Boardmaker® Studio


Boardmaker® Studio

The evolution of the Boardmaker Software Family!

$399.00 - $799.00

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Welcome to Boardmaker Studio!

You've heard us define Boardmaker® Studio as 'the future of the Boardmaker® Software Family.' Before we considered how to revolutionize Boardmaker® Studio, we looked back at all of the powerful features that make Boardmaker® Plus!, Boardmaker® and Boardmaker® with Speaking Dynamically Pro the most popular tools for creating and adapting classroom materials.

NEW! Two Installs
Supporting your students and clients is your top priority, and it is also ours. For this reason, Boardmaker Studio includes two installs, with the ability to access the software on one computer at a time. This means you are able to install Boardmaker Studio on your computer at work, and at home, allowing you more opportunities to create individualized therapy and learning activities.

With Boardmaker Studio, you are better able to meet the needs of your students and clients thanks to a deep library of training and support materials. Become a Boardmaker Studio pro and start creating exciting, engaging activities quickly.

Designed for Windows, Boardmaker® Studio delivers your favorite Boardmaker® Software Family features, like thousands of Picture Communication Symbols (PCS™) and tons of time-saving templates and samples. But, there's something very different about Boardmaker® Studio...


We did the heavy lifting
Looking for fun-filled activities to complement your lessons and challenge your students? Looking to save time creating them for your classroom? Once upon a time, you would've been asking a lot. Now, with Boardmaker® Studio, you can consider it done!

Find hundreds of time-savers, like easy-to-use Studio Starter Templates and Gadgets, that mean fast solutions for you and fun-filled activities for your students.



Easy on the eyes
Boardmaker® Studio boasts a design that's efficient and straightforward, making it easy-to-use. And with a clear toolbar, obvious menus and icons, organized templates and convenient project management tools, Boardmaker® Studio will be familiar to anyone who's used a Microsoft© Office program.


Connect Dashboard

A true support system
Boardmaker® Studio pulls out all of the stops to help you achieve classroom goals. And, any tool that comes with that much power, is bound to come with questions. That's why we created Studio Connect - your gateway to the activities you're creating with Boardmaker® Studio. Studio Connect also instantly connects you with the community of Boardmaker® Software Family users on!

Studio Connect

A fresh spin on a familiar favorite

Boardmaker® Studio stays true to its roots, and is a great tool for creating printed activities that are so important for teaching students with disabilities.Use Boardmaker® Studio to import, edit and improve all of your Boardmaker print activities and most of your interactive Boardmaker® Plus! activities, too. Windows only.

Studio Connect: Your Gateway to the Good Stuff

Studio Connect is your gateway to all of the activities you’re creating with Boardmaker® Studio. Your home base, Boardmaker® Studio Connect gives you quick access to recent projects, and gets you up-and-running fast with new ones.

Studio Connect

Ready, set, play!
Right from Boardmaker® Studio Connect, you can start a new activity from scratch, choose from a variety of templates to save time, access projects you’re working on and even open an on-screen activity directly into Play mode - all with a single click.

Your Projects

Studio Connect makes working on your activities easier than ever. You decide how you want to approach a project – whether you’re starting a new project from scratch or using a template, or editing and playing an existing project.


New Project
Create a new, blank project from scratch.

New from Template
Create a new project based on a template.


Edit Project
Open and edit an existing project in Design mode.

Play Project
Open and play an existing project in Play mode.

Your Activities

After your activities have been created, you can store them all on

StoreStore Activities
Want anywhere access? Store your activities on and download them from any computer at any time.

Share Share Activities
Feeling generous? Share activities that have been a hit with your students with other professionals looking for similar solutions.

Find Find Activities
Need some inspiration? Find thousands of activities on hundreds of topics, created by professionals just like you, on

Studio Connect also connects you with a community of users, just like you, who are sharing thousands of activities on hundreds of topics on Check out today and:

  • Take your pick of thousands of FREE activities perfect for your students.
  • Join a group and connect with people who use the same resources as you do.
  • Browse activities, groups and friends to see what they all have to offer at a glance.
  • Find picks and tips from power-users who know what works.

Interface: Easy on the Eyes

Worried about learning new software? Don’t be. We’ve created an interface that speaks to you with a clear toolbar, obvious menus and icons, familiar navigation tools, Studio Starter Templates - organized by category and convenient project management tools. Designed to be familiar to people who use Microsoft© Office, Boardmaker® Studio is easy to learn and easy to use. And, it complements features of Boardmaker® Plus!, Boardmaker® and Boardmaker® with Speaking Dynamically Pro, while bringing style to the table.

Boardmaker® Studio Interface


Where the magic happens.
With Designer, you create, edit and play your Projects in a few swift motions. In Boardmaker® Studio, each activity can be a series of pages, and any activity you create is stored as a single Project. No more folders full of pages for a single book!

