Penultimate for iPad has today received its first major update since it was acquired by Evernote back in May 2012. In addition to Evernote syncing, the app offers a number of nifty new features, the most impressive of which is handwriting search — which uses handwriting recognition technology to allow you to find notes you’ve written by hand. And if that wasn’t enough, the app is now completely free.
Evernote says Penultimate’s “life-like pen and paper experience” even better in version 4: The ink is sharper, smoother, and offers a more natural feel, which makes it perfect for sketching and jotting notes. And with Evernote features built-in, every note you create is now even more useful.
In addition to Evernote syncing, which allows you to access your notes from any computer or mobile device capable of running the Evernote app, Penultimate now offers handwriting recognition. You can search for words you’ve handwritten, and Penultimate will return all the notes that include that word — with a little yellow box around them to make them easier to find.
One thing to note with handwriting search, however, is that all search requests are powered by Evernote’s servers, “which means that you need to give Penultimate a few minutes to sync before you can expect results to show up,” according to Evernote. Presumably, that means it won’t work without a data connection.
If you’re not an Evernote user, you don’t have to take advantage of these features in Penultimate 4 if you don’t want to. You can continue to use Penultimate without signing into an Evernote account, so don’t worry about being pressured into signing up when you update your app.
And for those who are upgrading from a preview version of Penultimate, there are some things to note:
In order to give you the advanced Evernote features, all of your notebooks, and all future ones you create, will be synchronized and backed-up to the Evernote Service. Any of your Penultimate Notebooks that are too large to sync will be kept locally on your iPad, and remain full accessible to you. If you want to bring them into Evernote, tap on the sync warning icon at the bottom right corner of the notebook cover, and the app will help you break the notebook up into smaller, sync-able pieces.
Penultimate 4 is available to download now from the App Store, and it’s free of charge. You’ll find it by clicking the source link below.