If not, I understand. This would be a really great open-source project that could be trained to automatically produce transcribed plain-text that could be copy-pasted into other applications.
Using a closed triangle as an arrowhead does trigger shape conversion, but I don't know anyone who draws arrows that way.
It's called "Ink to Shape" on the Draw tab.
2) if I could do this with PDFs, or have an engineering graph paper background, that would be glorious.
You can also set the pen to snap to the grid on the graph paper that makes drawing quick block diagrams really easy.
I'm curious what sort of things are in the pipeline? Very grateful for the work you've done so far!
It would be nice if someone wrote an extension/post-processor applying some OCR to the SVGs, so that plain text could be extracted. I tried to do something like this myself, but failed. What was most annoying was that the SVGs the app writes are actually outlines of the pen strokes, after applying "pen width". As far as I've seen, OCR systems prefer raw strokes as input, ideally with pen pressure information. I don't have enough experience in Machine Learning either to try to build a new model for this use case from scratch.
edit: A sample article draft/experiment I wrote with it:
- as a HTML+SVG: https://akavel.github.io/post/2018-05-31-stylish-elephants/2...
- as a PDF: https://akavel.github.io/post/2018-05-31-stylish-elephants/2...
Also, in case you'd come back to this reply at some point in future: one feature I'd also love (I think I even wrote an email to you about it at the time) would be easy pasting of images into the document, and a "knife" tool, which would allow cutting them to parts along drawn lines. (And then moving and processing them separately.) I don't remember what exact use case I had for this, but I remember missing it badly.
Ah, and there was some problem with not being able to easily paste links into the document purely with stylus, i.e. without reaching for keyboard. I used Write once for writing a journal from a trip, with photos, and I think I might have had to edit the raw HTML/SVG to add links from thumbnails to full photos, or something like this.
...basically be able to slice the above image into various rows, and delete the "numbers" part, but keep + rearrange the "music" part.
Seems like the ability to paste / rotate an image and then add in a "razer-slicer" set perpendicular to page or matching the image rotation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6SuHTHoRd0&t=1m25s
It's a relatively common operation (even for text, maybe even especially for lined text) giving you the option to write single-space (or double-space) and then magically have extra room to take notes, edit, etc, then later remove those edits.
Actually it'd be very similar to "folding" handwritten documents (in the code-folding sense).
So I was really impressed with Write's ability to combine the best of both worlds. If this could work on e-paper, that would be incredible.
Though they could use a font that looks handwritten, it's not the same and wouldn't reflect the product as accurately.
This site has zero title or desc tags in its SVG.
The "Linux" download is x86-64 only; I know 32-bit x86 is dying, so maybe that's not worth your time (I'd tried to download it on an old 32-bit ThinkPad x60 tablet), but an ARM build might get some use.
As long as the download is free, may I ask why you chose to not also publish the source code?
PS: "JetNote" and "JetDraw" links in "JetNote and JetDraw are no longer under active development." on the support page both 404.
I've been using GoodNotes for a year now on an iPad Pro with a Pencil and for me it's a killer app. Since I've started using it, my handwriting has improved. That's not something I set out to do, but it happened probably because I wanted to help out the OCR engine. It's pretty awesome to run a search and have your handwritten notes surface.
My worry is that the app only sells for $8 and that doesn't seem sustainable. The built in Notes app keeps getting better, so maybe the inevitable outcome is that the third party apps fade away as people switch to the core app.
OneNote actually does AES256 on their files. No passphrase - no content.
This looks like the tool I've been missing for years.
edit: oh, development's stopped. Oh well, back to my side project.
Hopefully they don't find a way to stick hand-written ads on the side for the free version.
$100-200 for a mature tool that actually solves the problem and is sufficiently hackable is well within the bounds of what I'm willing to spend.
Devs that don't have the money for these tools have a great way to get into the software world, use FLOSS tools to greenfield a new tool and collect $30-50 from anybody interested.
Can we make this happen? It would be amazing.
I'm curious if there's some way for a dev to easily add a widget/button to get paid/donated for a piece of software. Ideally, with any tax etc. problems handled too. I also created some FLOSS software, and would be cool if I could just slap a button in the Readme, or in the app itself, and have a chance to get donations if someone wants to express appreciation this way.
