SoftActivity

SoftActivity Work, cloud based productivity software. What’s new, 2024 Changelog

April 9th, 2024

April 2024 updates

  • Much faster loading time on Users live view page, and some other reports.
  • Capture screenshots during periods of user inactivity to provide insight into their idle time, whether it’s a long meeting call, or watching a video, or to verify that their screen remains unchanged during absences. Previously it stopped taking screenshots completely during idle time. 

January – March 2024 updates

  • Fixes and improvement in reliability, security, and performance

SoftActivity 14.1 on-premise released

March 19th, 2024

SoftActivity is glad to announce the release of new version 14.1, a major update of its employee productivity tracking software, SoftActivity Monitor and TS Monitor.

Version 14.1 includes new features, fixes and improved performance. Upgrade is recommended to all users.

What’s new in the on-premise version 14.1

  • Image Format Upgrade: Switched screenshots to the new WebP format from JPEG. It reduces images size taken by screenshots by up to 50% without the loss of quality. The WebP format is supported by all web browsers and most image viewers.
  • Server Space Optimization: Free up space on the server. Now it removes old screenshots that are not in the database anymore, as well as old thumbnail images.
  • Numerous performance improvements, fixes and security updates.

SoftActivity Monitor for workstations:

  • Monitor app: to help admins in resolving connection issues, it now shows the resolved IP address of a remote computer, even if not connected. For connected computers, it shows the connection IP address.
  • Monitor app: will now clean up duplicated computers from the list. Host name now must be unique. Computer name is provided just for reference.

TS Monitor for terminal servers:

  • In multi-server configurations improved checking for available space on the main server when uploading screenshots, to avoid low space issues on the server.
  • Improved reliability when recording a lot of user sessions.
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SoftActivity Work, cloud based. What’s new, 2023 Changelog

December 28th, 2023

December 2023 updates

  • A number of minor improvements and fixes

November 2023 updates

  • Enhancements and fixes in Attendance module, and in the Client App.
  • Additional internal system improvements have been carried out to boost overall efficiency and reliability.

October 2023 updates

  • Numerous improvements and fixes in Attendance view. It shows user work sessions and idle periods.

September 2023 updates

  • Download multiple screenshots at once. If you want to save a few screenshots, select them and click Download button. All of them will be downloaded in .webp file format.
  • Attendance PDF report: add session length visual representation.
  • fix: idle time percentage was wrong sometimes in Attendance PDF report.
  • Changed the screenshot image format from jpeg to WebP, which reduces images size and traffic from the client computers by up to 50%. WebP format is supported by all major browsers. Downloaded .webp files remain easily viewable on Windows and other operating systems.
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SoftActivity 14.0 on-premise major update

September 11th, 2023

SoftActivity is glad to announce the release of new version 14.0, a major update of its employee productivity tracking software, SoftActivity Monitor and TS Monitor.

Version 14.0 includes improved security features and important fixes. Upgrade is recommended to all users.

What’s new in version 14.0

  • upgraded PostgreSQL database server from version 9.6(x32) to version 15 (x64). This brings improved performance, security, and reliability of data storage.
    Note: Upgrade to PostgreSQL 15 will NOT be performed automatically. Please follow the steps in our guide for admins here: Migrate database from PostgreSQL 9.6 to 15
  • improvements and fixes in screenshots recording.
  • webapp: fixed real time alerts in browser
  • webapp: improved Attendance report export to pdf and sent by email. Added visual session duration representation
  • fixed security vulnerabilities found in older Python version by upgrading to the latest Python 3.11.
  • official support for secure TLS connection to PostgreSQL servers. Bundled server does not come with
    TLS enabled, but if you have an existing PostgreSQL server that supports TLS, SoftActivity will utilize the secure connection. TLS connection should be used when connecting to any other databases than on localhost.
  • webapp: dropped support of IE11 browser.
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SoftActivity 13.0 major update

January 17th, 2023

SoftActivity is glad to announce the release of new version 13.0, a major update of its employee productivity monitoring software, SoftActivity Monitor and TS Monitor. Organizations also use this software for insider threat detection and time tracking for their employees.

Version 13.0 includes improved security features and fixes in the desktop app and the webapp. Upgrade is recommended to all users to keep their system even more secure.

What’s new in version 13.0

  • improved security: switched to TLS 1.3 for network communications, upgraded to the most secure AES_256 cipher from the less secure ones. (Not applicable to TS Monitor).
  • fixed security vulnerabilities found in older version of Python 3.8, by switching to Python 3.10.
  • fix: support of the most resent versions of Firefox browser for recording web browsing history.
  • webapp: automatically delete old computer names with no logs from the list.
  • webapp: added seconds to timestamp in reports export.
  • webapp server component now requires at least Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2. Desktop app still can run on older versions. See system requirements
  • other fixes and improvements.
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SoftActivity version 12.9 released

July 12th, 2022

SoftActivity announces the release of new version 12.9 of its employee productivity tracking software products, SoftActivity Monitor and TS Monitor. This software is also used by a lot of organizations for insider threat detection.

Upgrade is recommended to all users.

What’s new in version 12.9

  • [improved]: Attendance report now shows an end of session immediately after a remote computer is shutdown, put into sleep mode, or a laptop lid has been closed. Previously it was not shown until the next day, and some sessions remained active. PDF was showing end of session “unknown”.
  • [fix]: email alert was sent even if it’s disabled for the alert rule.
  • If the client app is in Visible mode (Notify Users option is ON), the UI now does not cover part of the user’s screen. Instead of an always-on, on-screen badge, it will now just remind them daily with a system notifications and show an icon in tray. We encourage customers to switch the client app into Visible Mode, which helps protect employees’ privacy rights.
  • improved security: increased passwords complexity requirements.
  • improved support of high-DPI monitors, and multi-monitor setups with different DPI scaling (100%, 150%, etc.).
  • other fixes and improvements.
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SoftActivity version 12.8 maintenance release

March 2nd, 2022

SoftActivity announces the release of new version 12.8 of its employee productivity tracking software products, SoftActivity Monitor and TS Monitor. This software is also used by a lot of organizations for insider threat detection.

Upgrade is recommended to all users.

What’s new in version 12.8

  • [web console] Attendance PDF report – added total sessions duration for a user for the whole period of a report.
  • SoftActivity Monitor desktop app now supports rounded corners when running on Windows 11.
  • fix: Internet browsing history log – on rare occasions website visit duration was incorrectly recorded as very long, sometimes longer than a day.
  • don’t record website visits of less than one second.
  • [web console] fix: occasional error 500 when exporting PDF report from Dashboard. Email report was also not being sent sometimes.
  • [web console] An obsolete Chat view has been removed from the web console, since recording of chats has been previously discontinued.
  • support of the latest versions of web browsers
  • other fixes and improvements.
SoftActivity Monitor 12.8 on Windows 11 in dark mode
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