Ben Zotto, Penultimate Founder, Says ‘The Future is Bright’

Ben Zotto, Penultimate Founder, Says 'The Future is Bright'

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 07 May 2012

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 07 May 2012

Ben Zotto, the founder of Penultimate, a company that is now a part of the Evernote family, shares his thoughts on the future. This blog post originally appeared on the Cocoa Box blog.

I’m Ben, the creator of Penultimate, and today I’m proud to announce that Penultimate is becoming part of the Evernote family. Penultimate is the best and best-selling handwriting app for iPad. Evernote is a company whose mission is to help you “remember everything,” with a popular and powerful service for creating notes of all kinds and making them searchable and findable anywhere. They have a longstanding commitment to handwriting recognition — members of the core Evernote team have been building handwriting technology since the Apple Newton (really). Penultimate already offers basic Evernote integration, and tons of people are right now using Evernote’s recognition, search, and organization for their Penultimate notes.

Realizing that Evernote and Penultimate have such obviously complementary technologies, we’re teaming up. Evernote has acquired Penultimate, and I’ll be joining Evernote to help bring their significant resources to bear on making Penultimate better, faster. You’ll also start seeing Penultimate (finally!) on other devices, and we’ll be bringing great handwriting into other parts of Evernote.

Importantly, Penultimate is not going away: it remains an independent application, and will continue to espouse the virtues of ease of use, elegance, and “that special something” that have kept you coming back. But I also think you’ll be thrilled, and even surprised, by how much more the app will be able to do for you as we work together to improve it and connect more profoundly with Evernote’s capabilities.

Penultimate has come a long way since its launch as the original dedicated handwriting app for Apple’s first iPad two years ago. It now offers scores of powerful features within that same accessible and attractive design. It’s remained a top-selling app, and millions of people have showed us that they’re doing things with Penultimate we never imagined. I’ve been amazed and humbled by all of the passionate users I’ve encountered — you have offered your valuable feedback, support, and candid (!) critiques. Penultimate would not be what it is without you. I believe that this partnership makes a lot of sense, and Penultimate is only going to get better from here. Not just incrementally better, but WAY better, and quickly. I’m excited about the future of the app, and I sincerely hope that you will be too.


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  • warren dodge

    I am having an exasperating experience with Evernote. I have been working with support for weeks and cannot seem to get a simple question answered. I have to believe senior management would be horrified by the process. Whenever I attaché a word document to a note, it either attaches as a file that can be opened in .txt or one that can be opened in word. I need to be able to open my attachments in word without having to copy and paste. I have asked support numerous times if this is how it should work but they only ask for more information that I do not always understand but never answer my direct question. I am using the free version and will not consider upgrading until I know if this is possible. I am now using Dropbox for saving files for a project when I use Evernote for the rest of data capture. HELP

    • Heather


      Unfortunately, when our team is attempting to troubleshoot a bug that is not reproducible on our side, we need to gather additional information in order to file the bug. I do see your case was routed to a specialist to try to determine why your account is behaving this way.

  • rick


    Congrats. Very much looking forward to the Android version.

  • Dave

    Will we see PenU’s folder system change? By biggest issue with PenU has always been the way it displays the notebooks. I think Noteability does a better job of organizing your notes while PenU has always been far and away the best for capturing notes.

    I am very happy to see these two applications join together.

  • Mark

    Android version? 😉

    I’d love you forever (and subscribe to Evernote)

  • Dan Streeter

    I have seen briefly a picture of Skitch Pro. I am very interested in obtaining this product. Can you help me?

  • Carl Robinson

    Are you going to develop and Android version of Penultimate? I’d love to use it on my Galaxy Note 8