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pyPenNotes 0.3


Little tool to write notes using pen and touchscreen.

This program is written in Python using pygtk. It can be used only if those are present in your environment (see PyPenNotes#Environment).

Current Features

  • Change color and size of pen
  • Change background color (even on used notebook pages)
  • Undo
  • Save and Restore
    • Using the file ~/.penNotes.strokes_data
    • You may symlink that to your SD-Card if you like...
  • As many Notes as you like
    • (1-9999, or no RAM left ;-) )
    • 200 simple Notes may take about 10 MByte (should be less with Version 0.3 - so this is a vague estimate)

Planned Features

  • Manage different notebooks (choose place to save them)



Version Download Release Focus
0.3b (current) pyPenNotes-0.3b.tar.bz2 bugfix release - ignore non existent strokes-file; speed up strokes-file loading a bit
0.3 pyPenNotes-0.3.tar.bz2 2nd Toolbar + Togglebutton, Undo, Save, Restore, Autosave/-load on exit and start, serious redraw speed up
0.2 pyPenNotes-0.2.tar.bz2 color, thickness and note selection, notes won't get saved to FLASH yet
0.1 pyPenNotes-0.1.tar.bz2 initial release - can do nothing yet. :-)


Access the current SVN version at:


On my device it can't start because there is a bug in pygtk: line 82 of /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/gtk2.0/gtk/ change init() to _init()


The following Om 2008.8 packages will have to be installed (source packages: python python-pygtk python-pycairo python-pygobject) (For Om 2007.2 you can use the ScaredyCat packages from Repositories.):

python-core python-misc python-lang python-pygtk

Until there is an IPK for pyPenNotes, you may want to create a desktop icon manually.

Extract the files to a directory you wish (in the following example we use /media/card/install/pyPenNotes-0.3b/ directory).

Create the desktop file:


With content:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Pen notes
Exec=python /media/card/install/pyPenNotes-0.3b/

PyPenNotes-0.3.png PyPenNotes

Little tool to write notes using pen and touchscreen.

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