Interested in making good even better? Use Boardmaker® Studio to import, edit and improve all of your Boardmaker® print materials, and most of your Boardmaker® Plus! materials, too. When you import your Boardmaker® materials, take advantage of the new Project filing system, where all related boards are stored in a single project file.


The Toolbar

Make getting creative easy.
Put cool tools to good use with the easy-to-use toolbar. Like any toolbar, you can use it to perform common functions, like opening and saving projects, undo and redo, and to quickly access the drawing tool and more. It also lets you add objects, like buttons, labels and lines to your page. To add a button, simply drag a button onto your page. There are multiple button types to choose from, including the Symbolate button, which lets you type with symbols and text in seconds.


The Navigation

Find your way. Fast.
To make your life easier and your activities come together faster, we created the Navigation pane. It lets you quickly access and edit pages and object settings, like content, font, color and styles, and add symbols and Gadgets through the Project, Properties, Symbols and Gadgets panels.


Projects panel
The Project panel displays the activities and pages in the currently open project so you can see the different pages of your projects at a glance. Want to reorder the pages of your activity? Just drag the pages up or down the list.

Properties panel
A powerful tool, the Properties panel shows you all the settings needed to make changes to the look or function of the page, or objects on the page. Change the background color of an activity. Add a symbol to a button. Change the symbol layout and look of multiple buttons at the same time. And more.

Symbols panel
The Symbols Panel is a great way to quickly add symbols into several buttons or a grid. Look for the perfect symbols in the symbol category folders, or enter a search term to search for a specific symbol.

Gadgets panel
A huge time-saver, Gadgets are pre-programmed buttons and objects you can drag onto a page to build or enhance an activity. Organized by functionality, Gadgets can be used to create activities with draggable buttons, add timers to your screen and so much more.

We did the heavy lifting

Depending on the tools you're using, it can take time you don't have to create materials for your classroom. Boardmaker® Studio does all of the hard work for you with content that lets you create more activities more quickly. We've divided Boardmaker® Studio's content into two sections: Studio Starters and Studio Additions. See what comes with Studio, and what you'll want to add to make Studio even better.


Studio Starters

Studio Starters are a collection of tools already included with Boardmaker® Studio! As soon as you have Studio, you'll also have more than 150 Studio Starter Templates and 60 Studio Samples that save you time creating fun-filled activities. Then, use Studio Gadgets, Studio Reward Animations and sound effects from the Studio Sound Library to dress them up!

Studio Starter Templates
Studio Starter Templates
Studio Gadgets
Studio Gadgets
Studio Reward Animations
Studio Reward Animations
Studio Sound Library
Studio Sound Library

Studio Additions

Studio Additions are additional tools available for purchase. Choose from additional PCS Collections,
built around topic areas, in the Classic, Persona and ThinLine styles.

  • PCS Classic
    PCS Classic
    PCS Classic collections are most often used with children, young students and adults who have grown accustomed to the familiar style
  • PCS Persona
    The PCS Persona collections feature hip and cool character representations designed for personal expression.
  • PCS Thinline
    Our growing collections of PCS ThinLine symbols use a more precise style that is often helpful for conveying academic topics.

Studio Starter Templates and Samples

As soon as you fire up Boardmaker Studio, you'll have your pick of more than 150 Studio Starter Templates, print and on-screen activities with pre-programmed actions. Just add symbols, text, questions, answers or vocabulary to the template and your activity is complete! Studio Starter Templates are organized by Activity Type and Instructional Area so the right Template is always right at your fingertips. Studio Samples are ready-made activities that don't need you to do a thing except click "play."

Activity Types
  • Art and Creativity
  • Books & Presentations
  • Calendars
  • Cause and Effect
  • Communication & Participation
  • Explore
  • Flashcards
  • Games
  • Labeling
  • Matching
  • Mathematics
  • Menu Navigation
  • Question and Answer
  • Sequencing
  • Sorting
  • Schedules and Sequences
  • Word Study
  • Writing
Instructional Areas
  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • General Instruction
  • Language
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science & Social Studies
  • Social & Behavorial Supports
  • Writing

Interested in more Studio Starter Templates?
Check out how some of these Templates will work for you!

Picture Bank

Picture Bank
Activity Type: Explore
Try using this template as a reading comprehension tool that also supports background knowledge! The visual and audio contained within each button provides a great context for a student to integrate new information into their existing knowledge base.

Choice Writing

Activity Type: Writing
Support students in their ability to engage in expository writing. With the Choice-Writing template, buttons are populated with conventional starter phrases and open-ended finishers so that students can compose thoughts that express what they are learning.

Onset Letters

Onset Letters
Activity Type: Word Study
Help students demonstrate and reinforce the phonological patterns found in printed words. Each button is populated by a letter or a group of letters that function as the initial onset to a common word ending. Building words in this fashion helps students to develop the ability to generalize their knowledge of known words to help read and spell unknown words.


