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Using the SMART Ink toolkit

To get the greatest benefits from your SMART interactive white board there are various software packages available that give you lots of additional features. SMART Meeting Pro is designed for business use and Notebook is aimed more at educational use, and each programme has special features for those intended uses. However, both SMART Meeting Pro and Notebook let you use SMART Ink on your interactive whiteboard. In this, the first of a series of posts, we explain some of the features of SMART Ink and show you SMART Ink in action.

Some interactive white boards come with a choice of pens so you can use different colours. This is a nice thing to have but can break up the flow of work when you have to keep switching pens all the time. One of the best things about SMART Ink is that you have access to a range of pen colours and thicknesses all through a single pen unit. The SMART Ink toolbar is located on the edge of the active window and it’s incredibly intuitive to use. You can drag it around the window to wherever you find it easiest to access, which is great if you have lots of people using the board as it allows for left and right handers as well as people of different heights. Once you have placed the tool bar where you want it you simply touch it to open a flyout menu. Within the menu are all the options for the pen colour and thickness of line. There’s a calligraphy option, which gives you a neat smooth handwriting effect, and you can also easily choose to highlight or erase text.

When you first use SMART Ink you’ll notice you can “lock” it to whatever content you write over. This means you can have several active windows and however often you move, minimise or maximise the window the SMART Ink will remain in exactly the place you put it. You can circle objects on a web page, write over a spreadsheet or highlight text and however much activity goes on the writing will always stay where you want it to be.

The final aspect of SMART Ink we’ll highlight in this article is the SMART Notes feature. These are like electronic Post-It notes, but they are a lot more flexible than the paper version. You can open a new note directly on the desktop and write in it straight away. You’ll never run out of room because the SMART Note expands to fit your text, so you can keep adding to it as you go, and then save the entire note and review it or share it later. It’s great for keeping key points in one place, for example.

There are lots more interesting features built into SMART Ink and we’ll be looking at more of them in future posts. In the meantime, the video below will give you more of an idea of the capabilities of SMART Ink. If you would like to find out more about SMART Boards, SMART Ink, SMART Meeting Pro or Notebook software, give us a call on 0118 336 0010 and we’ll be happy to talk you through the options available.

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