Software Release 6.2 is the newest in a series
of feature-rich releases for the StarBoard
family of interactive devices. The release
features the following new capabilities:
- All functions are easily
accessible with a new arrangement of pull
down menus with less than three mouse clicks
- Any function can be
made one button accessible by simply dragging
the menu item to the on screen toolbar
- Support for reading
and writing .pdf files
- Viewing files of applications
with printing capability such as Microsoft®
Visio® and Microsoft Project
- Support Emergency Briefing
System (EBS) 1.0, a new application for
emergency services such as police and fire
- The number of available
electronic inks has been increased from
four to six — with new fill inks and
- Personal videoconferencing
is added to StarBoard's inherent data conferencing
through support of the IEEE H.323 standard.
Adding any web cam and microphone allows
two StarBoard systems to hold videoconferencing
- Three different pen
types can all be interchangeably used in
giving a presentation: the standard annotation
pen, the Intelli-pen which converts freehand
geometric objects to drafted objects, and
a new Laser-ink pen which provides temporary
annotations and highlights with any ink
- Multiple StarBoard
sessions using different presentations or
Windows applications can be run simultaneously
- Annotations can be
made over running video or animations with
web pages or PowerPoint presentations
StarBoard sessions can move between annotation
mode and mouse mode” freely without
losing annotations or any requirement to save
Additional features include:
All-in-one launcher - From
the main StarBoard menu or toolbar, you can
open files, customize settings, and network
other StarBoard systems. (In fact, you can link
as many as 42 interactive systems together on
a local or wide area network.)
Customizable interface - StarBoard
software lets you customize the user interface
to maximize operational flexibility and convenience.
Change the size or orientation of the toolbar
to maximize useable screen space. Drag frequently
used functions, electronic pens, or inks directly
onto the toolbar to optimize the system for
your personal working style. You can even launch
frequently used Windows applications right from
the StarBoard toolbar.
data and applications - The Annotation
toolbar lets you make annotations on data displays,
documents, spreadsheets, CAD software or any
other application. Just select the pen icon
and you're ready to begin.
"ink" color palettes - StarBoard
software provides three types of electronic
pens: the standard drawing pen, the IntelliPen
with geometric object recognition capability,
and the laser pen for temporary highlighting
In addition, there are six different electronic
ink types: solid drawing and annotation inks,
translucent highlighter inks, dramatic two-tone
inks, shadowed solid colored inks, colorful
3D inks, and patterned painting and fill inks.
You can customize color palettes with your choice
of any of these annotations tools. Plus, you
can select any ink from the palette menu, or
drag-and-drop frequently used inks onto your
working toolbar for fast and easy access.
Background images -
StarBoard provides a large library of useful
background images: blank colored screens, graph
papers, sports fields and music sheets. Plus,
you can complement the standard library with
background images of your own, which you can
import from a variety of standard formats.
Video Annotation and Digital
Devices Control - You can now use StarBoard
software to select any DirectX-compatible video
file on your computer, and the software will
automatically launch the Video Annotation program.
You can use Video Annotation to capture and
annotate on top of video images.
In addition, StarBoard software lets you control
your DV camera and other digital AV devices
through IEEE1394 (Firewire) connections. Use
StarBoard software to access basic DV camera
functions "play, rewind, forward and slow
motion" and to annotate directly on pre-recorded
or real-time videos.
presentations - Take advantage of StarBoard's
tightly integrated PowerPoint features to drive
home critical points by annotating your presentations
as you page through them.
- Organize image libraries, presentations, spreadsheets,
digital video, data files, and frequently used
applications for quick, convenient access.
Saved Data and Annotation Viewer
- You can save your presentations for future
use in any of several formats: HTML, JPEG, BMP
or PNG. Each saved presentation is maintained
in a page-by-page format, so you can use the
Saved Data menu to jump to the page of our choice
at any time, even during a presentation.
The Annotation Viewer lets you browse a previously
saved presentation without opening the entire
program. And with web access, you can even access
saved data across a network.
Collaboration Features - With StarBoard's
advanced networking facilities, you can conference
with colleagues across the hall or around the
globe. You can participate in seminars and strategy
sessions anywhere, over LANs, dial-up lines,
even the internet. StarBoard software manages
networking details behind the scenes, ensuring
that your view of the proceedings is accurate
Conferencing Integration - Take advantage
of StarBoard software's support for video conferencing
standards and tight integration with commercial
video conferencing systems to set up multiple
remote teaching or conferencing sites quickly
and easily, all directly from your host system.
Geometric Object Recognition
- StarBoard software's new "Intelli-Pen"
feature automatically recognizes freehand geometric
shapes and lines and converts them to precise
Management - StarBoard software supports
a full range of object management functions:
grouping, copying, editing color and size attributes,
undo/redo, importing and more.
Toolbar Shrink/Expand - This
feature lets you maximize your working space
by reducing the big toolbar to a single icon.
This option is particularly useful when you
continuously work with one feature.
Seamless Scrolling Page with Navigation
Window - This new feature transforms
your navigation window and working space to
a single scrolling vertical page. Now, instead
of managing multiple pages, you can quickly
traverse the working space to reach any slide
three different ways: move a hand icon on the
pages in the Navigation window, use the scroll
bar with the navigation window, or scroll directly
on the main presentation window.
Cover/Uncover Sheet - In addition
to the seamless vertical space, StarBoard software
now provides two transparent layers for even
more working space. You can create different
annotations, objects and background on each
of the transparent layers, then progressively
hide or reveal them.
Capture - This feature lets you capture
partial window or full screen images from the
Object Management screen or your original Windows
Spotlight and Magnifier
Tools - StarBoard's spotlight tool
lets you emphasize important areas of the screen
and optionally magnify the highlighted image.
You can tailor the size and shape of the spotlight
along with the relative brightness of the background
for the exact effect you want.
Handwriting Recognition Easy Access
- The Launcher toolbar now contains an icon
for one-click access to SmartWriter™ handwriting
recognition software. Toggle SmartWriter ON
or OFF, or select AUTO mode to automatically
switch to handwriting recognition mode when
a text input field is selected. SmartWriter
works any software capable of text input, such
as Microsoft Word or Excel.
Access - Turn your computer into a
virtual web server that allows your associates
or students to review your presentations, notes
or research. Your colleagues can access files
saved in HTML format via the internet, dial-up
connections, or corporate or academic LANs,
all using a standard web browser such as Microsoft's