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Penultimate is a one-stop note-taking hub

Penultimate is a pure handwriting note app for your iOS device that syncs with Dropbox and Evernote


by Evernote
More than plain notes
FREE in the App Store

Penultimate is a pure handwriting note app for your iOS device that syncs with Dropbox and Evernote.

More than plain notes. Penultimate has an extensive library of paper styles to choose from. Including everything from lines, dots, and grids to calendars, planners, and to-do lists, it's like having a premium notebook for free. If you're still a fan of the traditional pen-and-paper thing, then this app, combined with the Apple Pencil, hits home.

More than plain notes
Make it colorful

Make it colorful. There are tons of formatting options for your pen stroke, highlights, and color preferences. Flexibility also exists with erasing and cutting capabilities. Seriously, Penultimate is the ultimate app to recreate the old-school pen-and-paper feel but in digital form.

Very stylus. If you have a smart stylus such as an Adonit Jot or Apple Pencil, the app will play along nicely while utilizing your stylus' features. You can treat your iPad like a real sheet of paper and have your palm resting on it, and the app will know how to handle it. No more painful hand cramps!

Very stylus

What is it about?

Penultimate is a pure handwriting app. It links with Dropbox and Evernote and has multiple paper styles, line thickness, and color options. The writing engine is smooth, but the palm recognition is only adequate. However, Penultimate doesn't have some features standard in other apps on the list, specifically the options to enter text via a keyboard or handwrite in a zoomed entry box.

For those who...

  • Want handwritten notes
  • Want a smooth experience with cloud syncing

Not for those who...

  • Don't want handwritten notes and prefer to type
  • Don't use Evernote

Why we love it

Penultimate is easy to use and has a lot of useful features to make sure that you only have the best handwriting on your digital tablet.

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App Details

Productivity Utilities
Last updated
June 23, 2022
Release date
April 16, 2010
More info

Penultimate is FREE but there are more add-ons

  • $0.99

    Time & Tasks Paper Collection

  • $4.99

    Evernote Premium

  • $0.99

    Games Paper Collection

  • $0.99

    Design Collection

  • $2.99

    Music Paper Collection

  • $0.99

    Young Writers Paper Collection

  • $0.99

    Photo Album Paper Collection

  • $2.99

    Evernote Plus

  • $5.99

    Evernote Premium

  • $44.99

    Evernote Premium

App Store Description

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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