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SAFARI Montage® Version 6.0.x

Product Release Information

Releases & Dates:

Customer Support:

SAFARI Montage
6.0.54 - 11/12/2014
6.0.60 - 12/24/2014
6.0.64 - 01/30/2015
6.0.67 - 03/20/2015


This document contains the release notes for SAFARI Montage 6.0. This is a full release of the SAFARI Montage System and the following sections provide details to its release.

This SAFARI Montage 6.0 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 -

  • Pathways SM
    • Newly supported devices:
      • Educam 360

New in this Release -

  • Dashboard
    • Chrome Browsers, Apple OS X and Chromebook, fully display the dashboard.
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
    • HTML5 player supports segment playback.

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).
  • Digital Curriculum Presenter (DCP)
    • Digital Learning Platform Sample Lessons Package is a licensed package that provides a sample course and lesson structure to developers which can be use as base for lesson creation.
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player
    • HTML 5 player to support content playback when using 64-bit Chrome browsers on Apple OS X platforms.
    • SAFARI Montage Media Player version 6.0.5 (Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, Vista®, XP)
    • SAFARI Montage Media Player version 6.0.6 (Apple Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7 and 10.6)
  • Web Browser Support
    • Supports 64-bit Chrome browser, version 39.0 or later

New Content Packages

  • Video
    • Career Clips Content Package (Updated)
  • Still Images/Audio
    • National Archives Digital Resources (2015)
    • National Science Foundation Digital Resources
  • Web Links
    • Mathispower4u Web Links
    • Mini BIO Web Links
    • Minute Earth Web Links
    • Minute Physics Web Links
    • MyWhyU Web Links
    • Scientific American Video Web Links
    • TED-Ed Web Links (2015)
    • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Web Links
    • The New York Times Video Web Link

New in this Release -

  • District Configuration, District & School Logos and Log In
    • District and school logos are now supported and displayed upon log in

      Note: When installing SAFARI Montage 6.0, customers will need to complete district configuration and upload a district logo. Any previous login images will be deactivated during the installation. To add a district logo, navigate to ADMIN -> Settings -> District.

    • Log In has been redesigned to improve mobile device support
  • Dashboard
    • Streamlined and personalized top navigation
      • Display user profile images, linked to user preferences.
      • Display of school logos with the ability to link logo to admin-configured school web site.
  • Learning Object Repository Exchange (LORX)
    • A robust facility to share and exchange valuable learning objects with fellow SAFARI Montage customers
      • Share and search learning objects between districts with full metadata.
      • Creative Commons licensing and attribution by individual, school or district.
      • Dashboard access to recently accessed learning objects.
  • netTrekker Integration
    • Access to 350,000 curated titles using IMS Global LTI-based single sign on
      • Fully integrated federated search.
      • Save netTrekker web link resources to SAFARI Montage CreationStation.
      • Add netTrekker resources to Playlists and Lessons.

        Note: Requires netTrekker subscription and Interoperability Support Services.

