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SAS February 2019

SAS February | Release to Production 23 March 2019
Updated Features

This SAS release is a maintenance release. In this release, we focused on fixing an issue with attendance data.

Updated Features, Web Conferencing
Updated Features

Web Conferencing 12.6.9

Web Conferencing 12.6.9 | Release to Production 1 August 2018
Updated Features

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Application launch on windows no longer produces IOException in case the path to the eLiveBrowser contains spaces.
  • JNLP files no longer contains duplicate resource definition of an older jxBrowser jar. The JNLP files no longer include engine-webkit-3.3 in the common resources. The engine-webkit-3.4.jar is now an OS X specific resource only.
  • JNLP files extended with a VERSION field that is used by the Blackboard Collaborate Application Launcher to treat older and new GEMINI client launches correctly.
  • Application launch on MacOS no longer produces a JxBrowser initialization exception whenever the JWS decides to perform relaunch.
  • All the non-3rd party internal DLL and EXE files were signed and should no longer produce security alerts.
  • Signed bundled browser executable.
  • Appshare crashing using dual monitors on machines with Retina display.

More on the release schedule on Behind the Blackboard

Updated Features, Web Conferencing
Updated Features, Windows Launcher

SAS 18.2

SAS 18.2 | Release to Production 14 April 2018
Updated Features

In this release, we improved reliability by ensuring that session closures are registered by SAS, so that attendance and recordings are properly processed.

Updated Features, Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App 1.2.5

Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App 1.2.5 | Release to Production 6 Sept 2017
Updated Features

  • Updates
    • Now supports 64bit architecture
    • Now supports iOS8 and above
  • Resolved issues
    • The application no longer crashes when accessing the Settings page.
Web Conferencing, Update, Resolved Issues

Collaborate Building Block

Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014, Q4 2015, Building Blocks| Release to Production 08 May 2017

We have updated the Blackboard Collaborate Building Block to address a number of issues regarding large enrollments, recording pullback, course room behavior, and more.

More on the Collaborate update

Q4 2015, October 2014, Building Block

Web Conferencing 12.6.8

Web Conferencing 12.6.8 | Release to Production 30 April 2017
Updated Features

  • Updates
    • New signing certificate. This means a significant increase of bandwidth on NA download sites and longer time of the first invocation. 
    • Includes SENA customization
    • JDK updated to 1.7 in Gemini server. It is related to SSL grade improve.
    • SSL grade improved to C from F for all secure protocols including JINX
  • Resolved issues
    • There is no longer a video error when user accounts containing accented characters in the user name / path connect to webcam using the launcher on Windows.
    • Multimedia file no longer play only once in Windows 10 machines.
Web Conferencing

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Building Block

This release is a maintenance release. In this release we focused on improving internationalization support and assorted bug fixes identified after the initial 1.0 release.

October 2014, Q4 2015, Building Block, Update, Integrations

Quality improvements

MP4 1.0.7_1 | Release to Production 11 November 2016
Updated Features

With this release, we are fixing an issue that was causing Classic MP4 conversions to be slower than expected.

MP4

Collaborate Building Block

Blackboard Learn 9.1 October 2014, Q4 2015, Building Blocks
Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3100.0.0 | Release to Production 18 November 2016

We have updated the Blackboard Collaborate Building Block to address a number of issues regarding large enrollments, recording pullback, course room behavior, and more.

More on the Collaborate update

Q4 2015, October 2014, Building Block

Launcher update

Windows Launcher 1.6.3 | Release to Production 7 October 2016
Updated Features

The issue in which users were unable to launch a Collaborate with the Original experience session or recording using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher application version 1.6.3 for Windows has been resolved.

There is nothing your institution needs to do regarding this update. Windows users will simply have to download the updated Blackboard Collaborate Launcher 1.6.4 after Friday, October 7, 2016.

Windows Launcher

Installer update

Admin Installer 1.6.3 | Release to Production 28 September 2016
Updated Features

System administrators can install the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher on all institutional Windows machines using the Admin Installer. This installation results in deployment to the Program Files (x86) folder. All users, except Guest, will be able to launch Blackboard Collaborate session and recording files (.collab files) without having to install the Blackboard Collaborate launcher program themselves.

To take advantage of this release, please visit our Support Portal. You can find Collaborate product downloads, such as Window Launcher Admin Installer, from the Behind the Blackboard home page by selecting Downloads in the Self Service section. You can also select Downloads in the Self Service menu at the top of any Behind the Blackboard page, or directly to the article (available in English only).

If you have any questions or for more information, please feel free to contact our Technical Support team by submitting a ticket through our Support Portal.

Admin Installer

Launcher update

Windows Launcher 1.6.3 | Release to Production 28 September 2016
Updated Features

Launcher 1.6.3 is a maintenance release and contains no user visible changes. We have resolved the following two reported issues:

  • The Advanced tab did not respond to input. As a result, a proxy could not be bypassed through the Launcher, cache could not be cleared and the Java console could not be enabled.
  • Multiple blank error windows presented to the users when loading a session from behind a proxy

There is nothing your institution needs to do regarding this client update. Windows users will simply have to download the updated version of the Launcher application after September 27, 2016.

