Release Notes for version 9.5

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September 15, 2008


A description of new features and enhancements is available in the product's online Help system. To access Help, click on ToolBook's Help menu and then select "Help Contents." Select the "What's New, What's Different" Help topic to view detailed information on new features and enhancements.


The following general issues should be noted when using ToolBook 9.5.

Resized bitmap resources revert to original aspect ratio when printed

When a bitmap resource is applied to a button, you can stretch the image by resizing the button. In the printed version, the image on the button will revert to its original aspect ratio. This is also true of a bitmap resource used as a backdrop. The solution is to ensure you print with the "Print as bitmap" option enabled when you print.

Catalog doesn't load when ToolBook is installed on network path

When you install ToolBook on a network (UNC) path and then launch it from your machine, the Catalog doesn't load. The solution is to map the network location to a drive letter.

Delayed feedback enabled by default for question objects

Question objects in previous versions of ToolBook had been configured to display Immediate Feedback by default. Now, all question objects in ToolBook have the Immediate Feedback option disabled by default and the Delayed Feedback enabled by default.

Displaying both score and delayed question feedback on a Smart Page

By default, Smart Pages contain a single field for question feedback. This field can display either score or feedback information. The Submit button on the Smart Style question pages is configured to show the question score, and to trigger question delayed feedback. Since there is only one field on the page to be used to display this information, the delayed feedback will display in the field and be immediately replaced by the score. This happens so fast that it makes it appear as if the feedback didn't display at all. The solution is to place a score field on the page. This field can be found in the catalog under "Scoring and Tracking Objects." This score field will permit the score to be shown in its own field and the delayed feedback in its own field.

If Installing ToolBook as Administrator the Administrator must activate

If you are a standard User on your Windows machine and you had an Administrator install ToolBook for you, ensure that the Administrator activates your copy of ToolBook. If the Administrator does not activate ToolBook prior to you logging in as a standard User, ToolBook will be unable to start. To fix this, have the Administrator log back in and Activate ToolBook.

Interaction data on the LMS can be overwritten when using SCORM 1.2

Previously saved SCORM 1.2 interaction data may be lost when exiting a resumed lesson. The solution is to use SCORM 2004.

Script Editor may not open under Danish Windows XP

In some cases, the script editor may fail to open when ToolBook is running under the Danish version of Windows XP. For more information, click here.

Transferring ToolBook to another computer

ToolBook is activated on a per-computer basis. If ToolBook has been activated on a computer, and it is necessary to later use it on another computer, ToolBook must be deactivated on the first computer. To do this, open ToolBook and open the Help menu, choose "License Activation," then choose "Deactivate License." After that, ToolBook can be installed and activated on another machine.


The following iPhone/iPod issues should be noted when using ToolBook 9.5.

Certain pages don't display well or lose interactivity on an iPhone

Because of the small size of the iPod/iPhone screen, pages containing many objects will be reduced in size, and not practical for use on the iPhone. The iPhone also does not support dragging operations within the browser window. Therefore any question type that requires the user to drag, such as a drag and drop, or match-item, should not be used. See the iPhone Best Practices topic of online Help for more information on deploying to the iPhone.

iPhone doesn't support Flash

The iPhone doesn't support Flash content. As such any Flash content you use within your content will not play on the iPhone.

Playing QuickTime media on the iPhone

The iPhone and iPod touch support only QuickTime for playing video and audio. For audio, there is no "on media complete" functionality when the audio file is played. Note that videos will always open up in the full screen video player rather than playing in-place.

Voice Recordings don't play on the iPhone

Voice Recordings don't play in Safari on the iPhone. Voice Recordings are converted to .AU files during the web export process and the iPhone cannot play these .AU files. The recommended solution is to not use the Voice Recording feature and instead use a Universal Media Player to play the audio file. For each page where a voice recording is desired, place a Universal Media Player on the page and configure it to be hidden. The iPhone will still show a play button where the Universal Media Player is, so resize and position the player as if it were a Play button. The media player will play in full screen, and then close when finished.


The following web browser issues should be noted when using ToolBook 9.5.

Incrementally exporting book redirects image references

When pages of a book are exported incrementally to DHTML, this could result in graphics getting distorted on some pages.

Mac is not supported with Firefox browser

The Firefox browser support for ToolBook does not include the Macintosh version. Use the Safari browser on the Mac.

Neuron doesn't launch in Safari

The Neuron plug-in does not work within the Safari browser on the PC or the Mac.

Incremental export is not supported for books containing simulations

If pages from a book are published to DHTML and subsequently a page containing a simulation is published to DHTML, the DHTML will refuse to load. Note that if all pages with simulations are published to DHTML during the first export, and then other non-simulation pages are exported incrementally, it works fine.

During publish to web, the QuickTime ActiveX control(s) are visible

Selecting the QuickTime Player as the media player for AVI, MP3 or WAV files associated with a UMP results in the ActiveX control(s) becoming temporarily visible, or flashing during publish to web for Safari. This does not affect the final output.

QuickTime in Firefox does not play on local machine

QuickTime files within Firefox will only play when the files are moved to a web server.

iPhone supports only QuickTime

The iPhone currently only supports QuickTime. Universal Media Players should be configured to use the QuickTime Player. This can be specified on the Advanced tab of the properties for the UMP dialog box.

Safari changes default Universal Media Player selection to QuickTime

When you choose the Windows Media Player to be used within the Universal Media Player to play your AVI, MP3 or WAV files, the media player actually used will be the QuickTime player when displayed within the Safari browser under Windows, if the Windows Media Player plug-in is not installed.

Safari under OS X Supports QuickTime Media Only

When deploying media such as MP3 files that can be played on either the Windows Media Player or the QuickTime player, if the target browser is Safari on the Mac, QuickTime must be specified. To do this, open the Properties for the Universal Media Player, go to the Advanced tab, and select the QuickTime player.

Skip Navigation pages are not skipped if Randomization enabled

If randomization is enabled in your book, the skip navigation feature for a page will not work when the book is published to DHTML.

Scrolling field doesn't scroll in Safari

Scrolling text fields may lose their ability to scroll when viewed on Safari on a PC or Mac if the height of the field is too short (approximately 3 text lines). However, scrolling through the list can be done with the mouse wheel if available.

Online character formatting may be applied incorrectly to double-byte characters in DHTML

When a book containing fields with double-byte characters is published to DHTML, formatting (bold, italics, underline, color, font size, font face, etc) may be applied to the wrong characters.


The SumTotal Publish to ToolBook Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint utilizes features of PowerPoint that are only available in PowerPoint 2007. If PowerPoint 2007 is installed, then the Add-in will be installed with ToolBook. Otherwise, it can be installed later by running the "SumTotal Publish to ToolBook" setup program located in the Program Files\ToolBook\Instructor 9.5\Tools folder. Refer to the ToolBook PowerPoint Add-In Help within PowerPoint for a reference of supported and unsupported PowerPoint features.

Windows font substitution can result in hard-to-read text

If your PowerPoint presentation contains text based on a font which is not currently installed on the computer, the conversion process may result in hard-to-read, or unreadable characters. The solution is to change the font within PowerPoint to one which is installed on the machine from where the presentation is being published.

Indented list in PowerPoint loses its structure

Indented lists in a PowerPoint presentation published to ToolBook will lose their formatting when viewed in ToolBook. This is because ToolBook field objects support only one alignment setting for the entire field.

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