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SMART Launches OS X Version of SMART Board Software

Latest software gives Mac users feature-rich interactive whiteboard (June 11, 2004)

SMART Technologies Inc. announces the release of SMART Board 8.1.2 software for Mac OS X operating system software. Version 8.1.2 adds new features that Macintosh computer users have requested for their SMART Board interactive whiteboards and Sympodium interactive lecterns. Version 8.1.2 converts handwriting to text, making it possible to save on-screen notes as text, and the new, intuitive drag-and-drop feature can be used to move text and objects between pages created in Notebook whiteboarding software, an application within SMART Board software, or into other applications.

SMART Board software was the first software of its kind to offer cross-platform compatibility with Mac OS operating system software and Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems. SMART's commitment to Mac computer users continues with version 8.1.2. Notebook software, the heart of every version of SMART Board software, features an XML-based, cross-platform file format (.XBK), which means Notebook files created on one operating system can be accessed on another. This flexibility is especially useful to educators who use both Macintosh and Windows-based computers. SMART Board software also continues to offer a consistent interface between the two platforms. More than 1,500 new templates and clip-art images are also now available.

"SMART has been listening to Macintosh computer users about what features and functionality would enable them to use their SMART Board interactive whiteboards effectively," says Nancy Knowlton, president and co-CEO of SMART. "This new version of SMART Board software leverages the rich capabilities of Macintosh computers to provide users with features that help make their work more collaborative and dynamic."

More about SMART Board Software for Mac OS X operating system software
With SMART Board software, users can write over applications in digital ink and then edit, save, print or post their notes to a website for future reference. These popular features are also included in SMART Board software:

SMART Recorder - Users can capture every action performed on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard or Sympodium interactive lectern and save it as a single digital video file with synchronized data and audio. An entire lesson, presentation or meeting can be replayed or archived for future reference.

Screen Shade and Spotlight - Information can be revealed as needed by unveiling or highlighting selected areas of the screen.

Pricing and Availability
SMART Board 8.1.2 software for Mac OS X operating system software will be available June 30, 2004 as a free download to SMART customers at Version 8.1.2 now ships with all SMART Board interactive whiteboards and Sympodium interactive lecterns.

SMART Board software is also available for the Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems.

About SMART Board interactive whiteboards
The SMART Board interactive whiteboard is the world's leading interactive whiteboard. Simply by touching the large interactive display, users can access and control any computer application or multimedia platform, including the Internet and CD-ROMs. Users can also write over applications in digital ink and then edit, save, print or post their notes to a website for future reference. SMART Board interactive whiteboards are used in classrooms, briefing rooms and boardrooms around the world, helping people to collaborate effectively whether they are in the same room or in another location. Feature-rich software and intuitive functionality make the SMART Board interactive whiteboard the number one choice of educators, presenters and trainers in more than 65 countries worldwide.

SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and global market leader in easy-to-use interactive whiteboards and other group collaboration tools. SMART products include the family of award-winning SMART Board interactive whiteboards, as well as interactive lecterns, multimedia furniture and software. Using SMART products, groups can access and share the information they need to meet, teach, train and present. SMART has been issued and maintains a broad portfolio of patents with numerous US, Canadian and other foreign patents pending. SMART customers include NASA, Texas Instruments, BMW, Fujitsu, DaimlerChrysler, Boeing, Lucent Technologies, NTT, the Los Angeles Lakers, Novartis, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Accenture, Procter & Gamble, British Telecom, Disney Imagineering and Harvard University.

SMART is a private company founded in 1987. Employing more than 500 people, SMART is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with assembly facilities in Ottawa and Calgary, and offices in Bonn, Tokyo, New York City and Washington, DC. In 1992, SMART formed a strategic alliance with Intel Corporation that resulted in joint product development and marketing efforts, and Intel's equity ownership in SMART. SMART products are sold through dealers across North America and through distributors worldwide. For more information, visit


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