Evernote’s Penultimate handwriting app goes free, Hello gains business card scanning

By , Jan 31, 2013

Acquired last year, Evernote’s Penultimate iPad app helps you jot down notes and draw sketches using your finger. It’s like having a Galaxy Note just without, you know, a pen. Penultimate 4.0 was launched this morning and Evernote kindly decided to offer it free of charge (it used to be a paid download). It’s tightly integrated with Evernote and your handwritten notes now sync fully via the cloud with your other Evernote content.

In fact, you can now open handwritten notes on any device that has the Evernote app. Plus, Evernote search is fully baked in and it’s quite clever, too: the cloud is able to parse your digital ink notes and turn them into easily searchable text. The new version also comes with more sharing options and support for eleven languages. Did I mention that Penultimate now doesn’t cost a dime?

This version of Penultimate requires iOS 6 and Evernote assures us the iOS 5 support is coming in the next update. Additional paper and pen types are available as in-app purchases.

A blog post by Evernote explains how searching handwritten notes works:

Handwriting is processed on the Evernote servers, which means that you need to give Penultimate a few minutes to sync before you can expect results to show up. To make notes even easier to find, we also recommend that you give your notebooks useful titles, which you can do by tapping on the title on the cover of a closed notebook.

A few screenshots.

Your changelog:

• full Evernote sync: Save all of your Penultimate notes to your Evernote account to keep, view, and search them across every device where you have Evernote installed
• handwriting search with Evernote: Evernote’s powerful handwriting recognition allows you to search your Penultimate notes
• remember Everything: Evernote stores all of your Penultimate notes forever, ensuring that everything, from random doodles to important diagrams, are available any time you need them
• redesigned: Now sporting a lovely new design
• improved: sharper ink on retina displays
• more languages: Available for the first time in Russian and Traditional Chinese

You can download Penultimate free of charge for your iPad over at the App Store.

In other Evernote news, the company updated its Hello app with a new look, the ability to scan business cards and lots more.

Evernote Hello version 2.0 makes it easy to remember everything about everyone you meet by snapping a picture of their business card, connecting with nearby Evernote Hello users via Hello Connect.

Evernote Hello 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Evernote Hello 2.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

It can even create a quick profile from LinkedIn, Facebook, your calendar appointments or your address book.

Here’s your promo clip.

Evernote Hello is also free so give it a try if you haven’t already.

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  • http://twitter.com/i3dev Saif Fersi

    Pff im on iOS5 oh well time to update not far from funday
    Question is it going paying or staying free

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    No iPhone support? Damn, that’s annoying, I hate to turn down a previously-premium app

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevemichel Steve Michel

    I don’t think “penultimate” means what you think it means.

  • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

    Hey Christian, do you know if this app will continue to stay free?

    • Falk M.

      Doesn’t take a genius why it will stay free, because afaik all of Evernote’s offerings are and they earn their money through service subscriptions and in-app-purchases. :)

      • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

        Thanks, I’ve never used an evernote product before.

      • Falk M.

        no problem, you’re welcome! :)

  • mr_aasb

    this kinda blows…I bought the app last Sunday. I should have held out

    • wadjj

      I bought the app the night before it was purchased, then I was like “damn it’s gonna be free”

  • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

    I bought this and Notability back when I first got a tablet. Penultimate took an early lead for me as I loved the style, but Notability quickly overtook it for sheer usefulness.

    Maybe this will help increase its competitiveness, like when Readability became Pocket. (I still use Instapaper, myself.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/spolo Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

    I’ve been looking for something exactly like this. Does anyone know where I can get a pen with a fine tip like the one in the video? I need something like that to sketch drawings for ideas.