Author Topic: For the Wiimote Whiteboard - a paint programme with a transparent background  (Read 12490 times)

Offline krisia

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I've just set up my Wiimote whiteboard and now am combing the internet for open-source software to use with it.

I've got a number of Powerpoint presentations and pics and stuff that I use in class (I'm an ESL teacher in Istanbul, Turkey) and something that I could really use is a programme similar to paint, with the same tools and stuff, but with the background transparent, so you open it and can still see the powerpoint or internet browser or whatever is behind the programme. This could then be used to make notes on stuff, and then (ideally built into the toolbar, click for a screenshot that could be saved and easily accessed.

I can totally see it in my head. I wish I were a programmer!

If anyone knows of something like this out there already, please point me at it.



Offline benpaddlejones

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krisia
http://www.annotatepro.com

Shareware $19.95, 30 day trial. I love this program, it is very easy to use and the screen capture is great for keeping notes.

Otherwise Powerpoint has a pen function that allows you to write over presentations, just right click during presentation select 'Pen'. Saves the annotations as part of the *.ppt. However, I find a bit clunky to use, so I stick with AnnotatePro v2.

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Offline preetisgr

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Lightools VirtualBoard is the best freeware annotation whiteboard toolset I have come across. It can be downloaded from http://lightools.fredisland.net/index2.htm
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Offline krisia

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Thanks so much! Checking these out. :)
« Last Edit: August 12, 2008, 02:05:52 PM by krisia »



Offline dice

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Lightools VirtualBoard is the best freeware annotation whiteboard toolset I have come across. It can be downloaded from http://lightools.fredisland.net/index2.htm
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Looks like a great tool but seems like its not being updated.  I am going to download it and try it out.

One question is there anything for Mac's?

Dice :)


Update
Found two for mac, though both are not free.
Ultimate Pen
ScreenShots:


and

Scriboard
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Still looking for a free one ;)
« Last Edit: September 21, 2008, 09:41:02 AM by dice »



Offline Silly

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Free software for the mac that I could find are

ScribbleScreen. http://mathmac1.anu.edu.au/~neville/scribblescreen/

I have tested it on my wiiboard (which I got up and running in a primary classroom setting since yesterday  :D)
It is missing some very useful functions like, clear, undo, redo (I will try to contact the developer to see if he is still working on this). I figured out that you can click on the different board mode (glass, board or board over screen) to clear your writing/drawing but small steps back can only be done with the eraser (which leaves some nasty realistic eraser marks on your screen  :().

Another thing the less computer literate should know about is that that ScribbleScreen works by capturing an image of the Macintosh screen at the moment it is launched; thereafter drawing occurs on top of this screen image as a background. On first launch the background takes over the whole screen (the other applications still running, but hidden) It took me a while to figure out how to get the hell out of there  :-[. Control or right click gives access to the main settings and mode menu items. Changing the default setting to capturing only the screen and not the doc and menu bar makes is easy to toggle between applications.


Magic Pen   http://homepage.mac.com/fahrenba/programs/magicPen/magicPen.html

Another free software that works on the mac is Magic Pen It is very basic with only one colour option (blue),  but the advantage is that it lets you clear, 'undo' and 'redo' more than one step and you can go to the 'next' or 'previous writing pad'. So depending on your needs you might prefer this simple tool.

Unfortunately both applications don't offer an option to save annotations made. You can of course use your screen capture shortcuts to document the changes that are made.

Skitch  http://plasq.com/skitch

Another screen capture application that is worth checking out (I did and I am pretty impressed) is Skitch. At the moment it is free, but I am not sure if it will stay that way. It is a very simple but powerful tool. Put it in front of a bunch of lower primary kids and they will figure out how to use it in no time. It is designed for sharing, annotating, managing and having fun with images.

I hope some of you will find them useful. :)



Offline soft2buy

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follow this link:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/iWiiBoard.shtml
this shareware($29.99) allows you to annotate in PowerPoint full screen presentation. It also has a page up/down control so that you can remote turning pages for your powerpoint.  The coolest thing is most of UI is transparent.