MIS Systems Thread, SIMS .net March '09 release in Technical; Originally Posted by Theblacksheep
Lucky that they are the ones that have to use it then!
It could be worse ...
23rd March 2009, 04:13 PM #31
It could be worse - the grief we got when Tasc decided "the stupid owl" (as it's known hereabouts) should be on the PARS splashpage was something to behold.
Originally Posted by Theblacksheep
Just playing with an upgrade to March on the test server now.
24th March 2009, 07:29 AM #32
That's the most recent news so assume it's true.
Originally Posted by Jamman960
I was told June at the Independent Schools Conference but that was back on 25th February.
Maybe Phil can give us an update. . . .but it's probably easier to just install it and try it.
To be honest, you should be glad you can get your staff to muddle through and set it up how they want. I need to push (force) it on staff as they are too 'busy' to do that sort of thing. They'll use the data, but only if i hand it to them.
24th March 2009, 09:21 AM #33
After playing around with March on the test server, I'm also surprised that the homepage has been changed without including a means of setting decent defaults on a per group / school-wide basis.
"Here's a new feature, you'll have to wait until June before you can configure it?" Why weren't the two things developed at the same time?
Edit: And the "my classes today" bar doesn't fit in 1024x768* without closing the sidebar - why aren't the bar and panels set up to resize appropriately?
*yes, I have users with dodgy eyesight who still use 1024x768.
Last edited by pete; 24th March 2009 at 09:56 AM.
24th March 2009, 10:34 AM #34
Click the two green arrows underneath Focus within SIMS .net
The fact it isn't set globally gives users a chance to decide what they want and generally fiddle and moan at the sysman when they say this is the default!
24th March 2009, 01:36 PM #35
I've got it up and running on my laptop at the moment, the changes aren't too big to be honest, I just doubt many teachers will take the time to get the most out of the new features without being told all about it etc. I'm sure our secetary will like the late registrations panel though
The manual does say that "Careful Consideration should be given when adding new panels to the home page. A number of these panels have frequent refresh intervals, so a large number of panels displaying on several workstations could lead to performance issues, and all areas of SIMS may show a reduction in performance as a consequence." - this is going to be fun to deal with in a large school, any teachers that do decide to use the new features probably aren't going to be bothered about how many they add or how frequently they refresh themselves.
The only panel I can see with a configurable refresh interval is the "My Messages" one which allows the rate to be set at between 30 and 300 seconds.... defaulting to 30
I'd guess that an option to select the default panels will appear in the next few releases but role based allocation probably won't be possible until System Manager 7 turns up.
24th March 2009, 02:26 PM #36
The messaging is no different to Outlook.
24th March 2009, 06:46 PM #37
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I don't get what is the point of keeping the Left Bar now... there's nothing on it - why keep it open?
24th March 2009, 07:42 PM #38
You can add things to it. Otherwise just close it.
24th March 2009, 08:55 PM #39
Just add to Phil point, you can add links to anything, within SIMS or on your computer, for example you can add link to Internet Explorer, Outlook or anything!
You might want to make a post also about the pulsar.exe /START switch.
Last edited by matt40k; 24th March 2009 at 08:58 PM.
25th March 2009, 12:19 AM #40
We have shown staff how to add a shortcut to the school bulletin in the bar on the left.
Originally Posted by kiran
Q) Why do that when there is a bulletin feature on the front page?
A) (polite version) The bulletin feature on the front page is too long-winded, unless it's been improved in March.
25th March 2009, 08:08 AM #41
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Well we ran it last nite, cover is broken and no longer opens.
Please say someone knows how to disable the change password option on the new login box!
The last things we need is our users changing passwords!
25th March 2009, 08:28 AM #42
But isn't that going to undermine the New homepage with panels and defeat the object of it...
Originally Posted by matt40k
25th March 2009, 08:39 AM #43
Methinks I'm going to install this on the spare SIMS system first (I have 2 SIMS servers for this reason).
25th March 2009, 08:41 AM #44
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Oh joy. Is this a default? Anyone got a quick screenshot of this so we can, ahem, warn staff? Not had the update released to us yet (next week I think)
Originally Posted by rasssp
25th March 2009, 08:46 AM #45
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Its just a simple tickbox under the login box, tick it and once you enter user and pass in it brings up a box to change password
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