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Ares 4.7 Release Notes

Released 30 May 2018

Support for Ares 4.5 ends 1 September 2018

 

 

 

 

Important Update Information

Additional information is available for items with single or double asterisks. Please see the Ares 4.7 Implementation Information page for single asterisk ( * ) items and the Ares 4.7 Web Page Changes for double asterisk ( ** ) items.

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Bug fixes and new features are added periodically as point releases.

Ares 4.7 New Features & Fixes

Ares Client | Ares Administrative Tools | Ares Server | Copyright | Course & User LoadsCourse Management Systems | Database | External Systems | InstallationPrinting | Web Interface

Ares Client

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Changed


The "Change Status on Send" button will always be present but will be disabled (greyed out) when email routing is not relevant. 
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Fixed


Fixed MRU unicode issues that would occur when attempting to edit dropdown values in the client that had Unicode values. Mostly noted when modifying Z39.50 search queries.
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Fixed

 

Resolved an issue where splitters would not save their position in saved client layouts. 
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Fixed

 

Fixed an issue where an exception would be thrown if the Item field 'PageCount' was an invalid number. Tests now handle this exception.
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Fixed

 

Added logic check for CopyItemDetails to fix an issue where importing item details didn't work if both items were free text documents.
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Fixed

 

Fixed an issue where items created in the Ares Client had a different sort order than those created in the web.
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Fixed

 

Fixed issue of opening items with invalid processing locations.
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Fixed

 

Fixed an issue where staff could accidentally remove URLs from multiple items at once.
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Fixed

 

Information from course fields and item fields are now HTML encoded.
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Fixed

 

Fixed an issue in the client when calculated page ranges exceeded 32,767 pages.

Ares Administrative Tools

New


Added APIConfig table to the customization manager to hold any API keys relevant to the new Ares API.

Ares Server

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New


 Support for the Chromium browser in the add-on system. (Requires .NET 4.6.2 Framework or higher full version.)
(info)

Changed 


The dialog that appears when an error is returned from the CCC has been changed so that it shows the issues that the CCC service had with the provided information.

Course & User Loads

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New

Support for PGP Encrypted Data Loads
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Fixed 

Fixed an issue where course user type was reverted to user for proxies added by staff.
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Fixed 

Fixed an issue where the format of import data files wasn't being properly validated in certain cases, resulting in the successful import of potentially invalid or mangled data.

Course Management Systems

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New


Added LTI Content Item Selection to integrate Ares course readings directly into the learning system so students aren’t having to navigate outside of the learning system.

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Changed

 

Removed 'Current Semester' from semester selection on LTI course creation page.**

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Changed

 

Courses created via LTI will now import from Course Validation.**

Database

See Ares 4.7 Database Changes for a list of all changes made to the Ares database.

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Changed


The ReservesContact and ReservesEmailAddress customization keys were removed from the seed scripts for the Ares Customization table only.

External Systems

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Changed


.NET Framework 4.6.2 is the required version for .NET for both clients and server.

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Changed


Minimum client version is now Windows 7. Windows Vista and Windows 8 are no longer supported. Windows 8.1 is still supported.
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Changed


Windows 2008R2 SP1 is the minimum supported version for Ares server. Windows Server 2016 (Desktop Experience mode only) is also supported.
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Changed


Ares will now support TLS 1.2 secure connections to SQL Server. The SQL server that the Ares database is located on must also have support added.

Installation

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Changed


The Ares Server installer will install the SQL Server 2012  Native Client.

Printing

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Changed

 

Users no longer have to disable the Word setting that opens e-mail attachments in reading view.**

 

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Changed

 

In an attempt to correct behavior where MS Word becomes unresponsive after printing and will not quit when printing directly without showing the merged document, a short delay has been added between the time the document is printed and when Ares attempts to close MS Word.**
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Changed

 

Word documents were updated to the docx format. Sites can choose to use the new templates provided during the update in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Ares\Updates\Client\Print folder or update existing templates.** 

Web Interface

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New


New JavaScript functionality for the Loan Period. *
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New

 

Created a new item menu that has more clarity for differences between enabled, disabled, and hover state. Also has options to hide disabled links. *

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Changed

 

Clicking on a table row now navigates to the View Item or View Course link inside of that row, if it exists.
(info)

Changed

 

Removed duplicate image folder. *
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Changed

 

Corrected improperly formatted INCLUDE tags. *
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Changed

 

The latest Ares default web pages are now using JQuery 1.12.4. *
(info)

Changed

 

The Ares DLL will now use a SQL Native client.
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Changed

 

Changed the offscreen h1 on IPreviousCourseList.html from Item # to Previous Courses. *
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Changed

 

Calendar widgets updated in default pages. *
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Changed

 

Prevent students from viewing items that are not available yet. **
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Changed

 

Improved the efficiency of the GroupItem tag on courses with a large number of items.
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Changed

 

Action links in certain tables now have an associated CSS class.
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Fixed


Fixed an issue that would cause the web server to crash when recursive tags called into themselves causing stack overflows in IIS.
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Fixed


Fixed an issue causing PLinks with an ampersand (&) to not redirect to the URL properly.
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Fixed


Fixed an issue that would show personal tags for items associated with courses that a user was no longer enrolled in.
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Fixed


Fixed issue causing orderby parameter to not work on some tables in the web.
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Fixed


Increased visual contrast on student and instructor tables.
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Fixed


Resolved issue of extra worksheets in course exports from Ares web DLL.
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Fixed


Fixed incorrect file path on some images in main.css. *
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Fixed


Fixed issue when instructors attempt to add OpenURL items when they have no available courses. *
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Fixed


Added missing single quote on ISharedListItemInfo.html and UItemInfo.html to maintain proper syntax. *
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Fixed


Fixed issue in DLL that would show loan periods to instructors that were not marked as VisibleToInstructors.
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Fixed


Fixed an issue causing the ImportItemText attribute of an Import Course table to not function properly.

* See Ares 4.7 Web Page Changes for additional information.

** See Ares 4.7 Implementation Information for additional information.