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At Manzana we have long been advocates of keeping software choices separate from hardware choices. Many customers have multiple brands of other interactive hardware (whiteboards, interactive displays, slates and tablets, touchscreens etc), only to discover that associated software licensing restricts them from using some applications on competing hardware solutions.

The 2Touch Workbook whiteboarding software is “hardware agnostic” and is designed to help these situations by providing software which can be used across the organisation, regardless of what devices are connected. In addition, 2Touch Workbook opens content produced using competing iwb products, so that now customers can enjoy making application choices without being concerned that they might lose their investments in prepared content.

Using the same principles of inter-operability and open-ness, the 2Touch team has now come up with a fresh look at IWB software. This will be of particular interest to customers using Mac computers, or a mixture of Mac and Windows operating systems, since this software is designed to run in any browser supported by Mac or Windows. While not yet providing all of the functionality of Workbook, it does perform all standard whiteboarding functions (page manager, line drawing, shapes, images, videos etc). In addition, it supports some of the most popular Workbook features such as connectors useful for mind mapping.

Being browser based, this new solution will be released under the Xorro banner, joining last year’s release of Xorro-Q (the web based audience response solution), and the evolving Xorro-ed resource sharing community site. We have yet to complete the final branding for the new whiteboarding solution (your suggestions are welcome!) For now, early adopters are invited to come forward and participate in bgeta testing fo the tool, and contribute to the final touches leading up to its full release. If you’d like to join in the beta program, please email Pablo Garcia.

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Format chose Zinterlock as the easiest, most consistent and cost-effective way to flush mount cabinetry onto walls.

Manzana Xorro Christmas 2015
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This summer, the University of Auckland Department of Civil Engineering has supplied eight student interns to work with Xorro on developing a targeted learning solution. These interns have been working alongside another seven interns from Massey University contributing to product development in Xorro Workboook and Xorro-Q projects.

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This week Xorro releases version 2.2 of its Workbook whiteboarding software, co-branded Alphateach in the UK and Europe. The new version includes features such as PDF import, enhanced design of the ruler tool, added grid functions and much more.

Student response systems in use in class
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Recently we followed up with Dr Michael Rehm from University of Auckland’s Business School, on how he uses student response systems such as Xorro Q in his courses.

Label questions in Xorro-Q
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In September Xorro quietly released Label questions for the Xorro-Q audience assessment platform. Label questions provide a flexible and fast assessment tool suited to any topic.

Flexiroller, BalanceBox, Zinterlock
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Whether it’s raising an 84″ display to above head height for crowds, or bringing 55″ interactive screens within easy reach of pre-schoolers, better design adds up to winning flexibility, sturdiness and safety. Getting it wrong means less value from your display, and substantial costs and safety issues. We take a look at the latest & best options for securing, lifting and moving large displays, keeping safety and durability foremost.

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This week, after months of beta testing and progressive improvements, Xorro finally released version 2.0 of the powerful whiteboarding software Workbook (also branded Alphateach and Imergo Aqua in other markets). Workbook was originally written by 2Touch for use with 2Touch interactive whiteboards. Since 2013, Xorro has taken over all software related developments, and today Xorro Workbook is […]

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Xorro-Q provides a simple game-like context that motivates students to practice algebra concepts. Using any browser (no plug ins or downloads needed) your students can “play” a problem-based algebra activity set by you. Xorro-Q’s Free Facilitator is ideal (and free) for groups of less than 33 participants. Test your own linear algebra skills on the sampler in the article. Then read on to find the simple instructions to get underway with your own Free Facilitator access.

Zinterlock: your secure mounting solution
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Manzana and 2Touch Australia have developed Zinterlock: an extremely low-cost, ultra-secure yet very simple flush-mount solution for mounting large, heavy, fragile or valuable items onto walls.