We introduced the idea of a global scale with our dimension tool.
You can change the global scale and all dimensions were remeasured using the new scale. For example, if we change the global scale to 4:1, the dimensions now appear as,
Unfortunately, the global scale was hidden away and only affected dimensions. In the latest version we have added the global scale, and unit selection, to the main toolbar. More importantly, the scale now affect ALL measurements produced by FX Draw.
We have introduced a new dilation option that allows you to scale selected objects.
1. Draw an object and select it.
2. We have added another control button to your selection. Grab this to scale the whole object.
3. Release the mouse button
This feature was the direct result of a suggestion from a customer. If YOU have a great idea for something FX Draw could do, send it to us. You too can help FX Draw become a better product.
Efofex would like to wish all of our southern hemisphere customers a most successful new school year. We have lots of new features planned for you, including what is probably the most exciting new FX Draw feature we have ever produced – but more on that later.
In the short term we have added a number of new features to FX Draw, most of which have come directly from teacher suggestions. We will discuss those in the next few articles.
We hope you all enjoy your 2018!
We have recently upgraded our website so that it supports the https:// secure web protocol. We had previously had secure pages for credit card payments but now the whole website can be accessed using the secure protocol. Even though the change makes little difference to how secure our operations are, this is the way that the web is moving and we have to move with the times.
The change will have minimal effect on how you use Efofex in the short term but eventually we will change the website so that access MUST be through https. This WILL affect how our new cloud products access registration information and data.
New versions of all of our products, that utilize https will be released in the new year. We will not force https access for six months so everybody has ample time to move to the new versions. In the long term, you will need to have the newer versions to use the cloud based features.
This article particularly applies to Queensland Department of Education customers.
We have done more work on authenticated proxies which are used in a small number of school systems, in particular Department of Education schools in Queensland.
Lots of school systems use a proxy system for their internet. This allows the school to manage internet access and have more control over the sort of information provided to students. Some schools have an authenticated proxy system which will force you to put in your username and password to use any program which accesses the Internet. It is believed that this makes the system more secure but typically users hate the extra intrusion.
Efofex products can be successfully installed into this environment (including EdQld computers) and we have recently made some changes to ensure that the impact on your usage is minimized.
If you think your school uses an authenticated proxy and you have found our products difficult to use in this environment, now would be a great time to download fresh versions.
Our email tutorial series have been a popular way to learn about our products for many years. We were looking to revamp the series and decided that most of the information was better presented in a video format, rather than written. Work is now complete on the first video lesson set – Introduction to FX Draw.
The video lessons contain all of the information in the old email series, updated for the latest version of FX Draw. They have bee packaged into short, one to two minute videos. You can watch them all in one sitting or pick and choose at will. Watching the full set is equivalent to having one or two hours of intensive professional development training.
The new videos can be found on this YouTube play list
Introduction to FX Draw Video Series
The video series has been released with 38 videos but this will change over time. We have also begun work on new series for our graph, stats and equation tools. They will be coming soon.
At the moment, the Efofex team is in a not so sunny Vancouver as we prepare to attend the British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers’ annual conference on Friday. We will be there, in our Efofex jackets, so if you are attending the conference please come and say hello.
We also planned to attend the biannual NZAMT conference in Christchurch. We booked flights and accommodation and proposed two sessions to the conference organisers. We have attended many times in the past and didn’t anticipate any issues. Alas, it was not to be.
Even though our main session was going to be (as always) “How to get the most out of FX Draw”, our sessions were deemed to be commercial and were not permitted unless we were “Gold Sponsors”. Efofex will never be big enough to be a gold sponsor so we have been effectively prevented from offering New Zealand customers support.
We have certainly been to conferences in the past where a major sponsor has been subjected to “ambush marketing” by a competitor who doesn’t pay any money but offers lots of sessions. We understand why a company like Casio would insist on this condition when sponsoring a conference. Having said that, we feel like we are collateral damage in a fight between multi-national companies and, in the end, it is teachers who miss out. We hope that our New Zealand customers quietly suggest to their association that this particular rule be implemented with a little more nuance!