What is quill?
Welcome to the home page for quill, a tool to help designers
of pen-based user interfaces design better gestures (marks made with a
pen to execute a command). You would use it if you were designing a
pen-based user interface and wanted help creating custom gestures,
for example for application-specific operations.
Can I try it?
Sure, but Java (at least version 1.2 or later) needs to be installed on your computer for
quill to run. If it's not installed, you can get Java here.
The easiest way to try quill is with the precompiled jar
file. Get the latest from the file download page.
You can run quill like this (after downloading the jar file):
Other distributions are also available from the file download page.
- Windows or Macintosh: Double-click on the quill.jar
file. (If this doesn't work, it probably means you don't have
- Unix/Linux: cd to the directory where
you put quill.jar. Run "java -jar quill.jar". Java needs
to be installed and in your path. (To help with debugging,
quill prints a lot of information to the
console. You can ignore it.)
The tutorial and reference manual are available on-line while using
quill, or separately:
For information about the design and implementation of quill,
read this paper, quill:
Providing Advice for Pen-based Gesture Design.
If you have any questions, comments, flames, adulation, etc., about
quill, feel free to email me at
users.sourceforge.net, or use the SourceForge
If you're using quill, let us know so we can keep you up to
date on improvements, bug fixes, etc.
quill is distributed under the Berkeley