Getting Started with Penultimate

Penultimate Guide for iOS

The easiest-to-use, best-selling handwriting app for iPad, Penultimate gives you the experience of writing with pen and paper, with the power, flexibility and availability of Evernote. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea -- in the office, on the go, or at home on the sofa.

Get Penultimate

Download Penultimate for your iPad from the iTunes Store. It's free!

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What Can You Do with Penultimate?

Capture Handwritten Notes

Penultimate gives you the experience of ink and paper on your iPad. Write notes, sketch, markup images and more, then search for everything in-app or with Evernote.

Share with Others

Easily email individual pages of handwritten notes and drawings, or entire Penultimate Notebooks in PDF format to friends and colleagues.

Create Your Evernote Account

Creating an Evernote account allows you to experience all of the benefits of Penultimate, including handwriting search and full Evernote sync, which makes your Penultimate Notebooks accessible and searchable everywhere you have Evernote installed.

You may also use Penultimate without an Evernote account; however, all of your Penultimate Notebooks will only be available locally on your iPad, and not accessible across devices.

Free Account
Anyone can create an Evernote account for free. Free accounts include the core Evernote features covered in this Getting Started Guide and more. Create an account now.

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Evernote Premium offers many great additional features that let you get more out of Evernote, and is available for a monthly or yearly subscription. To learn more about everything that Evernote Premium has to offer, check out our Evernote Premium page.

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Once you have Penultimate, start capturing all of your handwritten drawings and text.

Create & Manage Notebooks

Penultimate Notebooks allows you to create as many notebooks as you want, each of which will be synced to your Evernote account as an individual note.

The Home Screen

The Home Screen is displayed the first time you launch Penultimate. From here you may do the following:

  • Browse and open all of your Penultimate Notebooks
  • Create new Penultimate Notebooks
  • Duplicate, merge, share and delete existing Penultimate Notebooks
  • Manually sync Penultimate with your Evernote account

To return to the Home Screen at anytime, tap the Home icon at the top-left corner of the screen.

Browsing Notebooks

From the Home Screen, you have two options for browsing your Penultimate Notebooks:

  • Slideshow view: Swipe side-to-side to browse your Penultimate Notebooks. Tap any notebook to display the most recently viewed page, then tap the displayed page to open it in the Drawing view, where it can be edited. Home Screen - Slideshow view
  • Card View: Swipe up and down to browse your Penultimate Notebooks. The most recently viewed page of each notebook will be shown. Double-tap any Penultimate Notebook to open the displayed page in the Drawing view, where it can be edited. Home Screen - Card view

Creating a New Penultimate Notebook

To create a new Penultimate Notebook, simply tap the + icon in the lower-right corner of the Home Screen.

The new Penultimate Notebook will automatically be given a default name that you may change later, and will be opened to the first blank page.

Renaming a Penultimate Notebook

To rename a Penultimate Notebook, simply tap its name in either the Card view or List view, then enter the new name when your iPad's keyboard is displayed.

Deleting a Penultimate Notebook

To delete a Penultimate Notebook, do the following:

  1. On the Home Screen, tap the Penultimate Notebook you want to delete.
  2. Tap the Trash icon Trash icon at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap Delete Notebook. The corresponding note in your Evernote account will also be deleted. You may restore the note from the Trash in Evernote to continue to access it; however, there is no way to restore the Penultimate Notebook for editing in Penultimate once it is deleted.

Duplicating a Penultimate Notebook

To duplicate a Penultimate Notebook, do the following:

  1. On the Home Screen, tap the Notebook Action icon Notebook Action icon at the bottom-center of the screen. An options menu will be displayed.
  2. Tap Duplicate. A dialog with all of your Penultimate Notebooks will be displayed.
  3. Tap the Penultimate Notebook you want to duplicate. The new notebook will have the same name as the original with a number appended.

Merging Penultimate Notebooks

To merge the contents of two Penultimate Notebooks into one, do the following:

  1. On the Home Screen, tap one of the Penultimate Notebooks you want to merge.
  2. Tap the Notebook Action icon Notebook Action icon at the bottom-center of the screen. An options menu will be displayed.
  3. Tap Merge into... A dialog with all of your other Penultimate Notebooks will be displayed.
  4. Tap the second Penultimate Notebook you want to merge with. The new merged notebook will have the name of the second notebook selected.

