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Major interactive whiteboard manufacturers agree on a common software format

BECTA (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) has announced that major white board manufacturers, including Promethean, Hitachi and SMART Technologies have agreed on a common file format – at last software created on one platform can be exported and used on setups from other vendors.

Interactive WhiteboardThis means that content created by educators can be shared across platforms, thus reaching a wider audience. Thanks to this new agreement, a common file format (.iwb) has been created, as well as a viewer application with support documents and a code library. Some of the vendors are already supporting this new format in their software, while others will do so in upcoming updates.

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Update: Due to BECTA’s recent closure the common file format for interactive whiteboards (.iwb) has an uncertain future. It is yet unknown if companies will continue development on the common format.