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CONTENTS internet collaboration software released!
Issues with java JDK1.5.
Wacom Graphire Tablet: $84.99 from Amazon (15% off).
Using Groupboard with unicode characters.
Data compression with freehand tool.
Updates to javascript user interface.
Background image centering. internet collaboration software released!

We have recently released our online collaboration and conferencing software.

Designed with both personal and business users in mind, has applications such as online meetings/conferencing and 3D chat worlds with file sharing and multi-player games.

Features of include: costs from $6.99 per month for the 15 simultaneous user consumer version, or $14.99 per month for the 30 user business version with desktop sharing. Permanent licenses are also available for business users.

For further information, screenshots and to set up a 30 day free trial, visit:

Issues with java JDK1.5

Sun released version 1.5 of java earlier this year. As is now usual with major releases of java, a number of serious bugs were introduced in the new release:

Wacom Graphire Tablet: $84.99 from Amazon (15% off)

Many of our users use Wacom Graphire graphics tablets with Groupboard. Using a graphics tablet with Groupboard is simple: just plug it in to your computer, install the drivers (if necessary), and it can then be used as a replacement for the mouse. If you do a lot of art or graphic design work on the computer, a graphics tablet is more accurate and faster than using a mouse.

Wacom's graphics tablets range in price from $99 for the basic Graphire3 (which is sufficient for most users), up to $3,000 for the Cintiq 21UX which allows you to draw directly onto a high resolution LCD screen.

You can buy the base Graphire3 tablet through amazon for $84.99, which is 15% off the retail price. Just click on the link below or go to and click on the advert on our homepage:

Using Groupboard with unicode characters.

Groupboard fully supports unicode characters, allowing you to enter text in Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, etc. In order to be able to use unicode characters, you must set the USE_UTF parameter to TRUE in your html code. If you want right-to-left text input, you can also set the RIGHT_TO_LEFT parameter to TRUE. Your board must also be configured on the server to allow unicode characters: "dont_strip_ctrl_chars=true" must be added to the options file for the board. If you are using a hosted Groupboard, email us and we will enable this for your board.

Data compression with freehand tool

In order to reduce bandwidth and improve performance, Groupboard compresses freehand drawing actions:

Depending on your application, you may want to switch off the lossy compression. This can be done by setting the USE_LOSSY_COMPRESSION parameter to FALSE in the html code. If you are using Groupboard Designer, lossy compression is switched off by default.

You can switch off all data compression by setting the USE_COMPRESSION parameter to false in the html code. In most cases, however, this is not necessary.

Updates to javascript user interface

We recently updated the board.cgi script on (this script generates the html code for the javascript user interface for the standard Groupboard). The following changes were made:

If you are using a hosted board and you require the new html code to copy onto your web page, just go to:

then click on the board_3dlook.cgi links and copy the html code into your own web pages.

Note that these changes do not apply to Groupboard Designer.

Background image centering

By default, Groupboard will display the background image in the top-left corner of the whiteboard. If you want the image centred, you can set the CENTRE_IN_WINDOW parameter to TRUE in your html code.

If you are using Groupboard Designer, background images are scaled to fit the whiteboard and centred by default. You can switch off this scaling by setting the SCALE_TO_FIT html parameter to FALSE in the html code.

For a full list of the html parameters available for Groupboard, see: