How do I share Boardmaker boards?

One of the most common questions I am asked is “how do I save Boardmaker boards in a format that I can share them with people who do not have Boardmaker?” Well, for anyone using programs in the Boardmaker Software Family read on to see how you can save your boards to share with others!

The best way to do this is to save your board as a PDF (Portable Document Format). This is a common worldwide method that is a reliable and secure way to send documents to people when they might not have a particular software program to view and print the document.

However, you do need to have PDF writing software installed on your computer. There are a number of free versions (JGI = Just Google It) and one that I use frequently is called CutePDF Writer. This software installs itself as a “printer subsystem” and allows files in most Windows applications (that have a Print option) to convert to a PDF document.

Remember that when you are creating a Boardmaker PDF, it is for sharing with others to view and print that they will not be able to edit and make changes. They will need the Boardmaker software for that.

Once you know that you have PDF writer software on your computer you can follow the steps for either Boardmaker Studio or slightly different steps for Boardmaker, Boardmaker Plus and Boardmaker Speaking Dynamically Pro to create a PDF and share share share!

Boardmaker Studio

1. Open the project in Edit mode.
2. Select the Studio File icon (in the top left) then select Print Project.
3. In the top right, change the printer drop-down to read the name of the PDF software on the computer (i.e. PDF Creator, cute PDF, etc).

4. Select the Print button.
5. A new menu will open to name the PDF document. Type in a name then select Save.

6. Select the location on the computer you wish to save the PDF document to then select Save.

The PDF including all boards will be saved to that location.

Boardmaker, Boardmaker Plus or Boardmaker Speaking Dynamically Pro

1. Open the board in Design mode.
2. Select the File Menu (in the top left) then select Print.
3. Change the name of the printer in the printer drop-down menu to read the name of the PDF software on the computer (i.e. PDF Creator, cute PDF, etc).

4. Select OK.
5. A new Save As menu will open to name the PDF document. Give it a File Name.

6. Then select the location on the computer you wish to save the PDF document and select Save.

If you have any difficulties with this, then don’t hesitate to call us. Have fun sharing those boards for printing!

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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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