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Penultimate

When it comes to word processing on your iPad, Apple’s Pages app is one of the best solutions for on-the-go writing. However, there are many other apps available from the App Store that also offer word processing and text-editing capabilities. One such app is Cocoa Box’s Penultimate ($1.99 USD).

What sets this app apart from Pages is that, in addition to using the iPad’s virtual keyboard (or an external keyboard) for typing, the Penultimate app (see Figure 10.4) enables you to write text directly onto the iPad’s screen, and also create sketches by drawing on the screen using your finger or an optional stylus.

Figure 10.4

Figure 10.4. Using the Penultimate app, you can write or draw on the iPad’s screen to create notes or sketches. It’s an alternative to typing using the tablet’s virtual keyboard.

This app is ideal for people who are more comfortable writing notes and ideas using a traditional pen and paper. As you’re writing on your tablet’s screen, you can quickly swap digital ink colors or change the look of the virtual paper you’re writing or drawing on.

In addition to the three photo-realistic paper styles that come with the app, you can add a collection of other virtual paper styles (using in-app purchases, priced between $.99 USD and $2.99 USD each). For example, you can add music paper, games paper, graph paper, time and task management forms, and various designer papers to the app.

Using this app, you can create separate “notebooks” to differentiate between topics, projects, or categories. You can easily rearrange, duplicate, or delete individual note pages. After you’ve created individual notes or entire “notebooks,” you can export them into PDF format and easily share them with others via email. You can also wirelessly print files from this app, or you can use it as a whiteboard during meetings by connecting your iPad to a monitor with the optional Apple Digital AV Cable ($39.00 USD). For more information, go to www.cocoabox.com/penultimate.

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