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SAFARI Montage® Version 5.9.x

Product Release Information

Releases & Dates:
Customer Support:

SAFARI Montage
5.9.19 - 03/24/2014
5.9.28 - 06/24/2014
5.9.33 - 07/25/2014


This document contains the release notes for SAFARI Montage 5.9.x. This is a full release of the SAFARI Montage System and the following sections provide details to its release.

This SAFARI Montage 5.x upgrade is not a software-only upgrade from SAFARI Montage 4.x and earlier versions. Upgrading from SAFARI Montage 4.x or earlier versions requires a new OS drive, may require increased RAM, and/or a new server. Contact SAFARI Montage Customer Service (1-800-782-7230) regarding SAFARI Montage 6.0 upgrade options.

New in this Release -

  • SAFARI Montage Live!
    • Added further support for SML version

New in this Release -

  • State Standards and Correlations Updates and Additions
    • Academic standards and packaged content correlations have been comprehensively updated.
    • Support for new content packages has been added (see "New Content Packages" below).
  • CreationStation
    • Extended support of IWB formats to include Teamboard Draw.
    • Auto format YouTube web links for better handeling within SAFRI Montage.
  • Network DVR
    • Added support for access to NDVR schedule and past recordings via MHA.
  • SAFARI Montage Live!
    • Added supports for SML version
    • Improved email invitations, including the ability to email all or only new invitees.
    • Added new feature called Meet Now.
    • Improved mobile apps which will allow access to previously recorded sessions.
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
    • Improved stream start-up via SVS

New Content Packages

  • Video
    • Core K-8 Content (2014)
    • Core K-8 Content w/o Schlessinger Media (2014)
    • K-8 Expansion Content (2014)
    • K-8 Super Core Content (2014)
    • Core 9-12 Content (2014)
    • 9-12 Expansion Content (2014)
    • 9-12 Super Core Content (2014)
    • Core K-12 Content (2014)
    • K-12 Super Core Content (2014)
    • Best Practices for Using SAFARI Montage PD Package
  • Interactive
    • Visual Dictionary Interactive Image Package (2014)
    • Cyber-Science Interactive 3D Model Content Package (2014)

5.9.28 Release Details

New in this Release -

  • Digital Curriculum Presenter (DCP)
    • Student Access to Lessons
      • Teachers can now selectively provide students with access to course lessons, available to students from the dashboard and a new class course overview page.
      • An updated student dashboard and improved navigation offers access to current lesson, a consolidated view of assignments, and one-click access to Get it? and View & Chat.
    • Teachers can now manage completed lessons to maintain a current lesson bookmark and provide automatic navigation to the current lesson.
    • An updated teacher dashboard design provides thumbnail access to My Classes and one-click access to the current lesson.
    • Class management has been improved, including the ability to create classes containing any user type in the student role, e.g., classes of teachers to support Professional Development.
    • Permanent links are now available for Lessons.
    • My Lessons
      • A basic facility has been added to allow submission of My Lessons to designated Department Approvers for approval and inclusion in district courses. Future development will refine review and approval based on designated user groups.
  • CreationStation
    • HTML5 has been implemented as the primary upload mechanism, including expanded support for large file uploads.
    • Storage Limits have been expanded to allow administrators to manage storage limits/quotas for all user types with upload capabilities, including management of requests for additional storage.
    • My Files now provides Teachers w/ Upload and higher level user types with a private area to manage personal uploads, mirroring the My Locker feature available to Students w/ Upload.
  • Network DVR
    • Recording trimming, allowing authorized users to trim NDVR recording to eliminate unwanted material at the beginning and/or end of recordings.
  • SAFARI Montage Web Proxy
    • This new add-on module enables districts to selectively manage and proxy only approved YouTube web links via SAFARI Montage.
  • SAFARI Montage Mobile Broadcast Server
    • This new product allows districts to extend viewing of live SVS streams to mobile devices via the Channel Guide.
  • Updated and Expanded Help
    • SAFARI Montage User Guide has been thoroughly updated.
    • Full update to CreationStation User Guide
      • New topics on metadata include: Information and Rights Management, Managing Permissions, Correlating CreationStation Media to Standards, and Publishing CreationStation Media.
      • Student with Upload user type information added including My Locker for Students.
    • Addition of the Digital Curriculum Presenter User Guide
      • Key topics include: Creating Courses, Building Lessons, Classes, Teaching with Digital Curriculum Presenter, View & Chat, and Digital Curriculum Presenter for Students and Curriculum Developer Admin Help.
    • Additional selective help updates include: Pathways SM User and Admin, CreationStation: Bulk Updates and Digital Rights Management, Creating & Managing System users, SVS User and Admin, Managed Home Access and WAN Manager Admin
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
  • Web Browser Support
    • Support for the following web browser types:

      Operating System
      Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
      Apple® Safari®
      Microsoft Window® 8 (Desktop) 11.0, 10.0 28.0 Unsupported 33.0
      Microsoft Window® 7 11.0, 10.0, 9.0 and 8.0 28.0 Unsupported 33.0
      Microsoft Window Vista® 9.0 and 8.0 28.0 Unsupported 33.0
      Microsoft Window XP SP3 8.0 and 7.0 28.0 Unsupported 33.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.9 Unsupported 28.0 7.0 33.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.8 Unsupported 28.0 6.1 33.0
      Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Unsupported 28.0 6.1 33.0
      Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Unsupported 28.0 5.1 33.0

