Archive for the ‘HooverNotes’ Category

How to install Jetpack and HooverNotes on your computer

Friday, April 16th, 2010

A lot of people asked me how to install HooverNotes on their computers. But it’s not that easy to install HooverNotes, first you need the Mozilla Firefox, the Jetpack Prototype 0.8.2 installed and the HooverNotes jetpack add-on. So in this post I explain how to install Jetpack prototype 0.8.2 and HooverNotes and few Hoovernotes’ features.

If you have more questions don’t hesitate to send us and e-mail! 🙂

Do you like HooverNotes? Pay the authors beers!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

HooverNotes is completely free and open source. If you use it and like it, you’re very welcome to buy us a beer, pizza or paella as a small, medium or big gesture of appreciation.

Making a donation will motivate us to keep this project going and allow for further development.


Last weekend working in Barcelona

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Last weekend (6th and 7th of March) was the last coding weekend before the meeting at Austin, TX with the jetpack 4 learning teams.

HooverNotes team

HooverNotes team

We also had a nice lunch all the team together to celebrate our classification for the final at Austin! So I payed (as I’m the HooverNotes representant at Austin) a paella to Philipp and Negro and took some pictures at the beach!

Cool team actually 🙂

Why do we need something like HooverNotes?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Toni sent a comment which I agreed 100%!

Well I think it’s a tool that can be useful for researchers. The video is too focused in the how it works, but I think it’s missing a “Reason Why” to use it, or at least which is the target user / main function… anyway, a difficult job! 😉

We have explained how HooverNotes works, but since the mockup presentation we haven’t explained why, the advantatges in front other apps or even the main target.

So lets do some evangelization!

Remembering my learning techniques which were quite simple, I used to search the information I needed and then during my first read I usually handwrite the information in a notebook. Afterthat I usually highlight the most relevant parts of my annotations.

As far as Internet has appeared in our lifes, it’s easier to search information. in the net than at the school library or at home. But the method in order to take annotations it0s not different than before the apparition of Internet, people have to take annotations in a physical notebook, or have to manage how to read from a browser and take annotations in a word processor or annotation tools. Any of these tools relationate the content annotated and the original font if the student doesn’t copy and paste the source URL.

At HooverNotes we have tried to unify into a tool the features about studying from several miscellaneous Internet sources, letting the freedom to the users to annotate (or hightlight or move literally pieces of text) anything and relate it into a component called sheet, which unifies into a topic or subject a theme or a set of annotations.

HooverNotes hierarchy

HooverNotes hierarchy

These annotations would be textual annotations or even multimedia annotations including pictures, videos, maps and we are thinking about include voice notes (with the posterior speech-to-text conversion), doodles or conceptual mapping apps. So imagine to study the Napoleon’s life having into your textual annotations videos from National Geographic, the Google’s France maps from that century and pictures extracted from flickr about the Invallides Palace in Paris.

All of these annotations would be synchronized through your identity (at the moment Twitter identity, but thinking with the Facebook and Google identities) and will be possible to access at your annotations using Firefox and HooverNotes.

The next post will talk about the future HooverNotes features!

HooverNotes 0.1 ready for review

Monday, February 1st, 2010

This is our presentation before the deadline (last minute) of the challenge. I hope you enjoy our work and we expect your comments, suggestions and insults 🙂

This is the wiki page of the HooverNotes project into the mozilla wiki where you will be able to read about our project and the future of it!

HooverNotes Update 20/01/2010

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This is our work since the beginning of the Challenge, so we have a lot of work to do yet! 🙂

Miguel is our Jetpack graphical and interaction designer

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010


Miguel Dahbar is the new graphical, interaction and usability designer of the Ho(o)verNotes Jetpack plugin. I met Miguel working at TMT Factory (almost) 3 years ago while I was doing research and he was the art director at the innovation department. We get really good friends and enjoyed Barça.

I presented the Ho(o)verNotes project few weeks ago and he accepted to design the usable interface and the sheets and notes with us. Philipp and me are very proud to have this great help in our team!

Thanks Blackie! Let’s burn Ho(o)verNotes 😀

What are the most important things we expect to get out of the Design Challenge over the next 2 months?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

… good question. Besides always wanting to go to SXSW 2010 Interactive (Austin, Texas), here are a couple of points which motivate our participation:

  • Get to know how to develop open source software in a larger context/organization such as the Mozilla Foundation
  • Experiment with a new, cutting edge technology
  • Familiarize ourselves with the Mozilla software development landscape, in particular: other technologies/plugins which we may use for future development
  • Get to know people with similar interests and ideas/networking
  • Contribute to the evolution from the read-only to the read-write Web
  • Give something back to the community for FireFox and the plug-ins we’ve been using all these years
  • Enter the hall of fame of Web development
  • Buy a real Stetson in Austin, Texas in March 2010.

Ho(o)verNotes goes to the second round!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Today the JetPack for Learning Design Challenge communicates Ho(o)verNotes goes to the second round!

Philipp and me are so happy! We will try to do our best to implement the Ho(o)ver… the Notes should be done for you!

ASAP we will write on this blog more news about Ho(o)verNotes! 😀