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V4 High School, College and University Release Features

Release - VCS4 is a major upgrade incorporating many change requests.
High School and US College clients have had a major input to the changes.

Over 2 years in construction, features include:

  • A large number of High School changes
  • A large number of College changes
  • High School Period names linked to your class start and finish times
  • Period names and start dates in the tool tip and zoom boxes on mouse over.
  • New College naming conventions and features to suit
  • New Edit Add features - period selection of start and finish times
  • Edit Add finish time default moved up to start time to save typing.
  • Schedule end dates extended so class schedules span over year end.
  • New easier prompts - for timetable prints, listings, summaries and statistics.
  • T\imetable prints can show very short class details in full and period details.
  • Listings show period details too and so do HTML prints for the Internet.
  • Improved Color selection for searches

    V4.1


    Java updated to jre 6 for compatibility and faster processing

  • VCS install automatically detects & loads 32 or 64 bit VCS systems
    Automatic Rollover from previous Semester class dates and weeks
  • Simplifies copying last semester or last year etc to the new semester/year
  • Open [Edit] [Settings] and change the semester start and end dates
  • VCS then rolls over short & semester long activities to match the dates.
    New Internet Timetable Reports and Summaries in HTML
  • Web ready, HTML timetables
  • Students and staff can get your latest VSS timetables on their cell phones
  • Links to client enrolment systems from Internet Timetables.
    VCS Schedule Import now simplified and easy to use
  • Use a spreadsheet with 'std' column headings such as 'Room'
  • VCS will import data directly to VCS. See Import
    [Last week], [Next Week] buttons
  • Click to show current week, next or previous week - or [All Weeks].
    New [Edit] [Settings] calendars for easier date selections
  • New Calendar icons for easier Edit, Settings Semester start and end details
  • New Calendar icons for easier Edit, Settings Term Breaks & Public Holidays
  • Timetable print reports show dates and duplicates
  • Bi-weekly and Block Release scheduling for High School and College classes
  • 'Verisign' shows Visual Cassroom Scheduler as genuine on Google searches.
    Wow! Short and long schedules together
  • Bi-weekly and Multi-week Scheduling - 1,2,3,4-26 Weekly etc
  • When adding or updating schedules, select from drop down
    'Weekly' '2-Weekly', '3-Weekly' up to '26 Weekly'.
    VCS now runs from a URL link.
  • Install once on your Campus LAN Server or on your web-site
  • No PC software install is required.
  • Macs can also run VCS from Campus LANs or web-sites
  • Allows simple, Campus wide install in one folder for all PCs
    New [View],[One Faculty 1st] menu item
  • Allows you to show all faculty activities on the top of the screen!
  • Departments and Sections can easily view and print their own
  • timetables, summaries,statistics and HTML from the Campus file
  • All Staff and Management can see available rooms across the Campus
    High School Period names linked to start & finish times
  • Makes High school timetabling much easier with VCS
  • Select Edit Settings from the VCS Main menu
    Click on the "Period Settings" button
  • Enter a short "Period Name" such as P1 or P2D or Rcor Lu
  • Enter the period start and end time of day. Click [OK].
  • Your Period Names can be selected in Edit Add.
    Click on the period name to enter a class for times linked.
    Period Names are shown in the mouse-over Tool-tip and zoom panel
    Period Names are shown on Timetable and Listing prints.
    Period Names are shown on HTML Internet timetables for cell phones.

    New College naming conventions and features to suit
    This includes choice of "Teacher", "Instructor", or "Lecturer" names etc
    Ask your VSS contact to provide options and instructions

    New Edit Add features - period selection of start and finish times
    Edit Add allows selection of periods for High Schools and US Colleges
    Progression through the details has been streamlined for all users
    A 'Repeat Interval' panel is included to select 1,2,3,4-26 Weekly.
    Mouse-over help is available on all prompts to assist with data entry decisions

    Schedule end dates extended so class schedules span for years
    Designed for US College client's Fall Schedules
    VCS can now schedule over a span of years from start to finish
    Select Edit Settings from the main menu
    Simply select a start date - and an end date that suits your schedule period.

    Timetable prints show period details and very short class details in full
    Timetable box prints show 5 lines of details for even very short classes
    A flexible print timescale has been designed for these box-like prints.
    Articial intelligence programming shows all activities on one page.

    Improved toggling between ALL and This week / Next Week
    [Next Week] & [Previous Week] buttons on the main screen have been revised
    [All weeks] still shows all the schedule activities on screen at once.
    [Next Week] starts with your Edit Settings Starting Semester Week,
    and further clicks display the next week's details
    [Previous Week] reverses the display details, week by week

    Java updated to latest available for compatibility and faster processing
    The VCS system uses java - the computer language of the Internet.
    Upgrading to the latest java version was a initially a big exercise.
    but provided a lot of new features.....
    Microsoft security patches were applied to protect VCS in your system.

    VCS install automatically detects & loads 32 or 64 bit VCS systems
    Microsoft has upgraded their 32 bit 'Windows' to 64 bits.
    This larger 'word size' can address huge memory and massive disk drives.
    All programs, including VSS, needed special upgrades to run on 64 bits.
    The VSS download was changed to detect and load the correct VSS version.

    Automatic Rollover from previous Semester class dates and weeks
    Clients can now easily replicate their previous schedules for next Semester.
    Open VSS, and select the VSS schedule file to replicate.
    Select Edit, Settings from the main menu
    Select Semester Start Date and select the new date using the calendar
    Select Semester Ending Date and select the new date using the calendar
    Select Term Break and select the start and end dates from the calendar
    Click [OK] and VSS will Rollover previous event dates to the new ones.
    Select File, SaveAs to create a new file for this new semester.
    Add, Update, Delete and Copy events to suit your plans for this semester.
    Too easy!

