Pylote Alternatives

    Pylote is described as 'software making it possible to draw on the screen of the computer, like handling various instruments of geometry'. There are eight alternatives to Pylote for Windows, Mac, Linux and Ubuntu. The best alternative is Gromit-MPX, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Pylote are Epic Pen (Freemium), Ardesia (Free, Open Source), Crealesson (Free Personal) and Ultimate Pen (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 11, 2021

    1. Gromit-MPX is an on-screen annotation tool that works with any Unix desktop environment under X11 as well as Wayland.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Intuitive desktop overlay and screen marker that lets you write and draw over other desktop apps.

    2. Ardesia is an usefull software for use your desktop as a Sketchpad. You can write, markup and erase, also, of course, you can use your desktop as normal desktop. Also you can record your desktop. Excellent for teachers, and tutors.


      According to website, no new version since 2012, latest issue reported was 2015.
      Just tested in Ubuntu 18.04, doesn't work. Was also reported to not work in Ubuntu 14.04.

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    3. Multiboard Draw On Screen, Marker, Mouse & Keyboard On Screen Display. All inclusive Kit for video tutors, Youtubers, Digital Video Teachers, Educators serving for Kindergartens, Universities. A must be app for digital teachers.
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    4. Ultimate Pen is a software only solution which creates a full screen, transparent window, allowing you to draw on top of most applications. Think of Ultimate Pen as an incredibly easy way to doodle on your computer screen.
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    5. FlySketch from Flying allows you to draw on top of any program which can't draw itself.
    6. Desktop Board allow`s you to draw on your desktop. Just click Turn On and you are ready to draw. It`s the perfect app to do sketches or you can leave your kids to have some fun drawing.
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    7. Front Sketch simulates a glass sketchpad above your computer desktop. You can virtually draw, write, mark, capture on your desktop during run-time. The flexible floating toolbar is in a vertical position.
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