If you’ve upgraded to SMART Notebook 11 and have experienced issues using PowerPoint, you are not alone. In the past, users have been able to easily annotate on top of PowerPoint slides and even tap (or double-tap) your finger on the SMART Board to advance slides. However, with the latest Notebook update, these features are not immediately available.
While we encourage the use of software like SMART Notebook to both present and interact with lesson content, we understand that educators may have teaching materials already saved in PowerPoint. Our first recommendation would be to convert your PowerPoint presentations to SMART Notebook using the import utility, located in Notebook’s File menu. Conversely, if you still prefer PowerPoint, here are a few quick steps to install the new SMART Ink plugin that will allow you to annotate on your PowerPoint slides.
For Windows 7
STEP 1: Select Start > Control Panel > Programs and Features
STEP 2: Select SMART Ink from the list, and then click Repair
For Windows XP
STEP 1: Select Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
STEP 2: Select SMART Ink from the list, and then Click here for support information.
STEP 3: Click Repair
After performing the steps above, you’ll need to re-start SMART Ink by selecting Start > All Programs > SMART Technologies > SMART Ink
The next time you open PowerPoint and play your slideshow, you should see the following toolbar and you will be able to pick up a pen tool and annotate on your slides, as well as perform other PowerPoint functions. Note that the “tap-to-advance” feature is no longer available.