SMART Notebook 11 on El Capitan

SMART Notebook 11, the last version before annual licensing was introduced, can be made to work with the latest OS X by replacing some files which get deleted when you upgrade OS X.  

Follow these steps:

  1. Install OS X Mavericks v10.9.5 and then install SMART Notebook 11, plus tools and resources.
  2. Make a copy of /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8
  3. Upgrade to OS X Yosemite v10.10 or OS X El Capitan v10.11
  4. You will need to copy back the Ruby Framework 1.8 version folder as it will have been deleted by the OS X updater.  
    Note:  For El Capitan, you will need to disable SIP (see below)
  5. Install the latest Adobe Flash Player for OS X
  6. SMART Notebook should now launch and everything should work, including interactivity on SMART Boards.
    Note:  Panaboard drivers have not been released for El Capitan, so it may be best to stick with Yosemite if you use these electronic whiteboards.

Thanks to Luke Arms

Disable System Integrity Protection (SIP)

A new feature of OS X El Capitan v10.11 is a new security feature which prevents unauthorised changes to the operating system folders.  You will need to disable SIP to edit the Ruby Frameworks outlined above.  Make sure you turn it back on after you get SMART Notebook working.

Follow these steps:

  1. Restart your Mac.

  2. Before OS X starts up, hold down Command-R and keep it held down until you see an Apple icon and a progress bar. Release. This boots you into Recovery.

  3. From the Utilities menu, select Terminal.

  4. At the prompt type exactly the following and then press Return: csrutil disable

  5. Terminal should display a message that SIP was disabled.

  6. From the  menu, select Restart.

You can re-enable SIP by following the above steps, but using csrutil enable instead.