READynamic

Release Notes

READynamic Version 3.5.4

October 4, 2018

New Features:

  • Added a feature to allow an administrator to confirm a user’s electronic mail address using the web API.
  • An administrator can now configure the “heartbeat timer.” Whenever an eBook is opened and read in READynamic, the system sends the server a message with information about the user and the reading experience at regular intervals, but as the value was originally set to ten seconds it created a lot of network traffic for sites with many users. The value still defaults to a heartbeat every 10 seconds, but now an administrator can reduce server traffic by manually setting the heartbeat timer to up to five minutes.
  • Created an API to prompt a new customer, when signing on for the first time, to create a new password. The link can be used one time to log on, and then a create password welcome screen appears.

Enhancements:

  • Corrected problem with text color on the OK button for sign-up confirmation. Now the text appears as white on blue by default.
  • Corrected a problem with access to a loaned book for a contact with an invalid group. The book is now readable on the bookshelf as long as the user has access to the title outside of the invalid group.

READynamic Version 3.5.2

September 5, 2018

New Features:

  • A sign-up option has been added to the login pages of both the Android and iOS client apps that allows app users to create a Free account in READynamic.

Enhancements:

  • The Guest role welcome message now allows users to continue to the guest user experience,  or to sign up for a new Free account in READynamic.  If the visitor already has a Free READynamic user account, the user can log on directly from the welcome message window.
  • Changed the “Request Evaluation” link that appears on the Log in Screen. The link now directs the user to a page where the user can sign up for a Free user account in READynamic.

READynamic Version 3.5

August 22, 2018

New Features:

  • READynamic customers can now set up a splash screen to appear whenever a user opens an eBook. The splash screen can feature any image, such as a logo, or marketing or promotional material, and can be configured to remain visible for as long as you like or as long as necessary for an eBook to load. It is possible to configure the splash screen feature on or off at will, and you can change the image whenever you like by replacing the graphics file at your hosted URL. Standard graphics files, such as PNG or JPG, are used.
  • Created a new user role, “Instructor.” Similar to the existing “Teacher” role, an instructor can add and edit overlays for an eBook but is not allowed to upload new eBooks or create a group.
  • Users can now double click on images in EPUB files and expand those images to make them easier to view. No overlays are required for the new ability to expand EPUB images, and overlays can still be added to images as needed to supersede the default image expansion.

Enhancements:

  • Restored the “Back to Bookshelf” function in the browser view so that users can return to their READynamic bookshelf by clicking the icon in the top left corner of the Read View.
  • Updated minimum server requirement to iOS 10 or later. Customers should use iOS 10 or later for their READynamic apps for iOS mobile devices.
  • Updated guest account restrictions. When guest users add scribbles or comments, only the guest user can see them, and only on the device used to add those changes.
  • Added “Contact Us” button to the top of the toolbar in the Book View for guest users and free upgradeable users.

READynamic Version 3.4

May 30, 2018

New Features:

READynamic customers can independently brand the browser interface and the mobile reading interface:

  • Customers can configure brandable elements, such as colors or graphics, in the READynamic environment whenever and as often as desired.
  • Customers can apply their own colors, logo, graphics, and text, rename the product, and provide links to local web pages and social media accounts.
  • Customers can provide custom content for an End User License Agreement, copyright statement, privacy policy, and copyright date.
  • Datalogics can provide support for custom branding and configuration, but the process is designed to allow customers to brand the product without needing to ask Datalogics for help.

The icons used in READynamic have been replaced with a standard set of graphics provided by Font Awesome, a popular open source font and icon toolkit.

Customers can now remove specific assets from READynamic screens that they don’t need, such as the icon and link for a Facebook page or a Twitter account on the Login Screen.

Company name and custom product name can be applied to the set of automatic electronic mail messages generated by the product.

Enhancements:

READynamic now supports Azure Active Directory B2C Single-Sign-On.

When a lending period for an eBook expires, READynamic labels the book as expired on the user’s My Bookshelf page. A user can now delete an expired eBook from his or her bookshelf on a mobile device and when using READynamic from a browser window.

Fixed an issue where the dictionary was failing to define words in iOS devices.

Fixed an issue with mobile client apps, where clients could not download eBooks if the name of the mobile device included an emoji symbol or a Japanese Kanji character.

READynamic Version 3.3

February 27, 2018

New Features:

READynamic now supports IMS Global’s Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standard. This provides an interface between READynamic and external Learning Management Systems (LMS).

