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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Penultimate - App Review



Use your iPad as you would a sheet of paper (OK, it is limited to writing on), and link it to your Evernote account.

It's easy to use and even better than paper.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
Even the logo makes you want to use the App. The first thing to do is either sign in or sign up to Evernote (don't worry, it's free).

Pressing the '+' at the bottom right of the screen allows you to Enable Evernote to provide smart information, including your location. This is useful to you as it helps when retrieving information.

You now have a notebook in front of you. The pen icon allows you to choose a width and colour for your first foray into the App. There is also a rubber/eraser that does exactly what you think it will, as well as a pair of scissors that enable you to cut or copy anything from your page.

Tapping the '1' of the page number brings up a second page, and so on.

The default paper is graph but the icon across the top row allows you to change that to lined or plain. You can also spend some pennies and buy other types of paper.

The handwriting recognition in Evernote means that an attempt will be made at deciphering your handwriting, so that you can even search for a note, based on actual content.

You can add photos, either from the camera, or from your stored pictures. These can easily be resized and moved.

Should you wish to share any note with others then this can be emailed, either as a page or as an entire notebook. You can also share a note with a public url, which is viewable in any browser, without the need for Evernote. This is set through the Evernote App and not Penultimate.

Your notebooks, are automatically uploaded to your Evernote account (a new folder named 'Penultimate' is automatically created), so are available in all the other places that you already use (assuming you were using Evernote before getting the Penultimate App).

Your notes are

Cost
The App is absolutely free. It does require an Evernote account to be operative but, there is a free version of this as well.

Indispensability
If you already use Evernote and you are into notes that are freehand, what are you waiting for?

Dependability
The App only works on an iPad running iOS 5.1 or later.

Like everything from Evernote, Penultimate works.

Security
Your data is Evernote safe, which is good. There are further details on the Evernote review here

If you choose to share a note through a public url then, obviously, the information will be available to anybody.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The KISS principle applied to notes.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Penultimate here and support for the App here.


5 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.1.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Fixes for several user-reported issues, including crashes, sync reliability, and rare reports of some missing notebook data after sign in.

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Improved compatibility with newest versions of iOS.

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.0 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • Zoom: Pinch to zoom in and write anywhere on the page. Swipe with two fingers to move around, and flick left with two fingers to move to a new line. Pinch out to return to full screen view

    • Drift: When zoomed, the page will scroll as you write, automatically adjusting to match your speed. (Use the anchor button to pause the scrolling.)

    • Smart Wrist Protection: Improved wrist protection to support any writing style

    • The Finest Stylus: Use Penultimate with the new Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus by Adonit. This active stylus with its 1.9mm tip was co-designed by Evernote and Adonit to give you the most pen-like digital writing experience possible.

    Note: Zoom and Drift require iOS 6 or later

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.0.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Includes fixes for writing issues and other bugs, and improved Jot Script integration.

    Still new:

    • Zoom: Pinch to zoom in and write anywhere on the page. Swipe with two fingers to move around, and flick left with two fingers to move to a new line. Pinch out to return to full screen view

    • Drift: When zoomed, the page will scroll as you write, automatically adjusting to match your speed. (Use the anchor button to pause the scrolling.)

    • Smart Wrist Protection: Improved wrist protection to support any writing style

    • The Finest Stylus: Use Penultimate with the new Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus by Adonit. This active stylus with its 1.9mm tip is the product of a collaboration between Adonit and Evernote to give you the most pen-like digital writing experience possible.

    Note: Zoom and Drift require iOS 6 or later

    ReplyDelete
  5. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 5.0.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Updates to support for Jot Script stylus.
    - Other bug fixes and improvements.

    ReplyDelete

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