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OpenBoard v1.6.1

An open source cross-platform teaching software for interactive whiteboard designed primarily for use in schools and universities.

It can be used both with interactive whiteboards or in a dual-screen setup with a pen-tablet display and a projector.

Where is it from?
OpenBoard was originally forked from Open-Sankoré 2.0, which was itself based on Uniboard. This fork was created to refocus the software on its original core functionalities and values, that is the work of a teacher in a classroom, privileging the ease of use. The evolution of this software will therefore take place in accordance with these core principles.

Supported platforms are Windows (7+), OS X (10.9+) and Linux (tested on Ubuntu 16.04).

Who is involved?
Currently, OpenBoard is maintained by the Education Department (DIP) of the canton of Geneva, in Switzerland. The University of Lausanne, who developed the original Uniboard software in 2003 has recently joined the effort by means of a logistical and financial contribution.

A meeting was held in June 2016 between representatives from the universities of Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Fribourg and Geneva, the departments of Education from the cantons of Geneva and Jura as well as various institutions from the canton of Vaud (Switzerland) to together reflect on the desired evolution of OpenBoard.

Easy to Install
Simply download and start using it right away. No registration required.

Open Source
OpenBoard is released under the GPLv3 License and maintained by the community on GitHub.

Available on Windows, Mac and Linux so you can stay with what you like the most.

OpenBoard is easy to use yet powerful. It is a tool that can help you do your job and does not get in the way.

K-12 to Academia
Engage K-12 Student with interactive courses or give the prefect lecture at University.

Use a pen tablet, an interactive whiteboard or even a mouse to write and annotate your course. We are constantly working the improve the writing experience.

New Features

upgraded to Qt 5.15.0
the laser pointer diameter is now configurable in the config file, thanks to @letsfindaway. You can modify its value by changing it in the config file (PointerDiameter in the Board section)
it is now possible to draw intermediate lines in the grid backgrounds, thanks to @letsfindaway. You can enable it by passing EnableIntermediateLines to true in the config file. Once we have time to test it, it might become enabled by default.
a new application called "Axes" has been added, thanks to @letsfindaway. it can be enabled by passing EnableToolAxes to true in the config file. Once we have time to test it, it might become enabled by default.
a new application called "Paper" (already available for a while in some Geneva schools) has been added, thanks to François Le Cléac'h
added an option do enable/disable the new work made to increase performances when zooming on a PDF enableQualityLossToIncreaseZoomPerfs (enabled by default)
added 4 shapes in the library
ported from QScriptEngine to QJSonDocument, thanks to @JBBgameich
updated russian translations, thanks to @mariiaalt
added a zoomBehavior parameter to test some features regarding PDF rendering performances, thanks to @jpapale

Bug fixes

It was no longer possible to make a selection above a PDF background. In some cases, undo could cause the PDF to be detached from background.
added shortcuts events in the thumbnails view.
Object moves were not memorized when using the "magicFinger" tool.
Fixed several issues regarding UBX import.
Selected pen color was no longer visible on the main bar.
In a text-box, a resize was applied even when only changing the color of a text.
potential fix to the "screen overlapping" issue
metadatas were not correctly persisted when the last action was to delete a page in Board Mode
fixed two issues regarding ubx files where import could fail if some folders and files had the same name
fixed an issue where rename a folder could break the folder's hierarchy
fixed the labels of the colors toolbar
fixed an issue where resizing widgets would scale them instead of resizing the viewport
fixed an issue where OpenBoard would crash if trying to drag and drop anything on the thumbnails view
fixed an issue where data would not be correctly persisted when playing with text alignment in a text box
fixed an issue with shortcuts on a german keyboard layout, thanks to @letsfindaway
fixed an issue where changing of stylus tool while input device is pressed could result on a crash, thanks to @letsfindaway
fixed an issue where eraser preview circle would not hide at input device release, thanks @letsfindaway
fixed two issues where pageCount metadata could be corrupted
fixed a number of uninitialized variable uses, thanks to @multun
fixed some polish translations, thanks to @marcin-serwin


make libavcodec-extra version less restricted (so the package can be installed in Kubuntu 20.04 too)


vc_redist installer has been replaced by new ones to prevent "msvcrt10x.dll is missing" kind of errors
added LAV_Filters to installer so system codecs needed by Qt are provided directly at install


fixed OSX Desktop mode, thanks to @jpapale
fixed OSX Desktop screen capture for screens with a devicePixelRatio different from 1
fixed an issue where d'n'd was broken with qt 5.15 or osx >= 10.15 if QMimeData::setUrls was filled with empty urls
ask permission to use the mic.

Known Issues

In Desktop Mode, Gnome Dock should be set to bottom position to workaround the issue with the Openboard left palette not beeing usable from above it (cf. for more details).

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