Google is discontinuing the Google Drive software that synchronizes files from your computer to the cloud. The software is being replaced with two new options, outlined in our Google Drive Notice. The Google Drive online service (https://drive.google.com) is not changing, and can be accessed on the web or using one of the replacements below. On December 11, 2017 Google stopped supporting the Drive software. On March 12, 2018, the Drive software will stop working.
If you use Google Drive strictly via the website (https://drive.google.com) and do not use the Google Drive software on your Mac or PC to synchronize your files to the cloud, then you will not be affected by the changes listed below. However, you should still consider the new functionality offered by Google and described in our Google Drive Notice.
Of the two replacement options made available by Google (Drive File Stream and Backup & Sync),
ITS recommends that users of the Google Drive software install Drive File Stream to access their Middlebury Google Drive. Drive File Stream frees up disk space, decreases sync time and minimizes the amount of Middlebury data stored on your computer. The other option available, Backup and Sync, does not offer these advantages.
To install Drive File Stream, for a comparison of options or for more information, please see the Google Drive Notice.
Happy New Year! ITS is pleased to announce a new printing method called Mobility Print which is now available through our Papercut printing service. Mobility Print enables you to install print queues on your personally-owned computer through a one-time process, then print directly from your applications using File/Print thereafter. Unlike with Web Print, you’ll be able to print in a variety of ways — specific pages, single- or double-sided, color or black and white — all without the need to upload your files.
Visit http://go/mobileprint/ for instructions on how to set up printers on macOS and Windows computers, then say “goodbye” to Web Print and its limitations.
- Mobility Print is intended for single user computers. On Windows computers, whoever added the printer will be charged, regardless of who is currently logged in.
- Mobility Print is not intended for use on college-owned computers as these can already connect easily to networked printers. Refer to http://go/print?win/ or http://go/print?mac/ for details.
- ITS does not currently support Mobility Print from iOS, Android, Chrome OS, or Linux.
We are pleased to let you know that the Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 suite is now available for installation on eligible computers.
Current Adobe users will need to remove older application versions from their college computers first, then install the new 2018 versions to maintain compatibility with our labs and other colleagues. To simplify this upgrade process, self service options are available for both Mac and Windows college-owned machines.
Here are the upgrade steps for college-owned computers:
- Review details about how to use the self service website.
- Login at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, then click the blue Want Software? button.
- Click the link for Install CCUninstaller to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
- Confirm that Device to install software on shows your computer’s Midd sticker #, then click the Install button.
- This will bring you to a download history page. Please wait at least 10 minutes, then check the Programs list from your the start menu to see if the Adobe apps are gone.
- Reboot your computer.
- Login again at http://go.middlebury.edu/kss, click Want Software?, then click the link for Install Adobe Photoshop (or Indesign or Illustrator). Allow at least 15 minutes for the install to begin.
Important: Macs require El Capitan OS (10.11) or greater to install Adobe’s CC 2018 suite!
- Review details about how to find and use the Self Service utility.
- Save a copy of the Plug-ins folder from your computer’s Application folder (e.g., /Applications/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/Plug-ins/) in advance, as the upgrade process may remove existing ones.
- Launch the Self Service utility.
- Click Featured in the right-hand pane.
- Click the Uninstall button to run Adobe CC Uninstall – through 2017.0 to remove all older Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
- Your computer should reboot automatically after the older Adobe software has been removed.
- Launch Self Service once again, then return to Featured.
- Click Install to run the Adobe 2018 application installers you need. Important Note: Adobe Acrobat DC will need to be re-installed if you had it before; it is available through Self Service as well.
Feel free to contact the Helpdesk during our open hours if you have questions or encounter any issues during your upgrade process.
During the Fall 2017 semester we worked with Professor Patricia Saldarriaga’s FYSE 1500A: Apocalyptic Representations class. The course explored theories and representations of “apocalyptic imagination” across many forms of media, including virtual reality. On Thursday, December 14th, students from the class gathered in the lobby of the Davis Family Library to present their final projects, virtual worlds representing the Apocalypse.
We recommend coming to the Library and immersing yourself in these worlds using the Oculus in LIB 240B. The worlds can also be explored using an up-to-date web3d-enabled browser. Here are some samples of the students’ work, along with links to all of the presented projects.
The Library Space Committee has created a billboard display in the atrium to showcase how student input impacts space decisions made here at the library. Continue reading
We upgraded WordPress to version 4.9 recently, but it didn’t make it into the updates post. You can review the changes in this new version of WordPress here. The most important changes are better previews for site design changes you make in the customizer and easier-to-use image and gallery widgets.
The Online Directory is temporarily not available off-campus. We have finished an update to this that hides email address and phone number from lists of results (they are still shown on individual records) for off-campus users and are waiting for a review before this is deployed. This change should make it more difficult to automatically harvest this information.
Fixes and Tweaks
- The Panopto video embed plugin for our WordPress sites now works on both sites with http and https protocol URLs.
- We deployed a new version of the New England Review site for our colleagues in Communications.
- Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
- Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
- Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
- Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.