How to use the Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus with Penultimate


The Jot Script Evernote Edition Stylus has been specially designed for use with Evernote’s Penultimate app to provide people with one of the most elegant solutions for taking handwritten notes with digital devices. Built into this stylus is Adonit’s PixelPoint™ technology which provides enhanced precision and wrist protection features when used with Penultimate.

Simple & Intuitive – Taking notes during a class lecture, a meeting, or an interview using the Jot Script stylus and Penultimate is as close as you can get to writing with pen and paper. And because you sign into Penultimate with your Evernote account, you‘ve got the added ability to search and access notes from any device.

Amazing Precision – The specially designed, fine-point Jot Script stylus combined with Penultimate's zoom and Drift features enables artists and designers to create detailed sketches and drawings that can be easily saved, organized, and shared with others.


Before you connect your stylus, there are a few things you need to prepare.

Set up your Jot Script stylus

Before connecting your Jot Script Evernote Edition Stylus, check the following:

Software and hardware compatibility

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Check Penultimate version

Confirm that you have Penultimate 5.0 (or later) running on a compatible iPad device. To find out which version of Penultimate you have installed, tap your Account Name and General Settings page, and select About.

Bluetooth settings

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bluetooth enabled

Enable Bluetooth on your iPad. To enable Bluetooth on your iPad, go to the iPad Settings page or the iPad Control Center.

Stylus batteries 

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Make sure the batteries are working properly. If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to remove the small clear protective tab in the battery compartment for the stylus to work properly.

Wrist Protection preferences

For a better writing experience, try the following tips to maximize wrist protection:

  • Disable Multitasking Gestures:

    Open your iPhone, iPad, or iPad Touch device Settings and enable Multitasking Gestures from the General settings section

  • Change wrist position settings:

    From Penultimate, tap your username, tap General Settings > Wrist position, then select the wrist position which most closely resembles the way your write


Now try connecting your Jot Script stylus to Penultimate.

Connect Your Jot Script Stylus

Connecting your Jot Script stylus to Penultimate for the first time

Once you have followed the instructions for setting up your Jot Script stylus, you are ready to connect your stylus to Penultimate. To connect your Jot Script stylus to Penultimate for the first time, follow these three simple steps:

1. Tap the Pen tool

Select the Pen tool from the toolbar (at the top of the screen) to display the Pen Options drop down panel.

2. Tap Connect

Select Connect in the Stylus Connection Status area (at the bottom of the drop down panel). Penultimate immediately tries to connect to the Jot Script stylus and displays a page to notify you that Penultimate is listening for your stylus.

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3. Press the sync button

Stylus is connected notification

Press the sync button on the stylus to turn it on. The LED indicator light should turn green and start flashing as it attempts to connect to Penultimate. The green light stops flashing once your stylus has successfully connected.

Sync button on styus

When prompted to test the stylus out, wait just a few seconds before you start writing.

Note: To conserve battery life, the stylus indicator turns off after a some time, while it remains connected to Penultimate. Read on to find out how you can check the status of your Jot Script stylus connection.

How to check the status of your Jot Script stylus connection

Whenever you close and reopen Penultimate, your Jot Script stylus automatically tries to re-connect. If the connection is successful, Penultimate notifies you in the following ways:  

The “Stylus Connected” notification

This notification appears in the Stylus Connection Status area near the bottom of the Pen Options drop down panel.

The Bluetooth symbol next to the Pen tool icon

The “Jot Script connected” notification

This notification appears briefly in Penultimate at the top of the screen.

What the LED lights mean

The LED indicator on the Jot Script Evernote Edition Stylus uses different colored lights to let you know whether your Jot Script is on, attempting to connect, or has turned itself off. To conserve battery life, this indicator light turns off after some time. Simply press the sync button once to check the status of the stylus at any time.

  • Green light: The stylus is on and functioning properly

    Red light indicator
  • Flashing green light: The stylus is attempting to connect to your iPad

    Flashing light indicator
  • Flashing red light: Notifies you when the stylus battery is low and needs to be changed

    Red light indicator


Next, it's a good idea to test to see if your stylus is connected properly.

Test Your Stylus Connection

Use the following checklist as a way to make sure your stylus is properly connected to Penultimate:

  • Penultimate is running on a compatible iPad

    Adonit’s PixelPoint technology which provides added precision and wrist protection is currently only compatible with the following iPads running iOS 6.0 or later: iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad Mini.

  • You're running the latest version of Penultimate

    For the Jot Script stylus to work properly, you must be running Penultimate version 5.0 or later on a compatible iPad. To find out which version of Penultimate you’ve got installed, open Penultimate, tap your account name, select General Settings from the drop down menu, and select About.

  • You’ve enabled Bluetooth

    To enable Bluetooth on your device, go to your iPad Settings page or the iPad Control Center.

  • The battery in the stylus is new or fully-charged

    A battery should last a very long time in the stylus. If you have a brand new stylus, you’ll need to remove the clear plastic tab in the battery compartment of the stylus in order for it to work properly.

