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  1. I tried using the "point-1" fix in a meeting yesterday. It is still a huge mess, even with the feeble attempt at adding back thumbnails. Some quick complaints: - Does not remember page position or stay on the page when you nav to something else. I had to access a file from File Explorer (which I've done hundreds of times with the old version). When I returned to Penultimate, which was still open, I was shown the "notebook circle" at the front. For a quick ten second move to another program, I had to re-open the notebook area, then open the note on the specific client THEN OPEN THE THUMBNAIL AREA AND WAIT FOR IT TO PAGINATE the one hundred and fifty plus pages in the note, THEN it re-opened on one of the first pages in the note so I had to scroll through more than a hundred pages to get back to the page I had JUST been working on!! I NEED THIS TO HOLD POSITION IF I HAVE TO GO LOOK AT A PICTURE, OR CHECK A FILE SOME WHERE ELSE. It USED TO! - The re-pagination everytime you open the thumbnail bar is incredibly slow and annoying. - If you leave the program for just a moment to view something else, IT DOES NOT RETAIN THE LAST FEW LINES OF NOTES YOU HAVE MADE. THERE IS A SYNC ISSUE!!! IT IS NOT HOLDING ONTO THE LAST BIT OF INFO THAT YOU'VE WRITTEN IF YOU LEAVE THE PENULTIMATE WINDOW. This is scary-bad design! -I've said several times how stupid the scroll analogy is...but if you are going to force me to scroll, make it a SCROLL THAT WORKS!! THIS SCROLL IS SLOW, SLUGGISH, HARD TO GET GOING AND ONCE YOU GET IT GOING, IT IS NOT FLUID OR EASY TO MAINTAIN. RETURN TO PAGE TURNS!! Watching you try to add back some of the functionality that was already there is like watching a brilliant person suffer a stroke. Version 6 was Penultimate's horrible, debilitating stroke...now we are being forced to watch as the patient slowly resumes some of its former faculties...but, like with a stroke patient...it's just not the same as it was before. PLEASE GIVE ME BACK VERSION 5! I WILL PAY YOU FOR A VERSION 5 THAT DOESN'T UPGRADE!!! IS THIS THE SCAM? ARE YOU GOING TO BE RELEASING PENULTIMATE "CLASSIC" FOR $49.95? IF YOU DO, I'LL BUY IT!!! THEN LEAVE ME ALONE FOREVER AFTER!!! I wasn't this mad at Microsoft after the whole "Vista" debacle. At least I got to hold on to XP without them FORCING me to upgrade...
  2. In re: the "new" version of Penultimate: DAMMIT!! SCROLLING SUCKS!! WHERE ARE MY PAGE TURNS??? BRING BACK PAGE TURNING!!! Okay, so I have this "new" version of the horrible revision and it's like watching evolution. You HAD IT RIGHT BEFORE!! Now I have to watch you figure out the RIGHT way to do it is the way you already had it BEFORE?? Oh, boy....so now I have some thumbnails...not as many visible as before, but some thumbnails. That's a step in the right direction. BUT I STILL CAN NOT TURN PAGES!! I HATE SCROLLING!! I want to be able to turn pages. The scrolling is sluggish, hard to initiate and, as an analogous way of doing things IT IS STUPID! PEOPLE DON'T SCROLL THROUGH PAGES IN BOOKS, MAGAZINES OR NOTES. THEY TURN PAGES!! I have really, really tried to be patient with this moronic behavior, but I've about had it. DO SOME USABILITY STUDIES!!! ASK SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY USES YOUR PRODUCT WHAT THEY LIKE ABOUT IT!! They are going to tell you THUMBNAILS AND PAGE TURNS!! THEY WORK! BRING THEM BACK! I've about had it...so "Noteshelf", eh?
  3. I've made numerous comments about this situation under the topic "Penultimate Notebooks Ruined!" The new update is horrible. It did ruin what was an outstanding and easy-to-use product. The "scroll" paper feed analogy is incredibly inept and a usability nightmare. They obviously don't use their own product. Other users have suggested "Noteshelf" as a place to go for notetaking software. I'm hoping my $75 worth of "Jotter Stylus" works with Noteshelf. Losing 22 notebooks full of client data is causing me to have ulcers. Hopefully Noteshelf can import old Penultimate notebooks. I'd love to stay with Penultimate, but this current version is completely unusable to me and I have work to do. I can't wait around for Penultimate to fix this incredible blunder. Is Evernote publicly traded? Their stock price has surely tanked based on this idiocy.
