Author Topic: Free Lightweight Whiteboard Software - MassiveBoard V1.3 now available  (Read 24119 times)

Offline GaryJones

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Hi All,

I have written a lightweight Java Whiteboard application which can be used hand in hand with Uwe's wiimote calibration software. I actually still use Johnny Lee's software and it works fine.

The reason I did this was that I do quite a bit of presenting and developing and found lots of issues with existing whiteboard software that just didn't do what I wanted it to do. Either they were too heavyweight with features I just didn't want or they cost money or they just didn't have the features I needed. So, I did something about it and I wrote my own.

The application now works on versions of Java back to Java 5 thanks to Timothy Wall and the team at the JNA project

Some features that I think make it stand out are :
  • Designed with Wiimote and IR Pen in mind. I.e. A simple input device of IR Pen with one button
  • Light weight and simple interface compared with other whiteboard and paint software
  • Ability to work on a whiteboard bigger than your screen - Variable sized whiteboard up to 16 times the size of screen (can change to other multiples but it suits my needs for now)
  • Take snapshots and reload them anytime using a very simple preview panel to choose old boards.
  • Illustrate working software using scratchpad
  • Ability to click through to applications underneath the scratchpad when you need to
  • Load up any image as a starting point, not just images you have drawn using the software
  • Single Jar file deployable using OneJar. No more seperate dependancies thanks to Simon Tuffs http://one-jar.sourceforge.net/
  • My handwriting tends to slope downwards when writing on the board so I have included a feature that puts guidlines on the screen vertically and/or horizontally - These can be included in the drawring snapshots or not as you like.

Help documentation can be found in the same location as the download for the application

Launch with java -Dsun.java2d.noddraw=true -Xmx1024m -jar MassiveBoard-1_3_3.jar (the -Xmx1024m is not necessary unless you plan to create a LOT of images and never clean them out)

AND away you go. Start to draw using the IR pen. (Clearly, you can test it with just the mouse)

The project has been uploaded to the downloads section of Wiimote Projects->Whiteboard
You can find documentation, a Windows exe for easier launching (optional) and the application JAR file there.

All of the above can also be found at
http://www.intellectfactory.com:9998/downloads or
https://www.intellectfactory.com/downloads (accept non-root signed certificate)


Please send me some feedback, defects, requests for new features etc...
Enjoy
« Last Edit: December 10, 2009, 03:48:39 PM by GaryJones »



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Reply #1 on: August 30, 2009, 02:07:05 AM
GaryJones
Great little app, I'll use this for sure.

My suggestions:

- Don't take too many suggestions, there are many full featured apps out there what there isn't is really basic one like this
- Ability to import and manipulate multimedia
- Transparent background so an annotation tool in one app

Feel free to add to the downloads (I had same probs as Uwe).

benpaddlejones :)


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Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 04:16:33 AM
Garyjones
I have just approved, if you update I need to re-approve so when you do just drop me a PM to let me know.

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Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009, 01:54:40 PM
This has been very useful in my first grade class. It would be great if we could toggle between clicking and drawing instead of having to hide massiveboard to click



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Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 05:30:46 PM
Hi,
I am a fifth grade teacher and I got the basic Wiimote whiteboard going in my Mac based classroom but I think the Massiveboard would offer more of what I need.  I downloaded it successfully but can't get it to launch on my Mac.  Can anyone help?
thanks so much to everyone that makes all this possible--this way of teaching is so motivating for the kids!

Shannon :D



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Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009, 08:55:16 PM
Hi--I have written before, trying to get the Massiveboard to load on my Macbook Pro--I upgraded my Java and I downloaded the massiveboard application--how do I "talk" to it in the Java program?

thank you so much in advance

Shannon



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Reply #6 on: October 30, 2009, 07:19:51 AM
Hi,
I am a fifth grade teacher and I got the basic Wiimote whiteboard going in my Mac based classroom but I think the Massiveboard would offer more of what I need.  I downloaded it successfully but can't get it to launch on my Mac.  Can anyone help?
thanks so much to everyone that makes all this possible--this way of teaching is so motivating for the kids!

Shannon :D


Hi,

New version posted up and should do what you need. Works back to Java version 5.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2009, 12:55:39 PM by GaryJones »



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Reply #7 on: October 30, 2009, 07:21:39 AM
This has been very useful in my first grade class. It would be great if we could toggle between clicking and drawing instead of having to hide massiveboard to click

I am thinking about this feature now. Next version is 1.2. This feature is likely to be in V1.3 (probably within a month or so)

Gary



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Reply #8 on: October 30, 2009, 10:53:08 AM
This has been very useful in my first grade class. It would be great if we could toggle between clicking and drawing instead of having to hide massiveboard to click

Something worth thinking about if you are on the MAC is using Uwe Schmidt's software. You can find it at

http://www.uweschmidt.org/wiimote-whiteboard

It should get you connected to the Wiimote using bluetooth. Then you are up and running.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2009, 12:57:26 PM by GaryJones »



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Reply #9 on: October 31, 2009, 03:00:20 PM
Please edit post do not keep posting over and over please...



Offline GaryJones

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V1.2 released



Offline scrapbunny

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The new version closes on me when I try to do anything but draw



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The new version closes on me when I try to do anything but draw

This was resolved by removing the old executable and replacing it with the new one.

It doesn't close, but does not work as expected unless you initialise JNA properly which the new executable does for you.




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I just starting playing around with this yesterday, and it's fantastic. 

Great Job, Gary.




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I am having a strange problem starting MassivBoard v1.3 and I am hoping someone can help.

I have downloaded both the Windows executable and the Java versions to my computer.  When I try to start either version, nothing happens.  But, if I move MassiveBoard.exe to a USB thumbdrive, plug that into the same computer than I am having trouble with, and start the program from the USB drive, it works fine.  So, the software runs fine on my computer but only if I start it from a USB drive not the hard drive.

Any ideas what could be the cause of this?  I did notice that when I start the program from the USB drive a .log file is created.  When I start the program from my hard drive, nothing happens, and no .log file is created.

Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions.