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Boardmaker 7 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Boardmaker 7 is launching soon. 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 Boardmaker Online subscribers, learn more about the pre-release version of Boardmaker 7 for deployment testing.

If you currently use Boardmaker Online

1. What is the difference between Boardmaker Online and Boardmaker 7?

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:

  • Boardmaker 7 Organization – previously Boardmaker Online District
  • Boardmaker 7 Professional – previously Boardmaker Online Professional
  • Boardmaker 7 Personal – previously Boardmaker Online Personal

2. What are some highlights of the new Boardmaker 7?

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.

3. What changes will I see in Boardmaker Online when Boardmaker 7 launches?

  • When you select “Create an Activity” or “Edit”, instead of launching the web-based Online Editor the site will open the installed Boardmaker 7 Editor application.
  • When selecting “Play” on an activity, instead of launching the web-based Student Center, the site will open the installed Boardmaker 7 Student Center app.
  • When you select, "My Boardmaker," you'll see Activities-to-Go, our new thematic, editable, and leveled curriculum for students in K-12. Each unit includes books, games, behavior supports, speech-language content, crafts, recipes, and more. You can edit the activities, use them as is, or DIY your own unit of Activities-to-Go using Boardmaker 7 templates.

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.

4. Will the Boardmaker 7 Editor be able to do everything that Online Editor can do?

At launch, the Boardmaker 7 Editor will have all the functionality of the Online Editor with the following exceptions. We plan to add these features into the new Editor as quickly as possible.

  • Sound Files
  • Ability to copy and paste into other documents
  • Ability to add edited symbols to My Media

5. How many PCS® are included with a Boardmaker 7 Subscription? How will symbol updates be handled?

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.

If you currently use Boardmaker v6 or Boardmaker Studio

1. What’s so great about Boardmaker 7?

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.

2. Why should I plan to upgrade to Boardmaker 7?

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.

3. Will Boardmaker 7 be able to do everything that Boardmaker v6 can do?

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.

  • Dual Language Labels
  • Button Keys
  • Moveable Button Tool
  • Multi-word Symbolate
  • Pronunciation Exceptions
  • Sound Files
  • Ability to copy and paste into other documents

4. Will Boardmaker 7 be able to do everything that Boardmaker Studio can do?

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.

  • Gadgets
  • Advanced Action Editing
  • Create/Edit Macros
  • Import Boardmaker v6 Custom PCS libraries
  • Symbol Manager
  • Dictionary Editor
  • Sound Files
  • Add new interactive activity to an existing interactive activity
  • Ability to copy and paste into other documents

5. I have hundreds of activities that I created with Boardmaker v6. Will I be able to use them? How will I access them?

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.

6. How many PCS symbols are included with Boardmaker 7? How will symbol updates be handled?

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.

7. Will Speaking Dynamically from BM v6 be available in Boardmaker 7?

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!

If you are new to Boardmaker

1. Why Boardmaker?

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 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.

2. Will Boardmaker 7 be a one-time purchase or a subscription?

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.

General information

1. Is a trial version available?

At launch we will offer a free 30-day trial version.

2. Will Boardmaker 7 run on my computer?

Boardmaker 7 will run on:

              Windows 10 or higher, you must have 64 bit

              Mac 10.13 or higher

              Chromebook 69 or higher *Requires x86 processor (ARM processor not supported)

Boardmaker 7 Student Center will run on:

              Windows 10 or higher, you must have 64 bit

              Mac 10.13 or higher

              Chromebook 69 or higher *Requires x86 processor (ARM processor not supported)

              iOS 11 or higher

3. What will happen if I do not have Windows 10 or higher?

Boardmaker 7 has been tested and will be fully supported for computers running Windows 10 or later. This in no way means that it will not work on computers running older versions of the operating system. It means that it hasn’t been fully tested on older operating systems and that if you encounter a problem, we may not be able to resolve it. You are welcome to use the free trial to test the software on your computer to see if it works properly for you.

4. Will Boardmaker 7 be available on iPad?

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.

5. How will software updates/upgrades work?

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.

6. Will Boardmaker 7 have “Edit in Place” where you just type in the button directly and hit enter to search for symbols?

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.

7. Can we expect any other new features?

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.

8. Where will my activities be saved?

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.

9. Will it be easier to change skin tone, or even better will it give options of skin tone?

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.

10. What languages will Boardmaker 7 support?

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.