Apple

Edval for the Apple Macintosh / iOS Operating Systems (iPad/iPhone)

Core Edval technologies have been written for the Windows OS, and have not been directly ported to the Apple Macintosh system. This does not however stop Mac users from any browser based Edval module such as Edval Daily (webversion) Edval Choice or Edval Interviews.

Edval does not test the compatibility of our desktop timetable software on any virtual environment as part of its development and testing program. This means that whilst Edval 9 may have worked in the past in the virtual environments listed below we do not perform any testing of Edval 10 in any virtual environment and they are not part of our development specifications for any of our PC based applications. The Edval 10 application is specifically designed to run in a native Windows based PC environment. Edval offers no support to users that choose to attempt to run Edval 10 or any of Edval's other desktop applications in a virtual environment.

To refer to our minimum system requirements click here


To use standard Edval 9 software on a Macintosh, there are several options:
  • www.virtualbox.org (Recommended)
  • Apple Boot Camp
  • Fusion/ Parallels Desktop / VMWare
  • Remote Desktop (to a Windows instance)
  • azure.microsoft.com aws.amazon.com and a number of other web apps supporting a fully hosted Windows environment and persistent user desktop over the web.
  • Logme in. https://secure.logmein.com/products/ios
  • Linux and WINE. www.winehq.org A free operating system and Windows emulation DLL’s.
  • WineBottler Apple OS http://winebottler.kronenberg.org 

Virtualbox allows you to run Windows on your Mac (or Linux). VirtualBox is free. You also need a Windows license, but it may be simpler than running Windows natively on the machine. Requires a bit of memory, but nothing a modern computer can't handle.


Boot Camp is a feature that allows Apple Macintosh machines to boot to a Windows installation. To comply with best practice, you need to install a currently supported version of Windows on the Macintosh as the Windows operating system itself is not ‘supplied’. You can easily obtain a licensed, supported and current copy of Windows to install on your Mac, and these can be purchased readily from Microsoft or their resellers. Edval software is very stable in terms of the operating system requirements. Boot Camp is available directly from Apple for free at www.apple.com/support/bootcamp

Fusion is virtualisation software that lets you to install Microsoft Windows on your Apple Macintosh as additional software. This means the computer is not ‘booted’ into Windows, but rather runs a virtual version of Windows while remaining in the native Apple environment. This means it is much faster to switch between Edval (running on Windows through Fusion) and the Apple OS itself. Fusion is available from www.vmware.com/products/fusion
 

Parallels Desktop is another type of virtualisation software that allows you to install Microsoft Windows on the Apple Macintosh without needingto reboot to switch between applications. This is available from www.parallels.com for under $100 iPad / iPhone version is available www.parallels.com/products/access

Remote Desktop is a technology that allows you to connect to any other Windows PC from your Apple Macintosh. This means you do not need to install Windows onto your Mac, but can run any Windows program like Edval on the remote machine. An example of this could be a Windows PC running Edval is left switched on at home or at some other location in the school. Mac users can then ‘connect’ to this PC and run Edval as normal. This feature is available free from www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client

We do not recommend the use of RDP over any untrusted network (eg: the internet, wifi) unless a suitably configured VPN is in use.

Edval can also be run on Linux operating systems, provided WINE is installed – which is (like Linux) totally free.

aws.amazon.com and azure.microsoft.com and others. These are browser based Windows instance, which allows you to login via Safari or other web browsers, and use Windows as if it was a local installation. Performance is slightly slower, but quite acceptable. This is a very cheap solution, which is far less than buying a Windows License over two years or so.

Citrix. With Citrix XenApp, users can simply and securely access applications instantly with a consistent high-quality experience regardless of location or device. This allows running Windows applications like Edval on the iPad. Note this may support isolated use of Edval on the iPad, but not the network enabled features of EdvalStaff or Daily.
www.citrix.com

Logme in
This allows you to use a Mac,or an IOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android device, to remote run any Windows computer.This allows you to run EdvalDaily via your iPad for example, as long as you can access a Windows PC which has the EdvalDaily software available.

WineBottler repackages Windows apps for the Apple OS http://winebottler.kronenberg.org

This allows you to run Edval Windows apps as native Mac .app software, using wine.
This is a great solution. Works. Simple. Very minor issues relating to mapping of function keys to Windows 'F1' style keys, but can be largely done - See instructions below. Minor irritation with Mac keyboard not having a INS key or DEL, but this is easily managed using the Edval menus - so not really a problem. Occasional issues with printer and saving, but nothing major.

Edval Web
This module is currently included in all EdvalDaily licenses.
Edval web apps allow staff to access live class lists / rolls on their mobile device – iPhone or iPad, as well as individual timetables. Teachers can message students, parents, or other teachers using the Edval messaging portal. The Edval sites are highly optimised for small screen end users. This is entirely browser based, so requires no installation of Edval software. All web timetables are live,meaning staff can see any covers you have assigned them, over the web, on any device.

Function Keys on a Mac
If you can't use function keys for Edval on your Mac, then:

1. Go to System Preferences (in the Apple menu)
2. Choose preference called"Keyboard"

Now the function keys will work normally for Edval. To access the special features printed on those keys on a Mac keyboard (brightness, volume, eject, media functions) they press and hold the "fn" key first. Except if you are on a laptop the F11 (normally adjust volume) changes to ‘slide the window to the left, off screen, then back again’.
Shift-F11 moves the window slowly, out, then back, on pressing again.
However, Control-F11 brings up the grid.

On a Mac laptop use <Fn> and the <delete> key, simultaneously. This works to delete rows such as the periods in Grid structure; it also works to delete day columns. It also works as a forward delete similar to Windows’ Delete.
Use Control-I to Insert rows both in the Grid structure and the Class data screens.


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