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Penbook Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Penbook

The nicest freehand writing experience on Windows 10
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 37 (58%) 27 (42%) 33 comments

Penbook was available as a giveaway on March 10, 2018!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$49.99
free today
Turn usual photographs into exquisite pencil-drawn pictures.

Penbook is the nicest freehand writing experience on Windows 10. Take notes, plan your day (or year), draw a sketch, or do your math homework. Penbook includes dozens of kinds of stationary, from graph paper to sheet music. You can even import your own photos or PDFs to write on. Keep your work organized with beautiful, customizable notebook covers. Create in portrait or landscape mode, and share and export your work with just a few taps. Penbook was built for pens (but you can use your finger or a mouse, if you want), and includes support for Surface Dial.

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System Requirements:

Windows 10 (x64 & x86); Integrated Touch

Publisher:

User Camp

Homepage:

https://penbookapp.com/

File Size:

Price:

$9.99

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#17

Would not write on my laptop. Yes, it meets all requirements and is a touchscreen. Also just to get program was a chore, had to create a microsoft account. Wouldn't respond to my finger or my many different and yes active styli. Wouldn't recommend, sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by myharleycat  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

myharleycat, To get something from the store of Microsoft you have to have an account and I do NOT want that either, that is also a way to collect addresses.

Reply   |   Comment by Hadrianus  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#16

Windows 10 includes its own tool which is free of charge and will definitely do as much as Penbook can do.
Its called OneNote, kept up-to-date and includes a webclipper which supports Chrome, Edge and Firefox.
The fact that OneNote also runs under Android, iOS and Mac should convince everybody.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#15

Where does this install or download to on Windows 10? I can't find it even though it claims I've installed it already. Thanks ahead of time.

Reply   |   Comment by myharleycat  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#14

will not work on HP Pavilion M3 touchscreen .
The stylus that works with other programs will not draw or notate anything. Only the mouse works and that is too slow and useless for entering formulae.
Deleted from laptop after 10 minutes on non-use.

Reply   |   Comment by Bill  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#13

They want too much information. You have to have a Microsoft account to get this program. My daughter, a minor, tried to put this on her computer. We had to make her a microsoft account and link it to mine. Then it wants my credit card information to charge 50 cents before it would allow her to download it because she's a minor. I do not even use my credit card info on my own account, why would I do it now????? I don't give that information out. I have to let her use MY microsoft account on her computer so she can get this program. It also means that IF I want this on MY computer, I can't because they only allow one person per account to download it. I'm not sure if it's worth all this hassle for a "free" program.

Reply   |   Comment by Dayna  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

Dayna, I don't have to read any other comment.............You have to have a Micro$oft account, forget it.

Reply   |   Comment by reghakr  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Dayna, I installed on Windows 10 with only a local account. In fact, I downloaded from the Microsoft Store. NO additional info was requested or provided. I haven't yet found out how to write on either of my touchscreen computers with my finger. It says you can!

Reply   |   Comment by Old Guy  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

Why do i have to download the program from Microsoft store ? I would like to try the program but i already have one monthly headache and problem from microsoft why should i download another if it can be avoided and to get it you have to give your microsoft or skype email .Sorry i will just pass

Reply   |   Comment by james  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

Works poorly with Lenova Yoga (with stylus feature) Seems ok when using finger as stylus, but when using actual stylus creates random lines, delayed drawing, etc.

Reply   |   Comment by Richard  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

Richard,

A complete & total guess, you might try downloading & adding the wintab drivers for the surface:
microsoft[.]com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49498

Came across this after installing Krita [several versions back] on my tablet with I *think* the same type of pen the Yoga uses.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#10

This is also available free for the next five days via the Microsoft Store.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike M  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+50)
#9

Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 are S.O.L! Win 10 will never be on anything I own. I must admit, I do like User Camp's web-page. Anyway, thanks to GOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim C  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Jim C, Windows 10 is the best ever. Windows 8.0 & 8.1 were HORRIBLE

Reply   |   Comment by Jim B  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Great! I wonder if we can add/use custom fonts?

Reply   |   Comment by kokobin  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#7

ich habe ein Windows 10 - Notebook (HP) mit Touchscreen
Die Bedienelemente des Programmes kann ich via Touchscreen bedienen.

