DigitalNote Prerelease 2 (build 20040615) Release Notes


DigitalNote Prerelease 2 (build 20040615) Release Notes

Created: December 10, 2004
Last Modified: December 17, 2004
Written by: Jabel D. Morales (jabel@cs.utep.edu)

Contents:
1. Introduction
2. System Requirements
3. Downloading
4. Installing
5. Running
6. Other

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1. Introduction

DigitalNote is a Java application that is developed as part of Jabel D. Morales'
Master's Thesis at the University of Texas at El Paso. The purpose of this
application is to implement a design that follows Hajime Tatsukawa's findings on
an interface for taking class notes on a Tablet PC. In other words, the
objective is to combine the efficiency and freedom of paper with the advantages
of computer-based tools and a reliable pen input device.

In brief, the purpose of this application is to create class notes using a
computer.

If you happen to have a Tablet PC or laptop and use DigitalNote for taking class
notes, any feedback is appreciated. You can send your feedback to Jabel D.
Morales (jabel@cs.utep.edu).

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2. System Requirements

Any computer with a Java Virtual Machine version 1.4 or higher should be able to
run DigitalNote. However, your mileage may vary. DigitalNote has been tested in
an Intel Pentium III-based Tablet PC (ACER TravelMate C100 series) and a
Transmeta Crusoe-based Tablet PC (Compaq). Additionally, this application has
been used on laptops using the AMD Mobile Duron, AMD Mobile Athlon XP and Intel
Centrino processors and Windows XP. The minimal system configuration where
DigitalNote has been run is the following:

Processor: Intel Pentium III 800MHz or Transmeta Crusoe 800MHz System memory:
256 MB Video memory: 8 MB Hard disk space (for binaries): 48KB Java Virtual
Machine: 1.4.2 or later. You do not need a TabletPC to run DigitalNote, but you
might find it less useful without a pen.

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3. Downloading

A ZIP archive is available at 
http://www.cs.utep.edu/nigel/digitalnote/
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4. Installing

To install, simply copy the DigitalNote.java file where you want DigitalNote to
be installed.

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5. Running

To run, double click the "DigitalNote.jar" file in the directory where you
installed DigitalNote. You can make a shortcut of this file in the desktop or
start menu.

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6. Other

For saving notes, you can use any name you want. I recommend you to use a unique
extension to make it easy to locate the files when opening them.

For printing, it is recommended that you export your notes to PNG files and then
print the PNG files. The current implementation of the printing feature is very
rudimentary.

If you know a better way to make pen strokes in Java, please let me know.