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SAFARI Montage® Version 7.5.x



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SAFARI Montage
7.5
07/15/2019
http://www.safarimontage.com/support

Introduction

This document contains the release notes for SAFARI Montage 7.5. This is a full release of the SAFARI Montage System and the following sections provide details of its release.

This SAFARI Montage 7.5 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 7.5 upgrade options.


New in this Release - 7.5

  • Video Streaming Library Additions
    • New Core Package Additions, Including 1,550 new videos from premier educational publishers, including:
      • Ancient Top 10 (A&E)
      • Access 360 World Heritage (National Geographic)
      • The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (PBS)
      • and many more
  • LOR Enhancement
    • SAFARI Montage Chrome Browser Extension
      • Users can now save high-quality links to webpages in the SAFARI Montage Learning Object Repository (LOR) in one click with the Chrome Browser Extension
  • Improved Admin Features
    • Usage Highlights and Reports Summary
      • Admins will now have instant access to Usage Highlights and Reports by Schools, by Content Package and by Uploads with one click of a button
    • Refined Title Restriction Controls
      • Admins can now customize the grade range established by SAFARI Montage for any packaged content title
      • Admins can now Block Access to any video segment in any packaged content title
      • Admins can now search to generate title lists and instantly make bulk changes to Restrict Student Access by Grade, Customize Grade Range setting for Packaged Content, and adjust Minimum User Type Access Permissions
      • Admins can now restrict access for certain titles only to Students within a title's Grade Range. Note: Requires LOR Lesson Presenter license
  • Web Browser Support
    • Support for the following web browser types:

      Operating System Microsoft® Internet Explorer® Chrome® Apple® Safari® Firefox
      Microsoft Windows® 10 44 (Edge), 11.0 75.0 N/A 68.0
      Microsoft Window® 8.1 (Desktop) 11.0 75.0 N/A 68.0
      Microsoft Windows® 7 11.0 75.0 N/A 68.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.14 N/A 75.0 12.1 68.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.13 N/A 75.0 12.1 68.0
      Apple Mac OS® X 10.12 N/A 75.0 10.1 68.0


Supported Content Packages

  • Video
    • Core K-8 Content
    • Core K-8 Content w/o Schlessinger Media (2015)
    • K-8 Expansion Content
    • K-8 Super Core Content
    • Core 9-12 Content
    • 9-12 Expansion Content
    • 9-12 Super Core Content
    • Core K-12 Content
    • K-12 Super Core Content
    • 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 (2016)
    • NOAA Digital Resources (2016)
    • Global Oneness Project
  • Audio Clips With Supporting Still Images
    • 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)
  • eBooks
    • Project Gutenberg eBooks
  • Documents
    • World Factbook (2017)
    • Mr. Nussbaum Reading Comprehension Passages
  • Still Images
    • Schlessinger Image Library
    • World Factbook (2017)
    • Paintings by the Masters
    • Digital Resources From NASA
    • IRC: History Pictures
    • IRC: California History Pictures
    • National Atlas of The United States Maps
    • NOAA Digital Resources (2016)
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photographs (2013)
    • Images From The National Gallery of Art
    • National Archives Digital Resources (2015)
    • Digital Resources From FEMA (2016)
    • Cyber Science Interactive 3D Model (2014)
    • National Science Foundation Digital Resources
    • Global Oneness Project
  • Web Links
    • Themed Resources from the Library of Congress
    • Khan Academy Web Links (2016)
    • Digital Resources From the Encyclopedia of Life
    • Scholastic Channel Web Links (2016)
    • Reading Rockets Web Link
    • Numberphiles Web Links
    • TED-ED Web Links
    • MIT OpenCourseWare 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
    • Teaching Channel Web Links (2016)
    • TED-Ed Web Links (2016)
    • The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Web Links (2017)
    • The New York Times Video Web Link
    • PhET Interactive Simulations
    • LinkedIn Learning Video Web Links
    • Crash Course Web Links
    • HooplaKidz Lab Web Links
    • Sport Instruction Web Links
    • Common Craft Web Links
    • Harry Kindergarten Music Web Links
    • Edutopia Web Links
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioInteractive Web Links
    • The Citizen Genius Project Web Links
    • SpokenVerse Web Links
    • SciShow Web Links
    • Driver Education Web Links
    • Crash Course Kids Web Links
    • Civil War Trust Web Links
    • National Museum of the American Indian Web Links
    • Smrt English Web Links
    • TICE Art 1010 Web Links
    • Flocabulary Web Links
    • KidsHealth Web Links
    • SciShow Kids Web Links
    • All-Star Orchestra Web Links
    • CK–12 Foundation Web Links
    • Bozeman Science Video Links
    • Art with Mati & Dada Video Links
    • Storyline Online Video Links
    • ConnectEd Video Links
    • National Geographic Kids Video Links
    • World Language Instruction Video Links
    • Lit2Go Web Links
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art Digital Resources
    • Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive
    • Oyez Supreme Court Web Links
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Lesson Plan Links
    • Science Max Video Links
    • Simple History Video Links
    • Fresberg Cartoon Video Links
    • Osmosis Video Links
    • Basho & Friends Video Links
    • NUMBERROCK Video Links
    • Today in Georgia History Web Links

