Penultimate 4+

Evernote Corporation

    • 4.3 • 308 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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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 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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What’s New

Version 6.4.1

Miscellaneous bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
308 Ratings

308 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

A pioneer among handwriting apps, Penultimate is the ideal tool for taking notes, sketching projects, or simply doodling the hours away. And with Evernote integration its easily become a better productivity tool than ever before. 

bsodhi ,

Nice app but with some quirks

One of the best mpp for taking notes, especially with pencil. Does not come in the way of writing. However, there are two small issues :
1. If the tab is connected to a Wifi network without Internet access, then this app gets stuck at the splash Screen and does not start.

2. If a user creates an Ever note account then the app ALWAYS insists that the user logs in before the app could start. If You are anyway giving full functionality without the Evernote login why make it mandatory if a user has Ever note login?

Sohini97 ,

Love it but have some suggestions:

The app is beautiful, minimalistic and really intuitive to use. It is one of the only free apps that’s actually free and gets the job done without trying to be too gimmicky or trying to promote a paid version. Best translation of the pen and paper experience I’ve seen so far.
Having said that, here are some bugs I found and some suggestions:
1. The lasso tool leaves behind dots and dashes when I copy a body of text. Have to manually clean them up which is quite tedious. Also, the text pasted after copying from a different block looks spotty because they left those dots and dashes behind. Plus the lasso tool can’t be used to resize text, only move, which is a major disappointment.
2. Two finger scrolling isn’t very responsive and often leaves random pen strokes instead of scrolling
3. Please add a feature to deactivate writing with touch while using a stylus like apple pencil. It’s irritating when wrists and fingers leave random marks while trying to write.
4. Also, lost my content while switching Evernote accounts. Luckily, I only had a few pages saved in the app that time so was able to rewrite them but it could be disastrous.

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