v4.0 Release Notes

Enhancements

Pro! Back Office

Support for 64-bit and Windows 11 Operating Systems

Pro! has been certified for Windows 11, which uses 64-bit processing power and memory management.  This update allows users access to more memory on the local workstation with increased processing speed. Processing larger amounts of data, like large poolbooks, is easily supported.

Pro! v4.0 requires users to uninstall their existing Pro! client and install the new version. If users attempt to launch Pro! v3.x after v4.0 has been deployed, users will receive the following error.   “Application cannot be started.  Contact the application vendor.”  Uninstalling and reinstalling will address this issue.  

Note: 32-bit operating systems are no longer supported.

Multiple Item Type Review Projects

The Item Review process supports projects that span multiple item types.  This efficiency enhancement aligns more closely with a testing program’s workflow and minimizes the number of review projects.  Project managers quickly specify the appropriate parameters and add item poolbooks to the project.  Project managers create poolbooks, which contain the items to be reviewed, without concern for the item’s type. During the review process, Pro! seamlessly interrogates the item’s type and displays the corresponding user interface to the subject matter expert.  As with all project types, the project can be cloned, which retains the specified item types and parameters, providing an efficient path to creating new projects.

Alphabetize Answer Choices

Need to alphabetize your answer choices?  Pro! can do this via a single button. Simply click on the alphabetize button, and your answer choices and associated rationales are repositioned based on the authored content.

Editor Toolbar Location

A single, context-sensitive editor toolbar is now fixed at the top of the item’s authoring page.  Having a single fixed toolbar that is always visible ensures that the entire item and optional passage content are visible while editing.  The previous release had a floating toolbar that could cover portions of the item while editing.

Home Page and Menu Bar Changes

The Pro! user interface and feature set are constantly evolving.  Maximizing screen utilization is a topic that is considered for each release.  Pro!’s menu options have been updated to remove the Common Tasks group.  This will reclaim precious real estate.  All of the options in the Common Tasks group can be found within other areas of the main menu.  The Item Search option has been added to the home page as the first Quick Link for easy access.

Pro! Remote Item Authoring and Review

Multiple Item Type Review Projects

The Item Review process supports projects that span multiple item types.  During the review process, Pro! seamlessly interrogates the item’s type and displays the corresponding user interface to the subject matter expert (SME).   The SME workflow remains unchanged.

Project Names

The screen real estate for Item Writing and Review projects has been enhanced to support larger project names.  This is particularly helpful for users who have lower-resolution monitors or laptops and for testing programs that are creating projects for individuals and encorpoarating the author’s name in the project name.

Go to Top Feature

While editing or reviewing an item, the item might vertically scroll to allow the user to see the item’s pertinent information.  The user can quickly return to the top of the page by clicking on the “Go to Top” button.  This intuitive approach ensures the user can quickly see the components which have scrolled out of view.

Pro! API

Section Authorization

API accounts can be configured to restrict access to authorized sections, providing secure and siloed functionality to manage data access.  External applications that use Pro! APIs can use this feature to allow for secure data isolation. The Strasz operations team will work with clients to configure the API authorization accounts.

Maintenance

Pro! Back Office

  • Modifying some formatted legacy items would lose their their formatting upon saving.  Investigation showed that the item’s style definitions were not being maintained.  This has been corrected.
  • While new items are being written from within an Item Writing project, a back office user with item edit access rights could open and edit the item.  A change was made to ensure that the back office user is informed that the item is locked by the item writer and a read-only version is displayed. 

Pro! Remote Item Authoring and Review

No changes in this release