Recently, I downloaded the Open-Sankore software. I needed a piece of software to do some drawing and got way, way more than I expected.
I think that I went well over the top when I read that the software was the same and worked the same on Macintosh, Windows, and Linux. You don’t see that range of support often.
Upon installation on Linux, I immediately was curious as to support for my Wacom Bamboo tablet. I wasn’t disappointed. Everything worked as you would expect. No configuration or extra drivers to install. It just worked. I wish that I had other equipment to try it on and test their claims of compatibility.
The software is so intuitive. If you’ve ever used any other type of whiteboard software, you’ll pick this up immediately.
I was impressed trying the application on different computers. It goes full screen and you wouldn’t know what computer platform you’re working on. To me, that’s the sort of transparency that we can appreciate.
The tools and tool sets are really obvious. Pick a tool, pick a colour, and go to it. Speaking of tools, the toolbar can be moved to the top or bottom of the screen. They recommend the bottom for whiteboards.
Projects can have multiple pages. Add a place and title it in the left panel.
The installation comes with a big collection of resources for creating your multi-media document.
Nothing is proprietary to the software. If your computer can play it, Open-Sankore can play it. So, include audio, movies, or graphic images with easy. Can’t find it in their collection – facility is there to search for it on the internet.
Objects are dragged onto the workspace where resizing, rotating, etc. are all well defined in the frame around the object.
Selection of language was a bit inconsistent.
The software has its roots based in the French language. Even though I was able to change the language and restart in English, there were still a few elements that remained in French. But, I’ll be honest. The iconage and the display was so graphically intuitive, I didn’t really notice until I started to write this post and give it a thorough test.
I’ve worked with a number of whiteboard software in the past and so there was really no big learning curve digging into this one. In any classroom, this will be a welcome addition. It will be really welcomed to a classroom where students bring their own laptops and you’re looking for software like this for presentation, displays, and just plain creativity fun.