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Penultimate for iPad App Review

Penultimate for iPad App Review

One of the great things about the iPad is that it can carry out the functions of many different kinds of hardware and software and collects them all in one convenient place at your disposal. These range from the creatively complex, such as editing music, to the mind-numbingly necessary, such as managing your finances, but sometimes it is the most basic tasks that turn out to be useful. Writing has been one of the most important developments in the history of mankind’s developments and the notebook remains as vital a tool to us as it ever was. Now the iPad is trying to replace that and with apps like Penultimate available, the notebook’s days could be numbered.

The moment you start up Penultimate you can’t deny its charm. The app aims to emulate the pad and pen experience but to make sure it works in its own right it comes with various features that a notepad cannot offer. Since the iPad can pretty much do anything, it offers a variety of different virtual notebooks so you can find one that suits your mood, as well as different colours of ink and pen thicknesses. You can choose different types of sheets as well, from plain to lined, as well as graph paper and if you are willing to pay for extras, you can go to the Paper Shop for additional sheets covering music and games among other things. Basically Penultimate is every kind of notebook you could have squeezed into one useful app.

From the moment you begin you are offered the option of a handy tutorial to guide you through the app. While it is simple enough to work out it is still nice to have this and it sets everything out for you clearly. Your finger is the pen here and it is easy to write clear, coherent notes as well as draw sketches and do whatever else you would in a real notebook. Added to this is the ability to insert photos and other images and you can manipulate the pages more easily than a real notebook would allow. You can cut, copy and paste, erase or undo your mistakes, delete pages, duplicate pages, insert new ones between other pages and even rearrange them. Sharing is also a simple procedure and you can send a page or the whole notebook in Penultimate’s own format or convert it into a more universal PDF format.

It is hard to fault Penultimate. At the risk of sounding like an old man it does feel like a shame that even the classic pen and notebook are being replaced by technology but this wouldn’t even be a risk if the app were not so good at what it did. The fact is, Penultimate takes a very simple function and stuffs it with every innovation it can think of, making something as potentially boring as a notebook simulator into a lively, fun and useful app, all for a mere $0.99. Penultimate is a great productivity tool and worth downloading.

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