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Which version have I got? To find out which version of Editor, SimpleSet or Exam you have go to the Help menu and select About. The screen here will display the version number. The NetSeries version number is displayed under the small 'Powered-by' owl icon in the lower, left-hand side of the web browser.

Here are the latest version numbers and descriptions of the problems they fix. The problems are rated on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being a very serious issue, and 1 being minor) just to provide an idea of their importance. If you want to know about any outstanding, known issues then click here.

A list of fixes for version 2.X releases is available here.

Editor

Editor 3.0.22

  • Settings File. A settings file included in a resources folder does not make it to the zip file. Fixed in this version. Problem rating: 2.

Editor 3.0.21

  • Settings File.The Try Again setting does not allow a Keep Result option to be shown. This has been corrected with this release. Problem rating: 2.

Editor 3.0.20

  • Settings File. The Developer version of Editor allows a settings file to be used for some advanced settings. This had to be stored in the same folder as the list file. However, Editor's zip facility packs the settings file into a resources folder, putting it out of reach next time content is unzipped and compiled. This has been fixed with this version, as a settings file can be stored in either the same folder as the list file, or in a subfolder called 'resources' — Editor will find it and use it. Problem rating: 2.

Editor 3.0.19

  • Extra questions. A test delivered in NetSeries can appear to have more questions that it should. This only happens if Shuffle is selected as an option. The result produced can be trusted, but if the whole test is opened for review a false result will be displayed, where the result has been recalcuated using the incorrect question list length. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for highlighting this problem. This update fixes the problem. Problem rating: 5.

Editor 3.0.18

  • Lost categories. When a Screen List is zipped its category information can become lost. This update fixes the problem. Problem rating: 3.

Editor 3.0.17

  • Randomization. A change introduced into version 3.0.16 also introduced a bug. If a test is set to be in random order, but the test displays all available screens (not just a selection) then randomization does not work. Fixed in this release. Thanks to Pat Marley for spotting this. Problem rating: 5.
  • Apostrophies in categories. If there are apostrophies in categories then a browser-based test will not run. Fixed in this version, with the apostrophies automatically removed. Thanks to Mel Scott for identifying this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Pasted returns in questions. If return characters are included in text pasted into text areas these can be included in results text automatically, and will prevent a browser-based test from running. This problem was spotted by Stephen Howe and affects both Editor and SimpleSet. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 3.

Editor 3.0.16

  • Incorrect maximums and other browser-based problems. Tests over an intranet can produce incorrect maximums where screens are selected at random. Tests can also be delivered where all the screens in a test are presented instead of just a subset. These are browser problems, but changes in this release of Editor attempts to address them. There is a more detailed explanation here. Problem rating: 8.
  • Drag images. The tiny plus and minus images are missing from the buttons to add and remove drag images. They only disappear if the inspector is stretched. Fixed in this release. Tim Pickard was kind enough to raise this. Problem rating: 2.

Editor 3.0.15

  • Firefox 2.0. Version 2 of the Firefox browser stops drags from working. This latest release gets around this problem. However, all web-based drag questions created prior to this version will not work with Firefox 2.0. Problem rating: 7.
  • Sorting menus. You can now right-click on a menu in a screen and select Sort to sort the menu items into alphabetical order. Thanks to Mel Scott and her colleagues for suggesting this idea. This is a new feature.
  • Drags on Apple Macs. Drags on Firefox on the Mac tended to flicker about owing to an error in Javascript on the Mac rather than our code. However, put in a fix to get around this. Also added a fix for Safari (Mac browser). Problem rating: 3.
  • Zips remove links. When a list is zipped up to allow the edit files for the lesson, survey or test to be sent to someone else any relative results text links are resolved, instead of remaining relative. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 1.
  • Expert Review. Editor Suite Developer Edition users will find a new option called Expert Review. It appears when creating a lesson, survey or test. If selected it turns on the Show Answer and Mark buttons, automatically inserts the correct answers into questions, removes any time limits, and turns off any randomization. Its purpose is to produce tests that an expert in the area can check to ensure that the answers are correct, without removing randomization and other features that are needed for the test when taken for real.

