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Annotating on google slides?

Publié : 04 Déc 2017, 03:07
par djgroos
Hi! I'm just starting to use OpenBoard on Ubuntu 16.04 in my classroom and it is very stable. Last few years I installed and used the smartboard Linux software for use on the smartboard in my classroom. However, this is only being developed up to 14.04, no further. I'm happy to be using an opensource project now, thanks!

One of my biggest use-cases for the smartboard software was in annotating slides in a presentation. For example, tomorrow I'd like to be able to annotate images of rulers/tables that I've embedded into the slides.

I invariably used Firefox when another browser wasn't required. I know that there is a browser tool as part of OpenBoard, but simply using the current firefox would be easiest. Furthermore, I know that one can import images into openboard and annotate image files, yet google slides is a really efficient tool to organize, store, iteratively improve and share lesson presentations.

In conclusion, is it possible to annotate google slides in firefox (or the embedded browser)?

Thanks,
David

Re: Annotating on google slides?

Publié : 15 Déc 2017, 04:00
par djgroos
To answer some of my own questions as I learn about openboard...

First, the openboard "browser" isn't as I thought but instead a button that opens the system-default browser to the openboard reference-configured page. Note: is there a way that clicking on the Browser button simply switches to the browser window that's currently open, instead of opening and going to a new tab?

So, OpenBoard works great for annotating Google Slides. A plus of OpenBoard compared to the SmartBoard software in my use-case is that the annotation layer can stay between slide-reveals (not sure how to say this, I mean when you reveal one bullet point at a time on the same slide). I like to sometimes reveal one image or one bullet point at a time and with openboard I can annotate a graph on the screen, then reveal the next question on the slide without loosing annotations on the graph. The downside of this is when I finally end up going to the next slide, needing to erase the annotations I wrote on the screen. The only way I've found so far is using the erase-tool. Is there a way to erase the whole screen with the single press of a button? I imagine there is...

Re: Annotating on google slides?

Publié : 17 Déc 2017, 12:55
par ramuntcho
Hi,
First, the openboard "browser" isn't as I thought but instead a button that opens the system-default browser to the openboard reference-configured page
In fact, in the Preferences, you can choose to use the internal browser or the default browser of the computer
Note: is there a way that clicking on the Browser button simply switches to the browser window that's currently open, instead of opening and going to a new tab?
For the moment, it's not possible.
Is there a way to erase the whole screen with the single press of a button? I imagine there is...
If you make a long click on the "Erase" button, you can do it.

Re: Annotating on google slides?

Publié : 18 Déc 2017, 05:29
par djgroos
Hi!
Thanks for this and will be using the long-click on the erase button tomorrow!
David