PC User Guide

This user manual is designed to make StudyBuddy easy to use and allows customers to benefit
from all the built in features.

Importing Images

When importing images into the StudyBuddy application, there are two options; importing from a
file, or importing from a mobile phone via Bluetooth.

To import from a file;

  • Click the “Import Image” button 
  • The following box will appear;
  • Once you've found the required file, select it and click “Open”
Alternatively, you can import an entire folder by clicking the “Import Directory” button and
following the above instructions.

To import from a mobile phone

  • Click the “Bluetooth” button
  • The following box will appear;
  • The first time you import from a mobile, click the “Phone Search” button
  • This will search the surrounding area for any Bluetooth devices
  • A list of devices will be listed in the white box on the right hand side as shown below;
  • Select your mobile phone from the drop down menu and click “Connect”
  • All the new images and tags will be automatically transferred to the PC application
  • Any changes in both the PC application and the mobile application, will be synched

Exporting Images

This feature allows you to export an image to, for example, a memory stick or onto your hard drive.
This is useful if you want to backup images you've imported from your mobile phone or share them
with others.
  • Using the “Image” drop down menu on the far left of the screen, and select “Export Current Image”
  • A box will appear which will allow you to navigate through all the available directories
  • Find where you want to save the image, and click “Open”

Tagging Images

Tagging Images is probably the most useful feature in the StudyBuddy application, as it allows you
to sort and browse your notes according to subject, teacher, or anything else you want.
First you must create a tag;
  • Click the “Create Tag” button
  • The following box will appear. Enter the name of the tag you wish to enter, and click “OK”
Now you can tag any image with the tag you have just created;
  • Select the image you wish to tag
  • Click the “Tag This Image” button
  • The following box will appear. Use the drop down menu to select which tag you want then click “OK”
  • The image is now tagged
StudyBuddy provides maximum flexibility when tagging images by allowing you to;
  • Tag multiple images with the same tag at the same time using the “Tag Many Images” button.

  • Tag a tag which allows you to, for example, tag all units taught by a certain teacher/lecturer, using the “Tag a Tag” button

Once your images are tagged, you can browse and search through all your notes easily.
In order to filter your notes by tag;
  • Click the “Filter By Tag” button
  •  Use the drop down menu to select a specific tag or “Show All Images” and then click “OK”

Alternatively, filter the notes by clicking on the required tag, or “All Tags”, on the side bar.

Deleting tags

Tags can be deleted by right clicking on the tag in the TagTree sidebar, or by using the Tag menu.

Viewing Images

There are a number of features designed to help you view your notes easily.


Once you have selected 'All images' or a tag of images you wish to brows; there are multiple options for navigating through your notes. You can-
  • Use the “Next” and “Prev” buttons
  • Select an image on the thumbnails toolbar to go to that image
  • Use the scroll wheel on the mouse to move quickly through the thumbnails
  • Click the centre image in the thumbnails toolbar and drag, to scroll through images. The further away you drag, the faster the images will scroll.


Zooming allows you to view your notes at the size that is most useful for you. 

  • Click the 'Image' menu and then Zoom:100% to set the image to its original size, and Zoom:Image Fit to switch back.

  • Or use the zoom drop down box on the right hand side of the toolbar to adjust zoom.
  • You can type a percentage in the box and press Enter to zoom. Type 'Fit' to fit the image in the window- which means the image is as big as it can be while still allowing you to see the whole image

  • Clicking the arrow presents a slider which can be adjusted between 1% and 300%. Drag down to zoom in, up to zoom out. Setting it to '0' sets the zoom back to 'Fit' mode. (Note: The slider is disabled in version 1.00 when running on Linux)
       Click the button at the bottom to toggle between “Fit” and “100%”.

  • Alternatively, zoom in or out using the scroll wheel on a mouse. Simply put the mouse over the main image image, and scroll!


The drag feature allows you to navigate around your page of notes easily.
  • Simply click on the page of notes, and drag the notes around the screen
  • Whilst using the drag feature, the following symbol will appear;


The slideshow feature allows you to quickly browse through all your notes with one click of the
  • To start the slideshow, click the “Slideshow play” button
  • The slideshow will continue playing through the images until you click the “Slideshow play” button
  • To change the time between the image changes, see “Options” below

Additional Features

Image Manipulation

There is an additional toolbar that allows you to rotate images and adjust the contrast and colour.
  • To reveal the toolbar, click the “Toggle Image ToolBar” button.

  • To adjust the brightness and/or colour, click the first button, “Adjust Image Colour”
  • This allows you to adjust the colour, contrast, and to invert the colours for ease of reading.

  • The second and third buttons allow you to flip the image over vertically and horizontally
  • The final button allows the image to be rotated

Annotating Notes

StudyBuddy gives you the option of annotating your notes. This is useful if you want to add extra
information to your notes.
  • Click the “Add Note” button
  • Drag a box over the paragraph/section you wish to annotate
  • Click inside the box you've drawn and a box will appear on the right hand side
  • Write in the box and click “Save”

  • To view the note, click inside the box and it will appear on the right hand side
  • To delete the note, click inside the box and click “Delete”

Linking Notes

This allows you to link two pages of notes together. This is particularly useful if you have one page
of notes that explains another. To link two pages together;
  • Navigate to the page you want to link to
  • Click the “Add Link” button
  • Draw a box on the image that you want to be linked
  • The following box will appear. Chose the one image you wish to link to and click 'OK'.
    The link will then be created.

  • To use the link, click in the blue box you drew.
  • This provides a one-way link. To produce a two-way link, add a link going the opposite way


There are a number of features in the StudyBuddy application that can be changed to suit your


The thumbnails toolbar is designed to help you browse through your notes easily.
  • If you wish to hide the thumbnails, click the “Hide Thumbnails” button
  • If you change your mind and want to show the thumbnails again, click the “Show Thumbnails” button

Tag Tree

Similarly, the Tag Tree is designed to help you browse your notes easily.
  • If you wish to hide the Tag Tree, click the “Show/Hide Tag Tree” button
  • If you change your mind and want to show the Tag Tree again, click the button again

Additional Options

There are additional options, which you can adjust to further customise your StudyBuddy
  • To reveal the additional options box, click the “Options” button

  • Adjust the Slideshow waiting time by increasing or decreasing the number in the “Slideshow Time” box using the up and down arrows
  • Show or hide links and notes, by ticking or unticking the corresponding boxes

Licensing Agreements

StudyBuddy is shareware. You may use if free of charge without any restrictions, for both personal and professional usage. 

The icons used come from the 'Oxygen' icon project, windows 'Open' dialog integration from the xFileDialog project, thumbnail extraction from the 'Apache Sanselan' project, and Bluetooth required use of the 'BlueCove' project. These are all open source and free to use. For additional licensing agreements relating to these, see the following;