Feature requests/Unsolved Bugs:
Please, start by having a look to "known problems and limitations" page
Jarnal in Windows 8 Tablet
I tried to use jarnal in surface pro, but the strokes are very
imprecise, and the resultant writing is totally illegible. I would be
very grateful, if you can tell how this can be solved.
Jarnal for Android
This is the most requested feature. Unfortunately despite the fact that
Android runs "java" it runs a form that is very different from standard
Sun java - so to run Jarnal on Android would entail a complete rewrite
of the program including the third party applications that read and
render PDF files. I haven't fiddled with it much since I don't yet have
an Android tablet, and running Jarnal on a telephone doesn't seem to me
that useful. As Android Tablets are becoming more widespread I hope that
demand for standard apps will become sufficiently widespread that
"standard" java will be ported to Android - at which point Jarnal will
"just work" - and we will probably do tweaks to make it more "Android
Jarnal not opening by double-clicking .jaj file. (matt_greenwolfe, moved from FAQ)
I installed the windows executable from Gerhard Hagerer on windows 7 and the file association doesn't work. Windows 7
finds and attempts to execute journal.cmd but produces the error:
"Unable to access jar file jarnal.jar" Further information: When I move
the .jaj file to C:\program files\jarnal, then it runs fine by
double-clicking on the .jaj file. So the problem has something to do
with setting the working directory when jarnal.cmd is called from the
associated file. I tried changing the cd command at the beginning of
jarnal.cmd from cd %0\.. to cd "C:\program files\jarnal" with no
success. Now taking crash course in .cmd syntax.
--->> With the .exe installer, everything is put in "C:\program
files\jarnal" when it seems that it is expected to be in "C:\program
files\jarnal-install\". For now, I renamed the directory, but it would
be much better if jarnal.jar was not expected to be in such a
srangely-named repository !
Possibility to define the size of the page ? (pcolamar, moved from FAQ)
i.e. A4 = 210 mm x 297 mm = 8.27" x 11.69 "
Possibility to define the format of the time stamp ? (pcolamar, moved from FAQ)
i.e. 24h vs AM/PM
Progressive page number printed at the bottom of every page (pcolamar, moved from FAQ)
Russian/Cyrillic symbols are missed after PDF export
(version 1003, 1073, ...).
Lag when writing (carhogg)
When I write quickly, it takes some time for the line to first show.
This makes it awkwardly slow to write, especially for small marks like
crossing ts. Also if I write quickly, the line does not exactly follow
the line that I drew, but is simplified to be more jagged and pass
through only a couple of the points that my actual pen stoke passed
I don't know if this problem is with my wacom bamboo tablet or some
settings in jarnal. Any suggestions would be very helpful. I'm new to
this programme so sorry if this comment is in the wrong place. Is there a
way to get responses by email?
Change color after drawing (V. Wolf)
It would be very helpful if one can select a drawing and change
its color, e.g., to change the color of a word after writing it down. Highlight
the area you want to change using the rectangle select, or select a
single stroke using the point select. Then under Format | Modify
Selection use the dialog to change things as you wish.
Resize background (Andi)
Automatically resize background so it fits to the chozen size of the Jarnal page. Under
Format | Paper the left column is the page, the right column is the
background. On the left column you can set the page size to fit the
background (Fit to Background) and in the right column you can set the
background to the page size (Fit Page Width or Fit Page Height depending
on what you want).
DONE see command line options Cursor options (Nathan Stormer)
Provide the option of a larger cursor instead of the tiny black dot when drawing
(seems especially useful for not tablet systems where there is no pen tip)
DONE Pen Sizes
Perhaps instead of having individual buttons for pen size have a single
button listing the sizes similar to the button that lists the color
choices. And possibly change the name of the largest size from heavy to
highlighter if that size is specifically for highlighter use. The name for the toolbar button is iwidth
PDF Bookmarks (sillythings, moved from dicussion page)
I read a lot of ebooks in pdf format. I'd like to use jarnal to
annotate pdf ebooks. These ebooks often have hundreds of pages and many
sections. As such, these ebooks make use of pdf's bookmark feature so
that a user can quickly flip to a particular section in the ebook.
However, the pdf bookmark concept doesn't seem to be support by jarnal.
Jarnal's bookmark concept is really just a recently open file list. Can
you guys add support for pdf bookmarks?
Easier arrows (asragov, moved from discussion page)
I find that if I want to add a lot of arrows to a document, it is not so easy.
For example, if I go to Tools -> Arrow, I can make one arrow, and then it resets to the drawing pen immediately.
Is there a way to keep the arrows on, or is that a "feature request"?