Editor 3.0.14

  • Version checking. Editor will now check the Question Tools web site and will alert you if there is a new version available. No information about you is communicated. You will not be pestered with reminders — you will be told only once every time a new verison becomes is available. You can turn this version checking off in the Preferences window (under the Options menu). This is a new feature.
  • Saving screen lists. Editor now saves changes to screen lists without asking for confirmation. This is a new feature.
  • Pasting images. Images can now be pasted directly into screens. You no longer have to create a picture object and then link to the file (although this can still be done). This is a new feature.
  • Control Bar Timer. The timer display can now be included in the control bar instead of as a field in the screen. This is a new feature.
  • Screen number and unfinished questions. After a lot of requests, a new feature has been added so that a new menu can now appear in the control bar. This displays the screen number, but also lists just the screens that have no answers to any questions. This is a new feature.
  • Scrolling text areas. For those who wish to include text areas with a lot of text, it is now possible to have scrolling text areas in screens. This is a new feature.
  • Try Again. Users can now be allowed to retake just the questions they got wrong using the new Try Again option. This is a new feature.
  • Insert correct answers. Developer Edition can now create a test or examination where the correct answers are automatically inserted. This feature can save a lot of time for those who have to check an examination to ensure that the answers have been set correctly. This is a new feature.
  • Pre-test details. If a test uses pre-test screens and includes some fields and menus so that users can enter their details this information is lost and not shown in the results as it should. Thank you to Jelle De Jong for spotting this. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 3.
  • Random order. When a number of screens are selected at random their order can be partly random even when this option is not selected. In other words, the screens should appear in order unless the random order feature is switched on, but this is not the case. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 2.
  • Time limit. If a web-based test times out then the results are displayed. However, if the user then attempts to view her or his marked questions an error occurs and it is not possible to do this. Fixed in this update. Problem rating: 3.
  • Custom Start buttons. If a pretest screen is used with a custom start button then this produces a minor error report in web-based tests. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 1.
  • Copy and Paste list settings. It is now possible to right-click on a list in the List Inspector, select Copy List Settings, and then select another list, right-click on it and select Paste List settings. This copies all settings except for the list name, author name and categories. This is a new feature.
  • Date display. An error in Javascript in web browsers meant that dates for test start and end time could be displayed incorrectly. There is a workaround in this release to correct this problem. Problem rating: 5.
  • Answer field marking. Answer Field marks for no match and also no answer were not included when calculating the minimum and maximums for browser-based tests. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 5.

Editor 3.0.13

  • Animation - Go to Step. When Go to Step was selected for an animation the setting was ignored, and it was impossible to create an animation that looped. Fixed with this update. Thank you to W Kleijn for identifying this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Buttons missing. When a browser-based test is completed the confirmation screen has two buttons, but both have their text missing. Thank you to both Jonathan Pascall and Mel Scott for identifying this issue. Problem rating: 5.

Editor 3.0.12

  • Shuffle. Multple choice questions can now have their order adjusted so that for every screen each student / trainee is presented with the options in a different random order. This is a new feature.
  • Windows Audio format. The Windows Media Audio (wma) format has been added to the types of audio format Question Tools Editor (and Exam) can deal with. This is a new feature.
  • Selection across categories. If categories are biased (Developer Edition only), such that the bias in the selection equals the number to be randomly selected then the last screen displayed my not be from the correct category. Fixed thanks to Herbert Jansen's clear example. Problem rating: 3.
  • Categories and Surveys. Categorizing survey screens has no real effect. However, if you accidentally leave some categories in a screen list for a survey this leads to an error when the survey is delivered via NetSeries. This update resolves this problem. Yogen Shah was kind enough to provide an example of this problem. Problem rating: 3.
  • Stretched buttons. If the style is changed and then a lesson, survey or test created as web pages or for Question Tools NetSeries, then the buttons can become stretched or shrunk. Fixed in this update. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for spotting this. Problem rating: 4.
  • Start Test button Didn't used to work in web pages, you would get two buttons, but now it does. Problem rating: 4.
  • SCORM Output. Some Learning Management Systems reject Question Tools SCORM packages because of a missing end comment in the IMS manifest. Thank you to David Brighton for raising the general issue, and Herbert Jenson for identifying a precise cause. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 4.
  • Ampersand (&) If a drag is given a name with an ampersand in it (&) it does not display properly in either Editor or Exam. Fixed with this release. Thanks to Jenny Hayes for raising this. Problem rating: 1.

Editor 3.0.11

  • Sound on Windows 2000. Materials created as web pages display the Windows Media player when displayed on a Windows 2000 computer. Thnks to Yogen Shah for raising this. Fixed with this update. Problem rating: 5.

