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Ultimate Pen allows you to draw anything on top of any application. It is most useful when working with presentation software allowing you to add notes, make comments, and add illustrations on the screen. It can also be used with a group when brain storming or working out the kinks in that new project.

What's New

Version 1.6:


  • Can use keyboard to adjust width of drawing tools and opacity of drawing tools.
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed Desktop Drawing mode on OS X 10.7.


Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Gallerand S. Member IconComment+0
Gallerand S.

You could also try Scriboard 1.5.0 which can draw over powerpoint presentation even with a second monitor and also can draw over floating palettes and menu bar !

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview

I just evaluated Desktastic, Ultimate Pen and Deskdoodle. If you're considering products like this, make sure you check out Deskdoodle too. Not only is it cheaper, I thought it was better than the other two for my purposes (quick screenshots of project notes).

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Version 1.2.2
Phillryu Member IconComment+1

I'm on a PC right now so I can't review this, but I'd just like to point out that yeah, Powerpoint has a lot more features than Keynote, but we all know that one is bloated, and the other is not. I'm not suggesting that this is bloated, just saying that a feature comparison chart isnt' all that matters.

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Version 1.1.1
Anonymous Member Icon

Our product comparison chart isn't meant to show that one product is better than another. It's meant to show the differences between the products. If you don't need the additional features of one product or the other, this chart will help you decide that.

We've had LOTS (and I do mean LOTS) of people ask what the difference is between Ultimate Pen and Desktastic. Having the chart on the web saves us quite a bit of time on sales/tech support.

I guess this just goes to show that we can't satisfy everybody at the same time. If you have any ideas about how to make our web site better, please send them to us at info@snowmintcs.com or support@snowmintcs.com.

Anonymous Member IconReview

Since everybody keeps asking us about the differences between Ultimate Pen and Desktastic, we decided to post a web page with a chart showing the features of each.

You can view it at

Snowmint Creative Solutions LLC

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Version 1.1
mrandre Member IconReview+0

Hotkey to show/hide. That's your killer feature. Awesome.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview

I think Ultimate Pen is a solid and incredibly useful application. I really enjoy being able to press a hotkey and then start drawing anywhere on the screen. I teach animation for a living, and when I'm doing lectures and reviewing student work on screen, it is incredibly handy to be able to markup the drawings and animations as I go. If a student wants a copy of the notes, I just save off the images and then email them the files.

Sure, Desktastic has been out for a year, but there have been no updates for quite some time (I've owned and used it since it was released). I think Desktastic is a great application, but Ultimate Pen has those extra few refinements that make it a better application right now. Customizable system-wide hotkey to activate and deactivate drawing mode, keyboard shortcuts for tools, hiding/showing the tool palette as needed, and user-adjustable tablet settings. Small things, but when you're using it almost everyday, these things do add up.

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Version 1.0.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

I would say "cool app" but since it's been over a year since Panic released DeskTastic, all I can say is "Unoriginal Ripoff".

Creative Solutions my butt.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 14,164
Version Downloads 1,284
License Shareware
Date 07 Oct 2011
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $19.95
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