On Sunday ShowMe released a great update that allows users to create ShowMes with different backgrounds. A great app just got better! When you tap the insert image button, you see 4 options now, including Choose a background:
When you touch Choose a background, you see the options for backgrounds:
The free options are the whiteboard, a grey background, a green background (I love this one because it looks like my chalkboard), and a black background (blackboard!). For $0.99 you can buy some other background packs -- a lined paper pack, a graph/grid pack, a coordinate plane pack, and a dots grid pack. I immediately bought the lined paper pack and the graph/grid pack because these will come in very handy for teaching science.
I can see where some people might be disappointed that these backgrounds have created an in-app purchase in what was once a totally free app, but I like this as an option. Instead of charging for the simple features, everyone still gets the app for free. For people who don't need these new backgrounds, they still get the beautiful simplicity of ShowMe without extra cost. For those of us that need the lined paper or the graph, paying $0.99 seems like a great bargain to get these very usable backgrounds. Here's a look at a quick ShowMe I made tonight with the new graph background. Thanks, ShowMe, for the terrific update!