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Getting started with Spiral is easy. First, download the latest copy of spiral.zip from the Downloads page and extract it to your application directory. Once this is complete, you can launch Spiral using either spiral.exe or spiral.jar. Both of these contain the same version of the program, but spiral.exe contains a bundled Java Runtime Environment, so it can be used even if there is no JRE installed on your system.

Once Spiral is launched, you can use the File -> New -> Notebook to create a new notebook in any directory on your system. Note that Spiral notebooks can be moved after their initial creation, but you will be required to close the notebook before moving it.

File Menu

Like a physical notebook, Spiral notebooks are divided into sections, which are subdivided into pages for easy categorization. Using the File menu, you can create as many of these as you like. Once you have your notebook configured, simply click anywhere on a notebook page to place a text box and start typing. Since Spiral uses HTML to save all of its data, you can even include custom formatting and images in your notebooks easily.


To remove a text box from a page, simply remove all of the text from that box, and the box will be automatically removed once you hover away from it.

BE AWARE: Deleting a box will PERMANENTLY delete that box's contents. Make backups.

Deleting sections and pages is just as simple. Simply click on the page or section and press your delete key. If you accidentally delete a page or section, they can be added back to the notebook by manually modifying the corresponding manifest.json file in the file tree. I'll implement a more proper way of doing that eventually.