Monthly Archive: June 2008

KeyJNote will be renamed

Update update: Actually, Accentuate is a fork of KeyJNote by J.R. Mauro, which includes a patch for using the Apple Remote, created during the period when KeyJNote was pulled off the internet. The official successor to KeyJNote is Impressive (announced in a recent post on Martin Fiedler’s blog).

Update: Thanks to James Stone’s comment on this post, the new incarnation of this software has been located. It is now Accentuate.

Perhaps it was predictable, but eventually KeyJNote caught Apple’s attention and earned the author a cease and desist letter. It will presumably continue under another name, but at the moment it is a bit hard to find if you don’t already have a copy.

You can still see the description that used be there via the Way Back Machine at archive.org. Most of the links still work, but not the download link. The files have been removed from sourceforge.

However, I did discover that it is part of MacPorts, and in fact if I’d noticed that before, I’d have just installed it with a quick “port install keyjnote” which probably would have saved me a lot of time. I doubt it will work anymore, however, since I’m pretty sure it relied on the existence of the now-defunct sourceforge downloads.

There are some RPMs for Linux distributions, if that happens to be useful. If you are daring and using Mac OS X, you could try installing rpm with MacPorts and then installing KeyJNote from one of the RPMs. I’m not that daring.

Someone on the Canon interface design team earns a D.

Why, pray tell, did anyone think this was a good idea?

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I mean, I don’t have particularly fat fingers, but that “Stop” button is just a little bit too easy to hit, when I meant to hit “Start.” Why did it even need to be anywhere near the “Start” button?

Most Canon copiers have a very nice feature, for those of us who scan things, called “Job Build.” You get at it by hitting “Special Features,” and then selecting “Job Build.”

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Once you’ve done that, you can flop the book onto the glass, hit “Start,” flip the page, flop the book back down, hit “Start” again, etc., etc., etc. It will happily collect the pages together into one big document. You can get into a pretty good rhythm: flop, Start, scan, flip, flop, Start, scan, flip, …

Here I am after having scanned 42 pages.

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The instruction on the top says “Change the original and press the Start key.” To scan my 43rd page, I would do exactly that.

What it doesn’t say is that if you hit “Stop” it will instantly throw away everything you’ve scanned so far and cheerily wait for you to start something new.

Grr.