  • Seamlessly integrate READynamic into the most popular LMS products available, including Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, and Edmodo.
  • Launch READynamic PDF and EPUB documents directly from compatible LMS platforms.
  • Launch READynamic quizzes directly from compatible LMS platforms.
  • Automatically import scores from READynamic quizzes directly into compatible LMS platforms.
  • Track reader participation with Caliper Analytics support.

READynamic now supports Single Sign On (SSO) and Omniauth (OAuth) user authorization using the Google interface.

Enhancements:

  • Improved administrator-facing error messages. When creating a user that has the same email as an existing user, the messages provided now include resolution steps.
  • When a customer without the LTI interface accesses READynamic from the web, the “READynamic Home” button that previously returned readers to their bookshelf has been disabled. Browser back buttons redirect readers to the bookshelf.
  • Read Documents Report API command line fixed.
  • Resolved issue that some books could not have their details edited after upload.

READynamic Version 3.2

December 11, 2017

New Features:

READynamic now supports a Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology from Sony DADC known as the User Rights Management Solution (URMS). URMS is designed to protect EPUB and PDF documents on Android and iOS mobile devices.

  • READynamic administrators may choose to enable URMS DRM protection for uploaded eBooks.
  • URMS protection may be set as required for all eBook uploads, or as optional. The system can also be configured to allow READynamic users to override this default for individual eBook files when they are uploaded to the system. If your READynamic system is set up by default to encrypt every eBook when it is uploaded, a user could turn the feature off so that a specific eBook could be uploaded without URMS encryption. And the alternative is also true—if your system is set up by default to not encrypt eBooks when they are uploaded, a user could select an option to make sure that a specific eBook is encrypted.
  • Administrators may set the default method for protecting uploaded eBooks, either URMS or the standard protection provided with READynamic. The Administrator can use either the READynamic server API or the administrator user interface for instances where uploaders do not request either protection method.
  • Content protected using URMS is stored securely with DRM protection on Android and iOS devices, and is secured against unauthorized copying by users from these devices.

URMS protection is an optional READynamic server entitlement. To use URMS, an access key from Datalogics is required, and it must be in place before installing the READynamic server.

READynamics now allows users to convert PDF eBooks to fixed-layout EPUB files when they are added to the system.

  • EPUB format allows for a better viewing and reading experience with the web browser viewer
  • Conversion to EPUB format is required for URMS protected eBook content. READynamic automatically converts PDF documents to EPUB when the eBook is encrypted using URMS.
  • It is also possible to convert a PDF document into an EPUB file without encrypting the eBook file using URMS. The user can select this option.

Enhancements:

  • Revised method for assigning rights and permissions to users.
  • Various performance improvements in viewing, scribbles (annotations) and other areas.
  • Updates and enhancements for portal and client branding ability.
  • Enhancements to reports.
  • Support for Single Sign-on (SSO) and Omniauth (OAuth) user authorization support has been added.
  • A variety of changes to fix bugs and resolve issues across different READynamic components.

READynamic Version 2.1

October 13, 2016

This release includes updates to the server back-end as well as the iOS and Android READynamic apps. We streamlined the server installation and upgrade process and added other feature enhancements related to book loans and content protection.

New Features:

  • All future releases of READynamic will be distributed as Docker containers. This simplifies the initial installation process and streamlines the steps needed to upgrade existing READynamic server platforms.
  • A new server configuration setting obfuscates eBook data, both on the server storage side and on the mobile client side. In obfuscating an eBook, the text is made unreadable to a user who is not an owner of the eBook, accessing the eBook through a loan, or reading the eBook as part of a group that has been assigned that eBook. This works as a means to prevent unauthorized sharing of titles. All new book uploads will automatically be obfuscated. Any eBooks that have already been uploaded to READynamic before this software release must be reprocessed before they can be obfuscated.
  • The owner of an eBook in READynamic can lend that title temporarily to other readers. This release updates how loaned books appear in the READynamic portal, to make it easier to tell the difference between owned books and books out on loan. It is also now easier to tell when a book loan will expire.

Enhancements:

  • READynamic now offers pages numbers in EPUB books to make it easier to track progress when reading through a text.
  • Added a license monitoring service so that Datalogics can better track expiration dates for server license keys, to make sure that service is not unintentionally interrupted for any users.