System Specifications

Authoring Content with SoftChalk Create
Hardware
Memory 4 Gigabytes RAM recommended
Software
Operating System Windows 7/8/10, Macintosh OS X 10.6.3 or higher
Adobe Flash Player Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
Java Windows 7/8/10: Java Runtime 8 (update 31) or higher
Browsers Windows: IE 9 or above*, Mozilla/Firefox 10 or higher. For Chrome, use the Create Local Launch feature in SoftChalk Cloud.
Apple: Firefox. For Safari 1.2 or higher and Chrome, use the Create Local Launch feature in SoftChalk Cloud.

*Because of Microsoft restrictions, lesson scoring does not work when viewing lessons locally in the IE browser but does work when viewing the lessons on the Internet including viewing lessons in learning management systems. (Scoring works fine when viewing the lesson locally in other browsers.)

For information on Create Local Launch see the Local Launch section in the SoftChalk Cloud Guide.

Supported Media Types Images: gif, jpg, png
Audio: wav, au, mp3, mp4, aiff, ram
Video: avi, mov, mpg
Other: PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Flash—most files can be linked into a lesson.

For more details on authoring SoftChalk content, see our SoftChalk Create Guide and our SoftChalk Cloud Guide.

 

Viewing Content with SoftChalk Create
Hardware
Memory/Disk Space SoftChalk content is viewed in a web browser, so no additional RAM or disk space is required beyond that required by the browser.
Software
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10, VISTA
Apple: Macintosh OS X
Browsers Windows: IE 9 or above, Mozilla/Firefox 10 or higher
Apple:
Safari 1.x or higher*, Firefox
Google Chrome

*BrightSpace by D2L has issues with LTI links in Safari.

Mobile Devices – Web Viewing content on most smart phones and tablets is supported. No ”App” is required for viewing in a web browser. SoftChalk content can be viewed with most mobile-device web browsers. Activities will be formatted appropriately for the device being used though the following activities work best on mobile phones because these activities are more compact: Align, Identify, Pairs, Presenter, Selection and Sequence. (For details on these activities, see the section Activities section of the SoftChalk Create Guide.)

SoftChalk content has been tested with iPads, iPhones, and smart phones/tablets running Android 2 or higher operating system. (Opera-mobile browser is recommended for use with Android devices.)

Mobile Devices – eBooks Use the free SoftChalk eReader app to view content as an eBook on mobile devices including:

  • iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) running 9.3.1 or higher
  • Android devices version 5.1 or higher
  • Windows Computers running Windows 7 or higher
  • Chromebooks version 49.0.2623.112 (64-bit) or higher
  • Chrome Browser version 50.0.2661.102 m or higher

See the eReader Download & Help Page for instructions on how to install the free SoftChalk eReader app and view your lessons as eBooks.

Instructors, please see the Create eBooks section in our SoftChalk Cloud Guide for steps to create and update eBooks.

For more details on viewing SoftChalk content, see our Student Guide to SoftChalk Lessons.