Editor 3.0.10

  • Zip misses pictures. A zip file created with Editor (or SimpleSet) loses links to pictures and other linked resources. Fixed in this update. Thank you to Jørn Lavre for raising this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Rollovers in web-based materials. Select and true/false button rollovers can remain highlighted even when the mouse has moved off them. This is a problem with the browser rather than Question Tools. Nevertheless, a workaround has been implemented to make these rollovers more reliable. Samantha Ralph was kind enough to raise this. Problem rating: 2.
  • Hide and Show. The Hide and Show animation settings do not work. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 4.
  • Jump. The jump animation command caused shapes to separate from their outlines in a web browser. Corrected with this update. Problem rating: 2.
  • Random Order and Number Displayed. If the Number Displayed setting was used to randomly select just a number of screens from a list (e.g. 20 from a list of 50) then the screens would always be in random order. This has been changed from this update, with Random Order and Number Displayed operating separately. Thanks for Pat Marley for raising this issue. Problem rating: 2.
  • Sound in web pages. There are a number of problems with using sound in web pages. This version attempts to select the Windows Media Player to play sounds, and then falls back to using whatever player is available. This follows problems with Real Player taking control of the sound but then playing nothing. Tutorials and lessons using sound in web pages can now also move on automatically once the sound or video is finished, although this feature regrettably works only in Internet Explorer. Thank you to Yogen Shah for raising the sound issues. Problem rating: 3.
  • Percentage uses minimum as baseline. In web-based tests this feature had no effect. It now works. Thank you to Larry Chan for spotting this. Problem rating: 4.
  • Right-click on objects. This has been enhanced to add more options, including the standard copy, cut and paste commands.
  • Pasteboard. The pasteboard allows you to select and drag text into place. It has been enhanced with this release so that it is also possible to right-click to send text to its destination.
  • Copy, Cut, Paste and Groups. Cutting, copying and pasting now applies to groups of objects (when they are part of a group). Thanks to Debbie Goodall for raising this.

Editor 3.0.9

  • Text areas with styles. If a text area has a style that is different to the Master Style then sometimes (not all) the style will not be picked up. This leads to the text not looking as it should in a web page, and combines with a bug in Exam to produce an error message. Thanks to Tim Pickard for raising this and providing a very useful example of the problem. Problem rating: 4.
  • Hotspots now display using the over graphic in Layout mode to make editing easier. Problem rating: 1.
  • Custom Logos do not get copied over for web-based tests (they were never in Exam-based surveys, lessons and tests) Fixed in this version. Thank you to Albert Heijn for raising this. Problem rating: 4.
  • Animation in Professional. Animation has been added to the Professional Edition of Editor Suite. This is an enhancement, not a fix. Problem rating: 0.

Editor 3.0.8

  • Arabic. Arabic characters display as intended in Editor, but fail to display when shown in a web page. Thank you to Ala'a Khrais for pointing this problem out. Fixed with this release. Problem rating: 4.
  • Returns in answers. It is possible to paste return characters into the answers for Answer Fields, Drags and Menus. This then prevents the test loading when run through a web browser. Corrected with this release. Many thanks to Pat Marley for yet another careful bug report.Problem rating: 4.
  • Minimum as the baseline. This feature has never had an effect on web-based tests, all of which use the minimum as the baseline for calculating a percentage. However, the help and user guide make no mention of this limitation. This update brings the web based tests in line with Exam-based tests, where not using the minimum as the baseline causes the percentage to be calculated assuming zero as the minimum. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for raising this issue.

Editor 3.0.7

  • Characters with accents. Some characters, such as those with accents, need to be converted into special codes in order to display properly on a web page. A small number of characters were being missed out of this process. Corrected in this update. Thanks to Tor Valen for spotting this. Problem rating: 4.

Editor 3.0.6

  • mp3 sound files. Some types of mp3 file, such as those produced using the LAME library, are falsely considered to be invalid by Editor, and it will not play them if attached to a screen. Fixed. Problem rating: 4.
  • Animations briefly display. Objects that are set to be hidden when a screen is first displayed briefly flash into view before disappearing when a lesson, survey or test is created as a set of web pages or a NetSeries package. Corrected in this update. Problem rating: 2.
  • HTML codes. Some HTML codes were not being generated correctly. This has been fixed. Thank you to Mark Lewis for spotting this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Web test fails to start. Some methods of either delivery or upload change the HTML files in a web test and remove some or all of the return characters. This leads to a situation where the lesson, survey or test cannot start. This update attempts a workaround. Thank you to Nicola Robinson for raising this. Problem rating: 4.

