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Lectora Desktop 18

Released on:  October 30, 2018
Sub Version:

Lectora Inspire 18 (11533)

Lectora Publisher 18 (11532) 

Supported Browsers:
Published content is cross-platform compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 and newer, or any recent version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge.
New Features:
For Lectora 18 we are pleased to announce the following 14 major enhancements to the platform that not only update the appearance of the application, but also make it easier to use and offer a more contemporary and up-to-date approach when creating eLearning.
Updated Getting Started screen focusing on new, powerful templates to create inspired learning faster and easier.  New templates make getting started with Lectora easier and simplify finding a reference for building standardized course content in Lectora. These templates are focused on the following: basic linear navigation,  non-linear navigation, audio and video, to Pre-Test/Final Exam, accessibility, and interactive page samples. They provide an easy to use template that can be copied and modified according to the needs of the user.
Stock buttons have been improved to make them easier to use, and are showcased in the Buttons folder of the Stock Library. The new buttons are configurable, allowing the user to change the color and gradient behind a transparent button image.
Inspire includes Camtasia 2018 and Snagit 2019
Added ability to disable tablet or phone (landscape or portrait) views to simplify Responsive Course Design by allowing authors to focus only on the views they want to and allowing for normal scaling in the others.  When a view is disabled, publish content for that view will revert to its parent view.
Adding an HTML5-only publish option, since Flash is coming to an end of life. HTML5-only publishes exclude any Flash fallback elements so there are no issues importing into your LMS.
For non-responsive (traditional) titles,  the standard desktop view will be scaled in every browser regardless of the device as long as either of the two existing publish scaling options are checked.
Enabled the ability to view the waveform for audio files when synchronizing events
HTML objects now include their Title Explorer object name as text with the globe-placeholder image making them easier to identify
Allow limiting the number of drag items per drop zone
The product license key on the Getting Started screen is now selectable and can be copied and pasted into a Support ticket to ensure accuracy.
The option to “Add Submit Button” for a question to trigger feedback had been only available when the question was initially created. It is now available after the question has been created and can be added in the question editor
Accessibility:
In addition, we have addressed a number of issues for accessibility, and wanted to highlight these improvements, as this is a key area of focus for us, as well as for many of you.
When “Use Web Accessibility Settings” is checked,  an option for focus color and width will now be enabled. They will be disabled when the option  of accessibility is unchecked
When “Use Web Accessibility Settings” is enabled, “Publish for Seamless Play” is now disabled, improving the ability for screen readers to recognize page changes.
Accessibility Issues Fixed:
LD-6401: JAWS will no longer read form objects twice on a page
LD-6387: Corrected an issue for 508 where sub-bulleted items were being read continuously, rather then than as list items
LD-5610: CSS can now be disabled to meet accessibility requirements
LD-5597: Text blocks without actions are no longer tabbable in published mode, which addresses an accessibility issue
LD-4699: The screen reader will no longer read objects that are not on the page
LD-6361: JAWS will now read lengthy text found on page one of titles
LD-6306: The user now has the ability to enable/disable closed captioning using the keyboard
LD-5439: Questions are no longer being read out of order for accessibility when there are multiple questions on a single page
LD-5170: Have addressed an accessibility issue with NVDA not reading buttons correctly
LD-4888: Added scope attribute to table headers for 508 accessibility
LD-947: Addressed the issue with accessibility where the tab order was always putting the focus on hyperlinks last
LD-6490: For WCAG titles, hyperlinks will now show the selection indicator
LD-4088: The import of a title from Lectora Online that has closed captions will no longer cause errors
LD-6459: Eliminated having to tab twice for shapes and actions for 508 titles
LD-6457: List boxes and drop lists are now showing focus indicators in IE for WCAG titles in SCORM publish
LD-6445: The tabbing index has been fixed so that it is correct with the audio player when in a WCAG title
LD-6444: JAWS will no longer read anchored buttons several times
LD-6414: When JAWS is interacting with questions that contain radio buttons, the tabbing will now bring the user to the next question
LD-6408: When tabbing, JAWS will no longer read shapes that do not have actions
LD-6383: JAWS will now read the text in all shapes
LD-6360: JAWS is now reading the names of shapes  (Alt Tags) correctly
LD-6355: Transparent buttons will now show the focus color when tabbed to in a WCAG title
LD-6347: When tabbing to WCAG title with shapes that have actions, there will no longer be duplicate focus lines
LD-6340: WCAG titles will no longer show partial focus lines on non-selected objects in Firefox
LD-3747: When tabbing to a button with an ALT tag in IE, JAWS will no longer read the next object twice
LD-993:  The spacebar will now fire OnClick actions on objects other than buttons in all supported operating systems, and not just limited to IE as it was in the past
LD-6469: Users will no longer be able to publish WCAG titles with seamless play publish enabled, which are incompatible
LD-6461: JAWS will no longer read labels twice when they are located on the right for checkboxes
Issues Fixed:
LD-623: When printing the current page, it will now print a lengthy page in its entirety, rather than stopping at one page
LD-6575: Inline variables will no longer created an issue for bulleted text
LD-6582: Corrected an issue where the anchoring feature was not working correctly
LD-6472: Addressed intermittent issues with the drag and drop feature for questions not always functioning
