Using the Terf® Whiteboard

Like a whiteboard in a physical meeting room, a Terf® Whiteboard is a way to sketch ideas, flow charts, and other designs quickly and collaboratively.  

You can use the Terf® Whiteboard to:

  • Draw diagrams and freehand pictures
  • Write text
  • Import images

Multiple users can edit the Whiteboard and mark up its content. You can separate content into layers that you show or hide at will, and markup is in its own layer that always appears topmost. Each layer of the Whiteboard can be made visible or non-visible.  

Benefits of the Terf® Whiteboard

  • Whiteboard is saved in Terf® for future access
  • Whiteboard can be copied and printed
  • You can have multiple tab (pages) on the Whiteboard

Uses of the Terf® Whiteboard

  • Collaborative efforts on design concepts and other projects
  • Create visual representations of concepts for clarity
  • Quickly record user ideas and feedback

Starting a Whiteboard on a Panel in Terf®

To start a whiteboard in Terf® take the following steps:

1.      Drag the Whiteboard item from the Applications (built-in) section of the Object Catalog to a suitable location in the Terf®, such as a to a display panel on a wall, a card tray or to a display stand.


2.      The whiteboard application displays a splash screen while it starts. When the main whiteboard view appears, it displays a welcome to the Whiteboard Help screen. Click the ‘x’ to close it and start to use the whiteboard.


3.  Once you begin working in the Whiteboard, by default, you begin working in the markup layer; to choose another layer, click its tab at the top of the whiteboard.  Click on a tool to use it.

The next sections describes how to do the most frequently requested activities with a Terf® Whiteboard: how layers and markup works and how to import images onto layers for use and markup.

   Whiteboard Layers and Markups

Layers and Markup are important features of the Terf®Whiteboard tool:

  • Layers overlay each other, like sheets of paper stacked on top of one another.  This is not a feature of physical whiteboards but can be provided via the Terf®  Whiteboard.  The Terf® Whiteboard opens with only one layer visible, but you can add layers at will, and you can show or hide each layer individually. You can build a complex image one layer at a time by drawing something on one layer, then putting another layer on top of it and drawing some more content. If you want to try out different variations on an idea, you don’t have to erase anything – you can just show or hide layers to create the version you want to display.
  • The Markup layer is a special layer that is always on top of all of the other layers. Like any
    layer, you can show or hide the markup layer at will. Use the Markup layer to make notes or
    to indicate special parts of a diagram. Operations on the markup layer operate only on
    markup and are limited to the following:
  • Markup – making notes
  • Eraser – deleting markup text
  • Clear all markup – deleting all markup
  • Hide or nuhide – control visibility of the markup layer

By default, you begin working in the markup layer until you choose a drawing tool. Multiple users can work with drawing tools while another is commenting in the Markup layer.  Any user can show, hide, or clear the markup layer at any time.

The following image shows the location of the layer feature controls and the location of the markup tools on the Terf® Whiteboard.

Importing an Image onto a Terf® Whiteboard

To import an image into the Whiteboard:

1. Click the import image tool in the Basic Shapes panel.

2. Clicking this icon will open your Files and allow you to search for the image you wish to Import.  Once you find it, select it and hit open.


3. After importing the image, any user in the room can:

  • Re-position it with the cursor
  • Re-size it with the blue cubes
  • Use the Whiteboard tools to modify the image or sketch over it

Images can be placed on any layer.

As you can see in the image below, there are many tools on Terf® Whiteboard. Most are self-explanatory and similar to a physical whiteboard.  But, because Terf® is virtual, you have much more flexibility. You can use many layers, hide them, mark them, and include images on any layer.