This is the first semester that I’ve offered to post the notes from class on the Blackboard course site. I’ve been writing the notes in Windows Journal, and I knew there was a “Windows Journal Viewer” but I didn’t realize how difficult it was to obtain the viewer. You have to have a copy of Windows on your computer and validate it to get the viewer software. Of course, that’s not going to help non-Windows users at all, plus it’s a bit much to put students through.

So, my first attempt at an alternate format was to print the Journal files to PDF. Above is the original first page of the file and below is the PDF … see the problem? (plus, it prints to pdf 90 degrees rotated)

Someone suggested that I try printing as a GIF file, but the closest option was to export as a TIFF. So I tried that next.

Umm… that didn’t work at all.

Are you starting to feel like Goldilocks yet?

Finally, I tried the only other export option I found in Windows Journal: mht or mhtml (a “web archive” file).

I thought this was my long-searched-for solution, but then I tried to open the mhtml files in alternte browsers and discovered you have to have a relatively current version of Internet Explorer to view the file. Here’s a link to the file. I’ve tried it in Firefox 2, Firefox 3, IE 5, and Safari, but it doesn’t open in any of those.

So, that’s pretty much what I’ve been trying to figure out all day… anyone else have a brilliant idea about a universally sharable format to export from Windows Journal?

Microsoft is not making me like them much today.

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