I mentioned in my Air Sketch review last week that one of its biggest drawbacks, IMO, was that I could not use multiple blank pages when running the app.
PROBLEM SOLVED: I created a 10-page blank document in MS Word by inserting 9 page breaks and nothing more, and printed that doc to a pdf file in Dropbox. From my Dropbox app on my iPad, I open the 10-page blank pdf into Air Sketch. Voila! I now have a 10-page scrollable blank document on which I can take all the notes I need! As a pdf, Air Sketch and compress any inking into a new pdf and save it wherever I need. Obviously, I could create a longer blank pdf with more pages if needed, but I couldn’t see any classes going beyond 10 pages.
I still don’t get some of the hot linke or multiple image tools of SMART Notebook (see below), but this work-around clears a major usage hurdle for me.
OK, one problem solved, but a few more are realized:
- It would be very cool if I could copy-paste images within Air Sketch–something akin to cloning on a SMART Board.
- Also, while I can import images, it seems that I can operate on only one at a time. Inserting a 2nd erases the writing and insert of a previous image. It can be undone, but I still get just 1 image at a time. Worse, inserting an image takes me out of editing my 10-page blank pdf, so I can’t layer images on top of my pdf files in the current Air Sketch version.
These issues aside, Air Sketch remains a phenomenal piece of software and MY STUDENTS LOVE IT! I hope the Air Sketch editors take note of these for future editions.
Aside: Another teacher at my school independently discovered one of my suggestions in my first review of Air Sketch–that you can run one piece of software (as a math teacher, I often run CAS, nSpire, or statistical packages) through the projector while my students keep the written notes on their laptops/iPads/smart phones via the local Web page to which Air Sketch is publishing. Having two simultaneous technology packages running without flipping screens has been huge for us.