Printing through a web application is challenging, especially on Google Chromebooks. To completely avoid the issue, Boardmaker Online has been updated to automatically generate PDF versions of the activities. PDFs can then be printed easily and consistently on all computer platforms, including Chromebooks!
How does it work?
When you are working in Boardmaker Online you are usually in the My Activities area or the Curriculum area. Wherever you see a list of activities you have access to, there will always be a Print button as shown below.
Every time you select Print, the server will generate a PDF of that activity. It will typically finish in a few seconds and pop up in another tab. NOTE: Make sure to turn pop-up blocking off! However, if the activity is large (like an entire PODD book) and it’s going to take a while, it will let you know and let you go back to work.When it’s complete, the green bell icon in the upper right side of the web page will have a red dot indicating that you have new notifications. You can check the notification and click on that to see the PDF or return to the activity and click on the Print icon in the action bar as shown above.
Any time you select print for an activity you have previously printed, it will instantly show the PDF unless you have modified the activity. In that case, it will regenerate the PDF and show your changes.
You can now print interactive activities
You will see that both print and interactive activities now have a Print icon next to them. Printing most interactive activities works fine, but some use advanced actions that are incompatible with PDF printing.
Supported on all platforms
Print from any of these!
PDF viewing and printing is supported on every platform, which means you’ll get consistent results wherever you are. You also get control over the final printed output... simply use the controls built into the PDF viewer you have installed. This allows you to Print just the first 5 pages, or print on two sides of one sheet, or enlarge or reduce the output. This also allows you to simply download the PDF and send it to someone. Just look in the folder where all your downloads go.