LD-6412: Fixed an issue where Chrome disables auto-start for media that has audio tracks
LD-6395: Allow behind-the-firewall users to verify their maintenance end date
LD-6374: Title Manager is now available in seamless play publishing for IE/Edge
LD-6363: Closing the notes report, located in the ‘Tools’ menu, will no longer close Lectora
LD-5891: When there is a text block with bullets on a page and another with an inline variable, it will no longer break the page and show code/scripting during preview and will now publish correctly
LD-5455: When publishing a course out to AICC, while selecting the seamless play publishing option, and then attempting to open up a standard pop up window for a Lectora page, you will receive no longer receive error messages
LD-6551: Randomized tests with sections, will no longer have a premature exit
LD-6536: The design themes have been reordered so that the newest themes are at the top
LD-6415: There is now the ability to randomize sections within tests, vs. the entire test
LD-6379: Custom radio buttons and checkboxes are now working correctly
LD-6366: When printing a page, form object content will now be printed as well
LD-6330: Have now made ffmpeg optional
LD-6234: A CMI5 option has been added to the command line publishing feature
LD-6227: Buttons are no longer misaligned in published content responsive course design mode
LD-6224: Improved the drawing of matching lines for questions, tests and surveys
LD-6148: AICC published content with the seamless play publishing option will no longer error
LD-6035: Audio and video files will now auto-play on Chrome for iPhone and iPad devices
LD-5884: When using change contents actions for audio objects, they will now function correctly when you view them in run or preview mode, as well as when published out to EXE
LD-5760: Stock buttons will no longer be disabled while transition effects are occurring
LD-5642: Lectora can now submit to the new version of Google Forms
LD-5588: Certificates will now print correctly with protect content enabled when using the seamless play publish option
LD-5338: Drag and drop questions will now retain their position as the user navigates from page to page and will no longer shift
LD-4809: An object placed off of a page will no longer be tabbed to in published content
LD-4325: Items that are in a ‘locked’ status, will no longer be interactive
LD-4236: For Android, when exiting a full screen while in landscape view, will no longer cause the page to zoom in
LD-4167: The hand cursor is now visible with drag and drop questions when in the protect mode
LD-1846: Users can now change the title name in title explorer that contain accented characters when the language is set to Portuguese
LD-6605: Unsaved titles will no longer show in ‘Recent Titles’
LD-6581: Inherited form objects with values will no longer error, causing the field and the page number to not display on every other page
LD-6549: The last page in titles with graded tests will now display in IE 8
LD-6546: Responsive course design scrubbing is no longer disabled in page preview
LD-6538: For questions, tests and surveys, when the attempts are limited, a user can no longer make multiple attempts beyond the set limit when using custom radio buttons
LD-6501: Shadows in objects will no longer be reset to no shadows when the operating system is German
LD-6493: Questions with individual feedback will now show when the operating system is Hindi
LD-6475: List box and drop lists with a single quote in the options will no longer stop the page from loading
LD-6468: Eliminated the page from freezing when transitions fade to text and images
LD-6462: Addressed label text being truncated for form objects in the build view
LD-6456: In languages where the text for the preview button is longer than the English version, the text will no longer extend over the cancel button
LD-6452: Questions with a list style format (both dropdown as well as listbox) now display in columns for IE 10
LD-6447: Drag and drop questions have had the drag option addressed for IE 10
LD-6400: Importing translation file will now translate all pages and not simply the ones that were viewed prior to publishing
LD-6399: Corrected an issue when responsive course design is being used where the view is truncated on mobile devices when scale to fit is selected
LD-6398: When using variables, instead of hard-coded values, the MoveTo actions are now working as expected
LD-6396: Publish warnings have been added for entry fields that are greater than 255 characters
LD-6371: Text box color outline that is set to hidden initially, will no longer show in Edge and IE
LD-6367:  Users will no longer receive an error message when navigating to another page in a new window while publishing to AICC with SPP enabled
LD-6331: Drag and drop questions are now working correctly on mobile phone devices
LD-6310:  Open attachment action will now fire in run mode
LD-6308: When setting sync events timing to include a 9, the duration will no longer be treated as 0
LD-6244: The exit button in the question creator is now functioning
LD-5413: The upper right hand ‘X’ in the synchronize events will now close the dialog
LD-6232: Titles are no longer shifting in run mode, when objects are placed in the grey space to the top or to the left of the canvas
LD-6153: Addressed an issue with missing JSON for xAPI
LD-5683:  When the keystroke actions of ‘M’ and ‘U’ are assigned to ‘Mute’ and ‘Unmute’ respectively, they now function
LD-4706: Eliminated javascript errors in pages containing table objects
LD-4504: When using the command line to execute a xAPI publish, the directory will no longer be incorrect
LD-2406: Resource override with cropped images will now function correctly in responsive course design
LD-2113: Updating test and test section names from the tools ribbon will now update the variable name
LD-1827: When in publish, after having used the ‘Save As’ feature, the destination folder is now pointing to the correct directory
LD-2935: The application will no longer crash when doing M4A to MP3 conversions
LD-6384: Publish to xAPI is no longer generating a blank page in IE
LD-6454: FTP used in languages other than English will no longer cause errors to be generated
LD-2036: OnDone action will now fire for .WAV files in IE
LD-6322: Users can now navigate back and forth between buttons and not have the page freeze



