Penultimate Quick Start Guide

Penultimate is only available on iPad and does not support Evernote Teams accounts that have Single Sign-on (SSO) enabled.


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Penultimate gives you the experience of writing with pen and paper, with the power, flexibility and availability of Evernote. Use a finger or stylus to take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea -- whether you're working in the office, on the go, or at home on the sofa.

What can I 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 handwritten notes with others

Email handwritten notes and drawings as public links (URLs) or as PDFs to people you work with.


Sign up and sync with Evernote

Create an Evernote account so you can experience all of the benefits of Penultimate, including handwriting search and a full Evernote sync. Once Penultimate notes are saved to Evernote, all your Penultimate notes are accessible and searchable everywhere you have Evernote installed.

You can also use Penultimate without an Evernote account, but all of your Penultimate notes will only be available locally on your iPad, and not accessible across devices.

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Create your first Penultimate note in 3 steps:

Step 1Select a notebook

The first screen you'll see displays all your Penultimate notebooks (shown as circles). Tap the 'Penultimate' circle, the default notebook, where you'll save your first Penultimate note.

To create a new notebook, tap the new notebook (notebook with a plus sign) at the top of the notebooks page.

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Note: Evernote Teams customers have the option of creating individual or team notebooks


Step 2Create a new note

To add a new note to the 'Penultimate' notebook, tap the new note button (lined paper with a plus sign) located towards the bottom of the screen.

Note: The first time you create a note in Penultimate, you'll be asked to specify your preferred wrist position.

New note button


Select paper type and start writing

From the paper options menu, select a design you'd like to use as a background for your note. You can choose from one of the available designs from our 'Basic' collection: lined, plain, or graph paper. You can also browse through other paper collections that are available for purchase from the 'Penultimate Paper Shop'.

Start writing


Use a finger to write or draw something on the note. To scroll down, past the page break line to the next page, press and slide two fingers a couple times up towards the top of the screen.


Note: We no longer offer bug fixes for vulnerabilities or any other updates, including security patches, for Penultimate




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