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The best-selling handwriting app for iPad. You'll get the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea -- in the office, on the go, or home….. Read more

What's New in Version 2.3

Step up your productivity with:
• Multiple-page actions: Email, Print or Delete sets of pages within a notebook.
• Printing of pages and notebooks with iOS 4.2 and above.
• Also, as ever, many other improvements.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars
Notes App Review: Notes Plus, UPAD, Penultimate

Here is a comparison of key functionality in each based upon my personal preferences, priorities, and experience.

1. Handwriting Notes - UPAD is the clear winner with a movable close-up entry box and the ability to resize the area of the page that shows in the close-up box. Pen/highlighter selection is quick. There are multiple options for erasing and undo. The same process is used for marking up PDFs. Very smooth and writing looks great. NOTES PLUS also has zoom and close-up writing plus a unique feature where you can select sections of written notes and move them around the page, but this feature tends to crash the app and loses other data on the page. The close-up box is somewhat jerky and flashes during the writing process (especially in landscape mode). PENULTIMATE is great for quick notes as it opens the fastest, but lack of close-up or zoom capabilities limits the amount of data that can fit on a page.

2. Sending/Sharing - PENULTIMATE wins for simplicity (just tap the individual pages from a notebook you wish to send). NOTES PLUS wins for flexibility if used in conjunction with its Page Management capabilities to copy the pages you want to send to a separate notebook. Without using page management, you are limited to a single page or all pages from a notebook. UPAD is limited to either a single page or range of consecutive pages within a notebook.

3. Page Management/Organization - NOTES PLUS is the clear winner with the ability to arrange pages within the same notebook or move/copy pages between notebooks. You can also create folders. PENULTIMATE allows for arranging pages within a notebook. UPAD does not allow for arrangement of pages within a notebook, or copying pages between notebooks.

4. PDF Markup - only UPAD currently has PDF markup. You get the same great handwriting tools as noted above. Portrait mode is near perfect, although landscape documents are rotated to show within a portrait page. Hopefully this gets fixed in the next release.

5. Image Markup - again, only UPAD has, although it's somewhat quirky at this point and you can't paste images into notes.

6. Text Entry Via Keyboard - Both UPAD and NOTES PLUS offer this feature with the ability to resize and move the box in which text is entered.

6. VGA Out - both PENULTIMATE and UPAD have VGA out at this time. I plan to use it for business, but haven't tried it yet.

7. Sound Recording - only NOTES PLUS has, but I haven't tried it yet as it is not important to me.

8. Shapes - again, only NOTES PLUS has, but I really haven't tested much as I don't have a lot of use for it, but seems pretty neat.

SUMMARY: Each app is great in its own way and seems to cater to a different group. If I could keep only one, it would be UPAD.

UPAD is the best app for handwritten notes. Based upon its smooth, intuitive handwriting engine alone, UPAD is the clear winner for me. Add in the PDF capabilities, and the lead is even bigger. I just wish the page management feature were there and they fix the landscape PDF issue.

NOTES PLUS seems to be a fantastic app for taking notes while audio is being recorded and arranging/organizing content. Again, page management is superb and the developer seems to be very engaged and responsive. I would expect that many of the crashes are due to hardware limitations of the current iPad model, and this app will benefit most from the additional RAM and processing power of iPad 2.

PENULTIMATE is great for quick notes and sending out sketch ideas as long as there is not the need to have a lot content or smaller detail on the page.

All three apps are worth the price and I'd heartily recommend trying all three. Good luck in finding the one that's right for you.

5/5 stars
The great updates keep coming ...

Last time the app was updated, I was already completely satisfied. This time, it's like icing on the cake. The amazing part is that the timing could not have been better.

Now that I have more notebooks than ever, as well as more pages in each notebook it was becoming important to selectively share pages, vs entire books. With this update, now you can. I no longer have to clean up my notebooks in order to send just what is important. I can now keep my mental ramblings in the same place where I have the more polished and consolidated ideas, and simply create an email out of those few pages. As always, this feature is implemented simply and intuitively - this app keeps feeling like it really belongs on the iPad.

I'm sure some people will love the fact that you can print pages as well - I personally have renounced paper, and this app is the reason why I have been able to pull it off.

And still, this app is all about the ink! The ink continues to be the best implementation I've seen in these kinds of apps. Although, I must confess, after my initial search for the perfect notebook replacement and a few updates from each app, I've never gone searching again. Why bother - this one is it!

5/5 stars
Still the very best handwriting/note-taking app on iPad

I'm a long-time user of Penultimate, having given it many favorable reviews in the past. I'm happy to report that it still remains the very best iPad app for taking notes and sending handwritten messages (in addition to using it all the time at work, I also use it to send love notes to my special lady). What I particularly like about this new version is that it clearly shows how its features have kept pace with the platform. I love the ability to print and to share PDFs of select pages from my notebooks. I also still love the ability to display notes on a projector or LCD. I Penultimate and Keynote all the time at work.

Another thing that is equally impressive is that the app remains as speedy and reliable as ever. Just as I am often amazed by how often my NY Times app crashes, I'm equally amazed how stable Penultimate is. It's clearly one of the shining stars of the App Store - and it costs about as much as a candy bar. Framed that way, I highly recommend putting down that Charleston Chew and, instead, picking this app up!

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