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Penultimate 3.0 - New Custom Templates, Sharing, Paper Shop

We use Penultimate by Cocoa Box a lot, primarily for taking meeting, seminar or training notes and sending them to Evernote for archiving. Evernote's handwriting recognition engine also makes our notes searchable on all our devices/computers.

With version 3.0 of Penultimate a whole new feature-set is introduced - importing paper templates and the Paper Shop (in app purchases of templates).

The video below explains the new features, but we think one of the more powerful aspects is going to be the template sharing for different creative fields like the storyboard template in the video, or teaching templates, photographer field notes, model release forms, etc.

The pages can be printed/exported complete with the template too. As you will see in the video, you can create templates from any file in your Photo Library, so the possibilities are endless!

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I was really disappointed in Penultimate's 3.0 add-on pricing. As a musician who has e-mailed the company in the past, requesting staff paper, I was very happy to see the availability of staff paper--and then suddenly very disappointed to see the $4.99 (US) cost for 10 different types of sheet paper. I do realize that you can try to import your own created paper. It is difficult to believe that their custom paper requires a larger investment than the original program itself. I'd be okay if all the additional paper backgrounds were $4.99.

I've used the app called Noteshelf in place of Penultimate for some time, as of their last major update (I saw the app on TUAW.com). Noteshelf allows the user to import (and thus annotate) pictures from the photo album, and it comes with a number of additional paper backgrounds, including music staff paper. It also has a great zom feature, making note-taking a lot easier.

Noteshelf's "inking" is comparable to Penultimate (Penulitmate may have a slight edge), and ultimately, you have more choices in line thickness (Penultimate has 3, which simplifies the process) with Noteshelf.

With the wonderful addition of new backgrounds--but terrible pricing--Noteshelf is probably the better option for a note taking app at this time.

A scan of Penultimate's reviews in the App Store shows that I'm not the only person who has been disappointed by the new pricing structure for these additional page styles.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor

@Doctor - thank you for those comments - we did have a look at Noteshelf in the early days before settling on Penultimate, but the inking didn't seem as good as Penultimate. We agree the pricing seems a little steep for the paid versions of templates. That is why we are hopeful for the sharing function to be a better source of new templates, but that will depend on the user community of course.

May 3, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I like the feature and am disappointed by the price as well. Since any image can be turned into a template, who's the first to start a penultimate paper template website?

How about the iPadcreative team?

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

Here we go:


May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

@Harga - thanks for the link, that will prove useful, but as we hoped, Cocoa Box are planning a central repository themselves for Penultimate users, here's the update from their blog post we linked to in the article:

UPDATE: If you do create papers and would like to share with the community, we’re cooking up a centralized place for people to go do that. It’s still under development, but send me an email (contact@cocoabox.com) if you have papers you’d like to share.


(Hint: when building your own templates, try 718x865 as the image resolution.)

May 4, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

3 fantastic templates that I found:


May 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHarga

Check out the DIY Hipster pda forms for all your GTD needs:

Make sure you donwload the graphic version.

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPapa.Coen

And check this site out for some ideas and examples:

May 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPapa.Coen

@Papa.Coen - great links, thank you for posting them!

May 12, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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