Penultimate 3.5/5

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By Evernote (Cocoa Box Design LLC)

The best digital handwriting on iPad. Penultimate combines distraction-free, natural handwriting and sketching with the power of Evernote’s sync and search. Take class or meeting notes, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big idea—in the office or on the go. From the first stroke, Penultimate makes the experience of pen and paper more productive.

Notes and drawings look spectacular in black or colored ink. Our inking technology produces pen strokes that look natural, and Wrist Protection prevents stray marks for writers of all grips. Choose from a number of paper styles, or import an image to create personalized paper.

We worked closely with Adonit to create the stylus we've always wanted: the Jot Script Evernote Edition, the first true precision-point stylus. Penultimate integrates tightly with the stylus and together they make digital handwriting the experience it should be. It’s like writing with your favorite pen. Available now in the Evernote Market.

Penultimate lets you work on any part of the page effortlessly. To zoom in on a location on the page, simply pinch in and start writing. With Penultimate's Drift feature enabled, the page will move along with you, automatically adjusting to the pace you are working at.

Sign in to your Evernote account in the Penultimate app to organize your Penultimate notes in notebooks, separated by topic, project, or category. Your Penultimate notes are synced to Evernote automatically, so you can find and share them across all of your devices.

No matter how you prefer to organize your work, Penultimate makes it easy to find the notes you need. Penultimate processes your notes so you can search for handwritten text in the app. Save and browse your work in notebooks and insert, delete, duplicate, and reorganize pages any way you like within them.


Penultimate is free to download and use. Pair it with Evernote Premium or Evernote Plus for bigger uploads and many other great features.

Two subscription options:
Evernote Premium monthly for $7.99 per month | $69.99 annually
Evernote Plus monthly for $3.99 per month | $34.99 annually


Price may vary by location. Subscriptions will be charged to your credit card through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew unless canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. You will not be able to cancel the subscription once activated. Manage your subscriptions in Account Settings after purchase.


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Release Notes

12/19/2017 | Version : 6.2.3 | Size : 45.6 MB
Fixes an issue where writing in portrait mode is offset

9/29/2017 | Version : 6.2.2 | Size : 45.6 MB
Bug fixing to run better with iOS 11

6/28/2016 | Version : 6.2.1 | Size : 21.7 MB
• Passcode lock is now free for all users!
• Numerous bug fixes and improvements


Categories :
#70 : Top Free iPad Application [Productivity]
#188 : Top Grossing iPad Applications [Productivity]

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Utilities , Productivity

Supported Devices : iPad 2 Wifi , iPad Wifi , iPad 2 3G , iPad 3G , iPad 4th Gen , iPad Mini 4G , iPad 3rd Gen , iPad Mini , iPad 3rd Gen 4G , iPad 4th Gen 4G , iPad 2 Wifi , iPad 2 3G , iPad 3rd Gen , iPad 3rd Gen 4G , iPad 4th Gen , iPad 4th Gen 4G , iPad Mini , iPad Mini 4G , iPad Air , iPad Air Cel , iPad Mini Retina , iPad Mini Retina Cel , iPad Air 2 , iPad Air 2 Cel , iPad Mini 3 , iPad Mini 3 Cel , iPad Mini 4 , iPad Mini 4 Cel , iPad Pro , iPad Pro Cel , iPad Pro 97 , iPad Pro 97 Cel , iPad 6.11 , iPad 6.12 , iPad 7.1 , iPad 7.2 , iPad 7.3 , iPad 7.4

Comments and Ratings for Penultimate

Very handy, could be improved (6.2.1)
6/21/2017 6:20:55 AM 3/5 By Al0704111
The functionality and reliability are very good. If it had the abilities of Notes Plus it would be indispensable.

My go to! (6.2.1)
6/17/2017 9:10:59 AM 4/5 By Tg89hh
I have downloaded a lot of note taking apps to see which ones I like best and I always go back to this one. As a designer the different papers allow me to space plan, attach a picture and sketch all at the same time. I have recommended this app to lots of creative friends. I deleted penultimate after I lost all my notebooks when Evernote changed everything about this app. I was incredibly disappointed to loose an app that I went to all the time. Nothing compared. Then I read that after many people complained Evernote brought back a lot of the old features of penultimate and it's back on my iPad! Thank god!! Thank you for bringing back the note books. After trying to find a replacement I would like to suggest a feature. Instead of having to to up and down to switch from eraser to writing tool, When you use the eraser I would like to see it automatically switch back to the selected pen or writing tool once you lift your stylist off the surface. It makes for a smoother more natural progression.

Promising, but too slow on 2017 iPad Pro / Apple Pencil (6.2.1)
6/13/2017 7:30:24 PM 2/5 By airuck
The rendering latency here is very bad compared to apple notes, ruins the experience and will be a deal breaker for anyone with the new 120hz screens and lower latency for Pencil. I'm an avid Evernote user and wanted to love this, hopefully they update the app.

Apple Pencil support is horrible (6.2.1)
6/11/2017 6:53:56 PM 1/5 By thespace
Why don't you all make a proper notes app that actually writes well? Evernote would be 10000000 times better with a wicked cool drawing, pencil, design tool.

Better integration needed (6.2.1)
6/5/2017 1:11:15 AM 5/5 By a1n2d3y7
Better integration with already made Evernote notebooks with making new notebook would be nice Feature request Change color of paper

Perfection (6.2.1)
5/15/2017 2:26:39 PM 5/5 By Toddler :)
Haven't found a better {free} notebook app, and even the paid notebook apps couldn't beat the experience penultimate allows you to have. Deserves way more than 5 stars.

Great app (6.2.1)
5/9/2017 12:57:50 AM 5/5 By Maher alazawi
Thanks for evernote company

Evernote ruined the best stylus app (6.2.1)
4/30/2017 6:50:16 PM 1/5 By Sardonick007
Ruined by Evernote BRING BACK THE ORIGINAL PENULTIMATE INK YOU EVERNOTE HACKS. THATS THE ONLY UPDATE THAT MATTERS. Ink in the previews is not what you get in the app. Used to be my favorite app until Evernote got a hold of it and ruined it now it's just pure garbage. Lousy looking pen, sluggish, unnatural completely the opposite of what it was originally.

Upgrade required (6.2.1)
4/28/2017 11:38:36 PM 4/5 By Tasnim Ankon
Taking up one star because the app doesn't support Adonit Pixel.

Random actions and POOR customer service (6.2.1)
4/26/2017 1:51:29 PM 1/5 By Just that kid...
Ever since the rewrite this app randomly decides which page to start on. Open the app and you might be in the middle of a notebook. Change focus to another app and come back ... you won't be where you left off. Go to screen/battery saver mode and go back ... you guessed it, random page. Try getting help from customer support? The answer is "pay us more money and we might know the answer ... maybe." Too much of a pain to use. I'm done.

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