  4. I spent an hour or so last night working with this new version. I thought maybe I just needed some time to figure it out and maybe it's not as bad as I thought from my first impressions. I was wrong. It's bad...it is SOOOOO BAD! The paper feed analogy in this new version, which used to be so perfect as a group of notebooks, is now seemingly a scroll. A SCROLL! We got rid of scrolls as a means for containing documents hundreds of years ago in favor of pages and bound books. We got rid of scrolls for a very good reason. Scrolls are awful! Whatever note document you have from the previous version, no matter how many dozens of pages it might be, is now one long continuous scroll. If you want to find something from a year ago, the only method I could find to get to that entry is SCROLLING. That is NUTS! And it's not a fast, fluid continuous scroll. It is a jerky, uncertain, hesitant scroll. The "two finger" scrolling method is slipshod and does not always react. I'm running this on a very up-to-date iPad Air. Even if it were a good scroll...it's still a SCROLL! WE NEED PAGES!! AND THUMBNAILS!! Is ANYTHING good about this new version? MAYBE the zoom window for the Jotter Stylus. (yes, I am such a dupe that I spent the $75 on the Jotter for use with this program which used to be good and valuable but is now ruined). I like the placement of the window and the fact that I can see how what I'm writing is fitting on the whole page. I do NOT like the fact that the side-to-side scrolling is a continuous speed. The old "Zoom in" approach would respond to how much you were writing and how fast. If you stopped writing (waiting on a speaker or a new point to put down) the sideways scrolling would stop. This new one just keeps going. I guess you're supposed to push the "pause" button. That's annoying! Also, why would you put both the pause button and the "new line" button to the LEFT side of the paper? USABILITY PEOPLE!! TRY DOING A LITTLE TESTING SOMETIME!! It would take a single user just a couple of minutes of working with this to tell you to put the new-line button back over on the right hand side of the paper so it's at the spot where you can easily tap it with the stylus. I should mention, I do like the highlighter. I also like the visible area at the tip of the eraser. I noticed the visible erase area was added into an interim version before this jump to the awful version. Keep that, it is very helpful when you are trying to erase something in a line. GO BACK TO PAGES. GO BACK TO THUMBNAILS. GO BACK TO NOTEBOOKS. Why do software designers somehow constantly believe that "updates" or changes are always necessary? Sometimes it is just RIGHT. It doesn't need tweaking or re-designing or "interface enhancements". Don't mess with it! The mouse trap was working. Leave it alone and let us all get back to work!
  5. I would love to have a locked version of the old Penultimate that can't be updated. The update happened without my knowledge. You even changed the icon so drastically on this new one I could barely find it. I want the old Penultimate and I want it in a locked, permanent version so you can't touch it. You're not just messing with a little app here...this affects my job, my livelihood and my ability to be effective in the marketplace. When I converted over to note taking in Penultimate, it was a complete change of process for me. I used to carry three ring binders into client meetings. All of the data that used to be contained in those three-ring binders was converted over to notebooks within Penultimate. This current update has rendered all that data useless to me. This is analogous to giving a carpenter unusable tools without letting him know he's losing the items he relies on to do his job. Give me back my hammer!!
  6. Did anyone on the re-design team actually ask anyone who uses Penultimate how they use it before making these changes? Every time I start a new meeting note, I write the date at the top of the page a little larger and I underline it in red. That way, when I have to go back and reference something, the new meeting dates are easy to pick out from the thumbnails. Now you're telling me that I have to SCROLL THROUGH EIGHTY PAGES to see something from a meeting dated a year ago??!! Are you INSANE? Don't give me thumbnails, allow me to figure out the most effective way to use the thumbnails and then TAKE THEM AWAY!! What is wrong with you??
  7. I have 22 notebooks, each on a different client with more than a year of meeting notes and data in each. That's 22 years of meeting notes and I CAN'T SEE ANY OF IT!! Where are my pages?? Where are my notebooks? How do I view data?? THIS IS HORRIBLE!! I never would have EVER gotten involved with any of this if I had known that at some point you were going to pull the rug out from under me like this. I looked like an idiot in the first meeting where I opened this new version. I had no warning and COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING!!!
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