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Video of iPad Inking with Penultimate



As promised, Hector Gomez put up a video of Inking on the iPad with Penultimate. Here it is. Thanks to Hector for doing this. Like I said in my earlier post it is all about the timing of how the stylus and hour hand interact with the screen.



  1. Mike aka C-141xlr

    05/22/2010 at 1:33 pm

    That’s great for one or two sentences. Try it in a real scenario such as notes at a meeting or in class. The iPad is just not designed for this, yet many in the TPC world are trying to make it accept inking. It’s a media consumption device, and for that it works quite well.

  2. JoeC

    05/22/2010 at 2:38 pm

    Penultimate just upgraded their app yesterday. It’s not OneNote but with a Pogo Stylus it is great for taking notes.

  3. CBONE

    05/22/2010 at 3:41 pm

    I’m sure iPad 3 will be much better in that regard.

  4. James

    05/22/2010 at 3:47 pm

    As have been using Tablet PC’s since 2003. An Ipad with an dual touch/active screen would be a superb business and school item. If you could write notes like you can on a TPC, every lawyer in America would buy two. The size, weight, screen and lack of heat make it an ideal replacement for our ubiquitous legal pads. It is too bad that Apple sees only one vision for the form factor so far.

    • Eric

      05/23/2010 at 4:03 pm

      As an educator, I beg to differ on the iPad’s use in education. A student might be able to surf the web or view video’s in a more pleasing manner than a tablet, but that’s not education…it’s more like sedation. Students need to be made to think, construct their own knowledge, and learn important skills. The iPad doesn’t run industry standard software (spreadsheets or even word processors) well. The iPad doesn’t take notes all that well, even with this latest development. The iPad doesn’t allow students to view many of the learning tools made with flash (really a strong presence in education, though I’d love to see it limited). Finally, the iPad would be a distraction because the students would use it to surf and watch other stuff…how do you monitor 30 students with iPads (there are ways with a tablet pc, are there with the iPad)?

      No, you won’t hear any serious educator wanting to use these things. Plenty of ‘educators’ will look to the iPad and think it’s the next greatest thing. These are the same educators who teach to a test or are happy their students can MEMORIZE the answers to the questions.

      I guess I don’t equate cool with useful, or tech with learning. Many, many, many do. Lot’s of wasted $$ by the gov in not improving education…at least the kids learned to use computers.

      • Mike

        05/26/2010 at 9:02 am

        Hi Eric, as someone outside the grade school system, used to thinking about education as meaning post-secondary education, some of your statements threw me for a loop. After a short while I realized you must be in K-12.

        I don’t want to start a flame ware, still, some of your statements seem so old fashioned. Something JoeC picked up on as well, I think.

        Eric – “Students need to be made to think, construct their own knowledge, and learn important skills.”

        How about we engage our students so that they want to do these things, rather than making them do it?

        Eric – “Finally, the iPad would be a distraction because the students would use it to surf and watch other stuff…how do you monitor 30 students with iPads?”

        You could present them with engaging material so that they don’t want to surf; so that they’re watching you, instead of you needing to watch them? Or, failing that, turn of the wifi or install a wifi blocker in the room?

        Eric- “No, you won’t hear any serious educator wanting to use these things.”

        I know a number of university librarians and professors who would take great offense to that and the rest of your paragraph.

        Eric – “…at least the kids learned to use computers.”

        Good thing, seeing how they have become an integral part of life in the modern western world.

        Maybe a lot of our differences come from our different perspectives on education.

  5. Jeff h

    05/22/2010 at 10:00 pm

    James is right. Someone will develop a writing pad like penultimate for lawyers; maybe I should.

  6. JoeC

    05/24/2010 at 8:38 am

    Eric – As an educators you may have seen this. Take a look at I think you’ll find it interesting and thought provoking.

    Here are some great quotes:
    “Students today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates which are more expensive. What will they do when the slate is dropped and it breaks? They will be unable to write!” – from a Teachers Conference in 1703

    “Students today depend too much upon ink. They don’t know how to use a pen knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.” – National Association of Teachers 1907

    “Students today depend upon store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.” – National Association of Teachers 1907

    “You can’t use those calculators on the test. If I let you do that, you wouldn’t ever learn how to use the tables in the back of the book and use interpolation to figure out your trig ratios.” – High School Math Teacher 1980

    • Sumocat

      05/24/2010 at 11:36 am

      That is hilarious. What’s old is new again.

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