Editor 3.0.5

  • Animation in web pages. If screens include a mixture of different objects, and some are static and some animated, then this could lead to playback problems in web pages. This update corrects the problem. Problem rating: 3.
  • Blank. The file blank.gif is missing from the Editor Suite installer, and this leads ultimately to an entry in the NetSeries error log (as well as a missing graphic symbol on screen once a test is completed and being reviewed). Fixed in this version. Thank you to Mel Scott and Per Einar Rosenhave for identifying this. Problem rating: 2.
  • Randomization. If a survey, test or lesson is set to be randomized (or for just a subset of the screens to be randomly selected), then when created as a package for NetSeries the content will incorrectly randomize a second time if a user logs back in and resumes a test, lesson or survey. This appears as a problem in NetSeries, although the error originates in Editor/SimpleSet. Fixed with this update. Thank you to Mel Scott for her excellent description and example. Problem rating: 6.

Editor 3.0.4

  • CourseBuilder. Both web-based and application-based courses created where a screen is used as the template produce false reports of a problem. Fixed thanks to Herbert Jansen's excellent bug reports. Problem rating: 5.
  • Trying web-based content. If a content item is set to start automatically then an incorrect address is entered into the web browser. Fixed — thank you again to Herbert Jansen for identifying this issue. Problem rating: 3.

Editor 3.0.3

  • Timer script error. A web-based timed test, delivered using Internet Explorer, can produce a script error immediately after the test is completed. Problem rating: 2.
  • Animation. It was difficult to select the starting point in an animation — this has been improved. Problem rating: 1.
  • Marking. Editor miscalculates the marks in some complex marking arrangements. This only affected Editor in Play mode — the marking when taken in a web browser or Exam is unaffected. Problem rating: 3.
  • List out of bounds. It is possible to provoke a minor error when creating a new list by adding questions to it prior to saving, but only if other lists are already open. This version fixes this problem. Spotted by Jenny Hayes. Problem rating: 4.
  • Locked into zip. If you saved a screen list as a zip file, and then press the Create As button on the List Inspector you can, in some situations, be presented with the save dialog for zip instead of the format displayed. Fixed in this release. Thanks to Jenny Hayes for identifying this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Fields in pre-test screens. An answer field in a pre-test screen set to restrict input to integers or real numbers will produce invalid HTML. Fixed. Problem rating: 5.
  • Pre-test information not recorded. Information from answer fields and menus in pre-test screens for web-based tests is not being recorded. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 8.
  • Dates in FireFox. Web-based tests in FireFox produce a start and end date that is invalid. This is a bug in FireFox. However, a workaround has been found and implemented. Problem rating: 6.
  • Course Builder. A web-based course asks for a file called blank.html, which is not present. Thank you to Herbert Jansen for pointing out problems with course builder. Problem rating: 4.
  • Finishing tests It is possible to use the browser back button to return to one of the test pages and alter the answers after a test has finished. This only affects some web browsers. A workaround has been found so that changes cannot be found even if the Back button does display a question. Thanks to Jo Strebel for identifying this. Problem rating: 8.

Editor 3.0.2

  • NaN. Some web-based tests produce a mark of NaN rather than a mark and percentage. This is because some marks for menus have been left empty. Question Tools is suppose to assume that empty marks are really zero, but it fails to make this assumption, and hence the error. Thanks go to Jo Strebel for his very helpful bug report. Problem rating: 6.
  • EMPTY. In some cases a web-based screen can have an empty message inserted into it when the user first comes to the screen. Thanks to Pat Marley for sending a screen shot showing this problem. Problem rating: 4.
  • Feedback name changes. If you change a feedback name it becomes detached from the rules that use it. This has been fixed. Thank you to Herbert Jansen for pointing this problem out. Problem rating: 3.
  • Active Web Pages. If you try the Developer version with Active Web Pages not active pages are produced. This affects only unregistered versions. Victoria Redstone kindly identified this problem. Problem rating: 3.

Editor 3.0.1

  • Scorm and FireFox. The test facility for testing Scorm objects does not work if FireFox, Netscape< AOL or Mozilla are the default browsers. This has been corrected. Problem rating: 4.

Editor 3 Beta 3

  • Runtime error. If Categories are used and if no results are to be shown to the user at the end of the test then a runtime error occurs with NetSeries-based tests. Thank you to Ravi Kakkad for identifying this. Problem rating: 5.
  • External linking was added as a feature. This allows a test to be delivered from one site, while a video or sound file is delivered from another.
  • The on-screen counter has been changed to display total test time. It previously only displayed the per-question screen time limit.

