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.
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.
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.
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.
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.