Donation isn't the answer I have in mind. In the first place, there's no social onus placed on users of the software to provide compensation. I love the Free Software Foundation, and I agree with its goals. But I believe in the need for two ecosystems, three I guess if you include proprietary software. Free software and open source.
The main reason is I don't think the likes of SourceForge should be allowed to sully FLOSS with adware / malware and redistribute useful pieces of software. The business value of software needs to be accommodated. If you really do have a pure altruistic motive, coupled with the willingness to accept donations, then sure, knock yourself out.
But as an individual software developer with an economic motive, intellectual property is not a hostile concept, it's one that pays the bills. Idealism in this space isn't all it's cracked up to be when you're all by yourself.
If you have a profit motive, if you want to and are willing to treat your development activities as a service you're providing to the public, rather than artwork you release purely for public benefit, then you should use a standard dual-licensing scheme.
Note that my argument here concerns software tools. Tools aren't libraries. Tools are complicated, feature-rich graphical applications that can have business value as products all of their own. Tools may use dozens of libraries. Libraries generally don't depend on other libraries other than the standard one and if they do they typically vendor them in or statically link them.
I love hand-note taking.
Edit: It was! https://www.google.ca/search?q=write+windows+3.1&oq=write+wi...
Edit 2: I actually love this name. Hopefully you don't get any headaches over the history of this name.
This is the first step towards something I've been thinking about. Maybe I really should just publish my ideas online instead of waiting until I'm ready to work on them.
I went on to buy a Galaxy Note tablet with the intention of trying to implement it somehow, but I never really got anywhere.
Started when I took notes on my surface in onenote during a coding bootcamp. Between multi-color pen switching, ability to paste in pics of slides and screenshots of code, and type in code when necessary, it was the ultimate note taking situation. Made me realize the reason I was a shit student in college was straight up because I took garbage notes.
But, the surface/windows is not the ideal programming environment for me. I prefer linux flavors (Debian/Ubuntu usually). So I've been on this like three year quest to get the ultimate note taking, programming, plus misc task tool setup.
Ended up with a thinkpad x1 yoga, all the bells and whistles. Great machine. Tried having a VM running Debian so I could quickly switch from that to onenote, but the VM performance when closing and opening the lid was funky. So, dual boot time, and time to find a onenote replacement. Not so bad a deal because onenote offline mode and syncing are notoriously bad (not that I'd expect otherwise, it seems like a tricky problem to solve).
Deep down the rabbit hole turns up two apps: Write and Xournal. (Onenote chrome doesn't work because no pressure sensitivity and no offline mode)
Write is exciting because it works out of the box, has infinite scrolling, quickly can switch pen colors, and a very interesting save scheme. Their files are just HTML with svgs. I'm exploring and automatic upload system that simply renders all my notes as a GitHub pages thing somewhere, with links for directory's files. Open to suggestions, there.
Xournal is definitely a more configurable, heavy hitter app. It was easier to install, has way more configuration options (mildly annoying as you gotta tick a box to get pressure sensitivity on), and allows you to type text in or paste images. However, it doesn't have infinite, expanding page scrolling. You have to hit "next page" to be presented with a new blank canvas, or, set your page length to something absurd, which concerns me for memory management reasons.
Anyway, like I said, I think WAY too much about this, but I'm very open to suggestions/input.
Not quite as elegant as Onenote's ability to paste in a screenshot super easy, but the functionality at least has a workaround.
Is it dead, Jim?
The music on the demo video makes me anxious, however.
Anyway the author's handwriting (or the font they picked), seen through that model, seems to indicate an (impressively) imaginative personality with a reduced preference for what you might call practicality. :-) Just thought it was amusing given your question.
But ofcourse not very usefull. For example you cannot copy paste the text.
But if you like something like this then you can use Inkscape for example to:
Write all letter on a peace of paper
Scan it and import in Inkscape
Trace the bitmap to vector
Create a font from all the character
Edit: looks like the title changes. My comment is about the website not about the app which the title now refers to.
The title was something like "a handwritten website"
I'm using Firefox and I cannot select any text.
That's also why I commented about how to create your own handwritten font that can be used for a website.