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The Best Stylus for Penultimate & iPad

The Best Stylus for Penultimate & iPad

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 28 Oct 2013

Posted by Andrew Sinkov on 28 Oct 2013

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Writing by hand is here to stay. Each stroke conveys emotion and creative expression that’s beyond the reach of keyboard and mouse. Not to mention, studies have shown that handwriting is linked to improved learning, memory, and idea generation. For decades now, there have been digital writing options, but something was always off. Maybe the software wasn’t smooth enough or the stylus was too inaccurate. But even more fundamentally, the process lacked the familiar satisfaction of pen on paper. That’s all about to change.

We believe that the best technology experiences happen when software and hardware are built together to achieve a shared goal. Penultimate was already a great handwriting app, but it needed a hardware complement that didn’t exist. In working closely with Adonit for the last 18 months, we’ve co-created the stylus we always wanted: the Jot Script Evernote Edition, the first true precision-point stylus on the market. Together, we’ve developed the first app and stylus combination that finally makes digital handwriting the experience it should be.

The Finest Stylus

It all comes down to the tip. If you’ve ever used a stylus, you know that at best it’s like writing with a fat crayon. The Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus is different. It’s an active, Bluetooth 4.0 stylus with a 1.9mm point, which is about as thin as a rollerball. For the first time, you’ll not only see your handwriting as you intended it, you’ll feel like you’re writing in your favorite notebook.

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Enhancing the simplicity of using the Jot Script, it’s powered by a standard AAA battery (included), so you don’t need to worry about cables, docks or being stranded without a charge.

The Best Handwriting App

Having the best stylus ever made is only half of the story. We’ve spent months improving Penultimate, adding features, and building support for the Jot Script to create the most natural digital handwriting experience we’ve ever seen. Whether you’re taking notes in class, outlining your next big idea, or journaling your thoughts, there’s never been a solution as pleasing or as powerful as this.

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Zoom
Zoom has been one of the most requested features for Penultimate over the years. It’s here and it exceeds even our expectations. We felt that the commonly-used zoom tools were unnatural and weren’t taking advantage of the gestures that everyone is used to on their iPads.
To zoom, simply pinch and start writing. This pinch approach lets you write anywhere, rather than feeling constrained to a zoom box. To move to a new line, swipe left with two fingers or use two fingers to pan around the screen. Pinch out to return to your full-page view.
When you’re zoomed in, you’ll see any larger surrounding text in the background to give you context for your location on the page.

Drift
Next, we rethought movement within the zoomed view. Start writing and the screen begins to move along with you, adjusting automatically as you speed up or slow down, just as if you’re writing on paper. There’s no training required, the app corrects itself instantly.

Tip: Your first experience with the drift feature will likely surprise you. Don’t accelerate your writing to catch up, just keep going as you normally would. It may take a few minutes to become accustomed to this approach, but once you are you’ll wonder how you ever used anything else.

If you’re sketching or writing in characters that aren’t ideal for drift, then tap on the anchor icon to lock the screen in place.

Smarter Wrist Protection
No one likes having stray marks when they rest their hand on the screen to write, but we felt there was a better way to fix this problem than blocking off entire sections of the screen. So, as with zoom, we decided to rethink how wrist protection should work. You tell us how you hold your pen, and as soon as the app senses the stylus tip, it stops registering other touch points.

A Hybrid Stylus

The Jot Script uses advanced technology to generate a capacitive experience from its fine tip. This means that it’ll work with any iPad or iPhone app, even if the app doesn’t know about the stylus or maintain a Bluetooth connection. Apps that know how to integrate with the Jot Script SDK, like Penultimate, will provide a significantly enhanced experience. Other Evernote and third-party apps will be adding native support soon.

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All Together Now

Evernote and Adonit collaborated closely on all aspects of these products to make them work exceptionally well together. Turn on your Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus, pair it with Penultimate, and start writing.

Available Now

The Jot Script Evernote Edition Stylus by Adonit is available and shipping now for $74.95 from the Evernote Market. Get the latest version of Penultimate from the iTunes App Store.

 

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  • punderwood75

    Is this the same technology as what this Kickstarter project is trying to get off the ground ? http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/227221698/truglide-apex-fine-point-electronic-stylus-for-ipa

  • L.J. McLean

    Would love to have Penultimate for Android.

  • Ken Mortimer

    Still no Android love? =(

  • Calin Spanu

    Will it ever come to the Android community?

    • taylor_pipes

      We’re working on bringing handwriting to Android in the future. Stay tuned for updates.

