Virtual Ink announced
at this week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Mimio captures handwritten notes and illustrations created on an everyday whiteboard, and then allows users to export them as mimio “ink” files for further digital manipulation. Mimio supports PICT, JPEG, EPS and SVG. The new version adds support for Quicktime and iMovie file formats.
“Mimio turns whiteboard information into rich media content within an on-line, multimedia environment, including streaming video and audio,” said Greg McHale, president and CEO of Virtual Ink. “Mimio 1.5 for the Mac can enrich opportunities for sharing information in business and academia by allowing users to create powerful QuickTime and iMovie files for their multimedia presentations.”
Once the 24-inch capture bar is attached to the whiteboard, a Mimio stylus placed on a standard dry erase marker communicates what happens on the board through a USB connection. Users will then be able to select which of the digitized pages should be exported, and can choose to export data as static images, or as real-time illustrations that re-create the images and text stroke by stroke.
Mimio 1.5 is the second release of the software for the Macintosh platform, and will be available as a free download in Spring 2001. Initially fully compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and higher, Virtual Ink promises to subsequently carbonize Mimio for OS X once the new operating system is released. The OS X patch will subsequently also be available as a free download from the Virtual Ink Web site.