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Josh Lund (of DePaul FITS), Theophilus Jamal, and I have been refining our work with Wacom Cintiqs to create what we call the Mini Studio. We started off with the Wacom Cintiq tablet (Wacom Cintiq 13HD Pen Display), but now use a Cintiq 22HD Creative Pen Display.

Open-Sankoré

Open-Sankoré is a free tool (you can dowload it
here). It is not quite as stable as PowerPoint (it crashes occasionally), but has a richer set of annotation tools. The animations and transition that might be used in PowerPoint presentation are lost, and individual slides are imported as a folder of images. However, Open-Sankoré has a rich set of annotation tools (pen, highlighter, line, zoom, etc.) with the option to change pen color and nib thickness. In most cases this would be the best tool for faculty to use. The ScreenFlow recording can be cropped to remove the tool interface from the exported recording.

The process we are currently using to import PowerPoint is as follows:

  • In PowerPoint, click on "File / Save As PIctures" to save the PowerPoint presentation as a folder containing a series of images.
  • Select "PNG" as your "Format"
  • Click on "Options" and change the "Width" to "1080" and "Height" to "810"
  • Click on "OK"
  • Click on "Save" (your folder of images is now created)
  • In Open-Sankoré, choose your preferred background (blank or graph paper)
  • Click on "Documents"
  • Click on "Add / Add Folder Of Images"
  • Browse to the folder of PNG images and click "Choose" (you may have to wait a while for all the slides to import)
  • Rename the folder of images to something meaningful

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