NetSeries

NetSeries 3.0.24

  • Portfolio User Groups. If Tutors and Learning Managers are not allowed to edit user groups then any editing of user group membership by Service Managers and Super Users are also disregarded. This has been corrected in this release. Problem rating: 3.

NetSeries 3.0.22

  • Long tests. Content with very large numbers of screens can exceed the hard maximum limit for decoding in the server, resulting in the data not being saved. Fixed with this issue. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for spotting this. Problem rating: 7.

NetSeries 3.0.19

  • Percentages and uncommon characters. Some characters used in Danish and other european languages were being left in their url format (a percentage and a two-digit hexadecimal number). Some changes have been made to help to address this issue. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for spotting this. Problem rating: 2.

NetSeries 3.0.18

  • Proxy issues and timer. Some proxy servers disconnect in an illegal manner. If a series of events come together in a particular order there is a possibility that there will be an access violation about 5 minutes after the illegal disconnection. This update corrects this problem. Problem rating: 8.

NetSeries 3.0.17

  • Expiry dates. Serial numbers do not display expiry dates. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 2.
  • Many deleted objects. If the number of deleted objects in a table (e.g. list of users) rises above 1000 then there is a buffer overflow. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 7.
  • Vista and Services. NetSeries would not run as a Service under Windows Vista. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 4.

NetSeries 3.0.16

  • XML Upload. Users can not be created using an xml upload, as well as other methods. This method also allows you to update user details, and not just create them from new. In addition, there is more feedback provided on the number of created, amended and rejected users. This is a new feature.
  • Select All Users. In the Find Users screen there is now a Select All button that ticks the checkbox by every user. Thanks for Melanie Scott for suggesting this. This is a new feature.

NetSeries 3.0.15

  • XML Upload. Users can now be created using an xml upload, as well as other methods. This method also allows you to update user details, and not just create them from new. In addition, there is more feedback provided on the number of created, amended and rejected users. This is a new feature.

NetSeries 3.0.14

  • Amending results. If results are amended repeatedly then the data in the results table becomes corrupted and resuls start to disappear. This is not as terrible as it first sounds, as the results remain in the individual user record and can be seen on their portfolio. This problem has been fixed in this version. Thanks to Per Rosenhave for raising this. Problem rating: 7.
  • Prevent log ons. The facility for superusers to prevent new user log ons does not work. Fixed in this release. Thank you to Per Rosenhave for spotting this. Problem rating: 2.

NetSeries 3.0.13

  • Finding users. Previously, it has been possible to find just 10 users at once. Now there is a menu in the Find Users screen to allow up to 100 users to be displayed at any one time. This is a new feature.
  • Max upload. The maximum upload has been changed to 200Mb. This is a change not a fix.
  • Usergroup ordering. Usergroups are presented in any list in the order in which they were created. From this update onwards they are in alphabetical order. This is a new feature (although one that probably should have been included earlier), kindly suggested by Mel Scott.
  • Return to last page. When a lesson, survey or test is completed the user is then taken back to the home page. There have been a lot of requests for the user to be taken to the last page they visited (otherwise she or he has to repeatedly navigate back to the same course). This has now been implemented with this update. This is a new feature.

NetSeries 3.0.12

  • Characters in usernames and passwords. NetSeries allows a very wide range of characters to be used in usernames and passwords for new users. However, some uncommon characters will prevent the user logging on. This version now limits new usernames and passwords to using the characters a to z and 0 to 9. Thanks to Yogan Shah for raising this issue. Problem rating: 3.
  • Maximum upload. The maximum upload cannot be set and always defaults to the minimum. Fixed in this update. Thanks to Rupert Baker to spotting this. Problem rating: 4.

NetSeries 3.0.11

  • Empty results. If a user left a test without finishing then NetSeries will eventually time out the test and declare it as finished. However, a bug introduced in the last version caused the result to continue to be added, albeit with an empty record, leading to a Guest result with a score of zero. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 8.
  • Test average colour. The test average bar in the individual portfolio displays in different fixed colours depending upon the average mark achieved. For situations where colour levels have been altered these default colours are inappropriate. As a result, the test average bar now displays in the last colour, which is grey by default. Problem rating: 1.
  • Purge time reverts to 36 hours whatever setting is entered. Fixed in this update. Problem rating: 4.

