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Pixie

Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Wixie

Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Pixie Release Notes

Version 4.05 Release Notes
Release Date: 7/17/2015

Corrections and Changes:

  1. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when exporting a project as HTML.
  2. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when exporting images.
  3. Fixed an issue that could cause the movie export buttons show when they should be disabled.
  4. Fixed an issue that could cause movie export to be unavailable on Winodws XP.
  5. Fixed an issue that could cause an error saving to a symlink on Macintosh.
  6. Fixed an issue that could cause an error while saving a file.
  7. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when saving after disconnecting from a collaboration session.
  8. Fixed an issue that could cause the UI to appear unresponsive when setting a background on a slow Internet connection.

Version 4.04 For Windows Only
Release Date: 2/26/2015

This Windows-specific update addresses two issues:

  1. Fixed a bug that caused some movies to export incompletely.
  2. Fixed a bug that could produce very large log files for users with many iTunes items.

Version 4.03 Patch for Mac OS X 10.10
Release Date: 11/7/2014

This Mac-only update to 4.03 addresses three Mac OS X issues:

  1. Fixed an issue that caused Pixie to show an operating system warning at launch on OS X 10.10.
  2. Fixed an issue that caused an error to display when overwriting files on SMB (Windows) file shares.
  3. Fixed an issue that caused a black screen to display in full-screen preview on OS X 10.10.

Version 4.03 Release Notes
Release Date: 6/18/2014

Corrections and Changes:

  1. Fixed an issue caused by an update to QuickTime that could prevent Pixie from exporting videos on Windows 7 and higher. The issue remains on Windows XP.
  2. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when exporting video to K12share.
  3. Fixed an issue where sound continued to play in exported HTML when clicking the Pause button.
  4. Fixed an issue that could cause images to fail to paste from Chrome and Safari.
  5. Fixed an issue that made it difficult to open library folders on some interactive whiteboards.
  6. Fixed an issue that could cause Pixie to repeatedly zoom in and out when a file is opened.

Version 4.02 Release Notes
Release Date: 1/28/2014

Corrections and Changes:

  1. Fixed an issue that could cause a memory error in the storyboard.
  2. Changed local folders added to the library so they have the stacked folder look.
  3. Fixed an issue that could cause the print preview to display incorrectly.
  4. Fixed an issue that could cause pages after the first page to print incorrectly.
  5. Fixed an issue that could cause a delay when opening files.
  6. Fixed an issue on the Mac that could cause an error opening files.
  7. Fixed an issue that could cause unexpected results when searching the library with some plural keywords.
  8. Fixed an issue that could cause slow performance on Mac while capturing images from a web cam.

Version 4.01 Release Notes
Release Date: 11/22/2013

Error Corrections:

  1. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when printing Trading Cards.
  2. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when changing languages.
  3. Fixed an issue that could cause the paint layer to be deleted.
  4. Fixed an issue that could cause an error closing a document after collaboration.
  5. Fixed an issue that could cause objects to move on the page when flipped or rotated.
  6. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when dragging a page in the storyboard.
  7. Fixed an issue that could cause pages to display incorrectly in the storyboard when a project is first opened.
  8. Fixed an issue that could cause en error exporting a project as an ePub.
  9. Fixed an issue that could cause the program to stop responding when using a file dialog.
  10. Fixed an issue that could cause an error deleting objects.
  11. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when dragging images from a web browser into Pixie.
  12. Fixed an issue that could cause performance to slow on some Macintosh computers.
  13. Fixed an issue that could cause an error navigating in the Import dialog.

Version 3.10 Release Notes
Release Date: 4/2/2013

Program Changes:

  1. Added support for additional Tech4Learning file types.
  2. Modified HTML export to include HTML 5 content.
  3. Changed the location of the Pixie Session Log on Windows to the local temp directory.
  4. Adjusted the way text objects grow when spaces are added.

Error Corrections:

