The whiteboard tools enable you to draw over any of the 2D content you have added to your lesson, or just a simple white background. They are accessed through the Options menu of any edify Board.
When you toggle on the whiteboard tools, your right controller will be replaced with a whiteboard marker pen. On the left side of the board, a whiteboard tools panel will appear. Here, you have access to a number of tools, described below. Using the buttons at the bottom, you can also clear any drawings you currently have on the board, or save anything you’ve created. Your board will save the image in two formats – one with just your drawings on a clear background, and one with those drawings overlayed on the content you currently have open, so you can keep them within their relevant context.
Pen and Eraser
You can draw on the board in a few different ways. The first is your normal method of drawing – touch the pen against the whiteboard where you want to draw, and a line will appear. This is the best way to make shapes that require a finer level of control, such as writing. If you prefer, you can change the whiteboard settings so you have to touch and push the trigger at the same time.
The second way is to use the trigger while standing away from the board. If you stand in front of the board and hold your arm up, you will see a circular indicator on the board. When you pull the trigger, a line will be drawn where the indicator moves. This type of drawing is more suitable to making sweeping movements, such as drawing arrows and circles.
In the tools panel on the left hand side, you can change from a pen to an eraser. This functions in the same way – you can both touch the eraser to the board to wipe away sections of drawing, or press the trigger to remove any lines within the eraser indicator.
You can also change the size of the pen lines using the slider at the bottom of the tools panel. Normal sized lines are around size 12.
Similar to other drawing tools, edify also enables you to add simple shapes onto your board. If you press the right arrow at the top of the tools panel, you will transition to a shapes panel. Here, you can select a shape you want, and then click on your board where you want to add it. If you want to change the size or dimensions of your shape, you can hover over it, then click and drag one of the corners.
The second tab of the whiteboard tools enables you to change the colour of your pen and shapes. The tab has a basic colour wheel, with a slider at the bottom allowing you to vary the intensity of the colour. You can also add a number of saved colours using the + button at the top, then pressing on the coloured circles to move between them.