An editor for transcribing and marking
up manuscript images
is a transcription
which, as the above screenshot shows, avoids eyeskip errors by allowing
you to type directly beneath each line in the manuscript image.
Transcribed text may be exported as plain text or marked-up XML.
can be used with manuscript images in most formats (PNG, TIFF,
GIF, JPEG, BMP, CUR, ICO, IM8, PCT, PCX, PICT, PSD, RAS, TGA, XBM, XPM)
has user-configurable menus for inserting non-keyboard Unicode
allows commonly-used scribal abbreviations to be transcribed and
displayed uniformly, through user-configurable menus
provides annotations that are displayed graphically in the
transcription, and exported as XML markup
numbers lines automatically; allows lines to be transcribed in
Mac OSX (10.5 Leopard or later), or
Windows (2000 or later), or
Linux, Solaris, or other systems that support Java (JRE 1.5 or
Installation and use
This is the initial version of Diplomat, which is freely available for
anyone to try. As one of the first to users, you will undoubtedly
find bugs and other problems which I trust you will tell me about so
that I can try to fix them as quickly as possible. But I hope you
will also tell me what would make Diplomat more useful for your
projects, so you will be helping to guide Diplomat's further
Run Software Update from the
menu to ensure that your computer's version of Java is up-to-date.
Download the Diplomat application from here
and drag it into
your Applications folder
(and from there to your dock if you want it there).
Windows / Linux / Solaris / Other
Type java -version in a terminal window to determine
which (if any) version of Java is installed. If it's a lower
number than 1.5 (or it isn't found), follow the instructions at
website to download and install an up-to-date version of Java.
Download this file (Diplomat.jar)
and place it on the
desktop (or wherever you want it to be invoked from). Right-click
on the icon to see what is the default application to open it; if it
isn't Java Runtime or Java Platform then change it
via the Properties item on the menu.
Also via Properties on the right-click menu, ensure
that the file is allowed to be executed (via the Permissions
or Security panel).
If you have any difficulty installing or executing Diplomat, please let
me know and I'll try to help.
This is a test version of Diplomat; please tell me if you have
installed it so that I can advise you of updates and bug fixes as they
become available, and so that I can consult you about ideas for future
development. I'm keen to hear anything you have to tell me about
Diplomat and your experience using it — not only reports of bugs or
other problems, but any comments about the program, the documentation,
what's missing, what's superfluous … anything!
This page tells you how to start using Diplomat. Try it, and let
me know how you get on with it.
For questions, comments, requests for (or offers of!) help, or just to
let me know that you're trying Diplomat, please email me at