The PictureThis! Activity provides Leaders with an interactive medium for presenting images. Leaders can take a snapshot of a whiteboard or upload another image and share it with Thinkers in the Session.

The most common uses for a PictureThis! activity are:

  • To upload images of whiteboard drawings
  • To upload images that sum up the work of a breakout group
  • To upload images of the face-to-face group working, so that remote Thinkers feel engaged as a part of the Session

The Leader view is shown below:



  • Thumbnails are preview images displayed on the left. Click on a thumbnail to display the image in the main screen.
  • Comments Column, located on the right, displays comments that are added to a selected image.
  • Add Picture, in the Activity toolbar and at the bottom of the thumbnails, enables Leaders and Thinkers (if granted permissions) to add images to the activity.
  • Previous and Next, in the Activity toolbar, move to the previous or next image.
  • The Green Dot at the top of the Comments column indicates that Thinkers can view comments in the PictureThis! activity. If the Leader clicks on the Green Dot so it turns gray, Thinkers cannot see the Comments column in the PictureThis! activity.
  • The Green Dot at the bottom Add Comments text entry box indicates whether Thinkers can add comments to pictures in the activity. If the Leader clicks on the Green Dot so it turns gray, Thinkers cannot add comments to the image.


The PictureThis! Activity Toolbar contains the tools needed to conduct an interactive slideshow. Leaders can add pictures, switch to full screen viewing mode, proceed to next picture/return to previous picture, Indent/Outdent, Delete, Cut, Copy, Paste, Paste Special and Magnet Thinkers. Thinkers can complete some of these operations if Leaders grant them the appropriate permissions. For more information, see PictureThis Activity Settings.

While you present images to Thinkers, you can switch into full screen mode to provide a larger, more focused viewing area for images. If images or whiteboards contain a lot of text or important details, it is recommended to switch to full-screen mode to optimize everyone's viewing experience.

Leaders and Thinkers can switch to full screen mode by clicking on the Full Screen icon at the bottom right of the main slide:

  • Full screen mode hides the Navigation, Thinkers, Designer, Instructions, and Documents tabs.
  • Full screen mode also hides the Thumbnails column and the upper brand bar displaying the ThinkTank logo and your profile initials/network connectivity status.


Full-Screen Per User

Each user must enable full screen mode on his or her own screen if desired, so if Leaders switch to full-screen mode for specific slides, Leaders should ask Thinkers to also switch to full screen mode. Alternatively, Thinkers can switch to full-screen mode if the Leader remains in regular viewing mode.

Note: Please note that Leaders cannot Magnet Thinkers into full-screen mode - Thinkers must manually switch to full-screen mode on their own.

In full-screen mode, the Comments column remains visible by default (Leader full-screen view shown below). For Thinkers, full-screen mode hides any visible tabs that the Leader made visible (Green Dot on Leader’s screen).


Full Screen: Slide Navigation

  • In full screen mode, you can navigate through the slides by clicking or tapping on the bottom toolbar arrows shown below:

  • UP/DOWN ARROWS: Press the up arrow (Previous Slide) or down arrow (Next Slide) key to progress through the presentation.
  • RIGHT/LEFT ARROWS: Press the right arrow (Next Slide) or left arrow (Previous Slide) key to progress through the presentation.


Full Screen: Show and Hide Comments Column

In full-screen viewing mode, the Comments icon displays at the lower right, which allows Leaders and Thinkers to toggle the visibility of the Comments column and to see a total count of comments made per slide:

  • To hide the Comments column, click on the blue Toggle Comments Pane icon shown below. Click it once again to make comments visible.


Full Screen: Touch Screen and Mouse Gestures

Tablet users can tap on icons, pinch to zoom, and tap+hold to pan around images.

  • To switch to full-screen mode, tap on the Full Screen icon:

  • To zoom in and out, tap on the Zoom In/Zoom Out icons at the lower right.
  • Pinch the image to zoom in/out.
  • Zoom the image up to 400% of the original size.
  • While zoomed in, tap and hold to pan around the image.


Exit Full-Screen and Return to Normal Viewing Mode

To return to normal viewing mode, click on the Full Screen  icon at the lower right of the main slide:

Note: Leaders and Thinkers can also click on the "X" at the upper left to exit full-screen mode at any time during the presentation.

When you add a PictureThis! activity to the Navigation tab, you must add images to the activity. The Thumbnails column and the main window remain empty until an image is uploaded.

