Successful software development often hinges on collaboration between a large team that includes everyone from the designers to programmers, testers and even the customer themselves. But collaboration can prove difficult when team members are working on different projects or perhaps located around the globe. Using tools such as Microsoft Visio with SMART boards enables you to have a rich, effective way of collaborating even if you’re not in the same room, and there are many other benefits too.
SMART Boards make collaboration on software development easy because they are fully compatible with any PC or Mac application – meaning you can do everything you would do on your computer on a SMART Board and share it in real time, either with colleagues in your office or remotely. Once you’ve opened an application you can use the SMART digital ink to write over and highlight the screen, which makes it easy to record your meetings by adding notes and diagrams to the application. The whole session is automatically saved and you can share it instantly by simply emailing the file to other team members. SMART Boards have an intuitive interface, allowing you to write, highlight, control tools and manipulate objects using your fingers, and there are some added features available when you use Visio with SMART Boards.
For example, Visio is an Ink Aware application, which means the SMART Board software can recognise which parts of the screen are being used for active work and where the toolbars and control buttons are located. This means that your intended action is carried out instantly – you can use a finger to draw or move objects into the active area, and then change tools using the same finger without having to switch modes. Using Visio on SMART Boards is as simple as using it on your computer. You use all the tools and features in exactly the same way, but it’s actually a more creative process because it’s often easier to draw shapes with your finger than with a mouse – which is exactly what you can do on the SMART Board. Another way you can use Visio with SMART Boards is by using the SMART pen – the software will automatically detect when you pick up the pen and switch to Freeform mode so you can draw or write on the display.
Using Visio with SMART Boards gives you a lot more flexibility than using it on a computer monitor. Because you can scroll the display you effectively have an unlimited workspace on which to capture decisions. To find out more about using Visio on SMART Boards call one of our experts today on 0118 336 0010.