One of the new features in Notebook 11 is SMART Ink. This tool is always available while connected to a SMART Board. With SMART Ink you can annotate over a web page or another program and Notebook doesn’t have to be running! No, board tools do not need to be running, but you must be connected to a SMART Board. You can choose the pen color and you also have the option use the calligraphic styled pen. Additionally, the highlighter pen, eraser, screen capture, and clear ink tools are all conveniently available from the drop-down.
The SMART Ink tab is available on the active window and can be moved anywhere along the perimeter of the active window. Yes, you can drag it to the bottom center of the window or the left, right. There are instances where you’ll appreciate such mobility. For instance, when you have eight or more browser tabs open the icon can get in the way of those tabs. Moving the icon to the right or bottom side of the window may be a convenient placement for the icon until you realize that it shares the same pixel space as the scroll bars. The left side of the window is often where tools and tabs reside, so you may find the same screen real estate conflict on this area of your screen. Sure, this is getting a little picky, but what if I want to just turn it off? The answer is simple: you cannot turn off SMART Ink. Don’t panic! For those willing to venture into the area of your computer that compels me to provide the standard, “you attempt these steps at your own risk” there is a solution. The simple solution to this problem is disconnect the board. Since SMART Ink requires that a board be connected in order to work, all you need to do is remove the USB cable from your computer or USB hub. This may not be convenient for one of many reason, so let’s look at how to shut off SMART Ink in both Windows and OS X.
In this example we’ll use Windows Task Manager to stop SMART Ink. Start the Task Manager by simultaneously pressing the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys and selecting Task Manager from the list.
The Windows Task Manger opens with Processes as the active tab. Find SMARTInk.exe under Image Name by scrolling through the list. Hint: Double clicking on the heading (Image Name) sorts the list alphabetically. Once you’ve found SMARTInk.exe left click it once and then left click End Process. That’s it, you’re done! How to I get it back? Turn on SMART Ink.
Windows Command Prompt
Feeling a little adventurous? The command line is the antithesis of the graphical interface Windows provides. Who wants to type a line of text when you can just click on an icon? Well, there are many of you out there and you know who you are, but this isn’t for you. These instructions are provided for those who want to identify and connect with the inner geek they never knew was there. I am not liable if after following these instructions you have a sudden and uncontrollable urge to install a Linux distro and sudo your way to nirvana ; )
Click on the START menu
Enter ‘cmd’ (without the quotes) as shown.
Don’t press ENTER! Instead, use Ctrl+Shift + Enter
The command window will open and you’ll see that you’ve successfully started the window as administrator by the information in the title bar:
Now, enter the command shown below. I’ve typed it below the image which will allow you to copy and paste. You’re welcome : )
Turn SMART Ink back on
Now that you have successfully stopped the program, how do you start it again when you need to use the features? In Windows, simply click on the START button and select ALL PROGRAMS
Mac OS X
Open the Activity Monitor found in the Utilities folder.
Similar to Windows Task Manager, click on SMART Ink under the Process Name and then click Quit Process found in the upper left corner of the window. To restart SMART Ink, open FINDER and click on Applications and scroll down to the SMART Technologies folder. Expand the folder and double click SMART Ink. Remember, you must be connected to a board for SMART Ink to work. Now you can stop and start SMART Ink at your convenience. Linux users rejoice, Notebook 11 is scheduled to be released by year’s end!