      • Will Dungee

        Thank you

  • Reuben Rail

    Looks awesome. When can I get it on Android? ;-)

  • Adrian Buie

    That’s expensive handwriting …

  • Carl Robinson

    Is there an Android version of Penultimate in the works? If not, why not? I want to be able to use my sPen on my Galaxy Note which looks like it can do exactly what the Jot Script does.

    • taylor_pipes

      We’re working on bringing handwriting to Android in the future. Stay tuned for updates.

    • Kim Carpenter

      ME TOO

  • Jeffrey Lee

    not fair, samsung galaxy note is using a more superior technology but there is not written note taking app from Evernote. Hope that Evernote had already started develop more apps for android

  • tonycspc

    Okay, so there are dozens of inking apps out there, and they all do zoom. Don’t you think you could have just bought some of their code? How is it that I can zoom to BIG or NOTHING ELSE? Is there no middle zooming ground? Also, the wrist protection has actually gotten worse. Just give us a shield like the dozens of other inking apps out there. This is just like Stacks.. “Hey, we would love Hierarchical notebooks”… “Well, you are idiots so here are Stacks which kind of but not altogether do not solve your problem” “We’d love zoom”….”Well, you are all idiots so we are going to give you a zoom with only two settings and then continue to use a half assed wrist protection algorithm that dozens of other note apps do better or have given up on altogether.” Someday, Evernote, you are not going to be the only game in town.

  • tonycspc

    Okay, so there are dozens of inking apps out there, and they all do zoom. Don’t you think you could have just bought some of their code? How is it that I can zoom to BIG or NOTHING ELSE? Is there no middle zooming ground? Also, the wrist protection has actually gotten worse. Just give us a shield like the dozens of other inking apps out there. This is just like Stacks.. “Hey, we would love Hierarchical notebooks”… “Well, you are idiots so here are Stacks which kind of but not altogether do not solve your problem” “We’d love zoom”….”Well, you are all idiots so we are going to give you a zoom with only two settings and then continue to use a half assed wrist protection algorithm that dozens of other note apps do better or have given up on altogether.” Someday, Evernote, you are not going to be the only game in town.

    • Jeffrey

      The reason that I’ve come back to Pennultimate, after trying pretty much every other notes app out there is because Pennultimate is the only one that automatically does wrist protection. I’ve found the others, which make me use pop-outs, to be cumbersome. True, that with “automatic,” you do get “imperfect.” But I guess it’s a personal thing.
      As for zoom, I agree that more levels would be nice, but I’ve found that the way glide works (albeit a bit too slow to keep-up) is actually much more intuitive to me than what I’ve seen elsewhere. It’s not perfect. In addition to needing to be a little faster, I’d like better advance warning I’m going to hit the end of the page soon.
      My understanding with this stylus is that it will correct the wrist problem, since only the stylus is recognized. If my understand is wrong, then that does lower the utility of the stylus.
      Anyway, if you have another app that you find works better in terms of being easy and intuitive, let me know.

  • tonycspc

    what happened to my last post???? Was it removed?

  • ekincaid

    I would have to see it in action.

  • andysatunas

    Does this stylus work w an iPad that has an otterbox defender case?

  • ujb

    I wouldn’t call a workaround that only compensate for Apple’s 3-year streak of luck of innovation the “future of handwriting”. When do tablets with native styluses, like the Galaxy Note, that really deserve the attention of handwriting and sketching apps get Penultimate?

  • ujb

    I wouldn’t call a workaround that only compensate for Apple’s 3-year streak of luck of innovation the “future of handwriting”. When do tablets with native styluses, like the Galaxy Note, that really deserve the attention of handwriting and sketching apps get Penultimate?

  • a_student

    Where can I try this out?

  • Bob

    I hope product managers from Adonit are reading these comments. I think the $75 price point for a bluetooth pen (pen with battery) is absolutely ridiculous. It will be unfortunate for consumers if the market supports that price when there are tablets with a native stylus as part of the product. You’re saying handwriting costs $75 more on top of the most expensive tablet out there. I can certainly afford it, but I am sorry, I refuse to support the inflated valuation.

  • Roger Miller

    I updated Penultimate on my Ipad. Now when I write the letters often disappear as I write them. I have to keep rewriting until they finally stay put.

    Why is this happening?

    • GEM

      Ditto!
      Thought it was just me…guess the work around will be a $75 stylus!

  • eingetippt

    Nice, but there’s no word about pressure sensitivity. Even not at Adonit’s website. PS is the most needed feature and i bet it’s not added.

  • eingetippt

    Nice, but there’s no word about pressure sensitivity. Even not at Adonit’s website. PS is the most needed feature and i bet it’s not added.

