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    SMART notebook becomes paid for software??

    Notebook Advantage maintenance plan - SMART Technologies

    Am I reading this right that for the latest version of SMART notebook we will have to start paying an annual license??

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    Clever... give it away free so it becomes embedded in every classroom... then you are forced to buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Notebook Advantage maintenance plan - SMART Technologies

    Am I reading this right that for the latest version of SMART notebook we will have to start paying an annual license??
    Yeah you read it right, you have to pay now for the Smartboard software. We plan to just run with the last version of the free software.

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    what's the last 'free' version? 11.4?

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    Yup. Their new model separates the software from the hardware - meaning people can use it on non-SMART hardware for the same price as using it on SMART hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Yup. Their new model separates the software from the hardware - meaning people can use it on non-SMART hardware for the same price as using it on SMART hardware.
    Um, wasn't that free before but pay for now. Are they not just punishing people who have brought their hardware? Glad the Mimio stuff is still free for now activated by the hardware.

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    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.

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    It was free before to use on a SMART board, but we had already paid for a site license for it to use it on any interactive board / projector.

    Seems this is now something EXTRA we will have to pay.

    Although with our 4:3 boards and projectors due for replacement soon, I can see us looking elsewhere at other technologies..

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Yup. Their new model separates the software from the hardware - meaning people can use it on non-SMART hardware for the same price as using it on SMART hardware.
    thats not entirely my reading A site license however, cannot include any rooms or devices that have non SMART IWBs, screens, etc. bit unenforceable and apita

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    thats not entirely my reading A site license however, cannot include any rooms or devices that have non SMART IWBs, screens, etc. bit unenforceable and apita
    That is not what SMART have told me. The license covers non-SMART interactive devices, it was one of the reasons they changed to this new scheme.

    From their FAQ:

    "A Notebook Site license allows you to standardize on SMART Notebook software across your entire school or district, regardless of the hardware you use."
    Last edited by localzuk; 26th May 2014 at 11:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    That is not what SMART have told me. The license covers non-SMART interactive devices, it was one of the reasons they changed to this new scheme.

    From their FAQ:

    "A Notebook Site license allows you to standardize on SMART Notebook software across your entire school or district, regardless of the hardware you use."
    Yep. And we had paid for that site license. And now are having to pay again if we want to upgrade... pretty rubbish IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Yep. And we had paid for that site license. And now are having to pay again if we want to upgrade... pretty rubbish IMO
    The subscription is for upgrades, yes. Its like paying a yearly maintenance fee to get new versions. Like Microsoft offer. Or Adobe. Or, well, nearly every software company going.

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    But does it represent value for money?

    The MS one does. The adobe EEA 1.5 does, (but for many EEA 1 very much did not)

    With the whole tablet thing happening.. Smart et al need to be careful with their pricing not to encourage people to look to the alternatives.

    I know a couple of schools whose IWB use is atrophying because of the pricing if replacement pens... If the software cost were added to that they'd walk away from the technology all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    The subscription is for upgrades, yes. Its like paying a yearly maintenance fee to get new versions. Like Microsoft offer. Or Adobe. Or, well, nearly every software company going.
    Its more like Apple with their hardware brand, it should be like iOS or if it must like OSX where the cost is minimal as you payed a bunch for the device to start with.

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    I'm never really seen the appeal of paying for dedicated notebook software. MS already have pen functionality within Powerpoint. The way things are going with tablets I think IWB's are going to be redundant technology soon for the majority of schools. There will always be some staff who want to stand at a board and write rather than using a tablet but I suspect they'll be the minority as using a tablet is far easier and more natural for most.

    SMART have obviously realized their sales are going to tank in the next few years hence the mad rush to get companies signed up to subscription based models!

    Does anyone have an idea of what the ball park pricing is likely to be?
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