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Smart Updates Interactive Whiteboard Software Licensing

Smart Technologies is updating its licensing policies for the Smart Notebook suite of interactive whiteboard software.

According to the company, Smart Notebook software will be available to teachers regardless of the brand of interactive whiteboard they use.

Smart Notebook is a standards-aligned collaborative learning tool that operates in conjunction with interactive whiteboards. It provides access to curricular resources — Flash objects, videos, images, and other elements — and tools like an object animator, shape recognizer, and recorder.

The company is also adding site licenses to it licensing program and decreasing the cost of classroom licenses (known previously as Smart Notebook Collaborative licenses).

Smart is also introducing an annual subscription maintenance plan. Called Notebook Advantage, the plan will provide access to updates and technical support. According to Smart, all of the company's hardware will include a one-year Notebook Advantage subscription, after which customers "can renew annually, or pre-purchase subscriptions for up to five years." As for those who have already purchased Smart hardware, the will receive a subscription that will be valid "one year from the date of your hardware purchase, or April 1, 2014, whichever date comes later." After that, a renewal will be required.

Updated support for third-party hardware will be available Oct. 1. Updated site and classroom licensing will be available Nov. 1. Notebook Advantage will be available April 1, 2014. Additional details can be found on Smart Technologies' licensing portal.

Update (Sept. 25): In related news, Smart and Epson announced an agreement that will allow Epson to distribute Smart Notebook with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. The deal marks the first time Smart has licensed its software to a third-party hardware maker.

As part of the deal, Epson will distribute Smart Notebook software through its reseller network. New and existing BrightLink customers will have the option of licensing Smart Notebook. Epson and Smart will both provide support for the product.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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