Thank you for this wonderful program - it is a lifesaver!
PDF Searching (unclepedro)
I recognize that this is a pretty big feature request, given that PDFs
are converted into raster backgrounds. But I read a lot of technical
papers in PDF format, and I often need to search for particular terms in
the original document's text. It would be great if one could cursor
highlight text (or enter it with a screen keyboard) and search for it in
the document. I'd guess this either requires keeping text position
information when rasterizing, or not using a rasterized background.
[Edit: I see that I can use Edit | Find and include Background, but the
behavior is a bit odd, at least for a few PDFs I tried.]
Print to PDF (Miriam Kraus)
sometimes seems to be slightly misaligned with certain pdf files
give the user ability to nudge the image slightly?
Enable the pen erase (Joe Tonge)
Selection drag (Marco Poletti)
It is too sensitive, you shouldn't drag the selection just a couple of pixels
Pressure sensitivity (Gerhard)
independent Java-libraries for tablet-pcs: http://sketchstudio.cellosoft.com/
With it one can write Java-applets and programs that can handle values
like pressure sensitivity and the sketch-feeling feels quite fluid
(better than with normal Java I think)
add cross-platform java web updating to replace the platform dependent
command files? can this be used to start jarnal with adequate memory in a
platform independent way?
Animated gif (Dirk)
Network Save Operations (Graham Chiu)
a metafile directive to automatically tell Jarnal to display the server response to a network save
fix the system state so that after a network save when Jarnal is closed no "file save" dialog is generated
there is an appreciable delay while Jarnal regenerates the PDF prior to a
network save - provide a busy indicator while this is going on
Cornell-style Notes (Alex)
not sure what this is, can we get a link or something?
Page navigation window and links inside the document for an easy return a specific point. (Fabian)
Able to set default save as format to OpenOffice's presentation format
fix crash when exporting to an already open pdf
Format Conversion (Giada Ucci)
I developed an open-source java program named jCrossSketch that can
convert some note format like IRX (used by IRex iLiad e-book reader),
TOP (used by Aiptek myNote) SVG (used by GIMP's paths) and JAJ (used by
your jarnal program). The url is: http://weblab.ing.unimo.it/~angelmac/jCrossSketch/ also there is a developer guide at http://weblab.ing.unimo.it/~angelmac/jCrossSketch/doc/project.pdf
incorporate this directly into Jarnal
+ maybe even an XML format like xournal - GK
Text Rotation (Jonathan Netzloff)
For maps and so forth
Digital Signing (Michael Ellerback)
Cross Platform Client/Server (Pierre Lafaye de Micheaux)
I tried to use it from windows XP (server) to Linux (client) but we
faced a problem when trying to open new PDF background. The PDF
background opens correctly on the Master (=Request control active) but
it does not open on remote jarnal because it tries to open the PDF file
on the very same directory (and filename) but this is not possible since
Windows XP and Linux do not have the same file system naming
Interface suggestions (Shawn Moorman)
- Select mode is not 'sticky'; that is, once you select and move
an object the mode reverts to pen, etc. When adjusting many objects
consecutively (as might be done towards the end of an annotation
session) you have to click tool bar "Select" or keyboard Ctrl-a between
each selection/move. A bit cumbersome and non-intuitive.
Unless it already exist it would be nice if there was a "select/move"
mode such that you can move objects consecutively. The toolbar might use
the "pointer" icon for such a mode ubiquitous to S/W w/ any kind of
edit/move object feature. Jarnal Text mode already works as I suggest.
- Jarnal not handle the following exception and crashes (hangs) if you do the following:
- Run Jarnal
- Load a background PDF
- Add some annotations (not required)
- Export to a file w/ the same name as the loaded PDF
- As you know cut/paste on Windows will typically paste the new
object close and slightly offset to the original, allowing user to then
move as desired. Jarnal requires the extra step (after paste) to
identify target location.
- When you paste text from an external app (via clipboard), the doc 'jumps' to the top of page.
- When a text object is placed a 2nd crosshair is placed to the
right (at some arbitrary distance?) and horizontal w/ the insertion
point crosshair. This prevents placing a new text object between the two
cross hairs; i.e. at the same (or slightly different) vertical height
as original text. A problem, for example should you be filling out
(annotating) a pdf form that has form fields in vertical columns and the
form fields needing entry are not horizontally aligned. My workaround
is to place the 2nd text object elsewhere and then move it inline (same
vertical height) as the 1st text object. This seems to work w/o
A similar problem occurs if the two required text locations ARE
vertically aligned but have significant horizontal space between them.
For this case you can simply insert the many spaces (spacebar) needed to
get to the rightmost position or use above work around.
