructions tab above.
  • Minimum System Requirements
    • See the SAFARI Montage 5.0.x System Requirements tab above.

5.0.29 Release Details


1Requires SAFARI Montage Media Player for playback.

Microsoft® Windows®

Operating System
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista®
  • Windows 7
Web Browsers
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 - 8.0
  • Firefox® 3.0 - 3.6
  • Note: For version 3.0, full-screen playback unavailable for all media players; For version 3.6, full-screen playback requires SAFARI Montage Media Player.

Minimum Hardware
  • 1.8 GHz CPU (Recommended: 2 GHz or greater)
  • 512 MB RAM (Recommended: 1 GB or greater)
  • 128 MB of Video RAM
Apple® Mac OS®

Operating System
  • Mac OS X v10.4
  • Mac OS X v10.5
  • Mac OS X v10.6 (32 and 64-bit)
Web Browsers
  • Safari® 4.0 - 5.0
  • Safari® 5.0 (64-bit)
  • Firefox® 3.0 - 3.6
  • Note: For version 3.0, full-screen playback unavailable for all media players; for version 3.6, full-screen playback requires SAFARI Montage Media Player.

Minimum Hardware
  • Power PC® G5 (Recommended: Intel® processor)
  • 1.6 GHz CPU (Recommended: 2 GHz or greater)
  • 512 MB RAM (Recommended: 1 GB or greater)
  • 128 MB of Video RAM

Browser Plug-ins (All Platforms)

  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
    • Plays both Windows Media® and Apple QuickTime® (Apple QuickTime 7.6 required)
    • Installers

    • Version 5.0.3 (32-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7)
    • Version 5.0.4 (32-bit OS X)
    • Version 5.0.4 (64-bit OS X)
    • Required for:

    • Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 Compatibility
    • Pathways SM
    • SAFARI Montage Managed Home Access Module
    • Closed Captioning Toggle
    • Alternate Language Audio Tracks
    • Enhanced Full-Screen Playback
    • Playback of Career Clips Content
  • Apple QuickTime 7.6
    • Required for Windows operating systems and Mac OS for playback of QuickTime and H.264 content, and Managed Home Access.
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 (Windows XP and Windows Vista) or Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 7)
    • Required for the playback of Windows Media. Windows Media playback not available on Mac OS.
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10 - Required for Visual Dictionary interactive image package.
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9
  • Sun® Java® 6 Standard Edition - required for CreationStation uploads.

Additional Local Software

Additional software may be required to create or view certain CreationStation content.

  • Software clients for the associated file types
    • SMART Notebook® software / SMART Notebook Interactive Viewer software - .NOTEBOOK / .NBK
    • Promethean® ActivInspire® / ActiveStudio® / Flipchart Viewer - .FLIPCHART / .FLP / .AS3A
    • Hitachi® StarBoard® - .YAR
    • eInstruction® Workspace - .GWB
    • Microsoft Office / Office Vewiers - .DOC/.DOCX, .XLS/.XLSX, .PPT/.PPTX
    •® - .SDW/.ODT, .SDC/.ODS, .SDD/.ODP, .ODG; .ODF, .SDP
    • Apple iWork® - .PAGES, .NUMBERS, .KEY
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader - .PDF
    • An EPUB® Reader - .LIT, .EPUB
  • Interactive Whiteboard Integration - supported software versions.
    • SMART Notebook Software / Notebook Interactive Viewer - v 9.5 or greater
    • Promethean ActivInspire (v 1.5 or greater) / ActiveStudio (v 2.5 or greater) / Flipchart Viewer
    • StarBoard (v 8.11 or greater)/StarBoard LE - Viewer Only (v 3.0 or greater)/StarBoard for OS X (v 9.2 or greater)
    • eInstruction Workspace for Windows (v 8.90 or greater)/eInstruction Workspace for OS X (v 5.00 or greater)

Managed Home Access Clients
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player 5.0.x
  • Apple QuickTime 7.6
  • 768kbps Broadband Internet Connection

Local Area Network
  • 100Mb Wired Ethernet
  • NetBIOS Protocol
    • Windows: "Client for Microsoft Networks" protocol must be active on client machines.
    • OS X: The "Samba" suite of protocols is already active. No changes are required.
  • Switched Backbone
  • Full Duplex
Please read these instructions in their entirety before you begin:
  • These instructions apply to the following SAFARI Montage server models:
    • T-420
    • T-420A
    • T-440i
    • RM-640
    • RM-640x
    • RM-820
    • WAN-840
    • WAN-880x
    • WAN-1240
  • It is important to follow the steps outlined in these instructions for optimal performance of your SAFARI Montage server.
  • It is important that you review the SAFARI Montage 5.0.x Release Notes available online, as these may include Known Issues that you should understand before running the upgrade.
  • It is recommended that a backup of your SAFARI Montage server be performed prior to installing the new OS drive. When planning the server upgrade, allow time to perform this backup.
  • No one should use the SAFARI Montage System during the update process, so please perform this update during off-hours.
  • Please note that the images and screenshots used in the instructions may differ slightly depending on your version of SAFARI Montage.
  • Review any questions with Technical Support in advance. Please note that SAFARI Montage Technical Support is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and they may be contacted by telephone at 800-782-7230 or online via
Important Considerations:
  1. SAFARI Montage Media Player Deployment
    • We recommend you update all client computers to the current version of the SAFARI Montage Media Player prior to running the OS upgrade. Not doing so will result in all users receiving an alert upon logging in to SAFARI Montage instructing them to upgrade the player. Administrators can suppress this notification in the following location: ADMIN -> Settings -> System -> Alert to Install SAFARI Montage Media Player.
    • The latest version of the player is available for download at

RAM Installation Instructions:

Click on the sever model being upgraded for RAM upgrade instructions.

OS Drive Installation Instructions:

For server model numbers T-420A, T-440i, T-640i, RM-820, RM-840, WAN-840, and WAN-840 refer to the following instructions:

For server model numbers T-420, T-440X, RM-440X, RM-640, RM-640X, WAN-880X, and WAN-1240 refer to the following instructions:

For customers with server model WAN-1240 and receiving a single OS drive, refer to the following instructions: