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.
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.
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.
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.