To add an image:

  1. Click on Add Picture from the Activity toolbar or at the bottom of the thumbnails column. The Add Picture dialog box opens.

  1. Click Choose File to locate and select the image from a local or network directory.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

After adding an image, it appears in the Thumbnails column. When you select a thumbnail image, it is displayed in the main screen. If you are using an iPad to access a session, you can take a picture with its camera and the picture will be automatically included in the activity, ready for comment. Please note this capability requires the iPad be on iOS 8 or later. Image files added to the PictureThis! activity are saved in the Documents tab.

Leaders should note that network and/or ThinkTank's performance may be adversely affected by PictureThis! activities containing a greater number of images (independently or coupled with) a greater number of Session Participants. Participants may experience longer image loading times when viewing larger images or possible delays in navigation to an activity containing a greater number of images or larger-sized images.

While there are no definitive limits because of multiple factors involved in Session success and performance - network bandwidth/capacity, # of participants, locations of participants, # of activities in a Session, complexity of activities, large photos in visual activities, etc., Leaders should be cognizant of all of these potential factors that may affect ThinkTank's performance. Leaders should allow extra time for participants' images to load when navigating (by either Magneting or in Follow-me mode) to larger Visual activities.

Several options are available to navigate through images in a PictureThis! activity. First, Leaders can navigate through images by clicking on the images in the Thumbnails tab, located at the far left of the Activity window. Leaders can control whether Thinkers can navigate through images on their own via the Thumbnails column. For more information, see PictureThis Activity Settings.

  • Click on the Thumbnails tab to open or close the thumbnail images.
  • Use the scroll bar on the right side of the tab to scroll down to the remaining images in the tab.

Alternatively, you can use the Previous and Next arrows in the Activity toolbar, which are shown below.

  • Or, use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through the images.
  • You can also press the space bar to advance through the images one at a time.

Once an image is uploaded, it is saved in the Documents tab. You can download, rename, move, or delete it. You can also manage versions of the image from the More drop-down menu.

To download an image:

  1. Open the Documents tab (if not already open).
  2. Double-click on an image from the list of files to download and save it locally.

To rename an image:

  1. Double-click on the image name/title text located above the thumbnail. The text editing area turns yellow.
  2. Type the new text into the field, and then click outside the area to save.


To rotate an image:

  • To rotate the image 90 degrees counter-clockwise, click on the left curved arrow  under the main image.
  • To rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise, click on the right curved arrow  under the main image.


To move an image:

  1. Click on the thumbnail image to select it.
  2. Click on the up or down arrow to move the image to the previous or next position.


To delete an image:

  1. Click on the thumbnail image to select it.
  2. Click on the trash icon to delete the image.


The right Comments column displays all participants' comments for a selected image. Leaders can hide the Comments column from Thinkers by clicking on the upper right Green Dot so it turns gray. Leaders can prevent Thinkers from adding comments by clicking on the lower right Green Dot next to the text entry box.

To add a comment:

  1. From the left Thumbnails tab, select the image. When selected, the image highlights blue.
  2. Type the comment in the text entry box at the bottom right, under the Comments column. Unread comments display in boldface font, and previously read comments display in regular font.

  1. Press Enter/Return to submit the comment.
  • Close the Navigation tab (by clicking on it) to provide Thinkers with a larger main display window to view pictures.
  • Disable Thinkers’ ability to freely navigate through the activity. Click the activity tile on the Navigation tab to reveal the “Activity Settings” gear wheel icon. Click on the gear wheel, and in the Display section of the activity settings dialog, remove the check mark “Allow Thinkers to Navigate within this Activity”. This will deactivate the Thumbnails tab, and allow the Session Leader to navigate all Thinkers through the activity by either:
    • Clicking on the Magnet in the activity toolbar to bring Thinkers to the Leader’s view

Note: Note: This option means Leaders must remember to click the Magnet for each slide to ensure Thinkers are viewing what the Leader wants them to see.

      • Enabling "Follow Me" mode (double-clicking the Magnet), so that Thinkers automatically view the Leader's navigation through the activity.
  • Limit the number of pictures you upload to your Session. If your activity contains more than 20 images, it is highly recommended to break it into several activities. This will help prevent delays in image rendering times and using the Magnet to pull Thinkers to the activity.
  • When uploading a picture, be clear about the purpose for doing so. Usually, you want the image to be something for Thinkers to react to, or draw conclusions from.
  • You should consider removing the activity permissions that allow Thinkers to upload images, as this may reduce network performance.
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