I used to use a software called Pixid Whiteboard Photo (for Windows) that could transform a photo of a whiteboard, remove the glare, fix the perspective if the image wasn’t square, all with a few clicks. The resulting enhanced image quality is even suitable for optical character recognition (OCR) software. See this before and after photo:
Then Polyvision bought out this software company in 2000, and somewhere along the line, the software is no more and discontinued. This software was called Steelcase / Polyvision Model 636 Whiteboard Photo Image Capturing Software and retailed for $221 but also discontinued. There’s another similar functioning software called ClearBoard for $99.95. And there’s source code for Save My Whiteboard for Mac. Also found ScanScribe (Windows/Mac) from Xerox Parc.
There are smartphone apps that can do this convert a whiteboard photo into a neatly clean image, like:
- Ricoh Whiteboard Share (iOS) free + Whiteboard Share for Android
- CaptureBoard (iOS) freemium [$0.99 to remove watermark]
- Whiteboard Photo+ (iOS)
- Office Whiteboard (iOS)
- Whiteboard Capture Pro (iOS) $2.99
- CamScanner+ (iOS) $4.99 + CamScanner – Phone PDF Creator for Android (paid version for $4.99)
- JotNot Scanner Pro (iOS) $0.99
- WBConference (Android) free
- Whiteboard Snap (Android) free
- Qipit (iOS) – discontinued
- ScanR – discontinued?
Instructions for how to clean up whiteboard images in Photoshop:
http://graphicfacilitation.blogs.com/pages/2006/11/cleaning_digita.html – Cleaning Digital Photos of Drawings