is an open-source application
for notetaking, sketching, keeping
journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf -
collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It
is similar to Microsoft
Windows Journal and to the earlier Mimeo whiteboarding and Palm notepad
applications. There is also a commercial knockoff of Jarnal called PDF
Annotator - for $50 you can enjoy a subset of the capabilities that
Jarnal provides for free.
Basic installation: You should have java installed on your computer. Download jarnal-install.zip unzip it into a directory of your choosing and run either jarnal.cmd (windows) or jarnal.sh (mac, linux).
What is new: A tutorial from Daniel Kopsas. A method of capturing Sony Ebook reader annotations into Jarnal. Great new icons from Jon Harsem, Davidson Gerard, Bernardo, and Mick Enright. Use your imagination: if you have good ideas how to use them we'll put them into the release. Or use them to create your own distributions.
For the Macintosh Clinton Smith is working on a proper application that can be dragged to your application folder, and will enable you to open jarnal by double-clicking on pdf files and so forth. The test version is now available. Let me know of an problems. Also available Sven Augustin's .dmg file. This is "mac-like" although you can't drop documents into the dock and the internet update feature won't work.
Cool Stuff: A place on the web where you can generate all sorts of nice pdf graph paper (via Joe Tonge). WinPenPack a complete set of free tools for tablet pc's - including of course jarnal.
Credits: Mark Stephens and jpedal.org for their excellent support for rendering PDF; Bruno Lowage, Paulo Soares and iText for their excellent support producing PDF. Thanks to Gerard Davidson for some nice icons.
Requirements: Java 2 1.4.2 or later. Jarnal runs both as an application and as an applet.
Demos: There is a simple on-line demo and and a more advanced (and fun) demo demonstrating networked usage.
You may be interested in one user's experience using Jarnal for teaching. Here are some pictures of Jarnal in use at a Dutch school
And here are some sketches made using Jarnal by someone who is a much better artist than I.
|Why is this program better than Microsoft Windows Journal or One-Note?
Because it is written in Java files can be edited and viewed on any
platform, and the editor/viewer is freely redistributable - not to speak
of customizable. MS Journal files can be edited only on a Gournal and Xournal . Also there is another Java note-taking program NoteLab that
be of interest.] Why is this program better than PDF Annotator? Because
it does for free everything PDF Annotator does and much more: support; the
to enter text from the keyboard; combine pdf documents and rearrange
pages; the ability to annotate faxes and other non-pdf documents - to
name a few.
and viewed only with Windows XP or 2000. One-Note also uses proprietary
file formats that can be viewed only on a few platforms, and edited
only by purchasing the latest version of Microsoft Office. In Jarnal the
files are in a standard non-proprietary format, human readable, and
usable by other applications. By default, no information identifying the
author is stored in the file. Jarnal also offers document annotation
capabilities, collaboration and networking connectivity not available
with the MS programs. [If you are interested in this software and run
Linux, you should also take a look at NEW: Now one of "100 Awesome Open Source Tools for Writers, Journalists, and Bloggers" .