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SAFARI Montage® Version 5.2.x

Product Release Information

Releases & Dates:
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SAFARI Montage
5.2.22 - 12/16/2011


This document contains the release notes for SAFARI Montage 5.2.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

  • Updated State Standards & Correlations
    • All licensed content aligned to standards on SAFARI Montage has been updated and correlated to the most recent State Standards.
    • Uploaded content via SAFARI Montage CreationStation® can be aligned to the latest State Standards.
  • Enhanced Accessibility for Common Core State Standards
    • Common Core State Standards are now listed under each state which allows for enhanced integration without changing the State preferences.
  • Expanded Managed Home Access Module
    • Home access to Spanish Language - For titles that include this language track.
    • NOTE: Toggling between English and Spanish languages is not instantaneous and therefore the user will experience a brief pause during the transition.

  • Enhanced Cyber-Science 3D Functions
    • Additional functionality which includes the ability to storyboard, animate and upload 3D models.
    • NOTE: Requires CreationStation for uploading.

  • Expanded Search results
    • Web links
    • eBooks
    • Thumbnails
  • Expanded support for projector control via Pathways SM
    • BenQ MX710
    • BenQ MX810ST
    • Dell S500wi
    • NEC NP215
    • NEC NP300
    • SMART UF-55
    • ViewSonic PJD6253
  • Web Browser Support
    • Support for the following web browser types:

      Operating System
      Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
      Apple® Safari®
      Microsoft Window® 7 8.0 8.0 and 3.6 Unsupported
      Microsoft Window Vista® 8.0 8.0 and 3.6 Unsupported
      Microsoft Window XP SP3 8.0 and 7.0 8.0 and 3.6 Unsupported
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.7 Unsupported 8.0 (32-bit) and 3.6 5.1
      Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Unsupported 8.0 (32-bit) and 3.6 5.1 and 5.0
      Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Unsupported 8.0 (32-bit) and 3.6 5.0
      Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Unsupported 3.6 4.0

Supported Content Packages

  • Audio Clips With Supporting Still Image
    • IRC: History Pictures
    • IRC: California History Pictures
  • Interactive
    • Visual Dictionary
    • Cyber-Science 3D Model
  • 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
    • Cyber Science 3D Model
  • Video
    • K-8 Core Content (2011)
    • 9-12 Core Content (2011)
      • 9-12 Core (2011)
      • 9-12 Expansion (6-2012)
      • 9-12 Super Core (6-2012) [9-12 Core + 9-12 Expansion]
    • K-12 Core (2011)
    • K-12 Super Core (2011) [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)
    • Digital Resources from NASA
    • 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®
    • BBC Shakespeare

Installation and Upgrade Notes

  • Installation and Upgrade
    • See the SAFARI Montage 5.2.x Upgrade Instructions tab above.
  • Minimum System Requirements
    • See the SAFARI Montage 5.2.x System Requirements tab above.

5.2.22 Release Details

  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
  • Key Corrections
    • Ability to bulk upload .FLV, KEY, .MPG, NUMBERS, PAGES and .SWF file formats.
    • CreationStation drive no longer reports being full when uploading content.
    • LDAP users who are in groups titled with special characters can now log into SAFARI Montage.
    • Ability to playback Interactive Whiteboard (.IWB) files without having to have SAFARI Montage listed as a trusted site of the viewing web browser.
    • Users in multiple LDAP groups and associated with different User types will correctly be assigned the highest available User type.
    • Language tracks correctly appear for all Schlessinger Media titles when performing a search.
    • Permanent Links redirects users with access to multiple schools to the correct resource upon login.
    • Logging into SAFARI Montage no longer redirects some users to the Help index page.
    • New searches can be performed after a School News Search was performed from the SAFARI Montage Dashboard.
    • Remember Me functionality will correctly use SAFARI Montage Media Player rather than Apple QuickTime embedded player.
  • Known Issues and Workarounds
  • Issues
    Affected Module/Package
    Affected Operating System
    Affected Web Browser
    When modifying Button Sets for Pathways controlled devices, replaced Button Set data is not cleared. Pathways SM Any Any Delete and create a new Button Set.
    Thumbnail representations, of the media in a lesson, are not displayed correctly while viewing the lesson in Presentation View. DCP Apple OS X Any Resolution/Workaround not available.
    Cyber-Science 3D causes interference during SAFARI Montage video playback. Cyber-Science 3D Any Any Close or minimize the Cyber-Science 3D application.


1Requires SAFARI Montage Media Player for playback.

Microsoft® Windows®

Operating System
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista®
  • Windows 7
Web Browsers
  • Internet Explorer®
    • 8.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
    • 7.0 (Windows XP)
  • Firefox®
    • 8.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
    • 3.6 (all supported Operating Systems)
    • Note: 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)
  • Mac OS X v10.7
Web Browsers
  • Safari®
    • 5.1 (OS X 10.7 and 10.6)
    • 5.0 (OS X 10.6 and 10.5)
    • 4.0 (OS X 10.4)
  • Firefox®
    • 8.0 (OS X 10.7, 10.6 and 10.5)
    • Note: 32-bit mode only

    • 3.6 (OS X 10.7, 10.6, 10.5 and 10.4)
    • Note: For version 3.6, full-screen playback requires SAFARI Montage Media Player.

