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    Will my Macbook work with SmartBoard?
    So I have this presentation I have to show to my class on Monday. Everyone else will be showing there presentation via the laptop already plugged into the SmartBoard. But since I used Keynote Im taking my Macbook with me to school and am hoping it will work with the SmartBoard.

    So does anyone know if my Macbook will work with the SmartBoard at my school? Please respond!

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    Maybe someone could give you an answer if you told us what a SmartBoard is? A Google search turns up a "Smart Board" that's apparently for education use with computers but there is no information other than what it is.

    I'm afraid this is one you're going to have deal with on the spot.

    Regards.

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    Export your presentation to Powerpoint, put it on a thumbdrive or something and use it on the classroom computer like everyone else. Your school has a license key for the software required to operate the SMART board, and it is only installed on computers your school put it on using that license. You have no such software, and acquiring it will cost you a significant amount of money since the product key is only available if you buy one of those SMART boards yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Discerptor View Post
    Export your presentation to Powerpoint, put it on a thumbdrive or something and use it on the classroom computer like everyone else. Your school has a license key for the software required to operate the SMART board, and it is only installed on computers your school put it on using that license. You have no such software, and acquiring it will cost you a significant amount of money since the product key is only available if you buy one of those SMART boards yourself.
    But I don't want to use the touch functionality of the SMART Board. I just want to use it as a screen.

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    In that case you're not actually using the smartboard, you're just using the projector.
    It *should* work, but unless you have tried it (why don't you just go to the classroom prior to the presentation and try it out?) - I would just do what Discerptor advised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mushir View Post
    But I don't want to use the touch functionality of the SMART Board. I just want to use it as a screen.
    I doubt your peers are using the touch functionality either. But they seem to have realised that the easiest way to do this is to use the computer already hooked in. There's no justifiable reason for insisting on using your computer for the presentation, especially if you're going to have to jump through hoops to pull it off and don't even know if it'll work.

    And if it is indeed possible to just plug in to the projector, your MacBook is still unable to do that unless you want to spend extra money. Most projectors on the market use S-Video or VGA in for computers, and the MacBook only has a Mini-DVI port.

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    keynote will export to several formats that can be read by any modern windows laptop (powerpoint, .mov, etc). If you're not sure if it will work, you can give it a try, but you should be prepared to be able to play it on the laptop there. (like on a thumbdrive as suggested above.)

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