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How does SMART Ink work?

If you use a SMART board with either SMART Meeting Pro or Notebook software you’ll know that they both utilise SMART Ink, which has changed the way many people use their interactive white boards. In this article we’ll explore what SMART Ink is, how it works and how you can use it to enhance your whiteboard activity.

SMART Ink is a feature that can be toggled on and off, giving you various ways to use your SMART board. Rather than write directly on the display, turning on the SMART Ink function places a transparent overlay over active windows, and it is this overlay that you write on when you use SMART Ink. The overlay can be moved around the display, hidden completely or locked to the window so whatever you write on it is fixed to the content. However, because you write on an overlay rather than directly on the display, you can write over content without actually affecting the original material.

If you wish to make permanent changes to a document you can turn SMART Ink off and use the default tools built into software like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This is great for more informal documents as you can instantly highlight areas and add handwritten notes and diagrams as you go along, and when you save the document those additions will be saved with it. However, there may often be times where you’d like to make notes on a document but rather than physically changing it at the time you’d prefer to edit the document at a later stage. Using SMART Ink you can add as many notes as you like, save the session for viewing later on, and then make the changes via Word whenever you are ready. For example, you may quickly draw some bar charts on a document but want to generate them using Word’s charting tools later on – SMART Ink gives you an easy way to store and retrieve your ideas without altering the original document.

SMART Ink can be used with any content you can display on the SMART board. You can draw over videos without disrupting or stopping them from playing; amend images and charts without affecting the original data; and write freeform notes anywhere on the display, in a note area that expands to fit your text. And with the simple toggle on/toggle off function it’s easy to switch to the default drawing tools if you want to make permanent changes.

You can find out more about how SMART Ink works and see it in action in the video below. For a free demonstration of SMART Ink and SMART Boards, give us a call on 0118 336 0010 or fill in the form on the left.



1 Review

  1. Alan Dixon says:

    Smart ink Made all my ppts unusable as none of the smartboard tools worked with it. It was very difficult to even get any ink onto the presentation the only application it spelled with was notebook which I guess is a given. Had to Uninstalled all of the smart software and use an earlier version. .10.
    All as was and now. What a disaster.

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