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    Ultimate Pen Alternatives

    Ultimate Pen is described as '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' and is a Digital Painting Tool in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Ultimate Pen for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Python. The best alternative is Gromit-MPX, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Ultimate Pen are Epic Pen (Freemium), Pylote (Free), Ardesia (Free, Open Source) and Pointofix (Free).

    This page was last updated May 14, 2022
    • Mac
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    1. Gromit-MPX is an on-screen annotation tool that works with any Unix desktop environment under X11 as well as Wayland.
    2. Intuitive desktop overlay and screen marker that lets you write and draw over other desktop apps.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Python
      Pylote is a software making it possible to draw on the screen of the computer, like handling various instruments of geometry.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      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.


      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.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Every screen content can be made available as a digital drawing area so that you can mark and highlight important things. Thus Pointofix is ideal for you as a teacher or IT trainer to support your lectures, training courses and presentations.
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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.
    4. This app allows you live drawing and taking notes over desktop applications. There are also tools for screen recording and making screenshots. It is great tool for creating presentations, tutorials, manuals, animations, video or streaming.
    5. 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.
    6. Quick and useful way to demonstrate something on the screen by drawing.
    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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