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#1 Desktop Board

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Desktop Board is an app that allows you to draw on your desktop with markers and brushes. You just have to click once in order to activate the brush and start highlighting important notes or make drawings on screen. The app is mainly aimed toward kids to have fun drawing with colorful lines.

You can change the brush color, brush size, softness, and opacity accordingly. Other options include an eraser, undo, redo, and clean. You can save the drawing to the storage or upload it to your Mac. There is a switch option that turns on or off drawing overall apps.

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#2 Ardesia

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Ardesia is an old-school, open-source digital sketchpad software that allows you to make colored freehand annotations with digital ink everywhere. You can record those annotations and share them on the network. Ardesia lets you draw upon the desktop screen or import an image and annotate it. The software facilitates you in online presentations and showreel demos in real-time.

The main features of this tool include highlighting interesting items with freehand annotations, make videos and tutorials. Sketchpad software allows freehand draw geometrical shapes with shape recognizer, supports mouse, touchscreen, whiteboard, Wii mote, tablet, supports live streaming on-screen, and importing artifacts using common open file formats. Eventually, the Ardesia is a great, lightweight tool that will increase your productivity and work impact by double or triple.

#3 ScreenMarker

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ScreenMarker is a lightweight tool that lets you write and draw on the screen. The app offers drawing tools and shapes such as rectangles, circles, straight lines, triangles, stars, and many others. You can change the brush size, thickness, roughness, opacity, and colors. You can use ScreenMarker in a live presentation to help the audience have a dynamic and better understanding of content.

The software doesn’t require much CPU power and will not slow down your system while making live annotations. All in all, ScreenMarker is a simple to use tool that could take your presentations and productivity to a professional level.

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#4 GInk

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Gink is an open-source annotation tool that helps you improve your presentations and demonstrations. The aim is to bring your temporary thoughts besides what is written and make them appear on the screen. Gink offers many screen annotation features like dock, cursor, snapshot button, clear canvas button, eraser, and pen. It offers five different pens of different thicknesses and different opacity. Multiple pens help you pre-define a set of color combinations to quickly change it during live sessions instead of changing the color of one available pen. You can use the stylus with the mouse or any trackpad hardware.

The tool also supports multiple displays, and inks are rendered on dynamic desktops. You can customize the interface and show/ hide the tools according to your need. The simple interface is made not to distract you and the audience with its fancy and colorful tools during the demonstration. All in all, Gink is a great tool to boost your productivity and bring instant thoughts on screen.

#5 Paint on Whiteboard Desktop

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Paint on Whiteboard Desktop is an on-screen drawing and sketching tool written in Java and available on Linux, Ubuntu, macOS, and Windows OS. You can use this tool to draw annotations during live presentations and demonstrations. IT also helps you extract ideas on screen that you get on the spot during the live session. It allows you to change the size, color, opacity, and thickness of the pen. Other tools include a trash can to delete annotations, an eraser, a share button, vertical and horizontal orientation, screenshots, and a background color changer.

You can draw straight lines by hand with the help of a shape recognizer that automatically corrects the distorted figure or line into a corrected form. The tool can be used on static images or in screencast mode. All in all, Paint on Whiteboard Desktop comes in handy to boost your presentations and help you make a great impression on the audience.

#6 LiveDraw

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LiveDraw is an on-screen drawing and sketching tool that you can use to demonstrate presentations to your audience graphically and in a more engaging way. The tool is made to mark or draw something on-screen to make a better understanding for the audience. This helps in extracting instant ideas and thoughts that you get during the demonstration and write them on screen right away. It features changing the background color or set it to transparent and draw freely on pictures or videos.

It can change the orientation from a vertical to a horizontal screen. You can have a normal mode with the plain interface and few options or go in developer mode to have an extra approach into options. Some other tools include changing the pen size, thickness, opacity, color, pen hardness, ink smoothness, and much more. You can freely drag the palette and set the interface according to your ease. You can temporarily disable the tool with one click in order to use other apps. It also supports multiple pointing devices like a mouse trackpad, sketch pad, etc.