Penultimate Update: Smart Titles, Sync Control, New Premium Features, and More

Penultimate Update: Smart Titles, Sync Control, New Premium Features, and More

Posted by on 02 May 2013

Posted by on 02 May 2013

There’s something incredibly personal about handwritten text. Whether you have perfect penmanship or sloppy chicken scratch, your handwriting is unmistakably your own and Penultimate is the ideal way to showcase it. Today, our iPad handwriting app gets a bunch of new capabilities and some exciting Premium features. Let’s take a look.

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Smarter Notebook Titles

With this update, Penultimate gets smarter. We’ve added notebook title suggestions based on your location and calendar events. In most cases, these titles will be exactly what you need in order to find the notes later. To change a title, simply tap on it and start typing. We’ve also made notebook covers more helpful. They now display the name of the location where you last made edits, which gives you useful context about the notebook at a glance.


The first time you create a new notebook in Penultimate, you’ll be asked to give the app access to your iPad’s calendar and location information. It’s important to note that this information is only used to title the notebooks.

Sync When You Need It

Penultimate users asked for more control over Evernote sync and now they have it. Go to the app’s account section, then tap on your user name to view Sync option. One of the options you’ll see is Pause Syncing. When you pause, the app will stop syncing with Evernote until you un-pause. This is a great option if you’re traveling or want to conserve your mobile data usage.

For additional control, this update includes the option to sync your notes only when your iPad is on a wifi network.

New Premium features!

An Evernote Premium subscription unlocks great features across the entire collection of Evernote apps. With this update, Penultimate gets in on the action. We’ve added two Penultimate-specific Premium features:

Unlimited Access to the Paper Shop
Penultimate comes with three paper styles: lined, graph and plain. If you want more, they’re in the Paper Shop. For Free users, these styles are available for individual purchase ranging from $.99 to $2.99, but if you’re a Premium subscriber, you’ll get unlimited access to all seven collections. To find the Paper Shop, open a notebook and tap on the graph paper icon at the top of the page, then select the Paper Shop.


Passcode Lock
If you share your iPad with others, you can now lock the Penultimate app with a passcode. Once you upgrade to Premium, you’ll see this option show up in the account section of the app. The passcode will be required every time you open the app.

More Premium features
In addition to these two features, Premium users can create more and larger notebooks, have access to faster support, and get quicker processing of their handwritten notes for search. Go Premium today »

And more

We’ve also made the app more stable and reliable than ever and we added the ability to sign out to switch between users. Try it and let us know what you think.


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6 Comments RSS

  • AndrewSinkov

    Please contact Evernote Support:

    • Luis Enrique Reyes

      When will you include the folder creation? Into the penultimate.

  • jon phillips

    Android please

  • chang

    I’m still waiting for a iphone version… zenbrush doesn’t cut it 🙁

  • chang

    I’m still waiting for a iphone version… zenbrush doesn’t cut it 🙁

  • Seth Krane

    Penultimate really (really) needs an Android version (so does Peek, as it is). There isn’t any other app out there for handwritten note taking that is integrated to Evernote. I’m considering become a Premium member, but frankly the fact that Penultimate and Peek aren’t available for Android is a big draw back and thus that doesn’t make me feel like it’s worth it at the moment.