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Now that you have some Penultimate Notebooks, time to fill them with pages.

Create & Manage Pages

Browsing Pages

To browse thumbnail images of all of the pages in a Penultimate Notebook, open the notebook, then tap the Thumbnail view icon Thumbnail icon in the lower-left corner of the page.

You may tap any page to open it in the Drawing view, where it can be edited.

Adding Pages

There are two ways to add pages to a Penultimate Notebook: in the Pages view and in the Drawing view.

  • Thumbnails view: Tap the Insert Page button at the top-right of the screen.
  • Drawing view: Tap the page number at the bottom-right of the screen to turn the page. If you are currently drawing on the last page of the Penultimate Notebook, a new page will be created.

Clearing a Page

To remove all marks from a page, do the following:

  1. In the Drawing view, tap the Trash icon Trash icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Clear Page.

Duplicating a Page

To duplicate any page in a Penultimate Notebook, do the following:

  1. In the Drawing view, tap the Thumbnail view icon Thumbnail icon.
  2. Tap and hold on the page you want to duplicate. An options menu will be displayed.
  3. Tap Duplicate. An identical copy of the page will be created in the same Penultimate Notebook.

Reordering a Page

To reorder a page in a Penultimate Notebook, do the following:

  1. In the Drawing view, tap the Thumbnail view icon Thumbnail icon.
  2. Tap and hold on the page you want to rearrange. The page will become slightly larger once it is selected.
  3. Drag the page to the desired location in the Penultimate Notebook to insert it.

Deleting a Page

To delete a page in a Penultimate Notebook, do the following:

  1. In the Drawing view, tap the Thumbnail view icon Thumbnail icon.
  2. Tap and hold on the page you want to delete. An options menu will be displayed.
  3. Tap Delete. The page will be permanently deleted from the Penultimate Notebook.

Moving Pages Between Notebooks

To move a page from one Penultimate Notebook to another, do the following:

  1. In the Drawing view, tap the Thumbnail view icon Thumbnail icon.
  2. Tap and hold on the page you want to move. An options menu will be displayed.
  3. Tap Move to... A dialog with all of your available Penultimate Notebooks will be displayed.
  4. Tap the Penultimate Notebook you want to move the page to, or tap New Notebook to create a new Penultimate Notebook.

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Penultimate brings the experience of paper and pen to your iPad. Next, we'll look at the available tools.

Use the Tools

Penultimate offers all the tools you need to get the full experience of natural handwriting on your iPad, including multiple pen styles and gel ink color options.

Tools
  1. Undo/Redo
  2. Pen Styles
  3. Eraser/Clear Page
  4. Cut/Copy

Undo/Redo

To undo or redo the most recent marks made on the page, tap the undo iconUndo or redo iconRedo icons.

You may tap these multiple times to undo/redo multiple steps.

Pen Styles Menu

From the Pen Styles menu you may choose from a variety of gel ink colors and line thicknesses to draw with.

Pen Styles menu

To open the Pen Styles menu, tap the pen iconPen icon at the bottom of the Drawing view.

  • Select any color by tapping it.
  • Select a line thickness by tapping a spot on the Line thickness slider

Eraser Tool

The Eraser Tool allows you to choose between clearing the entire page, or selectively deleting marks on the page as you would with a real eraser.

Selective Erasing

To selectively erase marks from the page, tap the eraser iconEraser icon at the bottom on the screen, then rub your finger or stylus over the marks you want erase.

Clearing the Page

To clear the entire page, do the following:

  1. Tap the eraser iconEraser icon to select it, then tap it again. An options menu will be displayed.
  2. Tap Clear Page. All marks will be removed from the page.

Copy/Cut & Paste

The Cut/Copy & Paste tool allows you to select specific areas of the page to cut or copy, then paste elsewhere on the page or in a different Penultimate Notebook.

Cut/copy example

To copy/cut an area of the page, do the following:

  1. Tap the scissor iconScissor icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. With your finger or a stylus, trace a line around the area of the page that you want to copy/cut. A blue dotted line will appear around the area.
  3. Tap anywhere inside the dotted line. The copy/cut menu will be displayed.
  4. Tap Cut or Copy.
  5. Tap and hold on the spot where you want the center of the copied/cut area to be located. The Paste button will appear.
  6. Tap Paste. The copied/cut area will appear.