Minimum Hardware
  • Power PC® G5 (Recommended: Intel® processor)
  • 1.8 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 5.2.5 (32-bit Windows XP, Vista, 7)
    • Version 5.2.3 (32-bit OS X 10.5 and 10.4)
    • Version 5.2.3 (64-bit OS X 10.7 and 10.6)
    • Required for:

    • Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 Compatibility
    • Digital Curriculum Presenter (DCP)
    • 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

    Required for Windows operating systems and Mac OS for playback of QuickTime and H.264 content, and Managed Home Access.

    • X (OS X 10.7 and 10.6)
    • 7.7 (OS X 10.7, 10.6 and 10.5/Windows 7, Vista and XP)
    • 7.6 (OS X 10.4)
  • Microsoft Windows Media Player 11 (Windows XP and Windows Vista) or Microsoft Windows Media Player 12 (Windows 8 and 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 X
  • Sun® Java® 6 Standard Edition - required for CreationStation uploads.
  • Cyber-Science 3D Viewer
    • Required to view Cyber-Science Interactive 3D models
    • Installers

    • Version 3.1.65 (Windows 7, Vista and XP)
    • Version 3.1.64 (Mac OS X)
    • Note:Cyber-Science 3D Viewer is not supported under OS X 10.7 (Lion).

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 5.10 or greater)

Managed Home Access Clients
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player 5.2.x
  • Apple QuickTime
  • 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

Instructions for Upgrading SAFARI Montage OS to Version 5.2.x

Please note that these upgrade instructions are ONLY for upgrades to installations of version 5.0.29 or later. If you are currently running a version prior to 5.0.29, you will need to first upgrade your server. A server upgrade to version 5.0.29 will require a hard drive and memory upgrade. Please contact Technical Support at 800-782-7230 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the current status of your SAFARI Montage server.


Contents - One(1) of the Following:

SAFARI Montage - 5.2.x Upgrade DVD OR USB Drive

Please read these instructions in their entirety before you begin:
  • These instructions and all related documents are available online at
  • It is important that you review the SAFARI Montage 5.2.x Release Notes available online, as these may include Known Issues that you should understand before running the upgrade.
  • Review the SAFARI Montage 5.2.x System Requirements, which include important information that will ensure your environment meets all requirements.
  • Allow for time to backup your system in your update planning.
  • No one should use the SAFARI Montage System during the update process, so please perform this update during off-hours.
  • 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. 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
  2. If monitoring the update from the console, be aware that the system may appear to be inactive at certain times during the upgrade. This does not mean that the upgrade has stopped.
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.

If you are running WAN Manager with Expansion Server(s):
  1. The Expansion Controller must be upgraded first. See Upgrade Instructions below.
  2. Once the Expansion Controller has been upgraded, it will automatically push the upgrade to all of the Expansion Servers. The progress of the upgrade can be viewed by navigating to Admin -> Expansion Server -> Expansion Servers.
If you are running WAN Manager with Remote School Server(s):
  1. The WAN Manager Parent server must be upgraded first. See Upgrade Instructions below.
  2. Once the upgrade is completed on the WAN Manager Parent server, you will be able to automatically 'push' the upgrade to the Remote School Servers, thereby eliminating the need to upgrade them separately on-site.
    1. Navigate to Admin -> WAN Manager -> Remote School Servers
    2. Either check 'Remote update all servers', which will update five servers at a time until they have all been upgraded, or select individual servers to be upgraded by checking the box next to the server name.

Total time to upgrade all expansion and/or remote school servers will depend upon the total number of servers and available bandwidth. The upgrade will be downloaded to each remote server, where the upgrade 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 upgrades will run concurrently on each group of remote servers.

Download and Upgrade Instructions:
  1. Backup your SAFARI Montage system via the Administration tools:
    1. Navigate to Admin -> Data Recovery -> Backup
    2. Perform a full backup setting the backup option 'Data Only' to 'No.'
    3. Click on the 'Backup' button to begin.
  2. Insert the DVD or USB drive into the server.
    1. For users with a DVD, at the SAFARI Montage Console, select Eject Removable Media (option 6) to open the DVD drive, and then insert the SAFARI Montage Upgrade DVD.
    2. For users with a USB drive, insert the drive into an available USB port on the server.
  3. Select 'Update SAFARI Software' (option 5) from the console menu and press 'Enter'.
  4. Select how to update the server.
    1. For users with a DVD, select Update from CD or DVD (option 1) and press Enter to run the software upgrade. The server will reboot during the upgrade.
    2. For users with a USB drive, select Update from USB Drive (option 2) and press Enter to run the software upgrade. The server will reboot during the upgrade.
  5. When the upgrade is complete, choose 'Eject Removable Media' from the SAFARI Montage Console Screen to remove the DVD or unplug the USB drive from the server's USB port.

Deploying the SAFARI Montage Media Player:

Go to to download the latest version of the SAFARI Montage Media Player and for instructions on how to deploy the player to your client environment.