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This week’s analysis is brought to you by guest blogger Jenni Birch.
Penultimate gives you an almost similar experience of writing on a physical paper. As a note-taking productivity tool, it eliminates the artistic aspiration of its competing apps, giving kids a simpler and more useful way of sketching and scribbling notes. Evernote made it free with a pack of “across-the-board” tweaks in terms of the user interface, new languages, sharper ink support for Retina displays, and syncing options.
According to Verizon Wireless, the ability to be used by both parents and children at the same time is what makes an app kid-friendly. With that, Penultimate is a good parent-child bonding, allowing them to scribble drawings in the tablet, substituting the experience brought by a pen and paper.
App Analysis For Penultimate
· Finger Painting
The mobile tool allows you to organize your work through the “notebook” function, which can be accessed by swiping through the covers. Unlike a traditional notebook which comes in a single style, Penultimate allows you to create as many pages as you want. For customization, there is an in-app connection to The Paper Shop, giving you tons of paper style options. There is also a support for undo and multiple redos, giving kids the chance to correct mistakes such as spelling and thought organization.
· Broad Strokes
To achieve this, children are given ten visually-enticing pen shades, which gives different strokes depending on the tip: broad, fine, or medium tipped. Also worth noting is the Wrist Protection feature, which disregards a kid’s unnecessary remark from a resting hand.
· Sharing Options
If kids wanted to share their masterpiece, there is an easy to toggle feature to sync it with a projector and covert drawings to PDF files. Meanwhile, children can also share their scribbles with their peers through email, whether they want to select a page or share the entire notebook.
· Faster Browsing
Penultimate makes it easier for kids to locate hand-written texts and quickly browse all pages within the app. Under a Grid View, kids can view their notebooks as a carousel, allowing them to delete, duplicate, and reorganize pages within notebooks.
· No Keyboard
The iPad tool doesn’t support a keyboard, which disables the tablet for typing notes. The absence of the keyboard makes it lag behind its competitors such as the Note Taker HD. Also, the tool doesn’t add support for importing files in different versions except for the propriety
· Absence of handwriting-to-text OCR
There is also the absence of handwriting-to-text OCR, which converts scanned images of printed notes into machine-encoded texts. If a kid decides to write by hand, the notes will stay the same, regardless of how good or bad his handwriting is. This limits the app’s ability only for a quick notetaking, sketching, and mind-mapping.
· Acquisition by Evernote
Earlier this year, the app was acquired by Evernote. This acquisition made all the updates centered on Evernote, including the features. The downside to this is that Evernote only offers a limited size of Penultimate notebooks which can be synced automatically.
· Expensive upgrade
Free for download, Penultimate only offers a few features unless you upgrade it. Unfortunately, users have to pay an expensive price tag for the auto-renewing subscription. There are two subscription options: $5 for the monthly Evernote Premium and $45 for the annual Evernote Premium.
Despite its shortcomings, the Penultimate app is an easy to navigate tool, making it a valuable addition to a kid’s back to school accessories. Perfect for brainstorming sessions, it helps kids to draw an interface or a flowchart, which can be viewed by the entire classroom as long as there’s an access to Adobe Reader.
About the Author
Jenni Birch is a freelancer with a passion for the app store, Xbox Live, alternative music and online communities. She is also a keen musician and maintains a passion for books.