The folks at
Promethean in England are developing their product ACTIVboard/ACTIVstudio for Mac OS X.
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One of the features they have for the Wintel version is a handwriting recognition where they write on the ACTIVboard with a pen and the writing turns automatically to editable text. Unfortunately, the folks at Promethean have been unable to find out if there’s a company that does this for the Mac. And they need to work with such a company to add this feature into their upcoming Mac OS X version.
If you know of such a company and are interested in aiding Promethean in their efforts,
e-mail us, and we’ll forward your info to the proper people.
The Promethean ACTIVboard uses electronic electromagnetic sensing technology and incorporates a cordless, battery-free pen designed to enable “natural delivery” of large screen multimedia lesson content. The projected image sits on ACTIVboard’s special low glare surface.
The ACTIVboard Plus offers optional remote communications. ACTIVboard systems come complete with ACTIVstudio presentation software. Use of a graphic tablet and an additional software license enables digital content to be developed away from the ACTIVboard.
ACTIVstudio is designed specifically for classroom teachers and trainers, much of its feature set being derived from user feedback. The folks at Promethean say that it utilizes the natural advantages of pen operation. ACTIVstudio’s array of features offers a direct substitution of traditional presentation devices such as OHP/accetates, flipcharts and slide projectors, integrated under the control of a single pen.
At the simplest level ACTIVstudio’s flipchart exactly simulates working with a dry wipe marker or chalkboard, with the extra ability to use multiple colors and variable line thicknesses. ACTIVstudio also controls delivery of both Web and other digital resources from the computer, enabling material to be enhanced with annotations, highlighting and special effects.