Innerhalb des Programmes zeichnen funktioniert aber nur mit der Maus...

Warum kann ich nicht via Touchscreen (z.B. mit dem Finger) zeichnen ?

Reply   |   Comment by joerg  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

joerg, I've found the same thing with a Dell laptop with touch screen. I can only draw with a mouse although I can use my finger for the control portion. On a Dell tablet much the same situation - I can use my finger for the controls but I can't use a stylus for writing/drawing although, if I recall correctly, Win10 stylus support ended with the Fall Creators Update.

Reply   |   Comment by StephenB  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

StephenB,

"if I recall correctly, Win10 stylus support ended with the Fall Creators Update."

FWIW everything I've seen points to increased use of the pen across win10 & it's apps & Office.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

joerg, Si.

Reply   |   Comment by Software Judge  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Hello again...

Ben from Penbook support offered this helpful suggestion: "Try pressing the 'finger' button in the toolbar, where the arrow points here: https://cl.ly/0G2F1Q3e1C2S This should allow you to draw with your finger." In my experience Penbook works much better when I use the "pad" of my finger rather than a fingernail. It works fine with both the Dell touch laptop and the Dell tablet although not with a stylus in the latter which, as mentioned, seems to have been removed from the Win10 Fall Creators Update but will hopefully be returned later this month in the Spring Creators update.

Reply   |   Comment by StephenB  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

for touchscreen devices only! , says the list of requirements.

Reply   |   Comment by martin repe  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#5

Hi, I remember so vividly when newly arriving WinXP let us see and feel beforehand what we would be missing if stuck with our '98s:), not to mention '95s.., lol. Well, it worked. If they did the same trick with Win10 and perhaps today's Gift could be 'tried' on it - at least we could better appreciate what Win10 users can do with it?? Joke, I'm happy with 7 for now, and fiddling enough with touch screen on my mob phone to relax properly when switching to laptop and working with mouse on static surface (btw, happen to have countless hand-written fonts, elegant or less so, but useful to make my works more 'authentic'), but that's my story, others might find this Giveaway appealing. So, yes, limited Offer, but hey!:)

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

Also works on computer without touch screen if you have a drawing pad with pen.
I have an UGEE drawing plate in A4 format and it works great with that.

Reply   |   Comment by Svend Östergaard  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#3

google translate do have handwriting feature, which recognizes and types. but as i do not have touch screen its hard to write via mouse or touchpad.

Reply   |   Comment by prashant fauzadar  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#2

Doesn`t this do the same thing as MS Paint (part of any Windows version) does?

Reply   |   Comment by Haris  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Haris,

If you use a pen, either with a pen-enabled touch screen or a drawing tablet [e.g. Wacom Intuos], you can use them in painting &/or image editing software rather than the mouse [I believe that was the original purpose of Wacom & similar tablets]. But there's also plenty of pen features built into win10 [MS calls it Ink], a few built into 7, & it's included in OneNote, where you get stuff like OCR of what you write. PenBook falls into that category, though without OCR from what I can tell looking at their site.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#1

Hi, Thnx for that Giveaway. Yet it seems to be useful for those who have touch screen. Am I correct? As otherwise don't understand how one can fully utilize on a NON touch screen.

Please advise,
Uri

Reply   |   Comment by Uri A.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Uri A: The text on this page is specific and unambiguous:

System requirements: Windows 10 (x64 & x86); Integrated Touch

So if someone is using anything other than Windows 10 on anything other than a device with a touch screen, then no: this giveaway is not for them.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

MikeR,
System requirements: Windows 10 (x64 & x86); Integrated Touch

Where does it say that???

Reply   |   Comment by Dragonrider  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Sorry, just seen it on the right, was looking in the description above... Doh!

Reply   |   Comment by Dragonrider  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Uri A., with a graphics tablet for example.

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Uri A.,

As MikeR posted, it's a store app so Win10 required. To get full or at least expected results with Penbook you also need a pen [active stylus], though as they say in their ad copy, you can use it with a regular touchscreen or mouse, touchpad etc. Note that not all touchscreens are created equal -- the average [read cheaper] touchscreen will not have the necessary resolution to be able to do stuff like write with your finger, and won't fare any better with a passive stylus you can buy to use with them.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
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