Microsoft® Windows®

Operating System
  • Windows 10 (Desktop Mode)
  • Windows 8.1 (Desktop Mode)
  • Windows 7
Web Browsers
  • Internet Explorer®
    • 44 (Edge) (Windows 10)
    • 11.0 (Windows 10, 8.1 and 7)
  • Firefox®
    • 68.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
  • Google Chrome
    • 75.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
Apple® Mac OS®

Operating System
  • Mac OS X v10.14
  • Mac OS X v10.13
  • Mac OS X v10.12
Web Browsers
  • Safari®
    • 12.1 (OS X 10.14)
    • 12.1 (OS X 10.13)
    • 10.1 (OS X 10.12)
  • Firefox®
    • 68.0 (all supported Operating Systems)
  • Google Chrome
    • 75.0 (all supported Operating Systems)

Browser Plug-ins (All Platforms)

  • SAFARI Montage Media Player Installers
  • Required for:
    • Selective Video Streaming (SVS) multicast streaming support
    • Playback of Career Clips Content (MPEG-1 format)
  • VideoLAN

    The SAFARI Montage Media Player is compatible with the use of the VideoLAN VLC media player for live stream and Video on Demand (VOD) playback.

    • Version 3.0.7 (Windows all versions)
    • Version 2.0.10 (OS X all versions)
  • Apple QuickTime

    The SAFARI Montage Media Player is compatible with the use of Apple QuickTime for Video on Demand (VOD) playback.

    • X (Apple Mac OS X 10.14, 10.13, 10.12)
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 18 or later
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
  • Sun® Java® 7 or later - required for LOR bulk upload.
  • Cyber-Science 3D v4 Viewer

Additional Local Software

Additional software maybe required to create or view certain LOR 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
    • Egan® TeamBoard® - .TMB
    • Mayer-Johnson® Boardmaker® - .BM2
    • Clear Touch Interactive® EasiNote® - .ENB
    • Microsoft Office / Office Vewiers - .DOC/.DOCX, .XLS/.XLSX, .PPT/.PPTX
    • OpenOffice.org® - .SDW/.ODT, .SDC/.ODS, .SDD/.ODP, .ODG; .ODF, .SDP
    • Apple iWork® - .PAGES, .NUMBERS, .KEY
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader - .PDF
    • An EPUB® Reader - .HTML, .MOBI, .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)
    • Egan TeamBoard Draw v3 or greater
    • Mayer-Johnson Boardmaker (v6 or greater) / Boardmaker Studio (v14 or greater)
    • Clear Touch Interactive EasiNote v 3.1 or greater

Local Area Network
  • 100Mb Wired Ethernet Full Duplex Network

Special Considerations
  • Lecture Capture
    • Lecture Capture recordings do not support ABR conversion, the SAFARI Montage Auto-Converter must be configured to enable "Convert to H.264 MP4s:" if the "Adaptive Bitrate Streaming (ABR)" auto-conversion option is enabled.
  • Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7
    • This configuration does not support the playback of ABR video and requires the SAFARI Montage Media Player in conjunction with VLC v3.0.3.
  • Classroom Media Contollers/KIOSKs
    • Do not support playback of ABR video and require that the SAFARI Montage Auto-Converter be configured to enable "Convert to H.264 MP4s:" if the "Adaptive Bitrate Streaming (ABR)" auto-conversion option is enabled.
  • SupeTube
    • Requires that the SAFARI Montage Auto-Converter be configured to enable "Convert to H.264 MP4s:" if the "Adaptive Bitrate Streaming (ABR)" auto-conversion option is enabled.

Instructions for Upgrading SAFARI Montage OS to Version 7.5.x

Please note that these upgrade instructions are ONLY for upgrades to installations of version 5.0.x or later. If you are currently running a version prior to 5.0.x, you will need to first contact Technical Support. Please contact Technical Support at 800-782-7230 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the current status of your SAFARI Montage server.


WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT TO APPLY THIS UPGRADE TO A SAFARI MONTAGE SERVER RUNNING SOFTWARE VERSION 4.4.X OR EARLIER. DOING SO WILL RENDER YOUR SERVER INOPERABLE.

Requirements

An email from SAFARI Montage containing a link to download the update ISO


Please read these instructions in their entirety before you begin:

  • These instructions and all related documents are available online at http://www.safarimontage.com/support
  • It is important that you review the SAFARI Montage 7.5.x Release Notes available online, as these may include Known Issues that you should understand before running the upgrade.
  • Review the SAFARI Montage 7.5.x System Requirements, which include important information that will ensure your environment meets all requirements.
  • Allow for time to back up 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 6 p.m. Eastern Time and they may be contacted by telephone at 800-782-7230 or online via http://www.safarimontage.com/support.
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 http://www.safarimontage.com/support.
  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 can take several hours to complete. 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:
      • 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.

~ THIS COMPLETES THE SERVER UPDATE PROCESS. PLEASE TEST FROM A CLIENT BROWSER. ~

Deploying the SAFARI Montage Media Player:

Go to http://www.safarimontage.com/support/ to download the latest version of the SAFARI Montage Media Player and for instructions on how to deploy the player to your client environment.