There's been a lot of improvements and new features added to DaDesktop recently so I thought it was a good time to update you with the latest goings on with DaDesktop.
New Forum : forum.dadesktop.com
Firstly, the new DaDesktop Forum, https://forum.dadesktop.com has been launched. The plan is that DaDesktop announcements, feature requests, bug fixes etc, will be presented and tracked in the open from now on.
The Tickets & Feature Requests category will include bug reports and new feature suggestions from Franchisees and the other users.
One example added this week, to give you an idea :- Accessibility - Pre Course readonly test should have audio test.
Franchisees will be able to login with their staff login as usual. Franchisees will also be subscribed to receive any new items added to the 'Announcements' category in the forum.
The forum is also open to course delegates and the public via their DaDesktop login.
The site has been recently redeveloped to improve the SEO of the forum content available.
Any feedback for the forum is welcomed.
New and Improved DaDesktop Features
A newly requested feature is the use of 'Multi Trainers'. This means that DaDesktop now allows one or more trainers on all its courses.
The trainers will each have their own login to DD, and can control the ‘Trainer Desktop’ as if it were their own.
The idea is that both trainers will be on the Audio conference, swapping over at intervals as appropriate, but can take control of the Trainer Desktop as required. This will be especially useful on longer courses, or courses that just work better with input from two experts in their field to the course participants.
vGPU - can now offer 3D graphics capability* on Windows and Linux machines on DaDesktop
A new Production DD node with this capability, hs2fi.npg.io has been set up, located in Europe.
This enables NobleProg to host courses for applications such as CAD packages such as SketchUp which were not previously possible because a full graphics stack could not be configured. This server allows SketchUp or other graphic applications to be used or installed.
Please get in touch for further info.
Removal of CentOS8 DD Templates, as this OS is now End of Life. A drop in replacement such as AlmaLinux or RockyLinux will be added in its place suitable for Redhat Linux RHEL clone OS course requirements.
Seafile - A new storage system, Seafile on the NobleProg network has been set up. This allows you to upload files, even full virtual machines from your own laptop or desktop that can now be easily accessed inside the Trainer's desktop machine.
Improved Clipboard - you might remember that we much improved the clipboard functionality at the end of last year. This has been since been further improved.
Although it may appear to be a small feature, the ability to simply copy and paste from a machine into the DD Desktop was one of our most requested features to improve upon. It's particularly useful on courses where delegates require a lot of copying and pasting commands etc as part of their course.
Likewise, ongoing updates are being made to the DaDesktop Documentation site to refine, update and improve the information held there.
There are many more smaller improvements coming through and also a number of wider improvements to the User Interface, some of which you may have seen already.
Full details of these will be posted on the next newsletter.
If you have any queries about any of these new features or the new Forum, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.
Cloud Support Manager / Troubleshooter