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General Software Talk / Re: software
« on: January 16, 2009, 03:14:42 AM »
I have never worked with Annotate Pro so I don't know what it is like but check this post, where I have added some free mac annotation application links


Free software for the mac that I could find are


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

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.


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. :)

IR Pens / Re: DIY: How to make tip pressure IR pen
« on: November 12, 2008, 01:43:44 PM »
Thanks for the explaination :). I am going to give it a try as soon as I can. Thanks again!!!

IR Pens / Re: DIY: How to make tip pressure IR pen
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:20:53 PM »
Hi Marttyn,

Today I finally got my leds so I could finish my first IR-pen. I used a cheap electric toothbrush from the China shop. It is working and I am pretty please :D.
Although I am a complete amateur, I am also interested in trying to make your great design of the tip pressure pen. I found all the parts, but my SPST push button has four short 'legs' (just like the one standing up in the photo that you posted) instead of the two long legs (like all the others in your photo)
How, what and where should I solder the led to the button an so on.
I also don't understand why you used two batteries. I have been reading that if you use one battery you don't need a resistor. Can you explain to me the need of two batteries.
Thanks in advance

General Hardware Talk / Projector
« on: November 03, 2008, 03:30:18 AM »
I have just started to learn about this whiteboard application and I am very excited to give it a go at our school that has just opened this school year.
At this moment I am the only teacher together with the director. As you can imagine with nobody else around my role is more that of Jack of all trades without the proper knowledge  :-[
I have been searching through several forums, but could not find any detailed information on the projector while that (besides the computer) is the most expensive hardware you need for using the wiimote whiteboard software in a classroom environment. Could anybody give me some specifics on what to look for in the projector I need to buy? By the way, we only have macs at our school.

Thanks in advance

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