NetSeries 3.0.10

  • Display only designated content on home page. By default NetSeries lists messages and courses on the home page. You can now change this so that it lists the tests, courses, surveys and lessons that have been tagged for display using the Home Page setting. This is a new feature.
  • Number of items of content to display. The number of items displayed on each page can now be set, so that it does not always have to be five. This is a new feature.
  • Overall look. The customization page now features an overall style / look setting to change the appearance in one action. This is a new feature.
  • Real-time database links. The NetElan version of NetSeries now allows external systems to check and determine whether individual tests, lessons or surveys can be started. The results can also be passed over to an external system within a minute of the completion of a test or exam. This is a new feature.
  • Database Results Log. There is a central results log for all results. This includes all results for all tests, and is a useful way of extracting results from NetSeries into other databases, HR systems, etc. This is a new feature.
  • Archive. NetSeries can be configured to create a nightly backup, and these archives can be downloaded from the Service and Security Settings page. This is a new feature.
  • Student ID is now included in test result exports. This is a new feature.
  • Proxy errors. This release fixes some problems that arise when dealing with proxy servers that confuse messages between different users. Problem rating: 7.
  • Export choice. The results export will export the same results summary regardless of whether detailed results or question analysis is displayed. This is because the data exported depends upon the choice made in the Export menu. However, this is not obvious and can cause confusion. From this update the export menu defaults to something more relevant to the data being displayed. Thanks to Kim Gradel for spotting this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Lesson and Survey buttons. The customization settings allow a Survey, Lesson, Course and Test buttons to be shown or hidden. Unfortunately, the settings for Lessons and Surveys were the wrong way around. This has been corrected. Thanks to Yogen Shah for spotting this confusing problem. Problem rating: 2.

NetSeries 3.0.9

  • Proxy errors. This release fixes some problems that arise when dealing with proxy servers that confuse messages between different users. Problem rating: 7.

NetSeries 3.0.8

  • Ghost Users. Once close to the licence limit users can be deleted. However, they still prevent new users from being created until NetSeries is restarted. Fixed in this update. Thanks to Tor Valen for raising this. Problem rating: 4.

NetSeries 3.0.7

  • Access Violation. In some cases NetSeries will access violate when a client disconnects. This appears to be a problem only on internet-connected servers where the range of clients and search robots is much wider than on an intranet. We believe this issue is fixed. Problem rating: 8.
  • Guest results are not reported if there are also results from logged on users. This has been fixed in this update. Problem rating: 5.

NetSeries 3.0.6

  • Security can be comprimised in version 3.0.5 in certain circumstances, with a student account gaining higher privileges. The steps needed for this to happen are unlikely (and we are not going to explain them for obvious reasons). There have been no reports of it happening, and this update makes sure it never can. Problem rating: 9.
  • Animated bars have been added to to results displays after a number of requests. This is a new feature not a problem. They can be turned off in Settings->Customization.

NetSeries 3.0.5

  • Ghost users. Users can be deleted from a NetSeries database but still appear, and prevent new users from being added. Fixed with this release. Thanks to Tor Valen for raising this issue. Problem rating: 5.
  • Invalid sessions. Some users find that they are logged off as soon as someone else from their site logs on. This is a problem with proxy servers reusing sockets for different users. This release gets around the problem. Thanks to the staff at the British Computer Society for raising this, and to Alison Friend at Farnborough College of Technology for patiently reproducing the problem several times so that we could fix it. Problem rating: 5.

NetSeries 3.0.4

  • Invalid Session. A security feature introduced in the previous update had a small but significant error that caused NetSeries to use a timeout of just one minute, instead of the timeout set. If users pause for more than one minute their next interaction is met with an Invalid Session message. Corrected in this update. Problem rating: 7.
  • Upload problem. Some unusual combinations of characters in questions can cause problem with Question Tools custom compression algorithm, and prevent NetSeries from accepting an upload. Fixed with this release. Tor Valen was kind enough to raise this problem. Problem rating: 6.

NetSeries 3.0.3

  • Timeout. If a survey, lesson or test is taken in a new window then the previous window times out and cancels the user's session. Fixed in this update. Thank you to Mel Scott for identifying this issue. Problem rating: 6.

