Chris Drage reviews a new-generation whiteboard, the multi-touch Promethean Activboard 500 Pro
Promethean ActivBoard 500 ProCollaborative class work is a strong point of the Promethean ActivBoard 500 ProThe ActivBoard 500 Pro system, demonstrated at BETT 2011, is the latest interactive whiteboard (IWB) to join Promethean’s ActivClassroom and it raises the bar for this technology with its pen-plus-touch capability for collaborative board work.

Students today are so at home with their touch-screen mobile phones that they expect to engage interactively with information technology, and the ActivBoard 500 Pro’s new pen-and-touch technology, combined with Windows 7's gesture capability, provides a natural way of interacting with technology modelled on real-world behaviour and gestures.

Hugh John finds appropriate expression for his iPod
Retro1Based in Hampshire, View Quest is an innovative technology company with a happy knack of identifying a gap in the market and then producing a reasonably priced solution. Retro 1, a combined DAB radio and iPod dock, follows hard on the heels of the company’s entry-level ebook, Bookbox.

Those old enough to remember the original 'swivel' Roberts radios will surely recognise a lineal connection not least in the reassuring heft of the Retro 1.

Jonathan Boyle comes across a firm classroom favourite at BETT 2011
Daydream screenDaydream Education now develops exciting interactive titles for schools that really impress. Yes, they still produce a multitude of the original wall charts that made them famous. You know the ones. They add glamour to the news when a politician appears at a school to discuss, ahem, league tables.

The way in which Daydream Education has secured a significant part of the interactive whiteboard market has been masterful. It is based on a presentation format that is distinctive – just like the posters – and easy to digest.

Jonathan Boyle visits BETT 2011 to catch up with an old favourite and meet a new one
Appearing again at the Bett Show 2011 was Techsmith, in from the US. The company first appeared on the scene some 20 years ago and has been enabling users to capture images on their screens in a multitude of ways ever since

I attended the Snagit and Camtasia Studio demonstrations. I confess that I've missed a trick with Snagit after not really investigating what it could do – and promise to use it from now onwards, honest!

Hugh John manipulates his digital portfolio with a little help from Adobe
Photoshop Elements 1It's a problem most software houses would love to have. How to promote and position your entry-level image manipulation and cataloguing software when you already have two of the most powerful and popular imaging applications on the market; namely Photoshop CS (Creative Suite) and Lightroom.

Adobe's solution? Take the essential editing tools from Photoshop, cull the organisational savvy from Lightroom, jiggle them around, throw key features from Premiere, the distinctive livery and set a price no one can match. Ensure that the entire package is, for the first time, PC and Mac compliant, and it's product that should jump off the shelves and bring new admirers at the BETT 2011 show.