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openSUSE 11.1 Reference Guide
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31.6 Taking Notes and Sketching with the Pen

To create drawings with the pen, you can use a professional graphics editor like The GIMP or try one of the note taking applications, Xournal or Jarnal. With both Xournal and Jarnal, you can take notes, create drawings, or comment PDF files with the pen. As a Java-based application available for several platforms, Jarnal also offers basic collaboration features. For more information, refer to When saving your contents, Jarnal stores the data in an archive format (*.jaj) that also contains a file in SVG format.

Start Jarnal or Xournal from the main menu or by entering jarnal or xournal in a shell. To comment a PDF file in Xournal, for example, select File > Annotate PDF and open the PDF file from your file system. Use the pen or another pointing device to annotate the PDF and save your changes with File > Print to PDF.

Figure 31-2 Annotating a PDF with Xournal

Dasher is another useful application. It was designed for situations where keyboard input is impractical or unavailable. With a bit of training, you can rapidly enter larger amounts of text using only the pen (or other input devices—it can even be driven with an eye tracker).

Start Dasher from the main menu or with dasher from a shell. Move your pen in one direction and the application starts to zoom into the letters on the right side. From the letters passing the cross hairs in the middle, the text is created or predicted and is printed to the upper part of the window. To stop or start writing, click the display once with the pen. Modify the zooming speed at the bottom of the window.

Figure 31-3 Editing Texts with Dasher

The Dasher concept works for many languages. For more information, refer to the Dasher Web site, which offers comprehensive documentation, demonstrations and training texts. Find it at

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