    V4.2

    Import client timetable spreadsheets directly to VCS.
    Importing client spreadsheets into VSS is now a whole lot easier!
    VSS now looks for column headings in any order or sequence
    Missing column data is noted but does not prevent upload.
    Clients can use either Day and Weeks or Dates columns for classes
    VSS needs 'Std' column headings to recognise the data type.
    VSS needs spreadsheet files saved as common 'Tab-delimited' format.
    Using VSS, try File, Export and save the output spreadsheet file
    Open, change, update the spreadsheet file and then File, Import back to VSS

    Existing College data files can be imported!
    Just change columns headings to VSS 'std' headings
    Save as 'Tab-delimited', text file.
    VSS will accept a variety of day names, letters, numbers and combos
    E.g. Mon, or M or 1 or 1-3 or 1,3,5 etc
    Call for more information or email your file for a quick VSS file return.

    New Calendar icons for easier Edit, Settings Semester start and end details
    Semester Start and End 'weeks' have now been replaced.
    Select dates from the calendar icons.

    New Calendar icons for easier Edit, Settings Term Breaks and Public Holidays
    Term Break Start and End 'weeks' have now been replaced.
    Public Holiday Start and End 'days' have now been replaced.
    Select dates from the calendar icons.

    Timetable print reports now show dates and duplicates
    Timetable 'Box' prints now show 28Feb - 30Jun for clarity
    Duplicate classes in the same facility, same time and day are flagged +

    V4.3

    Bi-weekly and Block Release scheduling for High School and College classes
    Classes can now be scheduled bi-weekly or 1,2,4-26 Weekly etc
    Select Edit, Add and select the weekly frequency from the drop-down.
    E.g. 'Weekly', '4-Weekly' etc
    VSS will calculate the teaching hours appropriately
    Classes will show (or not) when scrolling through the weeks on screen.

    HTML Internet Timetables for Student and Staff Cell Phones
    Post your VSS Timetables on the Web!
    Android and I-Phones allow Students and Staff to see your latest timetables.
    Students could view and select classes planned and proceed to enrolment.
    Links are available to your web course details and enrolment forms!
    HTML prints are now available for Classes, Rooms and Teaching staff
    Posting them on your web-site, allows students and staff to get their own.

    In VSS, just select File, Print, Timetables in Lists
    Then select File, Web HTML Files, to automatically produce a HTML Index, HTML timetable summary and one HTML for each class or teacher etc.
    Links are provided to re-direct to your enrolment or contact information.
    Ask your Web administrator to upload these timetables to your web page.
    Once on the web, students and staff can access your timetables on their phones.

    Links to your enrolment systems from VSS Internet Timetables.
    VSS Internet Timetables have preset HTML links to pages you can personalise.
    Update the HTML page link VCS_Listing_Report_Class_Details.htm.
    Or provide a new HTML page with a quick re-direct to your existing pages.
    Students can then click and enrol after they choose a course of study!

    'Verisign' shows Visual Cassroom Scheduler as genuine on Google searches.
    VSS has been accepted by Verisign as a 'valid' software providor.
    Verisign checks the VSS web-site daily for viruses protecting clients.
    A 'Verisign' symbol is attached to Google search links for VSS

    VSS Videos now available on-line!
    VSS is creating vidoes to assist clients understanding of system features.
    Hints and tips are also included - see the www.vss.com.au home page
    Try VCS Video

    V4.4 Campus Scheduling Release

    VCS now runs off the Campus LAN Server or from your web-site
    No PC software install is required.
    Click on 'VisualScheduling.jar' on your LAN, or use a URL link
    VCS loads in a second and runs like a heavy weight application.
    VCS data files can be stored on your PC or on the LAN
    Staff can then use a VCS Viewer to see and print the timetables
    or see your HTML timetables on their cell phones!

    Macs can also run VCS from Campus LANs or web-sites
    Allows simple, Campus wide install in one folder for all staff

    The new [View], [One Faculty 1st] menu item
    shows all activities for that faculty on the top of the screen!
    Departments and Sections can view and print their own
    timetables, summaries,statistics and HTML from the Campus file.
    Staff and Management can see available rooms across the Campus

    Makes Campus Scheduling easy-to-use with VCS!

    V4.5 Daily Scheduling Release

    New [Today] button on screen, all the time
    Click to see and print 'Today's' schedule
    Click to see who's Teaching today? Are they in yet?
    Click to quickly answer student queries
    Click to see rooms used - and available.
    Print & carry 'Today's' schedule for quick reference.

    Save to HTML for Campus/Dept wide queries
    Annotate/augment HTML timetables with Ms-Word or Excel
    Save the HTML timetable to your web-site/LAN
    Teaching and Admin staff can browse your latest timetable
    Staff and students can get their timetable on cell phones!

    Right-click to quickly 'Copy', 'Update' or 'Delete' activities
    Click the row name to update all events for that Room, Teacher, Class
    Click to copy whole rows of activities
    Copy and change the row name - to a new class name or group.
    Speeds up entry of multiple groups.

    Much more context-sensitive Help
    Menus, dialogs and messages now show even more information.
    Guides you to try even more useful VCS features.
    Just mouse over for a moment to see the details.

    Hope you enjoy the new features and write to us if you have some suggestions.
    Cheers from the programming team!

    We have quite a few more suggestions to implement this year
    - so keep an eye on the VCS news.
    Your VCS licence includes free V4.x updates in the calendar year of purchase - so you're welcome to ask.

    Send 'Upgrade details Please' to: VCS Customer Service


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