Lectora 18.0.1

Released on:
January 4, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.0.1 (11563)
Lectora Publisher 18.0.1 (11562)
Issues Fixed:
LD-6766: Importing a Lectora Online pkg file with a new default button sets the background to transparent
LD-6764: SCORM IMS Manifest referenced metadata file is now named metadata.xml (title name caused issues)
LD-6762: Update to Snagit 2019.0.1 to resolve issues launching without a connected recording device
LD-6749: JavaScript error generated when running Basic Non-Linear template on ScormCloudLD-6747: Issues with Mobile Content On IOS: Shaking screen, zooming, cut off screen
LD-6741: Accessibility template – focus indicators not displaying for objects in the Header (Next, Help, Exit)
LD-6736: SCORM – Student Responses with greater than 255 characters will get cut off in reports
LD-6723: Update Initial blank title to be Responsive
LD-6717: Rollover Video size is inconsistent between publish and builder
LD-6714: Mute action on page with inherited media does not work correctly
LD-6706: When creating a new title from a theme the “Loading” dialog flashes repeatedly
LD-6701: Number Entry question with feedback of “None” causes JavaScript error and prevents page from loading
LD-6698: Titles from v11 opened in v18 cause button to have filled background color
LD-6690: Using Browse My Media to add an image can accidentally allow user to select a button and cause issues
LD-6688: Randomized final test section is not submitting test successfully
LD-6685: Sync event timing for audio and video is not saving correctly
LD-6675: trivantis.js not using myTop causes JavaScript error
LD-6686: Breadcrumb not visible in Lectora in Edit mode when title is imported via Lectora Online package file
LD-6637: Font Shadow and Formatting Marks not being saved successfully
LD-6603: Focus indicators are not displaying correctly for objects