  1. Fixed a bug that caused collaboration team members to be shown incorrectly while importing pages.
  2. Fixed a collaboration issue that could cause errors when collaborators were using different Java versions.
  3. Fixed a collaboration issue that prevented paint-layer selection.
  4. Fixed a collaboration issue that prevented the host from selecting text once a project was no longer shared.
  5. Fixed a collaboration issue that allowed multiple users to check spelling on the same text object.
  6. Fixed a collaboration issue that caused an error when painting on a rotated page.
  7. Fixed a bug where pressing Command-Ctrl-D could cause Pixie to quit unexpectedly.
  8. Fixed an HTML export issue that prevented sound from playing in Firefox.
  9. Fixed a movie export issue that could prevent large movies from exporting successfully.
  10. Fixed an issue with image export that could cause K12Share credentials to be lost.
  11. Fixed a memory-related error that could occur during Flash export.
  12. Fixed an issue that prevented the Hide Student Names checkbox from working as expected.
  13. Fixed an issue with the Library that allowed incorrect media formats to be added in Pixie.
  14. Fixed an issue with the Preferences dialog when adding folders to the Library.
  15. Fixed an issue that allowed users to nudge objects completely off of the canvas.
  16. Fixed an issue that prevented projects with 1-pixel-wide pages from opening.
  17. Fixed an issue that could prevent some files from opening.
  18. Fixed an issue with HTML export that prevented sound from playing properly.
  19. Fixed a Show issue that could cause the page to change before a page sound finishes playing.
  20. Fixed an issue with the Timing slider in the Slide Show Options.
  21. Fixed an issue that caused the text insertion cursor to display incorrectly with non-Roman characters.
  22. Fixed a text issue that could cause an error when entering Chinese characters.

Version 3.06 b1 Release Notes
Release Date: 8/14/2012

  1. Fixed an issue that could cause Flash export to fail.

Version 3.05 b4 Release Notes
Release Date: 5/9/2012

Program Changes:

  1. The preference to search NetTrekker for images was removed.
  2. Changed the temporary file location for spray tool previews.
  3. Saving an Activity now writes to the user's Documents folder instead of the shared media.

Error Corrections:

  1. Fixed an issue that could prevent Zoom to Fit from working as expected.
  2. Fixed an issue that could cause an error adding specific stickers.
  3. Fixed an issue that prevented the background sound for a slideshow from looping as expected.
  4. Fixed an issue in Storyboard view that could disable the option to change pages automatically.
  5. Fixed an issue that caused the eye dropper to select the wrong shade.
  6. Fixed an issue that caused blank pages to print when using the Greeting Card layout.
  7. Fixed an issue that could prevent OS X users from saving to a file server.
  8. Fixed an issue where typing Hebrew characters in the search field could cause Pixie to stop responding.
  9. Fixed an issue that could cause text to disappear momentarily while dragging a text object.
  10. Fixed an issue that could cause an error when undoing changes to the appearance of a text bubble.
  11. Fixed an issue that caused some clip art to be unavailable when running in UK or Canadian English.
  12. Fixed an issue that could cause the Options menu to be temporarily disabled when reopening a project.
  13. Fixed an issue that prevented some stickers from previewing properly.

Version 3.03 b4 Release Notes
Release Date: 11/8/2011

  1. Fixed an issue that prevented some projects from successfully publishing to HTML.
  2. Fixed an issue that caused Pixie to take longer than necessary to load/start on some computers.
  3. Fixed an issue that prevented GIF images from previewing properly in the Library.
  4. Fixed an issue that caused items in the Library list view to show text in an unexpected font on some computers.
  5. Fixed an issue that prevented text objects with shadows from exporting correctly to HTML.
  6. Fixed an issue that could cause text to display/wrap incorrectly in some saved projects and activities.

Version 2.12f Release Notes (Windows Only)
Release Date: 5/5/2011

  1. Fixed an issue that caused Pixie to stop responding or quit unexpectedly during movie export.

Version 2.12 Release Notes
Release Date: 10/7/2010

  1. Fixed an issue that caused horizontal lines (noise) to appear on some images.
  2. Fixed an issue that caused folders in the Library to display multiple icons.

Version 2.11 Release Notes
Release Date: 6/23/2010

  1. Full French and Canadian English support.
  2. Sound: Fixed an issue where recording sound with QuickTime 7.6.6 could cause Pixie to quit.
  3. Export: Modified video settings to ensure that Pixie movies work with QuickTime X on OS X.

Version 2.1 Release Notes
Release Date: 2/25/2010

Windows only: Updated to provide full compatibility with Windows 7.

Release Date: 3/10/2009

Program Changes:

  1. Installation: Added Java fonts to work around an OS X issue where fonts do not load on some 10.4 managed workstations.
  2. Interface: Added support for small-screen (1024x600) mini notebooks.
  3. Interface: Modified keyboard focus rules. Clicking toolbar buttons no longer moves keyboard focus to the toolbar.
  4. Localization: Added French clipart and interface localization.
  5. Paint Brush: Changed the minimum size to 3x3 pixels to ensure flood fills work as expected.
  6. Printing: Modified printing to eliminate dark borders around erased or smudged areas.
  7. Sound: Modified the default quality setting for recorded audio. The new default setting is "medium".
  8. Text: Added padding to text objects to make the cursor easier to see.

