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Save whiteboard genius before it’s gone

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During brainstorming sessions, brilliant ideas often end up on whiteboards. Trouble is, if you don’t transfer those ideas to somewhere more permanent, they’ll be wiped away. Use these low-cost tactics to capture and share ideas from whiteboard sessions:

Snap a photo of the whiteboard, then download it to your computer. You then can print the image. Or, if you write legibly and have optical character-recognition software, you can turn the image into a text document.

Turn a picture into a PDF. If you have a digital camera or cell-phone camera with at least 1.0 megapixel resolution, try Scanr (
Here’s how it works: Just send your whiteboard photo to Scanr by e-mail (or upload it by phone) and the service will e-mail it back to you as a crisp, PDF document. All for free.

Take the session online. Free online whiteboards are available through Writeboard ( and Google’s Writely ( Use a small projector and run whiteboard sessions on a computer, remembering to save once the session is done. Downside: Attendees won’t get to doodle with markers.

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