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Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

By FiftyThree, Inc.


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When inspiration happens, put it on Paper. Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. Create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease — Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything that inspires you.

Paper’s swipe-to-style formatting makes creating checklists and notes faster and more fun than any other app. The photo spotlight tool helps you quickly clarify essential details.

Bring text, photos, and sketches together. Keep your ideas organized, and see everything in one place to make connections you can’t see in siloed lists.

Paper’s unique visual notes are designed to help you get your point across quickly and precisely. Paper also lets you share your ideas any way you want to, including as professionally-formatted PDFs, Keynote and Powerpoint presentations.

The original iPad version of Paper is a winner of Apple’s App of the Year and is used by millions around the world. The Universal version adds support for iPhone, in addition to text, photos, and sketching, all beautifully designed for touch. Paper is completely free with no in-app purchases.

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What's New in Version 3.6.8

This release includes an exclusive feature for Paper Patron subscribers: Copy and paste a selected region from one page to any other page. We’ve also fixed a couple of bugs, including a Facebook sharing issue.

Copy and paste across pages is one of the top requested features from our recent surveys. This feature is now available for Paper Patron subscribers. Thanks for your support.

Paper is free to use. We don’t show ads, and we don't want to. If Paper is valuable to you, please consider becoming a Paper Patron. This is completely optional, and you can cancel your subscription any time. To subscribe, visit the Paper Patron section in the Settings menu.

Love Paper? Please give us a review! We read every comment, review, and tweet, and your thoughts and suggestions are taken into serious consideration as we continue to evolve Paper.

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Customer Reviews

Thanks for copy and paste...I guess.

To everyone complaining about the paywall: I've had too many important apps that I invested in die because they couldn't make any money. A one time app purchase isn't a sustainable business model. I've come to the point that I will only invest in an app if they have a subscription. On this point, Paper Patron is a relief. I gladly signed up to give one measly dollar per month for an app I use everyday.

To FiftyThree: I've been eagerly checking the AppStore for updates to Paper. Seeing how their last update was in December of 2016 (I think?), I expected something big was coming down the pipeline. Months of work and all we get is...copy and paste. There are like 20 people in their team photo on the About Me page. What are all those people doing?! Managing the social media accounts? 4 months and we get copy and paste. Meanwhile...what? Beats me.

I used this app for a series

I was able to make a series just with 53 Paper! The series is called "Johnny, Johnny & Johnny.". Usually when I go over my cousins' house, I take pictures and then finger-write speech bubbles with words. For example, I take a picture of one of the three Johnnys (or any other cousin of mine who lives there), and then I write something like... "Eggs are disgusting", and then I draw the speech bubble. Granted, it does crash for me sometimes (that's my fault because I can't control my iPad storage space because I'm a doofus), but it's still a great app nonetheless! Thanks, 53 Paper! If this app didn't exist, Johnny, Johnny, & Johnny wouldn't exist, and I would be depressed.

Just ok...

5 years later I'm much disappointed with the aimless direction this app took. Now added a paywall to make ends meet.

So much feels half-hearted attempts to dazzle. And I am half-heartedly dazzled, but this app never realized its potential.

I have switched to real paper and pencil. So much more versatile and not limited by apps or devices.

****orig review 2012****
Kind of Klunky but writing is good.
feels like not quite ready for prime time. Almost, but hoping for a killer first update, otherwise way overpriced as is. Needs a lot more than a nice story behind it.
Needs undo button, better memory, (I tried to rewind, but book closed. When I opened & finally rewound, would not rewind. )
Needs wrist rest. Uncomfortable to keep wrist off of iPad whole writing.
Needs zoom. Can't enlarge page to create detailed drawing.
Pen skips sometimes using Wacom bamboo stylus, but not really sure what is causing that.
I might buy the essential pack to support the devs, and keep my fingers crossed for further updates.
Has potential. Should reconsider pricing, though.
Are there more colors than on purchase screen?
There are so many other apps that work very well to draw with, this seems a bit anemic to charge so much.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 3.6.8
  • Size: 134 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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