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UI Application for NoteTaking and Sketching - Xournal

Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions) and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal or to other alternatives such as Jarnal and Gournal.

Xournal supports annotation of PDF files. Xournal uses the Poppler library to render PDF documents. The documents then become immutable background images. Annotation can then proceed using any of Xournal's standard tools: Pen, eraser, text, and highlighter.

Xournal Features:
 * gettext internationalization
 * Catalan translation, French translation
 * use poppler instead of pdftoppm to render PDF backgrounds
 * various improvements to UI and to key bindings
 * use gtk-print instead of libgnomeprint for printing
 * custom color chooser
 * option to have tablet buttons toggle the mapping rather than draw
 * paper color chooser

Xournal Installation:
Xournal is available in Ubuntu repositories , you can install it in Ubuntu from Ubuntu Software Center or by running the following commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get install xournal
After successful installation you can open Xournal from the dash

The Xournal user interface either displays all pages in the journal below each other ("continuous mode") or a single page ("one-page mode"). You can switch between the two modes by using the "Continuous" and "One page" entries in the View menu. The default is the continuous mode, best adapted to note-taking on multiple pages. The one-page mode is more appropriate if your journal is a scrapbook in which the pages have different characteristics (in particular, if you are annotating a series of pictures of different sizes).

Xournal is not about taking notes only. It is provided with drawing and selection tools such as text, eraser, pen, highlighter, vertical space, rectangle select tool and many more. You can access all of them from the Xournal’s toolbar.


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