Error Fixes:

  1. Client management: Fixed an issue to allow specifying the root level of a mapped drive in Tech4Learning.ini
  2. Launch: Fixed a bug that could prevent Pixie from launching on Windows computers using third-party text-to-speech voices.
  3. Paste: Fixed a bug that interfered with pasting from one document to another.
  4. Performance: Fixed a bug that could prevent users from stopping a search in the Stickers.
  5. Performance: Fixed a bug that could disable the Home button in the Stickers panel after clicking the camera icon.
  6. Print: Fixed a Macintosh-specific bug that could cause one sticker to be substituted for another during printing.
  7. Selection: Fixed issues with the selection tool that could cause parts of the background to be erased.
  8. Sound: Fixed a bug that could prevent sound from recording on some Macintosh systems.
  9. Spell Check: Fixed an issue that caused some extended characters to display incorrectly during spell check.
  10. Error: Fixed an issue that caused a "file could not be replaced" warning during export on workgroup-managed Macintosh clients.
  11. Error: Fixed an issue that could cause errors to be displayed for users with extensive iTunes libraries.

Version 2.05 Release Notes (Macintosh Only)
Release Date: 9/30/2008

Program Changes:

  1. Addressed an alignment issue introduced with Apple's Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 2 on September 24, 2008.

Version 2.04 Release Notes
Release Date: 9/8/2008

Program Changes:

  1. Dramatically improved print quality on Mac OS.
  2. Numerous proxy changes, including reintroduction of proxy preferences.
  3. Addressed an issue where the spray can and roller tools might not work with some input devices.

Version 2.03 Release Notes
Release Date: 5/15/2008

Program Changes:

  1. Proxy: Removed the Proxy preference on Windows and now proxy information is auto-detected.
  2. Save as Activity: Changed the default save location to My Activities.
  3. Tool Tips: Added additional tool tips to items in the Picture Viewer and Batch Converter dialogs.
  4. DV Camera: Changed the encoding of captured images from PNG to JPG to reduce file size. 
  5. Flash Export: Added a warning for imported WAV files that are at a sampling rate not supported by Flash.

Error Fixes:

  1. Clear Recent: Fixed a bug that could cause the Clear Recent contextual menu to do nothing.
  2. Preferences: Fixed a bug that could display library.mypictures in the program preferences on Linux.
  3. Performance: Fixed a bug that could cause Pixie to be unresponsive for a few seconds after the Pixie window displays.
  4. Performance: Fixed a bug that could cause the Paint Brush to fall behind when painting multiple strokes in succession.
  5. Sound: Fixed a bug that could cause multiple background sounds to play at the same time.
  6. Localization: Fixed a bug that would cause the Whiteboard toolbar to not update after changing languages in the preferences.
  7. Pixie 1 Documents: Fixed a bug that could cause Pixie 1 documents to display incorrectly when opened.
  8. Open Dialog: Fixed a bug that could cause the Browse button in the Open dialog to do nothing in OSX 10.3.9.
  9. Memory: Fixed a bug that was causing memory not to be released between documents.
  10. Added Directories: Fixed a bug that could cause directories added to the Library or File Chooser to display twice.
  11. Crash: Fixed a bug that could cause the program to become unresponsive when changing export modes in Share.
  12. Themes: Fixed a bug that could cause online themes to not display when using a proxy server.
  13. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error at launch.
  14. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when exiting the slide show.
  15. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error adding a background image.
  16. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when saving in Share mode.
  17. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when printing.
  18. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when opening a file.
  19. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when launching on Windows Vista 64-bit.
  20. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when choosing a contextual menu while using the Paint brush.
  21. Roaming Profiles: Fixed a bug that increased launch time for Windows users with no registry entry for the My Music folder.

Version 2.01 Release Notes
Release Date: 3/21/08

Program Changes:

  1. Sound Recording: Added a sound recording preference to allow larger, higher-quality sound to be recorded.
  2. Export: Improved video export times by 75%.
  3. Export: Reduced disk space requirements for exporting video.
  4. Export: Changed default Presentation video export format on Windows to .MOV to improve video quality and file size and added a preference to allow users to override this setting and use AVI as the default.
  5. Localization: Spanish help is now installed locally.
  6. Tech4Learning.ini: Added a setting to turn on and off animated picture sorting in Share.