    If your battery is low, the following low battery notifications will display: 

    Low battery notification in the toolbar

    Low battery notification in the Pen Options drop down panel

  • The indicator on my stylus is green when I hold down the stylus sync button

    If the green light is blinking, your stylus is waiting to be paired. To re-establish the connection, select Jot Script Evernote Stylus Setup under Penultimate's General Settings and follow the steps described in "Connect your Jot Script stylus."

  • When I leave Penultimate and reopen it, the "Jot Script connected" notification at the top of the screen appears briefly

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  • In portrait position, when I draw a line across the screen, then draw a line with my finger within three seconds, the finger stroke produces no marks on the page

    Run this simple test to check stylus priority. When the Jot Script stylus is connected properly, Penultimate gives priority to anything written using the stylus and briefly ignores any strokes created by your finger or any other device. So, if no marks are produced within three seconds of using the Jot Script stylus, it’s a good indicator that the stylus is properly connected.

For more details, please visit Adonit’s Jot Script FAQs support page.


Now that the stylus is connected, learn how to use Penultimate zoom & Drift features.

Using Zoom & Drift

Penultimate 5.0 and later versions come with the ability to zoom in on a screen to get a close-up view of an area of the page for more detailed writing or sketching, and Drift which gives you a more natural writing experience.

Zooming in and out of a page

Zoom in

To zoom in, use the two-finger, expand gesture to zoom in on a particular area on the page

Zoom out

To zoom out, use the two-finger, pinch gesture to zoom out of the page and return to a full-page view

Using Drift

With Drift enabled, you’ll notice that as you begin to write, the page automatically drifts towards the left of the screen. The faster you write, the faster the page drifts. Drift adjusts to your writing speed and slows down when it you’re near the edge of a page.

Drift tools
  • To keep the page “locked” in place: Tap the Anchor button found on the toolbar. This is useful when you want to keep the page in a particular position for more detailed writing or edits. With the anchor in place, the page stops drifting, but you can move manually to any area on the page by sliding two fingers on the screen. Simply tap the Anchor button again so the page can start drifting again from wherever you start writing.
  • To view a specific area on the page: Firmly touch the screen with two fingers and slide across the screen in any direction towards the area you’d like to focus on. Any text or strokes already on the page will appear faintly in the background to give you a context for where you are on the page.
  • To quickly move to a new line on the page: Tap the Next Line (return arrow) button. This is a quick way to reposition the page so you can start writing a new line of text, and works much like a Return key does on a computer keyboard.

    Option: Another way to reposition the page for a new line of text is to firmly press down on the screen with two fingers and flick to the right of the screen.


For more information about the Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus or Penultimate, see the next section on FAQs and Resources

FAQs & Resources


Jot Script doesn’t appear to be functioning at all, why?

Your Jot Script stylus must be turned on in order to function. To turn the Jot Script stylus on, just hold the button down until you check if a green LED light comes on. If this doesn’t work, review the checklist of steps to connect the stylus to Penultimate.

My Jot Script indicator light is off. Is this normal?

Yes, if the indicator light is off, but the stylus is working properly, then the Jot Script stylus is functioning normally. To conserve battery life, the stylus indicator turns off after a some time, but remains connected to Penultimate.

Why can’t I write with the Jot Script stylus and my finger simultaneously?

When the Jot Script stylus is properly connected, Penultimate gives priority to the stylus and ignores anything else that touches the screen. This makes it easier for people who like to rest their hands on the screen while writing.

Is there any way for me to switch between my Jot Script stylus and my finger when writing?

Yes. Penultimate, by default, ignores anything else that touches the screen when it detects that you’re using the Jot Script, but gives you the option to switch to using your finger. To use your finger to write, simply wait three seconds after using your stylus before you start writing or drawing in Penultimate.

In zoom mode, why do strokes seem to appear and disappear intermittently on the screen when I use finger gestures to reposition the writing area on a page?

When Penultimate detects any user interaction on the screen, it needs to quickly determine whether that individual is writing or is repositioning the writing area on a page. For this reason, you may notice some strokes briefly appear while Penultimate attempts to process these interactions.

Will Drift work with other styluses?

Drift can be enabled at any time, whether you are using a stylus or a finger to write. The advantage of connecting a Jot Script stylus to Penultimate is the added precision and wrist protection. Make sure your stylus is running on a compatible iPad, running iOS 6.0 or later.

Why doesn’t the page seem to be drifting as I write?

Check to see that you have enabled Drift by following the steps described in this guide. Also, make sure that the Anchor button is switched off (appears as a gray icon when turned off). Tapping the Anchor button temporarily stops the page from drifting until you tap the Anchor button again.

What other apps does the Jot Script stylus Evernote Edition work with?

The Jot Script stylus should work with any app, but has been specially optimized for Penultimate, so you can take advantage of the precision writing that Adonit’s PixelPoint™ technology offers. Learn more on Adonit’s Jot Script FAQ page.

How do I turn the stylus off?

You don't need to turn off the stylus. It automatically shuts itself off after two minutes of idle time. Because the stylus only turns on when it is being used, battery life is conserved.