|What are PC Whiteboards?
PC Whiteboards are an electronically controlled digital PC whiteboard with
productivity software designed for use in the context of a personal
office, conference, or training room. The 2'x3' whiteboards weigh less
than 18 pounds, the 3' x 4' whiteboards weigh 30 pounds, and the 4' x 6'
board weighs 50 pounds. They are designed to mount on an office wall,
cubicle divider, or on an optional easel. The software portion is a 32-bit
application for use on any i486Ă 33Mhz PC (or better) running WindowsĂ
(Windows 3.1x, Windows 95, and Windows NT 3.51 & 4.0). PC Whiteboards
use standard dry erase markers and are powered from a small plug-in
"brick" 7.5v power supply. A custom eraser is supplied.
How Do PC Whiteboards Work?
PC Whiteboards use resistive sensor technology to "feel" the
location of your pen or an eraser.
Who are PC Whiteboards ideally designed for?
PC Whiteboards are applicable to anyone who uses a whiteboard and PC, and
therefore has a broad-based functionality and user target. From engineers,
architects, and MIS personnel to executives, lawyers, and physicians,
anyone who works with a whiteboard, collaboratively or alone, will benefit
from PC Whiteboards' ability to capture, display and transmit hand-drawn
information in real time.
How do PC Whiteboards communicate with the PC?
PC Whiteboards use a standard RS-232 serial cable to communicate with the
PC. The whiteboard controller generates up to 192 touch points per second,
which are transmitted at 9600 baud to the PC. On the PC side, a driver
runs under Windows and checks the designated serial port 200 times per
second for incoming data. If data is available, the PC Whiteboards Dynamic
Link Libraries (DLL) validates the data, saves it to a file, and updates
the application screen. In Windows 3.1x and 95, PC Whiteboards do not use
an Interrupt Request (IRQ) or require that one be available for the
designated serial port. However, PC Whiteboards cannot access the port if
another driver has opened the port and/or taken an IRQ resource for that
port. With Windows NT, an available IRQ resource is required.
What file format do PC Whiteboards use and can I export the data to
PC Whiteboards use a proprietary, compact vector-based format. Each
snapshot image can be exported directly to a disk file either through the
"export" command or by dragging the snapshot to the desktop.
Ibid can export snapshot images as both .BMP and .WMF formats. Ibid can
place snapshots onto the Windows clipboard for use by other applications
that can accept .BMP and .WMF formats. A third approach to working with
images involves dragging them, one at a time, directly to an OLE-aware
application window such as Word or PowerPointĂ. PC Whiteboards also
support moving multiple images between PC Whiteboards files, either
directly from within the application, or through the clipboard. PC
Whiteboards do not support moving multiple images into another application
in a single operation.
Will PC Whiteboards work with Microsoft« NetMeeting«?
PC Whiteboards should work with most conferencing software that can
"share" applications. In this manner you can transmit whiteboard
images over Internet, LAN, or modem-to-modem connections. At this time,
the whiteboard has been tested with NetMeeting« 2.1. To use PC
Whiteboards with the conferencing software, you would "call" the
participating parties through the conferencing software's connection
facility. In NetMeeting«, you can "call" users modem-to-modem,
via an IP address, or via their "computer name" in a LAN
environment. Once the users are connected, you would start the Ibid
application (if it is not already running). Identify Ibid to the
conferencing software as a "Shareable" application. Please note
that with NetMeeting« version 2.0+, users running Windows«NT cannot
support sharing applications unless they have installed Service Pack 3.
Depending on the conferencing software you are using, you may need to turn
on the "Collaboration" option, allowing others to take control
of your PC Whiteboards session. At this point, the NetMeeting« parties
can view what is being drawn on the whiteboard. With the 1.0 and 1.5
versions of Ibid software, if a remote user wants a printout of the
whiteboard snapshot(s), the snapshot file(s) must be electronically sent
to that user from the host PC. If the remote user is not running the Ibid
application or the Freeware Viewer, make certain to export the images to
either a bitmap file (.BMP) or metafile (.WMF) format. For more detailed
information regarding using Ibid & NetMeeting«, click on the
following link to read our PC Whiteboards & NetMeeting«Quick Start
What size are the .WBD files when doing a real-time transfer over the
Not to be vague, but the size of the .WBD file depends on the size of the
drawing you are doing. The initial size of a blank .WBD file is
approximately 70KB. Typical file sizes for 10 snapshots range less than
150K. Files can grow to several MB if you use the board for many days and
put all of that activity into the same .WBD file. In addition, with the
1.5 Professional Series software, you can embed .WMF overlays into your
file. Your file size can grow quite large depending on the complexity of
the .WMF overlays.
Will PC Whiteboards work on a Macintosh« PC?
At this time, there is no native Macintosh« PC Whiteboards product.
However many customers have had success connecting PC Whiteboards to a
Power Mac« running Virtual PC.
Does the PC Whiteboards software modify the CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT
Neither file is modified during installation of the PC Whiteboards
What type of serial cable do PC Whiteboards use?
PC Whiteboards use the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) RS-232
standard for serial communications with the PC. A 9-pin female connector
is provided under the whiteboard tray and a 9-25 pin adapter is included
in the accessory kit. Only three wires are needed: transmit, receive, and
ground wires (pins 2, 3, & 7). There is no support for handshaking.
The maximum length of cable that is supported is 25 feet
Will PC Whiteboards work on UNIX?
At this time, there are no plans to make this product available on the
How can I get technical support?
Technical assistance is available Monday - Friday 7am-1am EST via phone,
e-mail, and our Web KnowledgeBase. Please remember to register your PC
Whiteboards product for prompt warranty service, technical support, and
Do PC Whiteboards come in multiple sizes?
At present there are four size configurations of PC Whiteboards available.
They are the PC Whiteboards 100, the PC Whiteboards 150, the PC
Whiteboards 300 & PC Whiteboards 400, and the PC Whiteboards 600. The
100 and 150 have approximately the same active area (36" by
24"). The PC Whiteboards 100 is landscape format, while the PC
Whiteboards 150 is portrait format. The larger format PC Whiteboards
include the PC Whiteboards models 300 & 400 which provide an active
area of 3' x 4', and the PC Whiteboards 600 which provides an active area
of 4' x 6'.
Can PC Whiteboard snapshots be displayed back on PC Whiteboards?
No. Other than rear projection, no technology is known for displaying
computer-stored data on a surface such as a whiteboard.