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Last Update: 1 July 2013

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RISC v10 will be the Final Release

On December 31 2013, Marillion Designs will cease operations due to retirement. We would like to thank the many hundreds of schools on New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and other states in Australia for their ongoing support and use of RISC since its introduction in 1995.  After 18 years and 10 major version releases, RISC has been the leading student discipline and welfare tracking system available. We strongly recommend that if your school is using an older version of RISC that you upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible to take advantage of all the many new features included. This support website will remain in place to provide advice and solutions to any known issues you may face in using the software.  The RISC program itself and email/phone/fax support will no longer be available beyond 2013.

Current Release of RISC - Quick Details:

The current release of RISC for Windows is v10.01AU, released 18 November 2012.  Existing RISC users from v6 upward are entitled to a discounted upgrade.  Please check the How to Order page for pricing and ordering information. The new features included from v9.00AU to RISC v10.00AU include:

  • RISC has been updated to make it compatible with and appropriate for recording data related to the "Positive Behaviour for Success" program being implemented across many schools in eastern Australia.
  • A new password security system with four different levels of access now included with RISC. These group passwords can be allocated to staff members to give them an appropriate level of access to RISC for their needs. In addition, it stops students accessing RISC if they have managed to obtain a staff member's Windows password. More information on this in the Virtual Tour.
  • It is no longer necessary to run SETUP on every workstation that is to run RISC. Just host the RISC program and data on a fileshare in your server and your staff workstations will be able to run it simply by clicking a shortcut.
  • A new RISC Alerts window has been added. RISC executives and administrators can add "sticky-notes" against any or all students providing useful and relevant information about the student to other users of RISC.  Two tabs of information can be added for each student. More information on this in the Virtual Tour.
  • The RISC Type-Lookup can now have "levels" values added to each entry.  If you use RISC to track discipline issues, negative values can be entered against each incident Type.  All of the students incidents are then tallied and an overall LEVEL displayed against that students record, providing an instant snapshot for the teacher of a students behaviour and attitude at school.  More information on this in the Virtual Tour.
  • The number of active archived databases has doubled from 10 to 20.
  • A new User-Definable data entry field has been added to the RISC form, called Type2. By default, this field is named "Motivation", but can be renamed as desired with an appropriately set lookup table attached to it.
  • A new entry in the Options menu allows for the Deletion of a Contact record (with administrator approval).
  • The RISC Admin Student Database Import for CASES21 (Victoria) was modified due to a change introduced by the Victorian Education Department.
  • RISC Admin Student Database Import tool updated to allow for import from MAZE for the Queensland Catholic Education System
  • In the Database menu, a new entry has been added to "Clear the Rebuild Flag". Whenever a rebuild of indexes is being performed anywhere on your network, no other users will be able to perform a rebuild. However, if the PC performing a rebuild crashes or has a power failure during that rebuild, RISC does not know that the Rebuild ever completed due to the Rebuild Flag being set in the system. This new function clears that flag very quickly and can be run by any user with write access to the RISC database.
  • A "Spell Check Text Fields..." button was introduced to the main RISC form. This uses the spelling checker from Microsoft Word to check the spelling in the two large text fields on the RISC form.
  • The Print This Form button has been split into two separate buttons: "Print Form on A4 Page" and "Print Form on A5 Page". The first button is the same as the original button, producing the output on a single A4 page. The new button allows the user to cut A4 pages in half (to A5 size) and put them into the laser printer tray to print the form in reduced size, saving paper. This format is perfect for using RISC to produce Late Notes. The A5 pages should be inserted as if you were printing in Landscape format.
  • You can now Mail Merge directly from the RISC Table View and all students listed in the table view will have a user-selected customised form letter merged and printed with record of the form letter automatically added to the Contact Action field
  • New splash screens introduced
  • Updated HelpDesk and Virtual Tour
  • Fully compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and Office 2000 through 2010.
  • Support for the Microsoft .DOCX format for Word 2007 and 2010 enhanced features in RISC Formletters.

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RISC v10 for Windows - 2012:

RISC v10 for Windows is now available.  Please take the Virtual Tour for a full run-down of this remarkable new software.

The images below shows what the RISC v10 system looks like:


The RISC Student Alerts Window is shown bottom-right with the new "Motivation" field shown above


The new RISC Student Levels Calculator is a powerful, fully user-definable aspect of RISC v10

RISC v10 for Windows was released at the end of January 2012.  The price for new users is $770.00 inc GST for a school-wide licence.  Small schools such as special schools and schools with enrolments below 160 are eligible for a generous small school discount. Upgrade pricing for users of RISC v9.xx is $154.00 including GST for a downloadable version of RISC.  Upgrade pricing from earlier versions can be found on the How to Order RISC page.

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RISC and OASIS with ERN:

This information is relevant to any NSW Public School currently running a version of RISC for Windows, prior to v8.

