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    Promethean and Smart software

    I know there have been some answers about this but they all seem pretty old and things change so fast..
    We are about to get a Smartboard to replace a very old Promethean and the boss wants to know, definitively, if the teachers can use their ActivPrimary 2 and 3 prepared lessons on it - if so, how? Does it need a conversion tool or a licence or what?
    It seems a bit cheeky to ask Promethean themselves!

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    Actually i would like to know this.

    I am not sure but i think smartboard software can view promethean files but not edit. As i say i am not sure. We have the latest version here i will have a look.

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    Why not download the free Smart Board Notebook Interactive Viewer and see if it can handle your files - this is a cut-down version of Smart Notebook so if it works with this?

    SMART Notebook Interactive Viewer for Windows - SMART Technologies

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    Quote Originally Posted by carvjo View Post
    Why not download the free Smart Board Notebook Interactive Viewer and see if it can handle your files - this is a cut-down version of Smart Notebook so if it works with this?
    I havent got the Smartboard yet and buying it depends entirely on whether we can use it with the Promethean software and saved files!

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    you don't need a smartboard to run the viewer software..

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    Although I am not sure about the EULA for V3 (and can't seem to find any info in it), one solution would be to upgrade to ActiveInspire and apply for the "Teacher Consent Licence" which allows you to use ActiveInspire with non Promethean boards.
    English : ActivInspire : Software : Promethean Planet

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    Quote Originally Posted by carvjo View Post
    you don't need a smartboard to run the viewer software..
    You have got the wrong end of the stick.

    She is getting a smartboard and its replacing a Promethean board. Not the other way around


    As a side note, you could get a free flipchart viewer. Not seen it in ages but it is free and will allow you to view flipchart files on any computer. You could instal that.

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    Sorry carvjo, didnt realise!

    sparkeh - I've had a look and it seems as if each teacher would need one of these licences, and it asks for specific flipcharts - if that's right then that isn't really a goer - but maybe I read it wrongly?

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    Here's a clearer answer:

    Smart Notebook 10 can import .flp files but not .flipchart.

    The new notebook file will be reformatted and so may lose it's interactiveness. But it is a starting point..

    You may be able to test how this will work by using the free Smart Notebook Viewer I mentioned above..

    Alternatively - buy the licence for ActiveInspire and use it on the Smart Board - but then not all of the Smart functions may work with that software..

    Hope that helps..

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    sparkeh - I've had a look and it seems as if each teacher would need one of these licences, and it asks for specific flipcharts - if that's right then that isn't really a goer - but maybe I read it wrongly?
    My apologies witch, the licence is significantly more restrictive than I had remembered (it does say the conditions have recently changed).
    The other option is to purchase the professional licence which does allow what you want to do (just checked the EULA) but I have no idea about cost.

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    Thanks for that, sparkeh.
    I have had a look now that you have pointed me in the right direction -the licence is £575.
    Which is a lot of money
    We might be getting a promethean after all

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    £575!!!

    Im sure there is software to convert it.

    Would the filpcrart viewer not do?

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    We have both Smartboards and Promethean boards and our Smartboards seem to run without any real issues using the Promethean software...just my 2cents.

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    Yes, but can the Smartboard software open previously created Promethean stuff - THAT is the head's issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Yes, but can the Smartboard software open previously created Promethean stuff - THAT is the head's issue
    Yes with the free flipcart viewer



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