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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 unlimited access to Penultimate’s Paper Shop, bigger uploads, and many other great features.

Two subscription options:
Evernote Premium monthly for $5.99 per month | $49.99 annually
Evernote Plus monthly for $2.99 per month | $24.99 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.

What's New in Version 6.0.6

Numerous bug fixes and improvements


Unlimited monthly uploads with Evernote Premium
- Premium subscribers can now keep more notes, more photos, and more files in Evernote without worrying about space.

Introducing Evernote Plus
- A new subscription tier that gives you many of the fundamentals to unlock more productivity. 1GB of monthly uploads, Penultimate Papers, mobile passcode, and emailing into Evernote.

Numerous bug fixes and improvements

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Customer Reviews

I miss the app before Evernote took over

Penultimate used to be amazing! It was absolutely great for creating notebooks. The pages turned like a notebook and you could easily flip through pages. This never ending scroll thing works horribly. I don't know who came up with this idea, but they must not use it. The scroll doesn't work very well and you will inadvertently leave lines on pages with text trying to scroll. Also, when you rotate your iPad, the notes will scroll up towards the beginning and you will have to scroll all the way back where you were, leaving lines as you scroll. The old penultimate always opened to the last page you were on and was ready to immediately start writing. Also, you could arrange the notebooks in alphabetical order based on the titles you gave them or by the last modification, which was extremely useful. Bring back the old app and scrap this useless piece of junk.

Behaves like IE of internet browser. Slow. Lag. Buggy.

Your update says "fix numerous bugs and improvement" but the biggest problem, lag and freeze, still exists. Come on Evernote, penultimate is to the hand-writing app as what IE of Microsoft is to internet browser.

Your app still cannot handle big note file. I have long and complicated notes for my algorithm class and ready to export PDF. Penultimate never generate file even it notifies me "exporting PDF", while it works for blank note.

Your very last version was a disaster which had almost all 1 star reviews. Because I did not see much improvement as you claimed, I cannot help asking, are you just upload some stupid one to get rid of them and start over? In that case don't worry. I am giving you 3 stars, after all you are just a free app.

Utterly horrible update

Update 2: why do I keep hoping? At this point, there is no reason to. My two year old is the only reason I still have the app. He likes to scribble, but since the scroll feature isn't as intuitive as other writing apps, he actually doesn't even like it anymore compared to those. Jeez.

Update on newest patch: underlying issues of stylus response and text box writing still unresolved. Still cannot use this app. I have cancelled paying membership and lost all trust with evernote. They did serious harm to my office work and productivity with this update.

Others have echoed what I think on this already, but this update is so unacceptable that I am going to actively rate penultimate and evernote badly until they fix this tool. They broke their own app intentionally. Do they even use it or test it? What good is better OCR if you can't write anything in the tool anymore?

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  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 6.0.6
  • Size: 27.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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