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Smart Notebook Hacks

Ye Old HackerI have been super busy over the last few months and will be writing more often in the new year. I have a few big projects to finish up and a course that will be ending this month. Just another quick post.

Smart Notebook, is free software that you can use if your school or district has purchased the Smart Board brand of interactive whiteboards. Here are a few alternative ways to use Smart Notebook software.

Turn Any Document into a PDF
Many district networks are locked down from installing free software or don’t include software that will generate a PDF for you. Sure you can use online PDF generators but when you install Smart Board software you have a PDF generator built in.

Open up your document and print to the “Smart Notebook Print Capture.” This will pull your document into the Smart Notebook. Then go to the File Menu and Export your Notebook file into a PDF. You can play with your settings until you get a decent PDF version of your original document.

Need a FLV Player
If you don’t have a Flash Video player on your computer use Smart Notebook. It has a built in FLV player so that you can play Flash videos that you download for video sharing web sites directly in Smart Notebook. http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php

Open Promethean Files
Just say you wanted to use a lesson that was made for the Promethean brand of interactive whiteboards and has the .flp file extension. No problem, go to file import and change the “Files of Type” to “All Promethean Files.” You can import those lessons into your Smart Notebook.

Download Flash Content for Offline Activities
You can use an SWF downloader to move flash web site content from a web based artifact to an item in your Smart Notebook gallery. (Beware of copyright infringement – always ask permission don’t assume).

1-Use an SWF Catcher (I use the SoThink Add-in for Firefox)
2-Go to your favourite flash web site and Hit Alt+C (if your using SoThink)
3-Download the file to your computer.

The SWF file can be embedded into a Smart Notebook file or your library. This will only work for stand-alone SWF files that are not connected to a database.

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  1. December 3rd, 2007 | 9:06 am

    Teaching Hacks.com » Blog Archive » Smart Notebook HacksSmart Notebook, is free software that you can use if your school or district has purchased the Smart Board brand of interactive whiteboards. Here are a few alternative ways to use Smart Notebook software.

    Teaching Hacks.com » Blog Archive » Smart Notebook HacksSmart Notebook, is free software that you can use if your school or district has purchased the Smart Board brand of interactive whiteboards. Here are a few alternative ways to use Smart Notebook software.

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  • January 13th, 2008 | 11:45 am

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  • December 4th, 2007 | 1:18 am

    The flash player is great. A very handy way of getting round schools blocking YouTube in lessons. Video downloader seems to have stopped working for me – but you can always grab the video out of the Temporary Internet Files.

    Importing promethean files into Smart doesnt always work. It does depend on the specific version of ActivStudio that was used to create the file. Every now and then a patch comes out that makes the file unreadable in Smart (and vice versa)

  • December 4th, 2007 | 8:30 am

    The method thast Dannynic is describing is going into the folder: C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\ if you are on Win XP. Locating the SWF file. And ensure that it has the .swf extension and save it somewhere else. The So Think extension allows download of any flash file not specific sites – which is where Video Downloader is limited.

    Thanks for the Heads-Up on the Promethean files. Haven’t run into it not loading before, so that is good to know. Although sometimes I get mixed up text, that is easy to seperate.

  • December 4th, 2007 | 9:29 am

    thanks. I’ve been having problems with the video downloader you linked… It used to work fine but now throws up errors.

    I’ve just found a new one that I just had to share. I’ve just tested it with YouTube and it worked a treat.

    It’s called fast video downloader and like the other one it’s a plug in for Firefox.

    You can get it here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3590

    Danny

  • June 17th, 2008 | 5:43 am

    Very good Hack. Yes the SMART Notebook software is pretty cool. It does allow the user to use the Notebook software when other apps won’t let you work. Any Flash file can be played in the Notebook. In fact, you should see how it looks on a SMART Board! For more shortcuts and quick tips you can try us at blog.teqsmart.org

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