NetSeries 3.0.2

  • Purge now. It is now possible to immediately purge the database by entering zero into the Purge Time setting (Settings — Service and Security). This is a new feature, not a problem-fix. Problem rating: 0.
  • Staff surveys and tests. The norm in NetSeries is that users can take content while staff can create content as well as see survey, lesson and test results. If a staff member takes a test or survey the data is simply ignored, as it is assumed that the member of staff is just trying the content. This means that you can never test or survey staff. There is a new setting in the content Advanced settings to remedy this. This new feature is only available in NetElan, NetCollege and NetSchool. This is a new feature, not a problem-fix. Problem rating: 0.
  • Upload progress. When uploading a new content package there is now a progress bar to indicate change. This bar is not accurate — it is only an indicator. This is a new feature, not a problem-fix. Problem rating: 0.
  • Create buttons. The Find Users, Find User Groups and (for NetEnterprise) Find Accounts screens have Create buttons for convenience. This is a new feature, not a problem-fix. Problem rating: 0.
  • Empty dialog box. Creating new users produces an empty dialog box when Internet Explorer is the web browser being employed. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 2.
  • Multiple submissions. Change buttons allow users to submit the same information more than once. They now become disabled once pressed, preventing this occurring. Problem rating: 2.
  • Uploading limit. When uploading content the method used to calculate whether the package is too large is inaccurate. This update improves the accuracy. Problem rating: 4.
  • Deleting content. A content record created by accident cannot be deleted until a content package has been uploaded. This problem has been corrected, and it is now possible to move the status from Draft straight to Deleted. Thanks to Jenny Hayes for identifying this. Problem rating: 3.
  • Translation Loss. If you edit a translation while there are serious problems across the network that involve packet loss, NetSeries will cope well and continue to run, but some edits may be lost. This update introduces a change to minimize the effect of these losses. Thank you to Toni De Groof for identifying this. Problem rating: 8.
  • Translating Change. If you translate the word Change for some pages in NetSeries it prevents further edits. This has been resolved with this release. Thanks again to Toni De Groof for spotting this. Problem rating: 4.
  • Grey performance bars. New content has grey performance bars until a change is made to the Advanced content settings. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 2.

NetSeries 3.0.1

  • Trying content. Trying draft content led to a Not Found message. Problem rating: 2.
  • FireFox bug. FireFox version 1.0 obeys a redirect, but then asks for favicon from the old address, causing a loop. Only large deployments might have seen the effects, which are just a slight reduction in performance. This is really a FireFox problem, but there is now a fix to prevent this loop. Problem rating: 1.
  • Usergroups and content access. If usersgroups are selected as a means of determining access to content then users are denied access to all content. Problem rating: 5.

Exam

Exam 3.0.16

  • Results files cannot be opened. Results files saved using Exam cannot be opened later. Fixed with this update. Thank you to Ronnie Lundall for initially raising this, and to Angel Herraez for her excellent bug report and example. Problem rating: 7.

Exam 3.0.14

  • Online tests. Exam can now be used in place of a web browser. It can connect to NetSeries web servers and allow users to take lessons, surveys and tests. This is a new feature.
  • Control buttons missing. If the graphics for any of the buttons used in the control bar at the bottom or a lesson, survey or test (i.e. Back, Next, Finish, etc.) are included in a screen then they do not appear in the control bar. Fixed with this release. This is not really a problem with Exam, but with SimpleSet and Editor and the way they encode the graphics into a Question Bank, but is listed here because the problem mainfests itself in Exam. Fixed — thank you again to Herbert Jansen for identifying this problem. Problem rating: 2.
  • Missing detailed descriptions. Detailed results tend to stop around screen 42. Fixed in this release. Thanks to Marc Mensink for spotting this. Problem rating: 4.
  • Progress bar. For tests with large numbers of screens the progress bar can sometimes remain in front once the results have been presented. This has not been fixed in this release, but some effort has gone into reducing the chances of this bug popping up. Thanks again to Marc Mensink for raising this. Problem rating: 2.
  • Answer field marking. Answer Fields set to multiline with negative marks for no match and also no answer will report the maximum as lower than it really is. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 5.

Exam 3.0.13

  • Loop error. If a student presses the right arrow key on the keyboard when viewing the last screen in a lesson, test or survey then Exam produces an error, and then continues to produce the error in a loop. Thank you to Pieter Joubert for identifying this problem. Problem rating: 6.

Exam 3.0.11

  • Ampersand (&) If a drag is given a name with an ampersand in it (&) it does not display properly in either Editor or Exam. Fixed with this release. Thanks to Jenny Hayes for raising this. Problem rating: 1.

Exam 3.0.10

  • Using Keys. You can now use the right and left arrow keys on the keyboard to move between screens during a lesson, survey or test. This applies to both web-based materials as well as materials delivered in Exam. This is not a bug fix but a new feature kindly suggested by Marc Mensink.
  • Save to Stream Error. When saving results on Windows 98 a Save to Stream Error is reported, and the results are not saved. Unfortunately, this is a failure in the Windows 98 OS and attempts to find a workaround have failed. As a result Save Results has been disabled for Windows 98 users. Thanks to Sherrie Kibler for raising this. Problem rating: 5.

