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August 22nd, 2014 – Release Notes

SIMnet Community,

This will be our last Release Note for a few weeks. As instructors lock down their courses and students familiarize themselves with SIMnet we go all hands on deck to ensure that your needs and your student’s needs are met. We pride ourselves on a quick, effective, and friendly Help Desk experience. On to the notes!

New SIMnet Content & Features

A Skills Approach Access Complete – Chapter 7: Exploring Advanced Reports

SIMbook chapter including Show Me, Guide Me, and Let Me Try and associated simulated questions

SIMnet Access Advanced: Chapter 7: Exploring Advanced Reports

  • 11 tasks available for custom lessons
  • 38 simulated questions (19 assessment/19 practice)

A Skills Approach Access Complete – Chapter 9: Finalizing the Database

SIMbook chapter including Show Me, Guide Me, and Let Me Try and associated simulated questions

SIMnet Access Advanced: Chapter 9: Finalizing the Database

  • 11 tasks available for custom lessons
  • 44 simulated questions (22 assessment/22 practice)

Updated In Practice Access Mappings

Office Level

  • In Practice Access Chapter 4 – Creating and Using Forms and Reports

Complete Level

  • In Practice Access Chapter 4 – Creating and Using Forms and Reports
  • In Practice Access Chapter 5 – Templates, Advanced Relationships, and Macros
  • In Practice Access Chapter 6 – Creating Advanced Queries and Reports Using SQL
  • In Practice Access Chapter 7 – Creating Advanced Forms
  • In Practice Access Chapter 8 – Integrating Applications
  • In Practice Access Chapter 9 – Designing and Managing Databases
  • In Practice Access Chapter 10 – Customizing Access Using SkyDrive and Office

Capstone Projects

PowerPoint 2013 Capstone – Level 3 Creating a Sales Presentation

Projects Updated for Mac Users

  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Ch. 3 Independent Project 3-4
  • Excel 2013 A Skills Approach – Ch. 3 Fix It 3-6

New Announcements Feature

Instructors can now send Announcements in addition to Messages. Announcements function like a class bulletin board on student’s SIMnet home page. Read more about how you can use announcements effectively!

New Test Banks

  • A Skills Approach Word 2013 Chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9
  • A Skills Approach Excel 2013 Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
  • A Skills Approach PowerPoint 2013 Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8
  • In Practice Outlook 2013 Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10

Bug Fixes

Projects

  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Ch. 3 Challenge Yourself 3.3 – Allow cell formulas with or without absolute references.

GradeBook

New/Improved Grading Features

PowerPoint

  • SmartArt Text – Allow minor spelling mistakes when checking text within SmartArt
  • Styles – Added additional SmartArt styles and table styles
  • Picture Effects – Added support for additional picture effects
  • Line Spacing – Determine if line spacing is correct for a selection of text

Excel

  • Cell Formulas – Added an option to ignore absolute reference symbols when checking cell formulas
  • Cell Data Validation with Word Variance – Added an option to allow for minor misspellings when checking text data within a cell