Supported Content Packages

  • Audio Clips With Supporting Still Image
    • IRC: History Pictures
    • IRC: California History Pictures
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photographs (2013)
    • Digital Resources From the National Archives
    • National Park Service Natural & Historical Digital Resources
  • Interactive
    • Visual Dictionary
    • Cyber-Science 3D Model (2013)
  • 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
    • NOAA Weather Photos
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photographs (2013)
    • Images from the National Gallery of Art
    • Digital Resources from the National Archives
    • Digital Resources from FEMA
    • Cyber Science 3D Model (2013)
  • Video
    • K-8 Core (2013)
      • K-8 Core (2013)
      • K-8 Expansion (6-2013)
      • K-8 Super Core (6-2013) [K-8 Core + K-8 Expansion]
    • 9-12 Core Content (2013)
      • 9-12 Core (2013)
      • 9-12 Expansion (6-2013)
      • 9-12 Super Core (6-2013) [9-12 Core + 9-12 Expansion]
    • K-12 Core (6-2013) [K-8 Core + 9-12 Core]
    • K-12 Super Core (6-2013) [K-12 Core + K-8 Expansion + 9-12 Expansion]
    • Additional Schlessinger Media® K-8 (2010)
    • Additional Schlessinger Media 9-12 (2010)
    • Digital Resources from NASA
    • Career Clips1
    • BestQuest Teaching Systems®
      • Algebra'scool® (2012)
      • Math'scool® (2012)
    • Almanac Newsreel
    • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center®
    • The Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century®
    • BBC Shakespeare
    • National Park Service National & Historical Digital Resources®
    • Digital Resources from FEMA
  • Web Links
    • Themed Resources from the Library of Congress
    • Khan Academy Web Links
    • Digital Resources From the Encyclopedia of Life

Installation and Upgrade Notes

  • Installation and Upgrade
    • See the SAFARI Montage 5.9.x Upgrade Instructions tab above.
  • Minimum System Requirements
    • See the SAFARI Montage 5.9.x System Requirements tab above.


1Requires SAFARI Montage Media Player for playback.

Microsoft® Windows®

Operating System
  • Windows 8 (Desktop Mode)
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista®
  • Windows 7
Web Browsers
  • Internet Explorer®
    • 11.0 (Windows 8 Desktop Mode and 7)
    • 10.0 (Windows 8 Desktop Mode and 7)
    • 9.0 (Windows 7 and Vista)
    • 8.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
    • 7.0 (Windows XP)
  • Firefox®
    • 28.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
  • Google Chrome
    • 33.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
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 v10.9.21
  • Mac OS X v10.8.31
  • Mac OS X v10.7.31
  • Mac OS X v10.6.82
Web Browsers
  • Safari®
    • 7.0 (OS X 10.9)
    • 6.1 (OS X 10.8 and 10.7)
    • 5.1 (OS X 10.6)
  • Safari® 5.0 (64-bit)
  • Firefox®
    • 28.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
  • Google Chrome
    • 33.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
Minimum Hardware


  • Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 7GB of available space


  • Mac with Intel® processor
  • 2.0 GHz CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5GB of available space

Browser Plug-ins (All Platforms)

  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
    • Plays both Windows Media® and Apple QuickTime®
    • Installers

    • Version 5.9.0 (32-bit Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP)
    • Version 5.9.0 (OS X 10.9, 10.8, 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
  • VideoLAN

    The SAFARI Montage Media Player is compatible with the use of the VideoLAN VLC media player for streaming media playback.

    • Version 2.0.3 (Windows all versions)
    • Version 2.0.3 (OS X all versions)
  • 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 10.9, 10.8, 10.7)
    • 7.7 (OS X 10.6/Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP)
  • 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 11 - Required for Visual Dictionary interactive image package.
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader XI
  • Sun® Java® 7 Standard Edition - required for CreationStation uploads.
  • Cyber-Science 3D v4 Viewer
    • Required to view Cyber-Science Interactive 3D models
    • Installers

    • Version CS.4.0b.2075 (Windows and OS X all versions)

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 5.9.x
  • Appled 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 5.9.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.



An email from SAFARI Montage containing a download link

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 th SAFARI Montage 5.9.x Release Notes available online, as these may include Known Issues that you should understand before running the upgrade.
  • Review the SAFARI Montage 5.9.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 using one of the following methods:
  2. Download upgrade media (ISO) using the link provided in the email from SAFARI Montage.
  3. Upload the downloaded ISO file to the SAFARI Montage system via the Administration tools:
    1. Navigate to Admin » Tools » Software Update History.
    2. Click on the Upload an ISO image of the update and install link.
    3. Browse to the location of the ISO file downloaded in Step 2 and click on Open.

    The ISO will begin uploading to the server. Once the upload is complete, the upgrade will begin and will take approximately one to two hours, after which the server will reboot.


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.