Penultimate is an app for the iPad that allows you to write, sketch, and draw almost anything you want to, simply using the touch of your finger on the iPad’s screen. The app is similar to the notes app that you get with the iPhone and iPod Touch, however, it’s more like ‘notes on steroids’ as it allows you to do so much more than was ever possible with notes.

The overall layout of this app is excellent. It features a beautifully designed interface and all of the different options and menus are set out in a very user-friendly manner, making them easy to read and understand. The app has great responsiveness and the iPad’s processor really comes into its own when you are using this app. At no point when we tested this app did it lag behind or need time to process what we were trying to draw or write. The second your finger touches the screen is the second that your writing or sketches will be transferred to the iPad device.Penultimate

The idea of the app is that it allows you to record your ideas, right then, at the moment that you think of them. You are able to create hand-drawn notebooks that can feature an unlimited amount of pages. Each page in the notebook can feature almost anything you care to scribble down, whether it be text, sketches, or even a mixture of both. Once you have finished one page of your notebook, simply tap the new page button and the app will present you with a clear page once again. When you have finished your entire book of notes, the app gives you a variety of options. It gives you the option to read through all the work that you have done, in the same style that you would read an eBook on the device, you simply flick to turn to the next page.

The app also gives you the option to convert your notebook to PDF format and then email it to your friends, family, or colleagues. You are able to select the whole book to convert to PDF format or you can even select just the pages you want. The app also allows you to store a variety of different notebooks on the device which gives you the option to organize your different ideas into different notebooks, much like organizing things into folders on a desktop PC. This makes the app great for anyone who needs to communicate their ideas in a quick manner.

This app is perfect for business users, especially people such as graphic designers as it allows you to instantly transfer any ideas that you may have to the device, much like jotting your ideas down on a piece of paper. The app is available from the app store for just $2.99 and we feel that this is definitely worth your money