Lectora 18.0.2

Released on:
February 8, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.0.2 (11586)
Lectora Publisher 18.0.2 (11585)
Issues fixed:
LD-6821: CefSubProcess.exe deleted by Windows Defender
LD-6670: Windows Defender flags trivserver.exe it lists the Publisher as “unknown”
LD-6820: Remove remaining tabindex for media controllers
LD-6817: Stock Buttons should have maintain ratio selected
LD-6815: Govt Approved Installer
LD-6805: Importing a Lectora Online pkg file closes Lectora
LD-6803: Published title causing error on ReviewLink
LD-6802: Test results is always going to the Pass page in the chapter Testresult, regardless of score
LD-6791: Image button coming in with white and gray backgrounds
LD-6790: xAPI failing to initialize when using mbox only
LD-6787: Responsive and Disable browser resize of published content – page does not display correctly
LD-6779: Backup of title file should be created when going to a new version
LD-6775: Google Submit not working for old titles
LD-4740: Submitting Test/Survey/Form data to Google no longer works
LD-6772: Unneeded text on metatag
LD-6771: Improper style written for mediapool
LD-6768: Attempts locking is not retaining between sessions
LD-6754: Conditional variable not saved
LD-6748: WCAG – cannot tab to text blocks that have action
LD-6662: Video will not auto-play in chrome – Preview in Browser
LD-6651: Centered HTML Page Alignment is not being honored in responsive titles with resize disabled
LD-5740: Text color for disabled state text button not retained for responsive titles
LD-5716: Test Results and Certificates are Blank
LD-5371: Student Name does not appear in Test Results window



Lectora Desktop 18.1.1

Released on:  
May 7, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.1.1 (11655)
Lectora Publisher 18.1.1 (11654)
The primary new features of Lectora 18.1 are the following:
Convert text to speech: Lectora will create an mp3 audio file based on text
Style Painter: Quickly copy and paste Style properties for images, text, shapes, buttons, and characters
Accessibility enhancement: Screen readers will announce initially hidden text when shown
Accessible titles with buttons will use the shape as the click area
Accessible titles will no longer show focus indicators for hidden audio with closed captions
Reset Matching questions will now remove lines properly from the page
Bookmarking issues when closing a course using the browser’s ‘x’ button have been resolved
AICC titles on ScormCloud will now exit using an Exit button in the course
Issues Fixed:
LD-6840: Accessible titles with buttons will use the shape as the click area
LD-6763 Accessible titles will no longer show focus indicators for hidden audio with closed captions
LD-6844: Reset Matching questions will now remove lines properly from the page
LD-6742: Bookmarking issues when closing a course using the browser’s ‘x’ button have been resolved
LD-6121: AICC titles on ScormCloud will now exit using an Exit button in the course

LD-6880: SPP publish on Safari browser pages without transitions look like fly in from right



Lectora Desktop 18.1.2

Released on:  
May 24, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.1.2 (11678)
Lectora Publisher 18.1.2 (11677)
Issues Fixed:
LD-6893: Downloading an image from eLearning Brothers Stock Assets closing Lectora Inspire
LD-6896: Dynamic Text showing up as HTML instead of text
LD-6838: Commas in correct responses are not showing in the cmi interactions

LD-6890: Lectora now give guidance in solving internet connection problems



Lectora Desktop 18.1.3

Released on:  
June 26, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.1.3 (11695)
Lectora Publisher 18.1.3 (11694)
Issues Fixed:

LD-6991: Seamless play published to ReviewLink, the content won’t load when launching from comments with Chrome version 75.




Lectora Desktop 18.1.4

Released on:  
July 23, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.1.4 (11720)
Lectora Publisher 18.1.4 (11719) 
Issues Fixed:
LD-6834: Last question in randomized test with feedback is not going to next page when you close the feedback message
LD-6942: Table of Contents would not load in certain circumstances in Firefox

LD-4535: Randomized test section prevents score value to be set in course variable/passed to LMS



Lectora 18.2

Released on:  
September 16, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.2 (11777)
Lectora Publisher 18.2 (11776)
Supported Browsers:   
NOTE: Lectora 18.2 will no longer support Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0. 
If you are not ready to upgrade, you can turn off Auto Update notifications in your Lectora Preferences. If you need to revert to an earlier version of Lectora 18, please contact Support.
Published content is cross-platform compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 and higher, or any recent version of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge.

