SoftChalk Create is a desktop application that allows licensed SoftChalk users to create and edit lessons and activities on their computer prior to uploading, publishing, and sharing it from the SoftChalk Cloud. A benefit for using the Create app is you can work on your lessons and learning objects offline, and you have more design capabilities for drafting content.
As of Sept. 2022, the current iteration available for SoftChalk Create is Version 11.
To begin, go to SoftChalk's Create Cloud Installation website and select the appropriate link to download the installation package to your Mac or PC. Follow the on-screen instructions for downloading, locating, and launching the installer.
- Once the installer has been launched, the SoftChalk Create Setup window will appear; choose whether you would like this software to be available to everyone who uses this computer or just for yourself, then select Next.
- Review and Accept the SoftChalk License Agreement, then click Next to start the installation setup.
- Once the setup is complete, locate the SoftChalk Create icon on your desktop – or search for it in your list of apps – to launch the application.
- Upon initial launch, you will be asked for the following SoftChalk Cloud Account details to register and activate the software application:
- The Username and Password will be the same credentials you used to create your SoftChalk Cloud account.
- Select the Save Password option to automatically connect to the Alamo Colleges SoftChalk Cloud anytime you launch the Create app.
- Select My account is with an Enterprise Cloud option to connect to the Alamo Colleges District license for SoftChalk.
- Enter alamo.softchalkcloud.com for the Enterprise Cloud URL field.
- Once you have entered your SoftChalk Cloud Account details, select Register to complete the activation step.
- The application will finalize the launch process, connecting you to the Alamo Colleges District SoftChalk Cloud, and it will open a blank lesson for you to begin authoring content.
- You will also be connected to your lessons in the SoftChalk Cloud to download and edit on your desktop computer. To access these items in your SoftChalk Cloud repository, select File from the toolbar, then Open From SoftChalk Cloud from the drop-down menu.
Occasionally you may receive a message to update to the latest version when you go launch the application. It is recommended that users follow through with updating the app in order to fix any software bugs and take advantage of the latest features SoftChalk has to offer.
If at any point you would like to deregister your SoftChalk Create app to discontinue use or connect to a different user license, select Cloud from the toolbar, then Cloud Account Registration from the drop-down menu.
A pop-up will appear with your SoftChalk Cloud username and designated cloud credentials; select Deregister this Cloud Account to remove the account login information or switch user licenses. You will be asked to confirm the action prior to deregistering the app.
The next time the app is launched, you will be asked to activate the software again by registering a user's license.
This action will not remove your existing content from the Alamo Colleges SoftChalk Cloud. Even if the SoftChalk Create desktop application is not registered to a user on a computer, you can still launch this application from within your SoftChalk Cloud account.