Windows Launcher

Quality improvements

MP4 1.0.7_0 | Release to Production 30 June 2016

With this release, we are continuing our commitment to delivering strong product quality and providing a stable, reliable experience. The bug fixes and enhancements in this release are primarily focused on improving reliability of our recording playback services. We changed from using Kaltura to SMS on Classic MP4s. This change now supports mobile device playback.

Admin Installer

Web Conferencing 12.6.6

Web Conferencing 12.6.6 | Release to Production 21 September 2015
Updated Features

  • New features
    • Web Conferencing is a maintenance release and contains no new features.
  • Resolved issues
    • Capture devices are now working. No additional support is required.
    • Users on OSX 10.10 are able to save the whiteboard.
    • Users can now change the video camera device selection after a camera has been used.
    • Closed captioning stays in focus when the Web Tour has started.
    • Collaborate no longer locks up when using Web Tour.
    • An EXTRA exception is no longer sent when a moderator copies a whiteboard slides from a break out room to the main room.
Web Conferencing

ELM 3.7.0

June 2015

Preform the following to install Collaborate 12.6.4 to your existing ELM instance.

  1. Download the Gemini 12.6.4.zip bundle. The bundle should include the following directories:
    • Client
    • Jnlp
    • Server
  2. Stop your ELM services.
  3. Copy the files from within the "Client" directory to the following location and overwrite the existing files: YourELMInstallLocation\ElluminateLive\manager\tomcat\webapps\elmcontrol\lib\12.5
  4. Copy the contents of  the Server directory, including the Services subfolder, to the following location and overwrite the existing files: YourELMInstallLocation\ElluminateLive\server\lib
  5. From the Jnlp directory copy the join and Play templates marked 12.5 to the following location and overwrite the existing files: YourELMInstallLocation\ElluminateLive\manager\tomcat\webapps\YourInstanceName\WEB-INF\resources\templates\jnlp"
  6. Repeat these steps for each instance within your server.
  7. Restart your following ELM services.
    • License Manager
    • Manager
    • Server
Admin Installer

Web Conferencing 12.6.4

June 2015

Web Conferencing is now localized into Czech.

Web Conferencing

Web Conferencing 12.6.4 Resolved Issues

June 2015

The following issues have been resolved:

  • The session does not freeze when the playback is moved back and forth.
  • Users of the Polish localization can use the Webtour shortcut by pressing CTRL+ALT+U. This no longer creates a "€" sign.
  • Recordings no longer show names when the session was set to hide them.
  • "Follow" now stays checked when advancing slides in breakout rooms.
  • Users no longer need to click back on a timeline more than once to view images.
  • Webtour now continues to work when two or more users are connected.
  • Mac 10.9 users are now able to view the Webtour.
  • A user's focus now remains in the chat when a Webtour is started.
  • WBP files are protected when uploaded using the "Load content" button.
  • The Copyright year has been updated to 2000-2015 in the About box.
  • Users can switch to sharing an application when sharing their entire screen using the Tools menu.
  • The PPT converter now uses the newer .NET framework.
  • Mac users with Java 7 no longer experience Collaborate hanging on launch.
  • Mac users no longer experience Collaborate hanging on quit.
  • Participants need permission to post anything on the whiteboard.
  • Sessions no longer freeze when moving participants between breakout rooms.
  • MacOSx 10.9 users cannot show content outside of selected application when using the appshare.
  • The graphing calculator no longer causes excessive activity.
  • The "Object Explorer" window stays in the same place when the window is closed and reopened.
  • User of all localizations can modify Proxy settings.
  • If a user is scrolling to see previous chat messages, the chat window no longer bounces to the end of messages when a new one comes in.
  • The correct attribute panel is given for the whiteboard tools.
  • The dialog to save a chat no longer appears twice.
  • There are no longer video issues on Surface Pro 3.
  • Android users will no longer see a blank screen when logging in during the WebTour.
  • The splash window where the Internet speed is confirmed, is no longer truncated.
  • Mac users can move whiteboard objects to Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Suspending video does not fail.
  • Participant use of chat room has been added to logs, to enable reporting and interventions based on user activity.
  • Moderators and participants can type in the chat box during Webtour.
  • The Java 8 update 40 no longer causes tiny chat fonts and wrong alignment.
Resolved Issues

Web Conferencing 12.6.3

January 2015

The following issues have been resolved:

  • Fixed issue that prevented users from uploading a PowerPoint presentation (using Mac OSX 10.10.)
  • Removed support for SSLv3 to remediate potential POODLE security vulnerability.
  • Fixed issue that caused Moderator session to freeze if participants were moved between breakout rooms (after using Application Sharing.)
Resolved Issues