Why not have text objects end at there last character and directly allow placing a new text object inline (vertically).
inserted images uses the Text function. All other objects use the
resize handle of the "Select Rectangle". It is quite hard to intuitively
figure this out. (It is in the docs). Why not use simple select the
image, which then automatically draws a bounding box w/ a resize handle.
- After checking all the .sh and .cmd I fount the following code
in jarnalshell.conf (located for me in: C:\Documents and
Oddly the variable is "firefox", but it points to IE. I changed it the
firefox executable and restarted Jarnal, but when I select
Help/Documentation it still uses IE.
Unfortunately, I don't understand the program well enough to provide further suggestions.
Drag and Drop for pictures (Andi)
Drag pictures directly from folder to Jarnal
Hand button for touch scrolling (GK)
This may be better than the current touch scroll from right margin. It
gaurantees that nothing will accidently get wriiten unless the user
switches from hand grab mode to pen mode. It may also be less
susceptible to errors.
Good to have motions and gestures for both stylus and finger. The
current margin touch scroll seems to be oversensitive to something and
often homes to the1st or last page. too easily.
Sticky Select and Move (Andi)
For sorting/moving pictures and words in the Jarnal without having to select the select tool before every move
Better Text-Recognition (Andi)
Uppercase and Lower-Case
Maybe write first, then select the part of the handwritten Text that
should be recognized, then let recognize. Problem ist often: Program
tries to recognize after each stroke, doesnt see the "whole" letter
Paste Formula in latex-Format, Formula is displayed by Jarnal correctly
Support extended desktop: If Jarnal is on the "secondary monitor"
jarnal is to shoots only the part of the screen shown on the secondary
monitor, if Jarnal is working on the primary monitor, the screenshot is
to be only of this part....
Support of Virtual Keyboard (Andi)
Simple link to virtual keyboard (i.e. Windows XP, Windows 7,...)
Color Trap Dialog
The color trap dialog is under the View menu and it still exists,
although it no longer works properly. From experimentation it seems that
when color trapping is enabled in the dialog only lines with the colors
that are marked will be shown, so you can toggle lines with different
colors on and off. However: the dialog needs to redraw the entire page,
it redraws the page incrementally, so that pieces of lines vanish and
Automatic Image Copying
When an image is clicked on it saves to the clipboard. I think a user could potentially lose other data they might have
wanted in the clipboard. Perhaps have an option to save it to the clipboard?
There should perhaps be a razor to move things sideways. And to move things up it might be more logical to move up whats
above the razor as opposed to what is under it.
Maybe there should maybe be more than one type of whiteout, besides the
eraser, specifically one that doesn't erase the notebook lines.
Perhaps it is because I'm not using a tablet but the letter M does not
seem to be recognized, in fact so far I've gotten a "d", an "h" and an
"q". I had four separate people try to type this letter as well, to
insure it wasn't simply my hand writing. This is both on tool >
recognize and recognize page. Also 3 times in a row three "M"s spelled
the word. "due"...
Is there a way to write with recognition such that the letters you draw don't end up on top of what you're typing?
Tablet use : Android Port
Using Jarnal on a desktop computer is nice, but it would be even better
on a tablet device. Many Android-based tablets/pads are now entering
the market and Jarnal would be an extremely popular Android app. We've
now reached a moment in history where the pen/pencil & paper could
become obsolete, but we first need note taking applications for these
Unusable on Windows mobile (dggrimm, moved from discussion page)
Is there a way to use this with windows mobile devices running Java?
Being a noob, I put the files on my device and it starts to run then
gets 'File error' (???)
Smartphone Port (ecompsp, moved from discussion page)
I tried to 'fake' a midlet in mobile and does the same thing.....it
probably needs re-compiled for j2me for mobile devices........I have
failed with WTK 2.5 so far....don't know much about java code. Any java
guru out there familiar with java wireless toolkit?
If someone could create a .jad midlet for Jarnal it could then be ported
to symbian and windows mobile phones! And to Android too!
Currently, anyone guessing the right port can connect to a running
Jarnal server. It would be great if one could limit this access, e.g.,
by setting a password that the client needs to know for connecting.
I wanted a Mac version that has click .jaj file to open and also .jaj
file icons in the finder. Also wanted to double click the application to
open and have it save the new file by default in Documents/Jarnal with a
datetime based name when hitting ctrl-s to allow very quick notes to be
taken without having to navigate folders. Also wanted to drag pdf files
onto the Jarnal application icon and use them as a background (ie the
-b option). I believe I have achieved all of this and packaged into dmg
drag drop installer - I have made it available on my web page below.
Please let me know of any issues - email on the page. Thanks