|Jarnal is an
open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a
journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including
pdf - or 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
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: Added the command line switch -ico. Uses text labels for buttons as a workaround for broken java installation on chromebooks. Information about locking down the collaboration tool. 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.
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
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
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" .