Exam 3.0.9

  • Stretched images. A stretched image causes a low level windows error to show, which says 'Parameter incorrect'. However, this only occurs IF the image is stretched and if the question bank is opened by double-clicking on it. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for raising this issue again so that it could finally move off the known issues log. Problem rating: 2.
  • Text areas with styles. If a text area lacks style information owing to the bug in Editor, then Exam deals badly with this and displays an error message. Fixed thanks to Tim Pickard. Problem rating: 4.
  • PDF Export has been added as an option for tests created using Editor Professional Edition. This is an enhancement.
  • Results Display has been made tidier following several requests. This is an enhancement. Thank you to John Berosh for first raising this.
  • Focus is now given to the first answer field when a question is displayed. This is a small enhancement.
  • qtD error. This occurs only on Windows 98 machines, and possibly some Windows ME computers. We had previously announced that we had. It now looks as though there was more than one problem that appeared to be the same. Now fixed. Problem rating: 4.

Exam 3.0.8

  • Stretched images. A stretched image causes a low level windows error to show, which says 'Parameter incorrect'. However, this only occurs IF the image is stretched and if the question bank is opened by double-clicking on it. Thanks to Per Einar Rosenhave for raising this issue again so tat it could finally move off the known issues log. Problem rating: 2.
  • PDF Export has been added as an option for tests created using Editor Professional Edition. This is an enhancement.
  • Results Display has been made tidier following several requests. This is an enhancement. Thank you to John Berosh for first raising this.
  • Category marks. If a test uses categories so that a performance breakdown is displayed then the categories miss out some questions if pre-test screens are used. Thank you to Herbert Jansen for yet another excellent bug report. Fixed in the this update. Problem rating: 5.

Exam 3.0.6

  • Category marks. If a test uses categories so that a performance breakdown is displayed then the categories miss out some questions if pre-test screens are used. Thank you to Herbert Jansen for yet another excellent bug report. Fixed in this update. Problem rating: 5.
  • mp3 sound files. Some types of mp3 file, such as those produced using the LAME library, are falsely considered to be invalid by Exam, and it will not play them if attached to a screen. Fixed. Problem rating: 4.
  • Animations briefly display. Objects that are set to be hidden when a screen is first displayed briefly flash into view before disappearing. Corrected in this update. Problem rating: 2.

Exam 3.0.3

  • qtD Empty Key. The problem of this error report, on Windows 98 computers, has plagued us, not least because we have never replicated the problem. This fixes one the problems that causes this. Problem rating: 8.

Exam 3.0.1

  • Number of buttons. Editor allows up to 100 buttons per screen, but Exam only shows 60. This limit has been increased to 200 for Editor and Exam. Thanks to Flora Bellini for spotting this. Problem rating: 4.

Exam 3.0 Beta 3

  • Missing questions. If categories are used with category numbers then some questions go missing. Moreover, the detailed results display shows no questions in any of the categories. Thanks to Pat Marley for a first class bug report. Problem rating: 5.

Exam 3.0 Beta 2

  • Number of Questions Error. In some circumstances Exam reported more questions than were in the bank. This fixes the problem. Thank you to Flora Bellini for spotting this. Problem rating: 5.
  • Minimum error. In some circumstances Exam miscalculates the minimum and maximum scores by failing to start at zero. Thanks to Pat Marley for pointing this out. Problem rating: 6.
  • RTF error. When opening a results file an RTF error is shown if the user does not have administrator privileges. Once again, thanks to Pat Marley for tracking this down. Problem rating: 4.

SimpleSet

SimpleSet 3.0.17

  • Pasted returns in questions. If return characters are included in text pasted into text areas these can be included in results text automatically, and will prevent a browser-based test from running. This problem was spotted by Stephen Howe and affects both Editor and SimpleSet. Fixed in this release. Problem rating: 3.

SimpleSet 3.0.10

  • Del key. The Delete key on the keyboard will deleted selected text, but will not delete forwards if no text is selected. Corrected in this release. Thank you to Ahmed Palma Roquero for raising this. Problem rating: 1.

SimpleSet 3.0.3

  • New file missing. Creating a new screen list results in a new folder being saved, but no screen list file. Fixed. Problem rating: 4.

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