With the implementation of the ERN (unique Student ID Numbers) by the NSW Education Department in all NSW Public Schools on March 17, 2009 we felt it was important to alert you to an issue your school will now have with your RISC software. If your school is currently licenced to run a version of our Register of Individual Student Contact (RISC) software for tracking welfare, discipline and merit which is older than v8, you must read this. Your current version will not be compatible with ERN and once ERN is released, as your existing RISC database will lose its connectors to the enrolment database (as exported from OASIS). This means your currently saved RISC data, as well as your archived RISC data, may be rendered inaccessible.

Marillion Designs has released RISC v8 which introduces some remarkable new features requested by schools as well as full ERN compatibility. And even though RISC has had a major upgrade, v8 still works with your old data, so now that  ERN is implemented, your RISC system will continue to function correctly.

NOTE: When you have upgraded from RISC v7 or earlier, it is important to complete the RISC-ERN conversion process as detailed here. Also note that if you had student photos in RISC, you will need to re-import them using the RISC Photo Import Tool as found in the Utilities menu in the RISC Admin program.

With RISC v10, there is a fully automatic process for exporting from OASIS and importing into RISC, meaning there is no longer any need to do this process manually. Full instructions for configuring the Auto Import from OASIS are here.

UPGRADE to RISC v10 TODAY and get the upgrade TOMORROW. Details below.


RISC and CASES21:

This information is relevant to any Victorian Public School currently running any version of RISC for Windows.

In late November 2008, the Victorian Education Department released an update to CASES21 which affected the way data was exported. These changes impacted on any installation of RISC earlier than v8.202AU. In order to import data from the current release of CASES21, you must have RISC 8.202AU or later installed.

If your school is running v7 or earlier, Marillion Designs has released RISC v8 which introduces some remarkable new features requested by schools as well as full CASES21 compatibility. And even though RISC has had a major upgrade, v8 still works with your old data.

If your school has v8, but it is earlier than v8.203AU, you can obtain a free upgrade by opening the Help menu in RISC and choosing Find and Download RISC Updates. Or better still...

UPGRADE to RISC v10 TODAY and get the upgrade TOMORROW. Details below.


RISC and MAZE:

This information is relevant to any Queensland Catholic School currently running any version of RISC for Windows.

RISC 8.203AU and later now fully supports the MAZE software installed in Queensland Catholic Schools.

If your school is running v7 or earlier, Marillion Designs has released RISC v10 which introduces some remarkable new features requested by schools as well as full MAZE compatibility. And even though RISC has had a major upgrade, v10 still works with your old data.

If your school has v8, but it is earlier than v8.203AU, you can obtain a free upgrade by opening the Help menu in RISC and choosing Find and Download RISC Updates.

Full instructions for exporting data from MAZE is available here.

UPGRADE to RISC v10 TODAY and get the upgrade TOMORROW. Details below.


RISC Batch Photo Import Tool:

Almost as soon as RISC v7 was released, schools, in particular high schools, started asking whether it was possible to import existing student photo files into RISC instead of using the RISC PhotoCapture! utility.  Of course, at the time, the answer was no.  So, we went to work on developing such a tool and realised it was not such a simple thing to do because between them, schools will use various different sizes for their source photos and they will also be named in all sorts of strange ways.  So this tool needed to be quite clever.  Here's what we came up with:

This tool will not only transfer your existing photos into RISC, but it will resize them, rotate them (if required) and rename them automatically, without disturbing the original copies.  And it will do it all for your whole school in a few minutes!  For v7 users, to get your free download of this great new tool, just e-mail us and we'll point you right at it. Users of v9 and later have an updated version of this tool built directly into the RISC Admin program.

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New Single Page RISC Flyer!

Are you a "paper" person? Do you find it easier to read a piece of paper than a website?  Would you like a single-page flyer about RISC to hand to other school staff?  We've got just what you're looking for:

Click on the above link and the flyer will open in a new window with Acrobat Reader.  You can then print as many copies as you like!

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RISC Data Analysis Package - FREE Download:

One of our long-time users of RISC, Mr Peter South from Thomas Reddall High School in Sydney, has developed an excellent add-on resource for the RISC v8 software.  The RISC Data Analysis Package utilises an Excel Spreadsheet Template for analysing export data from RISC to produce additional reports and closer analysis of RISC data for schools.  The Excel spreadsheet uses coded macros to automatically import RISC data and carry out further calculations, sort, display and print data and graphs. It is generic and will work for data from any school, requiring the user only to enter their school name and to click a single button for each import (once they have exported their data from RISC). It can be used to assist schools with the analysis of trends.  Please note that the package is only designed for schools running RISC v8.x for Windows.  Open the comprehensive User Guide linked below and have a closer look at what the RISC Data Analysis Package can offer your school.  Our many thanks go to Peter South and Thomas Reddall High School for making this useful tool available to RISC users.


The Register of Individual Student Contact (RISC) is developed & distributed
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