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4 Tips for the Best Digital Handwriting Experience with Penultimate

4 Tips for the Best Digital Handwriting Experience with Penultimate

Posted by Stefanie Fazzio on 06 Nov 2013

Posted by Stefanie Fazzio on 06 Nov 2013

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A little over a week ago, we launched our new stylus as well as a big update to Penultimate, with advanced technology to eliminate interference from your wrist when you write in the app. In addition to the new features in the stylus and the app, there are some important settings that you can configure to help the app perform at its best and prevent stray marks. Here are four tips to help you set up Penultimate for the best digital handwriting experience:

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Wrist Protection

Penultimate estimates all the different angles involved between the stylus, iPad screen and your wrist, and we’ve made some important updates in the latest version to make this feature even better. When you set the enhanced wrist protection in this version, you can virtually eliminate stray marks when your hand rests on the screen. To set it, go into Penultimate’s Settings and select the wrist position that best matches how you normally hold a pen.

Wrist Position

Tools on Top

To make sure you never tap any tools you didn’t intend to with your wrist or forearm, we’ve moved the default location of the toolbar to the top of the page and improved the usability of some tools. If you are an existing user of the toolbar on the bottom, however, you will need to make the switch in your app settings if you would like to try the new orientation. To do this, go into Penultimate Settings and make sure Tools on Top is switched on.

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Multi-tasking Gestures

We recommend turning off Multi-tasking Gestures in your main iPad settings. This will ensure that you don’t accidentally swipe out of the app.

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Orient Your iPad

When you place your iPad on a table, check that the pen icon is pointing down. If it isn’t, lift the iPad and allow it to reorient. This will help keep the strokes clean and the zoom and drift moving in the right direction.

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Learn more about Penultimate and the Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus by checking out our product guide,  visiting the Evernote Market, and reading this blog post.

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  • jawanova

    ANDROID!!!

  • bluto

    Any chance of ever getting Penultimate for Android?

  • Veronica

    waiting for android tablet capability! :)

  • Veronica

    waiting for android tablet capability! :)

  • Jeffrey

    Useful article. But did you really mean that we need to turn OFF Bluetooth in order to avoid stray marks with the new $75 stylus? Seems to me that, if you do, you’re defeating the who point of the stylus being a Bluetooth device. What’s the point of keeping the stylus on, if it can’t communicate with he device because BT is turned off?

  • Jeffrey

    Useful article. But did you really mean that we need to turn OFF Bluetooth in order to avoid stray marks with the new $75 stylus? Seems to me that, if you do, you’re defeating the who point of the stylus being a Bluetooth device. What’s the point of keeping the stylus on, if it can’t communicate with he device because BT is turned off?

  • jahshuah

    So…Android? At least for Nexus 7/10? Maybe even Samsung tablets? I can’t be the only one asking for it.

  • Abe O'Farrell

    Wow, turning off bluetooth completely solved the stray mark issues I was having, but without hurting the accuracy of my writing. Thank you for these tips!

  • Abe O'Farrell

    Wow, turning off bluetooth completely solved the stray mark issues I was having, but without hurting the accuracy of my writing. Thank you for these tips!

  • Eric De Wildt

    You Can eliminate all that hassle by buying a Samsung galaxy note product. galaxy note3 is outstanding!

  • Jeffrey

    “If you see any stray marks or other issues with the advanced features, try turning Bluetooth off, but keep the stylus power on.”

    Turn off Bluetooth to make it work better? On a Bluetooth device? Didn’t seem right, so I checked with Adonit.

    As per Adonit: “That is actually some information that hasn’t been communicated correctly on their site….While you don’t need bluetooth to use the stylus in a basic way, it does need to be turned on in order to pair for it’s features.”
    What’s up, Evernote? Why this claim?

  • Jeffrey

    “If you see any stray marks or other issues with the advanced features, try turning Bluetooth off, but keep the stylus power on.”

    Turn off Bluetooth to make it work better? On a Bluetooth device? Didn’t seem right, so I checked with Adonit.

    As per Adonit: “That is actually some information that hasn’t been communicated correctly on their site….While you don’t need bluetooth to use the stylus in a basic way, it does need to be turned on in order to pair for it’s features.”
    What’s up, Evernote? Why this claim?

  • Jeffrey

    “If you see any stray marks or other issues with the advanced features, try turning Bluetooth off, but keep the stylus power on.”

    Turn off Bluetooth to make it work better? On a Bluetooth device? Didn’t seem right, so I checked with Adonit.

