Evernote Buys Penultimate

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Evernote has announced today that they’ve bought the company that makes Penultimate, the popular handwriting app for the iPad. Here’s a slice of the announcement at the Evernote Blog:

Penultimate is hugely popular. In fact, according to Apple, it’s the #4 best-selling paid iPad app of all time. When you have such a great product, the last thing you want to do is mess with it. That’s why Penultimate creator, Ben Zotto, is joining Evernote to head up future app development. Penultimate will stay a separate, elegant application and will get many much-requested Evernote-y improvements including full search and synchronization. Ben will also lead the effort to put handwriting and digital ink functionality into other Evernote products and platforms, so you’ll see handwriting cross-pollination popping up everywhere.

As a long-time Evernote user on the iPad, iPhone and Mac, this looks like very good news to me. I think it will be a big benefit to both apps, and perhaps lead to some interesting new apps as well. I think it’s a good move to keep Penultimate as a standalone app and I’m very much looking forward to seeing some strong handwriting support in Evernote.

Those of you who are Evernote and/or Penultimate users on the iPad – what do you think of this news?

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3 thoughts on “Evernote Buys Penultimate”

  1. I would like to see handwritten note capabilities come to Evernote – they would seem to go hand in hand.

    However, while Penultimate is nice – Noteshelf seems to be a more robust handwriting app with many more features.

    I am curious to see where this is headed.

    1. I agree with your comment about Penultimate – and I’m definitely also hoping that we’ll see some handwriting support make its way to Evernote on the iPad.

  2. Finally!! This type of purchase is 18 months overdue so I hope they make a good job of integrating it.

    Personally, I prefer Note Taker HD but have pretty much bought all of the possible options and still haven’t really find my ideal.

    Next purchase should be a GTD that enables tasks to be easily created when taking meeting notes (ink) to really provide a compelling personal productivity solution.

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