Activity Type: Math
Let students discover the meaning behind numerical symbols! Students manipulate related items into matching sets as a way to reinforce the understanding that each number represents a concrete set or group of objects. This opportunity to manipulate objects mathematically is critical to the development of mathematical reasoning needed for higher calculations.


Activity Type: Sorting
Empower students to recognize how things are the same, different, and how they may or may not relate to each other. Especially great for Science, the sorting templates encourage students to make comparisons and draw conclusions about the things they are learning.


Activity Type: Labeling
Introduce new concepts, ideas, and/or vocabulary within a meaningful context, rather than in isolation. Students have the opportunity to manipulate and explore how smaller parts or components contribute to the whole.


Studio Gadgets

Studio Gadgets are designed to help you build and enhance activities - fast. Huge time-savers, Studio Gadgets are pre-programmed buttons and objects you can drag onto a page of any activity. Take your pick of more than 100 of these powerful activity building blocks, which range from a coin toss to a balloon pop. Easy to find, Studio Gadgets are organized in folders by:

  • Basics
  • Draggable Buttons
  • Fun Interactions
  • Math
  • Navigation
  • Question and Answer
  • Time Gadgets
  • Writing
See what a Studio Gadget can do for your activities!
Play Sound Gadget
Check Spelling Gadget
Pop-Up Video

Studio Reward Animations

Everyone wants to feel like a star! Boardmaker® Studio includes 10 fun and entertaining Studio Reward Animations that are easy to add to any activity. Keep them excited through their lessons with fun-filled animations - like a pig lifting weights, a plane drawing a smiley face in the sky, a penguin sliding down a mountain, a spider jumping on a trampoline and more!

Need some motivation to try Reward Animations with your lessons? Check out this sample reward animation!


Studio Sound Library

Sound is a great motivator. It encourages students to celebrate correct answers, and reinforces them to try again when they answer incorrectly. Now, with Boardmaker® Studio's Sound Library, every child can be applauded for their hard work. Listen to sample sounds sure to make your activities a hit!

Listen to sample sounds sure to make your activities a hit!


Picture Communication Symbol™ (PCS) Collections

Just like the other members of the Boardmaker® Software Family, Boardmaker® Studio comes loaded with a core collection of 4,500 Picture Communication Symbols™ (PCS) in the Classic style - the same style featured in other collections like the PCS Addendums (2000 -2008), Sign Language Symbols and more. Now, with Boardmaker® Studio, you can also purchase thousands of brand new symbols in the cutting edge PCS ThinLine and PCS Persona styles. Low-priced collections based around topics, PCS ThinLine and PCS Persona mean you only buy the symbols you need.

PCS Classic
PCS Classic

A part of the Boardmaker® Software Family from the very beginning, the PCS Classic style is often used with children, young students and adults who are comfortable with its familiar style. Clear, simple and uncluttered, the PCS Classic style helps students draw meaning quickly.

PCS - Thinline
PCS ThinLine

With the PCS ThinLine style, you can add hundreds of brand new symbols to your PCS collection for very little cost! Boasting a clean, more detailed look, the PCS ThinLine style offers more support for your academic subjects, and is organized by category so you buy just what you need.

PCS - Persona
PCS Persona

Add extra life to your lessons with Studio PCS Persona style! Students of all ages will love this style's character representations, designed to help them personalize the instructional process.

Windows System Requirements
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
Memory: 512 MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 900 MB
CD in Drive: NO
Download: 1.4 GB; 500 MB of disk space will be freed after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard drive.

Simple Touch: Normal mouse-style selection
Touch Enter: Objects must be pressed for a minimum time
Touch Exit: Objects must be pressed for a minimum time and are then selected on release
Scanning: Objects are highlighted in a specific pattern, then selected when the highlight is on the desired object
  1. Switch (Autoscan): Highlight moves at a specified rate, and a switch is used to select
  2. Switch: Highlight is moved using one switch, and selected using a second switch
Mouse Pause: Objects are selected by pausing the mouse over them for a minimum time

Print / On-Screen Activities.

Downloads are non-returnable and non-refundable. Please use a trial download to be sure that your system is properly configured before you make a purchase.

Product Information Sheet

Boardmaker Compatability
Boardmaker Compatability

Compatibility Details

  • Print boards created in Boardmaker / Boardmaker Plus! / Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro will convert in Boardmaker Studio.
  • Most Interactive boards created in Boardmaker Plus! / Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro will convert in Boardmaker Studio. Some animations may need to be adapted.
  • All projects created in Boardmaker Studio will not convert in Boardmaker / Boardmaker Plus! / Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro.
  • Boardmaker, Boardmaker Plus! and Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro Add-ons may not convert in Boardmaker Studio. Version 6 Curriculum Companions will not convert in Boardmaker Studio.


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“I’m a teacher and my classroom is filled with a range of students with different needs and goals. Boardmaker Studio lets me create and adapt materials that support all of them with tools that let me add symbols to stories and create labels in multiple languages.”
– Marietta

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