What’s the Reason for the Switch?
The Classic Glog editor was originally written in a programming script that Adobe, the company that created Flash has stopped supporting. Why is that important? Well, in order to run anything based on Flash, which is a graphics platform that many hundreds of thousands of online applications are based on, including Glogster, it is necessary for Flash to be installed on the user’s computer and browser. It appears that when you edit or save a Glog, you are doing so “at Glogster EDU,” but in fact, the program that you are using is one that is installed on your computer. Glogster EDU sends that program a special code: a “script,” telling that program how to run, and that program sends back the data that you create to be stored on our servers.
Every time that program from Adobe is updated and downloaded to hundreds of millions of computers, thousands of companies around the world must also update the script, the code they use to interact with Flash, in order for it to work properly. In Glogster’s case, the script that the Classic Glog uses is no longer supported by Flash, and had to be completely rebuilt and replaced. This means that future versions of Flash will “ignore,” whether they work with certain types of scripts, in order to focus on newer scripts that have been developed. Many, many programs and many scripts have to be rewritten to comply with the new standards.
Last year, we introduced the NextGen Glog, and any new development and features, were created for NextGen instead of for the Classic Glog. While the Classic Glog remained more stable in the short term (it continued to work with Flash as it had before), any updates to Flash, as expected, have made various elements of the Classic Glog stop working. While temporary fixes can be and are being made, the only real solution to this issue will be to phase out the Classic Glog, and replace it completely with the NextGen Glog.
When is the Switch Happening?
New users of Glogster EDU have already been switched to NextGen. They don’t have access to Classic Glog creation at all.
Long time users will be transitioned to the Next Gen editor and viewer in steps: if a user opens a Classic Glog, it will be opened in the NextGen editor. Due to the many different sources of media on Glogster EDU, as well as the many versions of Flash that have been used to upload and save content, certain pieces of media may not display correctly when the Glog is first opened in the NextGen and will require some editing and then saving. This is unfortunate but unavoidable, as certain elements of Classic Glogs, based on a now unsupported script, are not compatible with the new version of Flash, and are thus not compatible with the NextGen Glog. There is a positive note though: this switch does give users an opportunity to categorize their old Glogs upon saving for easier searching, as well as make those Glogs available for ReGlog, which wasn’t a feature of the Classic Glog.
At the end of summer 2013, after all users have had a chance to review and update their libraries of Glogs (and we understand that in some cases, this may include a great number), we will auto-update all remaining Glogs in the classic format to NextGen.
While we would prefer that teachers who would like to remain with the Classic Glog be able to do so, continuing updates and changes to Flash are beyond our control, and it will become increasingly problematic to support two platforms. Because the script is no longer supported, Adobe will soon stop updating its developers on expected problems with compatibility in its new versions, which means that we would soon have no idea what potential incompatibilities Flash would have on any given day. This would greatly impact our high standard of performance, and would deliver a sub-par experience for Glogster EDU Educators and Learners -the most vital part of Glogster EDU.
I Tried NextGen and I Didn’t Like It.
If that’s the case, we know we can change your mind. There were some challenges when the NextGen Glog was first introduced, but we have been hard at work improving every aspect of the new editor. It is now faster, smoother, and more stable. Aside from its more modern look, the ability to ReGlog and link your Google Youtube account to your Glogster account to easily integrate your favorite videos in Glogs, features that are already available, we have amazing new features planned for the NextGen Glog. In the future, thanks to the updates that we have made, Glogster EDU will be able to integrate more deeply with Google Apps, and incorporate all new features like Calendars, Grading and Rubrics, and things so exciting and new, we can’t even tell you about them yet.