Some of you may have heard the "rumour" at BETT - but here is the official finalised view from Smart...
Information on changes to SMART Notebook software - MySMARTSpaces
Points to note:
The fear we all had re current versions and licensing...v11.4 is the last version and is perpetual.
New versions are a new product, and subject to the new terms. Upgrades are not free anymore...
Cool. For a 5 year license it'd cost us £3100 then. Not bad at all really.
Not sure I would call that a good deal. We would have to buy 41 licenses. That costs nearly as much as our EES agreement! For one piece of software.
No bulk discount? No site license?
Time to move over to Open-Sankore!
When you compare it to the competition? Its not bad. Open-Sankore, whilst being OK is no match for Notebook. Neither is RM Easiteach NG.
Maybe they can make the smart drivers not slow the pc down as much and the support improve a bit.
Very expensive we have about 70 SMART Boards, we are just staying on version 11.4
Always been a serious advocate of smartboards.... But since version 11 found myself going off them, now this. shame......
So I wonder about future devices. They'll probably make them not fully compatible with 11.4 on purpose.
This is definitely causing us to rethink our planned purchase of new boards this summer. I've got 9 Promethean boards coming out, but I'm not committing to an annual cost that high for upgrades, if this is the way SMART are going then it's clear they aren't going to keep Notebook 11 running on newer devices and future versions of Windows.
Last edited by AngryTechnician; 5th March 2014 at 03:00 PM.
11.4 is a nasty piece of software (no wonder they're freely giving it away) But in 3 years time and it really is as much use as a chocolate tea pot. You buy a board or interactive projector, then have no choice but to pay the annual fee, or potentially only be able to use the kit for a year....
Not really. You don't have to use SMART Notebook if you don't want to. You could use Powerpoint or Paint or whatever...
They'll be interested when you have to pay to upgrade... Or if you move from SMART boards to other-brand interactive kit.
There is no mention of the how much the collaboration licence will cost for those that want to use Smart Notebook 2014 with other vendors equipment.
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