Looking at both C-Touch and smarts touch screen/projectorless screens, in a direct comparison, the C-Touch product is far better.
Both are around the same price, although i liked the idea of the pc being built into the C-Touch for a little extra. Only the power cable on show then, meaning very clean installs where ever you want them. At £3,000 a good price too, as we spend up to around £2,000 on a smart board/projector install
Well it always prompts for credentials to our proxy and did a few versions back. You have to run the activation exe on a command line with credentials in the clear. No licence server option. If it fails to activate it says volume activated. The software functions fine but if I deploy using gpo/sccm its going to confuse the users unless you add the command line with credentials in the clear. Why cant it just work like kms?
Ah, that's the difference then - we add exceptions to our proxy to allow unauthenticated access for programs like smart activation.
I've got an unconfirmed price of £24 per classroom for the new license.
and how are you defining classroom is that 1 smartboard pc or does it allow the software to be installed on any pc in that room?
This is the first I've heard about it. Personally, I think the Network Advantage Licence will be provided by our LEA - perhaps with an increase in the annual cost of the SLA. If not, I'm more than happy to not upgrade to the next version of Smart Notebook. No great loss there. It also takes away the hassle of having different versions of it around the school.
i can see this being the death of the smartboard itself and them just selling software via subscription like office 365 as i suepect as big touchscren tvs become cheaper and more mainstream the smartboard loses its appeal. Thats said a school i support ripped out all their class smartboards in favour of some tv solution (smaller than smartboards) i gave them a few months to get used toi the new software then removed smartboard as the license says (i thought a bit of leeway wasnt a bad thing and they still have 1 board left in the suite). Now because the head thought tv screens would impress offstead (honestly i doubt they would a notice or b care) but the software they come with is aparanntly absolute pants and its idea of loading smart files is converting them to a picture per page lol. As a result i think most of the staff want to lynch me
I downloaded the Open Sankore software but quite a bit seems to be in French. I know it originates from France but more resources in English might make it viable as an alternative to smart. I liked the new Epson 9595Wi Interactive Projector which boasts pen and touch - might be what we go to when its time to tech refresh our boards.
Sahara CleverTouch screen bundle the Lynx 4 software with their interactive displays, the software has the ability to open all SMART created presentations.
I have been told how essential to the running of the school it is to have Smart Notebook software - and then found out that most of the staff came from schools with Promethean boards...
I'm trying to recruit a victim to try out Open Sankore.