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Disclaimer: in order to ensure we make the right decisions for the future of the application, we may change or remove the information that appears here at any time

Coming soon to ExamDeveloper

Replacing Point & Click canvas editor

Available from

1905 (approximately May 2019)

Rollout pace

Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Last updated 

The current Point and Click item type in ExamDeveloper has a Shape Editor that is developed using Flash. According to Adobe, they plan to end support for the Flash media player by the end of 2020. As a result, ExamDeveloper is replacing the Shape Editor used in authoring this item type.

Replacing Assets - Image Annotation canvas editor

Available from1905 (approximately May 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

The current Assets Comments Image Annotation canvas editor in ExamDeveloper has a Shape Editor that is developed using Flash. According to Adobe they plan to end support of the Flash media player by the end of 2020. As a result ExamDeveloper is replacing the “Shape Editor” used in authoring Image annotation comments.

New editor look & feel:


Fill in the Blank items (Whitespace and CaseSensitive) 

Available from1905 (approximately May 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

At present for Fill in the Blank item response options, whitespace and casesensitive attributes of the QTI <varequal> element cannot be set from the ExamDeveloper user interface. These new elements allow users to define these attributes used by the Test Driver for responses during exam delivery. With these additions, users can define these attributes for Fill in the Blank Text responses. These attributes can be set through the ExamDeveloper Set Restrictions option, and through XML imports. These attributes will be exported in both XML and JSON exports.

  • casesensitive: define how to evaluate the candidate response using case sensitivity. 
  • whitespace: Define how space characters should be treated when evaluating candidate responses.
    • Preserve: All space characters entered are considered when evaluating a candidate's response. No spaces are ignored.
    • RemoveLeadingAndTrailing: Ignores all leading and trailing spaces in candidate responses.
    • Normalize: Ignore leading and trailing spaces and replaces two consecutive space characters with a single space in candidate responses.
    • RemoveAll: Ignore all spaces when evaluating candidate responses.

Removal of assets tab from add/edit section page 

Available from1906 (approximately June 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

In order to streamline the number of different types of exhibit functionality within ExamDeveloper, the ‘assets’ tab on the add/edit section page will be removed. 

Any asset tab data on any existing sections (including draft, published, etc.) will be permanently deleted from ExamDeveloper. 

It is recommended that users wishing to add or remove assets as split screen exhibits on their items use the question batch edit functionality as an alternative.

Item Attributes in Advanced Properties 

Available from1906 (approximately June 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

With this change, new attributes will be added to the Advanced Properties tab of the item.

  • Enumerated
  • Response Required
  • Response Confirmation
  • No Response Confirmation

All these attributes will be configurable in the project Configuration settings. The attributes will be in the QTI <item> and <itemprocextension> elements. They can be exported in XLS and JSON reports. These properties can be batch edited, and they can be imported via XLS and XML.

For DT Item Bank items, Enumerated, Response Required, and Response Confirmation attributes in QTI will come from the Build QTI page.

Previously you could only set the enumerated attribute at the section or DT item level. With this change, you can now set the enumerated attribute at the item level.

Custom report 

Available from1906 (approximately June 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

The following JSON data will be exported in an improved format.

  • All advanced item properties (such as title, enumerated, shuffleResponse, etc.) will now be grouped inside a new element - advancedProperties, and no longer be extracted as a string.
  • The calculatorType property will now have a meaningful value instead of numbers e.g., “calculatorType”: “Standard & Scientific” instead of “calculatorType”: 12.
  • The following item properties: shuffleResponse, minimumResponse, maximumResponse and ToolbarType will also be changed to meaningful values instead of numbers e.g., “ToolBarType”: “EditOnly”.
  • In Project.json, the reviewConfigurations element (which is always null at the moment) will be populated with review workflow details of that project.

For all custom report formats, it will also be possible to extract the following additional validation data:

  • “Is there only one correct answer?”
  • “Is there at least one verifiable reference?”
  • "Is the question classified to the correct exam blueprint section?”

"Written by" information on User Tracking tab 

Available from1906 (approximately June 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

Currently the User Tracking tab on various ED screens like Examine Questions, Question Summary, etc., does not include Written by details. The only way to see the original item author is to look at the History tab and find the Author of the first Revision. After this change, a Written by row will be added to the User Tracking tab as depicted below.


Manage Item Bank: Ability to hide or show Archived projects 

Available from1906 (approximately June 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

Currently archived projects are always listed on the Manage Item Bank → Projects screen, without any option to toggle them off. When users want to view non-archived projects only, then this makes browsing through the projects list cumbersome and time consuming.

To help with this and have a better user experience, after this change, archived projects will not be listed on this screen by default. There will be a check box - Show Archived, giving users the ability to toggle listing of the archived projects in projects table. 


Manage Users page 

Available from1906 (approximately June 2019)
Rollout paceGradual rollout - users may gain visibility over several releases
Last updated 

For managers with many users to activate and deactivate on the manage users page, we will be introducing the ability to paste (e.g., from Excel) a space delimited list of:

  • Names (first or last)
  • Usernames
  • Email addresses

This will enable managers to search for multiple users at once, so they can batch activate or deactivate them.

To accommodate this change, the Manage Users page grid will be updated slightly by:

  • Separating the full name column into separate first and last name columns, which will be independently sortable and searchable.
  • Moving the impersonate button into the More menu.

An additional Export results button will also be added to enable users to export the data in the grid to a spreadsheet.

Legacy custom report retirement 

Available fromTo be determined
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

By introducing the most recent custom report available to Project Managers on the Manage → Reports page, we are left with three older custom reports that have now been surpassed and are due for retirement. We will be removing the following three custom reports from ExamDeveloper:

  • Question Data
  • Question and Statistics Data
  • All data

Project Managers who are still working with these reports should switch to the custom report available at Manage → Reports (in the Custom Reports tab).


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