Lectora Desktop 18.2 includes the following updates and fixes: 
New Features:
Lectora 18.2 includes a number of media enhancements:
Closed Captions for Text to Speech: Lectora will automatically generate a closed caption file with the resulting mp3 audio file.
Updated Media Player: Toggle closed captions on or off with the CC button on the controller.
Set Time action: Jump to a specific time in an audio or video file by triggering this action.
Support for high-quality streaming of media content in HTML5 (via HLS and M(PEG)-DASH over HTTP) in order to remove the dependency on Adobe Flash 
Security Updates:
Lectora was updated to use the Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 libraries to ensure ongoing security support.
jQuery was updated to v3.4.1 to remediate security vulnerabilities in the previous version, resulting in discontinued support of Internet Explorer 8 in this release.
Issues Fixed: 
LD-6924: MediaElement.js has been updated to resolve any dependency on Flash for media streaming services
LD-6927: Images were not displaying when published with scaling on
LD-6953: Resource Manager no longer enables media conversion for m4v and f4v video
LD-6891: SCORM titles with “Disable browser resize of published content” and “Scale content to fill window” no longer launch as a white page
LD-6920: Autostart resolved for Firefox, Safari, and Chrome when media is present on the first page of the course
LD-6856: Format Painter incorrectly enabled for the QR Code object



Lectora 18.2.1

Released on:  
October 3, 2019
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.2.1 (11794) 
Lectora Publisher 18.2.1 (11793)
Issues Fixed: 
LD-7004: Issues with shape objects with callouts tails have been resolved
LD-7005: The Action target drop list now displays properly, and is no longer empty
LD-7006: Updated libraries for security compliance
LD-7011: xAPI launch behavior correctly passes back the complete actor object
LD-7014 Fullscreen video now works in all desktop browsers, except in Chrome. When published, in Chrome, without Seamless Play enabled, it will only fill the browser window. A full resolution is dependent on a fix for Chromium Issue 1009462.
LD-7015: SCORM 2004 Course on SumTotal now finds API adapter
LD-7017: Resolved invalid datatype errors for CMI Interaction data for Multiple Choice and True/False Question

LD-7016: Updated default publish string for autostart to “Tap / Click to continue.”




Lectora 18.2.2

Released on:  
February 18, 2020
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.2.2 (11888)
Lectora Publisher 18.2.2 (11887)

Issues Fixed: 
LD-7047: Added configuration options to support Proxy environments
LD-7039: AICC Publish fixes for Chrome 80 to save course progress
LD-7081: Bookmarking in IE was loading two pages
LD-4299: Mute/Unmute actions now work with the On Show trigger
LD-4299: The muted state is now retained from page to page
LD-5594: The “Scroll To” from a hyperlink Go To action now works in Chrome
LD-7020: Fullscreen video now works in Chrome for all publish options
LD-7045: Offline Publish as EXE can now open attachments
LD-7076: Accessibility <H1> designation for text block is not lost when a Change Content action runs
LD-7091: Fixed an issue with iOS and Safari where buttons turn into black boxes
LD-7093: xAPI published with the Disable Resize option no longer hides images
LD-7098: On iOS video objects without a controller keep their correct width and height



Lectora 18.2.3

Released on:  
February 27, 2020
Sub Version:
Lectora Inspire 18.2.3 (11897) 
Lectora Publisher 18.2.3 (11896)
This maintenance is in response to Apple iPad updates.
Issues Fixed: 
LD-7110: Auto start media on iPad did not start in some cases
LD-7112: Media events on mobile devices were not running in some cases
LD-7031: HLS and MPEG-DASH stream support added

This article last reviewed Dec, 2020. The software may have changed since the last review. Please visit our Release Notes to learn more about version updates.