This is such a bizarre update: Penultimate has evolved from an app which used the visual and structural metaphors of the notebook to good effect into an inscrutable dead end. Sure, the old visual representations of manilla notebooks might look dated in the sleeker, flatter iOS8, but why not turn them into, er, flat notebooks. Replacing them with circles around which you have to chase icons for naming, sharing and deleting is just substituting one visually helpful metaphor with one in which style outweighs substance. And how will I navigate 20 notebooks: only being able to see them represented as large circles (why), won't exactly be an aid to scrolling. There are oddities too: I'd learned to work with the page scrolling in zoom view which kept up speed with my handwriting. I thought this was pretty clever once I got the hang of it. All I now seem to be able to do is chase a rectangular box across the page that runs at its own speed: it feels like a backwards move, from software which worked with me, to software that demands I work with it instead. I look for help on the website and find that the your support pages still refer to the previous version of Penultimate. That's inexcusable. Evernote is brilliant. Penultimate was *almost* brilliant: it was easy to see where it could be improved. But this is nothing short of arrogance: is's fine to claim that "Getting there means unbinding the app from the physical notebook metaphor" but in whose opinion: what if you've used page breaks to structure your notebooks? I'd used several as sketchbooks but now that sense of using the page as a frame has been lost: all my drawings run together in a way which now seems meaningless. So why not give people the *choice* of displaying a page view or a continuously scrolling view? In reference to icons the blog states that "There are only two small options visible on the page as you write". Well, that's fine, but when clicking on the pen option brings up NINE nested and functionally disparate choices including paper choice, insert picture, eraser, cut and paste, nib width and ink colour, it doesn't seem such a good idea. It just feels like a lot of stuff piled under one icon for the sake of outwards appearance, which is ironic considering what Evernote is supposed to facilitate as an information management app. I'm just unable to comprehend how this upgrade was actually created by a team, as a product for people to use as a means of making their lives better and more productive. Do you ever test your products, use focus groups, or solicit feedback during development? For those of us who use Evernote extensively, this update creates a sense of anxiety over its future too. How safe is it as a product from this sort of destructive overhaul? In future I'll think very hard about clicking the update button, and I'll make sure I have an exit strategy in case Evernote sinks in the same way.