Penultimate 6 has had a pretty rough start. I like the cleaner look of the app, which matches iOS 8 a lot more. It’s also a good step to represent each notebook as a giant scrolling list of pages, which makes more sense in a digital format.
Unfortunately, the praise ends there.
Penultimate is marketed as this tech-laced love letter to the art and form of handwriting, but there are other apps that do a much better job of simulating the feeling of putting pen to paper. The writing experience in Penultimate just isn’t smooth on my Air 2, and the Jot Script can often miss strokes as I try to write in Drift Mode.
I really want to love Penultimate, but have always been disappointed with, even back before Evernote bought it. It’s a great concept and could do wonderfully with Evernote’s handwriting recognition, but their inking engine just seems nowhere near as good as some other apps. Paper and Noteshelf, for example, do a much better job of quickly drawing smooth lines.
It’s good that Evernote is acknowledging what a bungle the initial 6.0 update was and I’m glad to see them responding so quickly, but until the engine itself is overhauled, I just don’t see any use for Penultimate on my iPad. I’ll be sticking solely with Paper until something better comes along.