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JSesh: A Guide to the Best, Free Hieroglyphic Editor – Part 1

How to use JSeshWithout a doubt, the most essential tool I use to create content for this site is JSesh. Every hieroglyphic symbol in the sign list, lessons, and even the logo was created through this program.

Now, I haven’t fully explored every function JSesh offers, but I have used it enough to guide you through the basics and show you a few tricks I learned along the way. In this installment, I will cover one of the methods to create hieroglyphs using JSesh: the hieroglyphic palette.

 

What is JSesh?

JSesh is a free, open source, hieroglyphic editor created by Serge Rosmorduc. There are a number of features JSesh offers, but the following are the ones that I use the most:

  • A sign list to reference the Gardiner number of a hieroglyph.
  • Search utility with filter options to help find specific signs (kneeling, sitting, dancing, etc.)
  • Descriptions of signs
  • Creating hieroglyphs by inputting either the Gardiner number or using Manuel de Codage
  • Manipulation of sign direction and sizes.
  • Capability to copy & paste hieroglyphs into other programs such as Word.
  • Exporting hieroglyphs into a number of different formats ( .jpg, .png, .pdf, etc.)
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The Top 5 Reasons Why I Made EgyptianHieroglyphs.net

Alec excavating in EgyptThe site has been up and running for about a week now. I’m surprised at seeing this amount of traffic so early, but it’s nice.

So I thought, rather than writing about something related to ancient Egypt, I’d share a little bit about myself and why I began this project.

Background

In the middle of my undergrad, I transferred to a school that offered courses in Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Demotic, and Coptic in order to pursue a degree in Egyptology. I felt the current track I was on wasn’t leading the direction I wanted, so I decided to make the leap.

It was one of the best decisions I ever made.

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