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January 30th, 2015 – Release Notes

New SIMnet Content & Features

Fixes to SIMnet Content to Reflect the Removal of Microsoft Office.com Clip Art

Microsoft has removed the ability to search Office.com for online pictures in Office applications. SIMnet content has been updated to reflect this change. See the SIMnews blog post for more information. The changes to SIMnet are as follows:

  • All current “live in the application” projects that use clip art are being rewritten to use another method.
  • SIMbook pages that refer to Office.com clip art are being updated to notify users that the content has been updated since the original publication. In addition, some pages will be updated to include other ways to add clip art to documents and presentations.
  • Let Me Try steps will reflect the old method of adding Office.com clip art. A note will be added to the relevant page directing the student to the steps to use to successfully complete the exercise.
  • Simulated questions that refer to Office.com clip art will no longer be available to add to exams. However, any of these questions that currently exist in exams will continue to be valid.

New Projects

  • Access 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 6-1 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 6-5 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 7-1 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 7-5 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 8-1 (Upload .accdb)
  • Access 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 8-4 (Upload .accdb)

Projects Updated for Macintosh Users

  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 6-5
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 7-4
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 7.4
  • Excel 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 8.4

New/Improved Grading Features

Access

  • New grading to determine if report properties, subreport properties, and report section properties such as width, height, top, left, and border style have been set.
  • New grading to determine if form properties, subform properties, and form section properties such as width, height, top, left, and border style have been set.
  • New grading to determine if controls on forms or reports have been deleted.
  • New grading to determine if calculated controls on forms or reports have the correct expressions.
  • New grading to determine if a report has a tabular or stacked layout.
  • New grading to determine if controls have been added to the correct section of a report.

Excel

Improvements to allow alternate number formats and minor misspellings were made to the following projects:

  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 1-2
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 2-5
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 4-3
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 4-4
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 4-5 (Mac Supported)
  • Excel 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 6-4

PowerPoint

  • Improved feedback for grading chart elements
  • Improved feedback for grading WordArt styles

Bug Fixes

PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint 2013 In Practice – Guided Project 2-3 – Added improved grading functionality for chart data, table height and WordArt.
  • PowerPoint 2013 Skills Approach – Challenge Yourself 6.3 – Replaced Circle Process SmartArt with Basic Chevron Process.

Word

  • Word 2013 In Practice – Independent Project 1-4 – Corrected grammar and replaced grading that searched for document elements based on paragraph numbers to search for elements based on surrounding text.