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Upcoming Blackboard Change: Crocodoc is being replaced by Box

Summary

This article goes through the changes users will see in Blackboard when Crocodoc changes to Box.

After the December 21, 2017 Update, Blackboard’s current Document Viewer and Grading Application of Crocodoc is being replaced by a new product, Box.  Processes and functionality of this application won’t significantly change the user experience and in some ways, will even improve the experience.  A few of the features that we are excited to announce with this transition include:

  • Over 100 different file types are now accepted by Box
  • Comments can still be added by pointing and clicking to areas of the assignment
  • Previously created Blackboard Rubrics still work with the New Box View
  • The New Box View supports embedded images and videos

Side by Side Screenshot

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screenshot comparing the view of Crocodoc to The New Box View

Please review the chart below for more details!

Functions and Details Crocodoc New Box View
File types for annotations PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX Over 100 different file types
Videos and images displayed No Yes
Course areas Assignments Assignments
Annotation types Text- and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawing Point-based comments (point your mouse to anywhere on the homework assignment and click on where you would like to add the note)  and highlighting
Download Users download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations Users can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
Print Function No Yes
Students Can’t add annotations to documents Can’t add annotations to documents

Common File Types and how they interact with the New Box

Box Comparison Table
File TypeFile ExtensionPreviewPoint AnnotationsHighlighting
Adobe.pdficon indicates service is currently available
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MSWord.docxicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently available
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MSWord.docicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently available
MS Powerpoint.pptxicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently available
open document text.odticon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
XML Paper Specification.xpsicon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
Rich Text File.rtficon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
Text File.txticon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
Audio File.mp3icon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
Video File.mp4icon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
Image File.PNGicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
comma separated values.csvicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
MS Project.mppicon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
MS Excel.xlsicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
MS Excel.xlsxicon indicates service is currently available
icon indicates service is currently unavailable
icon indicates service is currently unavailable