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Acquisitions are all the rage these days, and one of the companies making some of the most interesting acquires is Evernote. After bringing Skitch into the fold, the company has announced Penultimate as the next to join the Evernote family.
Evernote has announced the acquisition of Penultimate, “a beautifully simple handwriting app” for the iPad which ranks as the number four best-selling iPad app of all time, according to Apple’s own statistics. Evernote acquired the two-year-old app’s developer, Cocoa Box, and its creator, Ben Zotto, will be joining the company to head up future app development.
“Penultimate will stay a separate, elegant application and will get many much-requested Evernote-y improvements including full search and synchronization,” the blog notes. “Ben will also lead the effort to put handwriting and digital ink functionality into other Evernote products and platforms, so you’ll see handwriting cross-pollination popping up everywhere.
“We couldn’t be more excited that Penultimate is joining Evernote,” the blog concludes. “Our team has been working on handwriting recognition and digital ink forever and it feels like for the very first time, the experience of writing on a tablet is actually great. That’s what Penultimate has done. Now that we can add Evernote’s technology and expertise, it’s about to get a lot more powerful. Just wait till you see what we’ve got in store.”
Unlike the free Skitch, Penultimate appears to be staying put as a paid app, but it’s currently on sale for a mere 99 cents in the App Store, so now is a good time to grab it if you’ve been keeping an eye on it.
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