QuestionSupport: K-12 FAQs

Q. Can the programs run off of CD-ROM?

A. SimBio's software is no longer available on CD-ROM.

Q. When does the software expire?

A. The software is re-released each summer for the upcoming academic year and expires on the 15th of September of the following academic year.

Although the software is accessible for the entire academic year, the license is subscription-based where one subscription is one student using one virtual lab. Once the student has completed the course that subscription is expired. To use the virtual labs again in subsequent term, the license will need to be renewed.

Q. Which Windows operating systems are supported?

A. SimBio Virtual Labs, SimBio Interactive Chapters, EcoBeaker 2.5, and Mitosis & Meiosis Explored will run on Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. One lab in EcoBeaker 2.5, Island Biogeography, does not perform well on Windows 7. Service Packs for Windows Vista and XP are recommended.

Q. Which Macintosh operating systems are supported?

A. As of Fall 2015, SimBio Virtual Labs, SimUText, and Mitosis & Meiosis Explored will run on OSX 10.7 (Lion), OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), and OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). All of the programs above require an Intel processor. These programs will not run on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or lower, or on PowerPC Macs.

EcoBeaker 2.5 requires OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leopard), and will run on PowerPC or Intel processors. EcoBeaker 2.5 will run on OS X 10.6 if Rosetta is also installed (manually). EcoBeaker 2.5 is NOT supported on OSX 10.7 or higher (Lion or Mountain Lion).

Q. Which Linux distributions are supported to run the programs?

A. Linux is not a supported operating system at this time. However through the use of a third party virtualization program such as VMWare, the suite of programs can be run under Windows virtually from within a Linux operating system.

Q. Do I need additional programs in order to run SimBiotic Virtual Labs?

EcoBeaker 2.5 for Windows requires Quicktime for Windows (available from Apple®) to run. Instructions are provided in the EcoBeaker package. The Mendelian Pigs tutorial requires the Adobe Flash plug-in. Again, the SimUText program prompts you to download and install Flash when you run the Pigs tutorial. Otherwise, all labs and chapters will run within the SimBio program you receive as part of your order.

Q. How do I find out about product updates for your products that my students are using?

A. Visit our support page to view status updates on all of our products.

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