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AV and Multimedia Related Thread, SMART notebook becomes paid for software?? in Technical; Originally Posted by flyinghaggis The way things are going with tablets I think IWB's are going to be redundant technology ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    The way things are going with tablets I think IWB's are going to be redundant technology soon for the majority of schools.
    This is the reason that we're not replacing the SmartBoards we have when they develop faults. That and the fact we have tables 1 to 1 next year. They are too expensive and very limiting, and this is a last gasp attempt to draw money out of a rapidly dwindling market. Out here, a smart board starts at around CHF7500. Thats almost 5000, now plus another XX CHF for the software. Jog on boys. Bye Bye Smart

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyinghaggis View Post
    Does anyone have an idea of what the ball park pricing is likely to be?
    Steljes have put out an FAQ about it: http://www.steljes.com/mysmartspaces...antage_faq.pdf

    What is the pricing for Notebook Advantage Classroom?
    Pricing is as follows:
    • 1 year per display - 34 SRP
    • 2 year per display - 62 SRP
    • 3 year per display - 75 SRP
    • 4 year per display - 96 SRP
    • 5 year per display - 100 SRP

    Can I buy a site license for Notebook Advantage?

    You will have the option of purchasing Notebook Advantage on a site license basis. Customers will be able to renew their site license
    for multi-year durations of up to 5 years. Users must maintain 100% Notebook adoption to qualify for site license pricing

    What is the pricing for a Notebook Advantage Site License?
    Pricing is based on the number of rooms in the site.
    • 1 year - 16 per display
    • 2 year - 28 per display
    • 3 year - 36 per display
    • 4 year - 44 per display
    • 5 year - 45 per display


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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    It was free for people who had bought their hardware. It was 800 a year per device for those who wanted to use it on non-SMART hardware.
    It'll still cost 300 per non-Smart device to run Notebook on.

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    We've hit the same problem. I went to install the latest update, and got told our license was no longer valid. We have several new smartboards, so have started using up the serial numbers to license the software, but the update tool suggests we'll only get a year of software updates as well before that runs out. A big change from our previous site license key that just worked. Also, we're only getting 3 or so licenses per serial number before we're told they are used up. Another change.

    The frustration for us is that (a) we've been using SMARTTech throughout, so it would be extremely costly to switch to an alternative and (b) surely the hardware is the big cost here anyway, which we've already paid for. The software is just a nice-to-have, and hardly feature rich.

    If anyone from SMARTTech is listening, this is a great way to upset your customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
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    The frustration for us is that (a) we've been using SMARTTech throughout, so it would be extremely costly to switch to an alternative and (b) surely the hardware is the big cost here anyway, which we've already paid for. The software is just a nice-to-have, and hardly feature rich.

    If anyone from SMARTTech is listening, this is a great way to upset your customers.
    thats the think you buy hardware once every what 6+ yesrs and thats all they make from you. I honestly think they will give up the hardware side in the near future and just rent you the software that way people cough up every year

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    Although surely interactive whiteboards are there main business, and people will be changing them on an ongoing basis. Unless as mentioned the interactive whiteboard market has become that poor an earner? Surely upsetting your customers in a dwindling market is not the way forward! Do they really think the software is going to be that big an earner? Short-sighted to say the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    Although surely interactive whiteboards are there main business, and people will be changing them on an ongoing basis. Unless as mentioned the interactive whiteboard market has become that poor an earner? Surely upsetting your customers in a dwindling market is not the way forward! Do they really think the software is going to be that big an earner? Short-sighted to say the least.
    i susoect they think most people like the software and you can buy a big tv cheap these days and in my experience above y2 they seldom use the board for anything other than a white screen and with tablets you can get the interactivity on that so yo can face the class with tablet in hand and the kids can see the big tv

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    Having dealt with rubbish IWB software I can say that decent stuff that you can standardise on is worth some money. We have gone with Mimio which for the moment is free. This is the exact time where that OSS IWB software would be able to gain traction if anyone could remember what it was called.

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    I will be sticking with 11 for now then

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