  • ninjustin

    I have a couple friends that purchased these and they are pretty disappointed with them and want refunds.

  • Kitus

    There several apps out there (Notes Plus, Noteshelf, etc.) that in terms of features are way ahead? Do catch up on them!!

  • Prepper Dino

    Will this pen work with the new mini 2 iPad?

  • Jin Cha

    I placed my order for the Jot Script before 11/15 and where is my JS? I checked my order status and it still say ‘unshipped.’ I emailed to support group and received you guys supposed to ship the product from 11/15, but I have not got it yet. Do I have to cancel my order for your ignorant?

  • Malcolm Clarke

    Was liking this pen until it stopped working intermittently. Now it doesn’t write smoothly – like pen whose nib is stuck. In the old days we’d wet the pen or put a lighter under the end for a moment. Don’t think that’s going to work here. Suggestions? Anyone else have this issue?

  • Malcolm Clarke

    Was liking this pen until it stopped working intermittently. Now it doesn’t write smoothly – like pen whose nib is stuck. In the old days we’d wet the pen or put a lighter under the end for a moment. Don’t think that’s going to work here. Suggestions? Anyone else have this issue?

  • Stephan Haas

    rather expensive if you want it delivered in The Netherlands. I’ll skip this one.

    Subtotal58.00EUR
    Shipping35.19EUR
    Import Duty14.66EUR
    Total107.85EUR

  • Stephan Haas

    rather expensive if you want it delivered in The Netherlands. I’ll skip this one.

    Subtotal58.00EUR
    Shipping35.19EUR
    Import Duty14.66EUR
    Total107.85EUR

  • Sérgio Luiz

    I’d like to see only one more tool: a watermarker.
    I take lot of notes in classes and sometimes I prefer to mark something with a watermarker than with a different coloured pen. A thinner pen would also be useful, when I draw huge mindmaps with lot of details and need to take tiny notes.
    Evernote could also develop a new tool more focused on students, a kind of PDF and ePUB reader integrated to Penultimate. There are few good options of PDF and ePUB readers that can have notes taken in those formats.

  • Sérgio Luiz

    I’d like to see only one more tool: a watermarker.
    I take lot of notes in classes and sometimes I prefer to mark something with a watermarker than with a different coloured pen. A thinner pen would also be useful, when I draw huge mindmaps with lot of details and need to take tiny notes.
    Evernote could also develop a new tool more focused on students, a kind of PDF and ePUB reader integrated to Penultimate. There are few good options of PDF and ePUB readers that can have notes taken in those formats.

  • Kim Carpenter

    The articles need to be clear that this Jot Script requires Bluetooth 4, so it won’t work as advertised with iPad 1 or iPad 2. This is what I got from Adonit tech support: “Unfortunately it’s not possible to use the Jot Script’s Bluetooth features with the iPad 2…. I’m really sorry for the inconvenience there. However, you can still use the Jot Script without pairing it via Bluetooth, though you wouldn’t have access to the stylus’s Bluetooth features (enhanced precision and palm rejection) while using it this way. All you would need to do is turn the stylus on by pressing the power button, then wait for the green light to finish blinking. Once that’s done, you should be able to start writing on-screen without any further setup.”

  • Kim Carpenter

    The articles need to be clear that this Jot Script requires Bluetooth 4, so it won’t work as advertised with iPad 1 or iPad 2. This is what I got from Adonit tech support: “Unfortunately it’s not possible to use the Jot Script’s Bluetooth features with the iPad 2…. I’m really sorry for the inconvenience there. However, you can still use the Jot Script without pairing it via Bluetooth, though you wouldn’t have access to the stylus’s Bluetooth features (enhanced precision and palm rejection) while using it this way. All you would need to do is turn the stylus on by pressing the power button, then wait for the green light to finish blinking. Once that’s done, you should be able to start writing on-screen without any further setup.”

  • Jeff Gilden

    Has anyone ever heard of the Jukestyle stylus? I have heard it’s awesome and only $10.

  • Lw

    Can anyone confirm or deny that the stylus scratches the ipad? I read it on an amazon review asked on evernote facebook page but never got an answer.

  • Claude

    Does anyone know the name of the song or artist in the youtube video? Thanks in Advance-Claude

  • Karabin

    Thank you for the review! I’ll was needing a stylus and I’ll buy this one! I’ve already bought an app you reviewed, Beesy, and I’m so much satisfied with it I can now take whatever you advice me ;) (It is exagerated I know, but seriously Evernote, you rocks!)