    As per Adonit: “That is actually some information that hasn’t been communicated correctly on their site….While you don’t need bluetooth to use the stylus in a basic way, it does need to be turned on in order to pair for it’s features.”
    What’s up, Evernote? Why this claim?

    • StefanieFazzio

      Turning off bluetooth will disable the advanced features of the stylus. With bluetooth off and the power switched on, you can still use the stylus with its precision tip. This also means that the stylus will work even with older devices that do not support bluetooth 4.

      • Jeffrey

        Stephanie, you said “If you…[have]other issues with the advanced features, try turning Bluetooth off.”

        This implies that the advanced features are broken and should be avoided, right?

        “With bluetooth off and the power switched on, you can still use the stylus with its precision tip”
        Only sort of. Look at what Adonit is saying: you lose the ability to take advantage of the features THAT YOU PAID FOR by turning BT off.
        I understand that, for those using older devices or using non-supported apps, the advise makes sense. But it’d be unacceptable to turn off BT, losing the promised features, with a newer device and Penultimate.
        Should I take you comment to mean that there is a flaw in either the pen or Penultimate (for those with BT 4.0 devices)? You sure make it seem that way. If not, then explain why anyone with a new device and Penultimate would turn off BT in order to get BETTER results.

        • StefanieFazzio

          Hi Jeffrey, We have updated the blog post, and apologize for any confusion. A number of the issues we referenced have been fixed in the latest version of Penultimate https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/penultimate/id354098826. If you do experience any issues going forward, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team at http://evernote.com/contact/support/. Your feedback helps us build better products and we appreciate you taking the time to comment here.

        • StefanieFazzio

          Hi Jeffrey, We have updated the blog post, and apologize for any confusion. A number of the issues we referenced have been fixed in the latest version of Penultimate https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/penultimate/id354098826. If you do experience any issues going forward, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team at http://evernote.com/contact/support/. Your feedback helps us build better products and we appreciate you taking the time to comment here.

  • John Frew

    Great. When will android be supported?

  • Count_Beckula

    Tip No. 5 – Evernote releases an Android version and you can forget about the other four tips with the Galaxy Note 3!!

    a.k.a. – where’s the Android version of this app?

  • Morgant2421

    When will Pen Ultimate be developed for Android??? Totally looking forward to it!!! I certain have a lot of needs for the app!

  • Morgant2421

    When will Pen Ultimate be developed for Android??? Totally looking forward to it!!! I certain have a lot of needs for the app!

  • Kevin Brinkley

    I got my Jot Script last week. After trying very hard to comply with all of the setup tips, this product doesn’t seem ready for primetime. Stray artifacts are common. The drift travels at its own speed, not yours. The accuracy resembles one of those grocery store signature pads for your credit card. I have really neat, block handwriting so that’s not the problem. Support guys responded email that it “needs work”

  • Rudolf Stämpfli

    would love to be able to highlight a text within Penultimate, as possible in GoodNotes or BambooPaper. Or is there already this possibility, but hidden for me?

  • Rudolf Stämpfli

    would love to be able to highlight a text within Penultimate, as possible in GoodNotes or BambooPaper. Or is there already this possibility, but hidden for me?

  • Michael Veale

    Another vote for an Android version pls.

  • Brock Samson

    Haha…it is funny seeing all the fandroids whine & complain about yet another great app/tool not being available for their subpar products that don’t generate revenue. You get what you pay for.

  • Brock Samson

    Haha…it is funny seeing all the fandroids whine & complain about yet another great app/tool not being available for their subpar products that don’t generate revenue. You get what you pay for.

  • Brock Samson

    Haha…it is funny seeing all the fandroids whine & complain about yet another great app/tool not being available for their subpar products that don’t generate revenue. You get what you pay for.

  • Jeff

    Brock- The application was designed to “to eliminate interference from your wrist when you write in the app.” This problem is inherent to Apple products which poorly differentiate between hand-writing and the palm of a hand. That’s why I am here- to better acclimate my work iPad to these differences. My Note 3, on the contrary, provides phenomenal hand-writing resolution without such an issue. It’s also important to realize that this is a limitation of the hardware- not software as you suggest. Lastly, I am not suggesting that all Androids work in such manner- but that Android phone developers treat the problem at its source rather than a work-around app. (If the phone is intended to be used that way.) If hand-writing feature is important, there is no substitution to proper hardware including a higher-resolution touchscreen, multi-point touch and a proper stylus. Please educate yourself; you look pretty silly spamming your opinions.