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Xournal was updated to version 0.4.8 today, bringing new Export to PDF code, a horizontal view mode along with other changes.

Xournal 0.4.8

For those not familiar with Xournal, this is a GTK+ application for note-taking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus on Tablet PCs and other platforms.

The application comes with various tools such as: pen, eraser, highlighter, text tool and shape recognizer. Additionally, strokes and blocks of text can be selected, moved and copied using a rectangular selection tool. Besides taking notes or sketching, these tools can be used to annotate PDF files (it uses the Poppler library to render PDF documents) which can be saved either in native Xournal file format or exported to PDF.

Xournal 0.4.8, released today, includes some new features / changes such as:
  • new Export to PDF code using Cairo (+ config option to prefer old code in the options menu > Legacy PDF Export) which should fix various issues;
  • optional auto-save of documents and recovery from auto-saves;
  • a horizontal view mode (pages are shown next to each other horizontally);
  • add "new pages duplicate background" option;
  • various bug-fixes and configuration options for touchscreen devices;
  • smoother icons for eraser and shapes buttons.

Install Xournal 0.4.8 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

Xournal is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but it's not the latest 0.4.8 version (Ubuntu 14.10, 14.04 and 13.10 have Xournal 0.4.7 and Ubuntu 12.04 has Xournal 0.4.6). If you don't care for the features in the latest 0.4.8 release, simply install the package from the Ubuntu repositories by searching for Xournal in the Ubuntu Software Center.

The latest Xournal 0.4.8 can be installed in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (and derivatives) by using the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install Xournal by using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xournal
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can grab the Xournal deb from HERE.

Note: the Ubuntu / Debian Xournal maintainer accidentally (?) used "4.7" as the version number for Xournal 0.4.7 from the Ubuntu 14.04 and 13.10 repositories so to receive the update from the WebUpd8 PPA, I had to use "4.8" as the version instead of 0.4.8.

For other Linux distributions, grab Xournal from SourceForge.