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SMART to release upgrades to SMART Meeting Pro and Bridgit

Interactive white board company SMART has just released details of upgrades to two of their most popular products, Bridgit and SMART Meeting Pro. The new software aims to improve communication and collaboration across all SMART-enabled devices while streamlining the options available.

SMART Meeting Pro is the driving force behind the SMART range of interactive white boards – it’s the software that lets you use digital ink to write on and annotate documents and applications and save the whole display to one file. Presently there are three versions of the software – SMART Meeting Pro, SMART Meeting Pro Premium and SMART Meeting Pro Premium Multi – and it can be confusing choosing the right one for your business.

SMART Meeting Pro 3.0 simplifies the process by bringing together all the features of the three individual products into one powerful piece of software. There are also some new additions that will make collaboration even more effective.

One of the best new features is the improved integration with Microsoft Exchange, which allows you to access attendee status, meeting details and attachments directly from the SMART software. There’s a new Meeting Progress bar so you can keep track of time and make sure meetings don’t over run, and you can instantly email meeting notes to yourself, some or all the attendees at the end of the session.

SMART Meeting Pro 3.0 also improves the SMART Ink, which you can now use to write on any window regardless of the application you’re using. You can also make annotations to any application that supports native ink, and the ink is now far more stable as it “locks” itself to the relevant window even when you minimise or move it or switch to another application.

Another new feature is the content gallery, which has a wide range of templates, icons, images and backgrounds that are business-centric. You can use these elements or create your own images and save them to the gallery for easy re-use.

Released at the same time as SMART Meeting Pro 3.0 is Bridgit 4.5, the latest version of the software that provides the bridge between SMART boards, PCs, Macs and tablets. SMART Bridgit is a client/server application that lets you schedule or join meetings and share and collaborate with both local and remote users on a range of devices. Bridgit already allows remote access to the features of SMART Meeting Pro and SMART Ink, and the new software also has the following additions:

  • Join scheduled SMART Bridgit sessions automatically (when used with SMART Meeting Pro with the Microsoft Exchange integration turned on)
  • Intelligent screen resize – regardless of the size of the presenter’s screen, everyone’s display will automatically resize to fit their device
  • “Knock to enter” – allows you to still have secure/ password protected sessions but with the ability to let other people join if you allow them access
  • Raise Hand – a feature familiar on many conferencing solutions lets you control when people can speak or ask questions
  • Enhanced region sharing – show your whole desktop or just a section of it – useful if you want people to focus on one specific element of the screen, or there are windows you need to see that you don’t want to share
  • Resizable video window – more control over the window that videos play in, letting you either display video in a bigger window or reduce the size if quality is an issue

It’s good to see SMART simplifying their Meeting Pro software without reducing features, and the additions to Bridgit will make collaboration between remote parties even more effective from now on. We don’t yet have a release date for either update, but if you’d like to find out more about SMART’s products give us a call on 0118 336 0010 or fill in the form on the left. 

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