Error Fixes:

  1. Export: Fixed a bug that could cause Flash export to fail with multiple recorded sounds.
  2. Export: Fixed a bug that could cause the application to quit when saving a Podcast video.
  3. File Chooser: Fixed a bug that could cause the file chooser to fail on OS X 10.3.9.
  4. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when clicking the Start Over button.
  5. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when trying to use Ctrl+A to select all.
  6. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when pasting a copied selection.
  7. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error on launch.
  8. Sound: Fixed a bug that could cause Pixie to stop responding when using some MP3 files.
  9. Library: Fixed a bug that could cause the Stickers library to not display some folder icons.
  10. Preferences: Fixed a bug that could cause the Proxy server settings to not display correctly in the Preferences dialog.

Version 1.21
Release Date: 11/21/07

This Windows-only update addresses an issue where the sticker library may not correctly display icons.

Version 1.2
Release date: 8/29/2007

Program Changes:

  1. Changed Java version. Tech4Learning Runtime Environment is now used on Windows instead of installed Java version(s) to minimize the impact of QuickTime and Java updates.
  2. Added support for SMART Board and Tablet PC text entry.
  3. Added mechanism for reporting errors to Tech4Learning.
  4. Added a preference for default text alignment.
  5. Added a delay to the text object tool so double-clicking does not result in two text objects.
  6. Changed the OS X file choosers for the slide show and Share features to use a more intuitive folder selection dialog.
  7. Updated the Stickers library to use the Add button from WebBlender 2 and Frames instead of the larger Add to Page button
  8. Changed the default paint brush size to 15 instead of 50.
  9. Added a 6-sided option to the mirror tool for the paintbrush.

Error Fixes:

  1. Printing: Fixed a bug that could cause Pixie to crash when printing.
  2. Unsaved Documents: Fixed a bug that could cause the loss of work when multiple un-saved documents are open.
  3. Export Dialog: Fixed a bug that could cause the program to freeze at the export dialog.
  4. Launch: Fixed a bug that could cause Pixie to fail to launch.
  5. My Documents: Fixed a bug that could cause the New Folder button to be disabled in the File Chooser on Windows.
  6. Color palette: Fixed a bug that could cause the indication to be incorrect on the color palette if the Pixie window was resized.
  7. Screen Refresh: Removed a screen flicker when closing preferences.
  8. Clear: Fixed a bug that could cause clicking the clear button to not clear selections.
  9. Scaling: Fixed a bug that could cause a selection to not resize properly.
  10. Window: Fixed a bug that could cause Pixie to not refresh correctly after minimizing the window.
  11. Selection: Fixed a bug that could cause a resized rectangular selection to leave artifacts on the canvas when moving the selection.
  12. Canvas Size: Fixed a bug that could cause the canvas size to change.
  13. Twist Files: Fixed a bug that could cause Twist files to not open in Pixie.
  14. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when using Undo.
  15. Shadow: Fixed a bug that could cause changing the shadow blur to change the shadow distance.
  16. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when pasting a marquee selection while another object is selected.
  17. Error: Fixed a bug that could cause an error occurs when switching tabs while the marquee tool is selected.
  18. Bring Forward: Fixed a bug that could cause the Bring Forward command to work the same as the Bring to Front command.
  19. Fonts: Fixed a bug that could cause the Text editing panel to display incorrectly.
  20. Text Color: Fixed a bug that did not allow applying the selected color to text.
  21. Drag and Drop: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when adding an image to canvas using drag and drop.
  22. Selection tool: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when using the shift key with the selection tool.
  23. No Open Document: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when clicking the effects tab with no open document.
  24. Shadow: Fixed a bug that could cause an image with a shadow to change position.
  25. Activity: Fixed a bug that could cause an error in the Choose Activity dialog.
  26. Preferences: Added support for opening maximized on Vista.
  27. Export: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when using the Gif color slider.
  28. Load time: Decreased the loading time for complex documents and stickers.
  29. Stickers: Fixed a bug that could cause Twist and ImageBlender files to not scale correctly when added as a sticker.
  30. Copy/Paste: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when pasting between documents.
  31. Exit: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when exiting the application.
  32. Magic Wand: Fixed a bug that could cause an error with the Magic Wand Selection tool.
  33. Clear Button: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when using the Clear button.
  34. Invert Selection: Fixed a bug that could cause an error when inverting a selection.
  35. Convert to Sticker: Fixed a bug that could cause text converted to a sticker to appear off the canvas.
  36. Pics4learning: Fixed a bug that could cause an error while searching Pics4Learning.
  37. Printing: Fixed a bug that could cause text to not print.
  38. Open: Added support for file names with a % character in the name.

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