Adapted from: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/connect/9.0/using/WS11d1def534ea1be08a52b610b38bfaa95-7f5c.html

Create and Display a Whiteboard

A whiteboard allows hosts or presenters to create text, shapes, insert some symbols, and draw freehand drawings in real time during a meeting. By providing drawing rights to some or all the participants, meeting hosts can facilitate better collaboration. Users can zoom in and pan the whiteboard for a better experience.

You can use a whiteboard in two different ways in a Share pod:

  • A stand-alone whiteboard allows presenters to create content on a white background.

  • An overlay whiteboard allows presenters to create content over an existing document in a Share pod, adding annotations to and drawing on the document. You can lay a whiteboard over presentations, JPG, SWF content, FLV file, and PDF documents.

    If you turn off sharing, change the content in a Share pod, or close the Share pod, the whiteboard is still part of the meeting room. It can be displayed again.


Whiteboard overlay and controls

A. Show/Hide whiteboard overlay
B. Make full screen
C. Pod options and help
D. Zoom controls
E. Access various pages of a Whiteboard
F. Hide toolbar
G. Drawing tools

Add an Overlay Whiteboard in a Share Pod

With the document displayed in a Share pod, do one of the following:

  • In the upper-right corner of the Share pod, click Draw.

  • If you share an application, in the upper-right corner of the application window, click the arrow next to the Stop Sharing button. Then select Pause and Annotate.

  • If you are sharing your entire desktop, click the Adobe Connect add‑in icon in the system tray (Windows) or icon bar (Macintosh) and select Pause and Annotate.

Whiteboard Drawing Tools


Whiteboard tools

A. Select objects or pan while drawing
B. Markers tool
C. Delete the selected objects
D. Text tool
E. Draw shapes and symbols
F. Undo changes
G. Redo changes
H. Arrange an object relative to other objects
I. Hide the toolbar

The tools available to create text and drawings on the whiteboard are displayed below.


Whiteboard marker tools and their samples

A. Marker
B. Highlighter
C. Pen
D. Pencil


Drawing shapes and symbols

A. Select a shape or a symbol to draw
B. Set border
C. Set line thickness
D. Set fill color
E. Set opacity of the shape


Tool Purpose

Selection tool Selects a shape or area of the whiteboard. Click a shape to select it. Drag on the whiteboard or content to create a selection rectangle that selects all the shapes within the rectangle. The selection rectangle has eight control points for resizing the selected shape or shapes. Shift-drag a corner control point to maintain the aspect ratio when you resize. Select and drag a shape to move it. To add a shape to the selection, Shift-click the shape.
Pen tool Its width and alpha remain constant with stroke width, except at a bend, at the start, and at the end. The tool is sensitive towards the speed of the pointer movement.
Pencil tool Creates a free-form line. You can customize stroke color and stroke weight by using the color picker and stroke weight pop-up menu. Its width and alpha increase with the speed of the stroke. The tool is sensitive towards the speed of the pointer movement.
Marker tool Its width and alpha decrease with the speed of the stroke.
Highlighter tool Creates a free-form thick marker line. You can customize stroke color and stroke weight by using the color picker and stroke weight. Its alpha decreases with the speed of the stroke but the width increases.
Delete Selected Deletes items selected with the Selection tool.
Text tool Creates a floating multiline text field. You can customize fill color, font face, and font size by using the color picker, font pop-up menu, and font size pop-up menu. Drag to create a text area where you can type.
Shapes tool Click and hold to choose from rectangles, ellipses, lines, arrows, and more. Use the options to the right of the tool to customize appearance. Drag to expand the shape. Hold down the Shift key while dragging to create even width and height for shapes, or snap lines every 45°.
Undo Undoes the previous action. You can undo the following actions: drawing a shape, moving a shape, resizing a shape, clearing the whiteboard, and changing a shape’s property. There is no limit to the number of times that you can perform this operation in the pod.
Redo Repeats the previous action.
Arrange Menu Using the arrange menu options, you can move the objects to the front or the back relative to the other objects in the whiteboard.
Hide toolbar When not using a whiteboard’s toolbar for drawing and writing, you can hide it by clicking this icon. Click Show toolbar icon to display the toolbar again.