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Boardmaker 7 is launching Back-to-School 2020. We have put together a list of questions and facts to ensure an easy transition and give provide a peek of the great things to come! Attention existing District/Organization subscribers, learn more about the pre-release version of Boardmaker 7 for deployment testing.
Boardmaker 7 refers to a group of products. What you know as Boardmaker Online is now called Boardmaker 7 Subscription. There are 3 versions of the subscription offering:
The subscription offering no longer uses the Flash-based Online Editor and Student Center, but now includes a powerful installed Editor and Student Center. There is now a Perpetual version of the Editor available, which we call Boardmaker 7 Standard. Boardmaker 7 subscriptions include one year of standards-aligned content with Activities-to-Go, a thematic, editable, and leveled curriculum for students in K-12 created using Boardmaker 7 templates. Boardmaker 7 Standard purchasers can explore a free sample of Activities-to-Go at goboardmaker.com.
Everything else stays the same. You won’t have to pay anything additional, but you will need to install the editor and Student Center software where previously would have accessed them. All files, students, and all the curriculum titles (Reading Avenue, Core First Learning, Book Bridge, etc) will all still be available as before.
Boardmaker 7 will include all PCS that are currently available at the time of release. As a Boardmaker 7 subscriber, you will continue to get updates to your symbols delivered automatically every 2 weeks.
Boardmaker 7 takes the best of all previous versions of Boardmaker and rolls those features into one multi-platform, multi-language app that’s designed for modern computers. Boardmaker 7 features a streamlined user interface that puts the tools you need at your fingertips. It includes all the latest PCS, and is backward compatible with all your old boards and activities. This new software will allow you to create and deliver print or interactive curriculum and communication supports faster than ever. If you choose to subscribe to Boardmaker Online, in addition to the software your subscription comes with Activities-to-Go, a thematic, leveled, and editable K-12 curriculum we developed using Boardmaker 7 templates. Boardmaker 7 Standard purchasers can explore a free sample of Activities-to-Go at goboardmaker.com.
If you are a Boardmaker Studio user…
Boardmaker Studio will not be sold after October 20, 2020. We will provide support for those who opt to continue running Boardmaker Studio for two years, but we think you will discover some significant benefits in the upgrade. Plus, the user interface is very similar and should make the transition very smooth.
If you are still using Boardmaker v6…
This is the answer to all of our customers who have struggled with not having a disc-drive or are using a Mac. Boardmaker 7 will be a downloaded and installed solution, available in multiple languages, including all available PCS, and will run on run on Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks at release.
At launch, Boardmaker 7 will have all the functionality of Boardmaker v6 with the following exceptions. We plan to add these features into the new Editor as quickly as possible.
Boardmaker 7 will have all the functionality of Boardmaker Studio with the following exceptions. We plan to add these features into Boardmaker 7 as quickly as possible.
Boardmaker 7 will open all your Boardmaker v6 and Boardmaker Studio files. When you open a Boardmaker v6 activity, it may take a few seconds to convert that activity to the new format, but you’ll only need to do that once. You can access them by simply opening the files from your local or network drive, or through the Boardmaker Community account if you saved them online.
Boardmaker 7 will include all PCS that are currently available at the time of release. Subscription users get additional symbols included every two weeks. We plan to release a subscription to symbol updates for anyone who opts to buy Boardmaker 7 Standard.
There is only one version of Boardmaker now and it does all the things that Boardmaker, Boardmaker Plus!, Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically and Boardmaker Studio did with a few exceptions (noted in the FAQ). So yes, it speaks! It can also load your old BM/SDP boards!
Boardmaker is a time-tested tool for adapting instructional activities, and creating behavior and communication supports for students with special needs. Boardmaker has been the go-to solution for special education teachers and speech pathologists for 30 years. Boardmaker 7 is our newest product, combining the best features of previous versions into a modern software application that runs on Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks and in multiple languages. Boardmaker 7 Subscription also comes with our new thematic, editable and leveled curriculum for your students in K-12, created using Boardmaker 7 templates. That means you edit the activities, use them as is, or even as a model to DIY your own activities.
Your choice! With a subscription, you not only get access to using Boardmaker 7, but also new features as they are released - Activities-to-Go, Reading Avenue, and other curriculum, plus student assignment, data tracking, automatic symbol updates, and much more. If you choose to purchase Boardmaker 7 as a one-time purchase, you will not receive real-time updates to the software and will not receive additional symbols. As we add new features and functionality, you will not get those updates until there is a major release.
At launch we will offer a free 30-day trial version.
Boardmaker 7 will run on:
Windows 10 or higher
Mac 11 or higher
Chromebook 69 or higher
Boardmaker 7 Student Center will run on:
Windows 10 or higher
Mac 11 or higher
Chromebook 69 or higher
iOS 11 or higher
The Boardmaker 7 software will not be available for the iPad at this time. However, an iPad can be used by students and teachers to play activities using the BM Student Center. We have iPad activity creation and editing on the longer-term roadmap.
Boardmaker 7 will show a notification to the user when an update is available. In an Organization subscription, the Organization Administrator will also get an email notification. If your school/district allows you to install software yourself, you can download and install the update. If that privilege is blocked, then the IT team will need to push the installation out or login to each machine with Administrative privileges.
Yes! This makes creating activities from a template fast and easy. This feature is also how you edit Activities-to-Go, our new, thematic, editable and leveled curriculum for your students in K-12, that we created using Boardmaker 7 templates.
Yes! There will be things like integrated web search for images (bringing that over from Boardmaker Online). More features will be announced closer to launch.
When you create a new activity in Boardmaker 7 and hit save, it is saved locally. If you are signed into your Boardmaker account (even a free community account) the file can also be saved in your "My Activities" area. This way, you will always have access to the file remotely as well.
We are currently meeting with customers to help us design a great new way to manage skin tones throughout your old and new activities. We’ll make an announcement as soon as it’s ready.
Besides American, British, and Australian English, the Boardmaker 7 user interface and templates can be switched between Spanish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Finnish, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian. More user interface languages will be added later on! Using the software, you can create activities with PCS symbol translated to 44 languages and it comes with Text to Speech in 38 languages.