  • Digital Curriculum Presenter (DCP)
    • Improved dashboard layout
      • Teacher dashboard refined to mimic student presentation.
      • Join Get it? Icon moved to quick link panel.
    • Expanded assignment functionality
      • Dynamic, mobile friendly student assignment calendar.
      • Dashboard notification of assignments and grades.
      • Allow teachers to grade assignments and view grading results.
      • Allow teachers to reassign an assignment for resubmission.
    • Improved course and lesson development workflow
      • Flexibly add resources to any lesson in any course.
      • Easily copy or move resources between lessons.
      • Build and manage course scope and sequence directly from the course development folders.
      • Associate lessons with unit level.
      • My Lessons now supports an additional level of folders.
      • Assignment discussions now auto-refresh and a transcript may be downloaded by the teacher.
    • New Digital Learning Platform User Guides
      • SAFARI Montage Digital Learning Platform Administrator's Guide v6.0.
      • SAFARI Montage Digital Learning Platform Teacher's Guide v6.0.
  • CreationStation
    • Administrators may now allow Teachers to share media and playlists to the district via separate approval queue settings
  • Permanent Links
    • QR codes are now available for all permanent links
  • Additional
    • View & Chat may now be configured to require a Teacher to be present
    • Latest security vulnerability updates, including remediation of the POODLE SSLv3 vulnerability
  • Pathways SM
    • Newly supported devices:
      • SMART LightRaise 60wi
      • SMART LightRaise 60wi2
      • SMART UF-70 / UF-70w
      • MART UF-75 / UF-75w
      • Mitsubishi WD385U-EST
      • Epson Powerlite 99W
      • Epson Powerlite 575W
      • Sony VPL Series
      • Sharp PNE421/PNE471
      • Sharp AQUOS LC46E77U/LC52E77U
  • Classroom Media Controller / Digital Signage
    • Ticker notification when unit overheats, now limiting on-screen display for two minutes at 8:30am
  • 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 33.0 N/A 38.0
      Microsoft Window® 7 11.0, 10.0, 9.0 and 8.0 33.0 N/A 38.0
      Microsoft Window Vista® 9.0 and 8.0 33.0 N/A 38.0
      Microsoft Window XP SP3 8.0 and 7.0 33.0 N/A 38.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.10 N/A 33.0 8.0 38.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.9 N/A 33.0 7.0 38.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.8 N/A 33.0 6.0 38.0
      Apple Mac OS X 10.7 N/A 33.0 6.0 38.0
      Apple Mac OS X 10.6 N/A 33.0 5.1 38.0

Supported Content Packages

  • Audio Clips With Supporting Still Image
    • IRC: History Pictures
    • IRC: California History Pictures
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photographs (2013)
    • National Archives Digital Resources (2015)
    • National Park Service Natural & Historical Digital Resources
  • Interactive
    • Visual Dictionary (2014)
    • Cyber Science Interactive 3D Model (2014)
  • Still Images
    • Schlessinger Image Library
    • World Factbook (2014)
    • 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
    • National Archives Digital Resources (2015)
    • Digital Resources From FEMA
    • Cyber Science Interactive 3D Model (2014)
  • 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)
    • Additional Schlessinger Media® K-8 (2010)
    • Additional Schlessinger Media 9-12 (2010)
    • BestQuest Teaching Systems®
      • Algebra'scool® (2012)
      • Math'scool® (2012)
    • Best Practices for Using SAFARI Montage PD
    • National Defense Education Program STEM
    • Arab American Stories
    • Almanac Newsreel
    • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center®
    • The Video Encyclopedia Of The 20th Century®
    • BBC Shakespeare
    • Career Clips1
    • Digital Resources From NASA
    • National Park Service Natural & 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
    • Scholastic Channel Web Links
    • Reading Rockets Web Link
    • Numberphiles Web Links
    • TED-ED Web Links
    • MIT OpenCourseWare Web Links

Installation and Upgrade Notes

  • Installation and Upgrade
    • See the SAFARI Montage 6.0 Upgrade Instructions tab above.
  • Minimum System Requirements
    • See the SAFARI Montage 6.0 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®
    • 33.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
  • Google Chrome
    • 38.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
Minimum Hardware
  • 1.8 GHz CPU (Recommended: 2.0 GHz or greater)
  • 512 MB RAM (Recommended: 1 GB or greater)
  • 128 MB of Video RAM
Apple® Mac OS®

Operating System
  • Mac OS X v10.101
  • 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®
    • 8.0 (OS X 10.10)
    • 7.0 (OS X 10.9)
    • 6.1 (OS X 10.8 and 10.7)
    • 5.1 (OS X 10.6)
  • Firefox®
    • 33.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
  • Google Chrome
    • 38.0 (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 6.0.5 (32-bit Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP)
    • Version 6.0.6 (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 10.10, 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 maybe 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 Using SAFARI Montage Media Player Plug-in
  • SAFARI Montage Media Player 6.0.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 6.0.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 the SAFARI Montage 6.0.x Release Notes available online, as these may include Known Issues that you should understand before running the upgrade.
  • Review the SAFARI Montage 6.0.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:
      • SAFARI Montage version 5.9.19 or earlier - Set Data Only to No and select to either keep or overwrite the previous backup.
      • SAFARI Montage version 5.9.28 or later - Set Type to Data & User Content and select to either keep or overwrite the previous backup.
  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.