Inserting Images

Penultimate is more than a great tool for creating original drawings and handwritten text. It's also a great tool for marking up existing images.

photo menu

To place an image on the page, do the following:

  1. Tap the image iconImage icon at the top-right of the screen. A menu will be displayed.
  2. Tap Camera to snap a new photo with your iPad's camera, or Photos to select an existing image from your camera roll. The image will appear in the middle of the page with a blue bounding box around it.
  3. Tap and hold anywhere on the image, then drag to move it to a different location on the page.
  4. Tap and hold then drag any of the anchor points on the blue bounding box to resize the image.
  5. Tap and hold two fingers anywhere on the image, then rotate the image as you normally would.
  6. Tap anywhere outside the image to place it on the page. You may also tap anywhere on the image, then tap Delete to remove the image.

Selecting Paper Type

In Penultimate, you may choose a paper type for any page, including blank, lined or graph paper. The paper type may be changed at any time, even if you have already marked on a page.

papers menu

To change the paper type of a page, do the following:

  1. Tap the paper iconPaper icon at the top-right of the screen. The 'Papers' menu will be displayed.
  2. Tap the paper type you want to change the page to.

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Learn how to use Penultimate zoom & Drift features.

Use Zoom & Drift

Penultimate 5.0 and later versions come with the ability to zoom and Drift so you can get a close-up view of an area of the page for more detailed writing or sketching.

Zooming in and out of a page

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

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

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 button located on the left edge of the page. This is a quick way to reposition the page so you can start writing a new line of text. This works much like a Return key does on a computer keyboard.

    Next line button

    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.

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With full Evernote sync, it's easier than ever to access and search your Penultimate Notebooks everywhere you have Evernote installed.

Sync & Search

Syncing Penultimate

The addition of full Evernote sync to Penultimate makes it an even more powerful tool for creating original drawings and handwritten text. By syncing Penultimate to your Evernote account, you will be able to view your Penultimate Notebooks everywhere you have Evernote installed.

Syncing also allows the Evernote service to run powerful text recognition on your Penultimate Notebooks, which makes them searchable for handwritten text both inside Penultimate and within Evernote.

Automatic Sync

Once you have connected your Evernote account to Penultimate, the app will automatically sync any changes in your Penultimate Notebooks to your Evernote account every two minutes. Penultimate also syncs any time you return to the Home Screen, as well as any time you open the app.

Manual Sync

You may also manually sync changes at any time by tapping the sync iconSync icon in the lower-right corner of the Home Screen.

Searching Penultimate

To search for Penultimate Notebooks by name, as well as to search for any handwritten text inside of any Penultimate Notebook, do the following:

  1. Tap the search iconSearch icon in the top-right corner of any screen in Penultimate. The Search screen will be displayed.
  2. Enter the words you want to search for. Penultimate will display any Penultimate Notebooks that match your search, as well as any pages inside Penultimate Notebooks that contain your search terms. Matching text inside of Penultimate Notebooks will be outlined in yellow.
  3. Tap any search result to open it in the Drawing view, where it can be edited.
search example

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Time to share all these great Penultimate drawings.

Share Your Notes

Penultimate makes it easy to share entire Penultimate Notebooks of your drawings and handwritten notes or individual pages via email in PDF format. You may also use Evernote to share any Penultimate Notebook as you would any other note.

Sharing a Penultimate Notebook

To share a PDF of all the pages in a Penultimate Notebook via email, do the following:

  1. On the Home Screen, tap the Penultimate Notebook you want to share.
  2. Tap the share icon Share icon at the bottom of the screen. A menu will be displayed.
  3. Tap Mail. A new email will be created in your iPad's Mail app, with the a PDF of the page attached.
  4. Send the email as you normally would.

Sharing an Individual Page

To share a PDF of a single page from a Penultimate Notebook via email, do the following:

  1. Open the page you want to share.
  2. Tap the share icon Share icon at the top-right of the screen. A menu will be displayed.
  3. Tap Mail. A new email will be created in your iPad's Mail app, with the a PDF of the page attached.
  4. Send the email as you normally would.

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That's all there is to it! Check out our Other Resources for more information on how you can get even more out of Penultimate and Evernote.

Other Resources

Check out these additional resources to make the most of Penultimate:

Technical Support

Search for answers to your questions, or contact the support team.

Evernote User Forums

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Evernote Blog

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