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Paper - Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree

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.

What's New in Version 3.1.1

This build brings some major bug fixes, search capability, and more export and text features.

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

Need help or want to send us feedback? Please contact us at We can’t respond to App Store reviews so please email if something seems broken.

Visit us at to learn more about the recent changes to Paper.


- Find your notes with iOS 9 Spotlight Search - only in iOS 9.
- Export to Microsoft OneNote. It even keeps your checklists.
- Undo/redo for text. Pretty happy that works now.
- New tips video for the Rewind gesture.
- Bug fixes (auto-save text, text formatting and login issues).


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Customer Reviews

Still In Essence what It Was

I have used this app for a year or two, and I can easily say that it has been wonderful. This new update brings a lot of stuff that I like, and some that I don't. To begin with it seems a little like that the feeling is gone, the app is still wonderful but it feels more like a business now, and a lot less personal. I loved it because it was just a beautiful little app that didn't have everything but had enough to do anything. And I still do love it, it has so much potential.
I don't understand why so many people dislike it, but I think things will calm down when people get used to it. And I love the 53 team's attention to us reviewers, they really do listen guys, so give them some slack and time to figure things out. Don't worry, they will. So don't ruin their star status because of one mistake.

I just wish that it was still paper. This app was like holding a paper and drawing, now it feels like an app. What it was before was perfect and should probably never have been changed. Nobody wants more productivity from this app, they want Paper. None of us wanted to be able to keep notes or take pictures, we wanted to draw, that's it. That's what made this special and innovative, it was simple and it did well and doing little. I would have been happy without there ever being an update at all, sorry guys but keep up the work.

Used to be great, now it's not

Well, FiftyThree claims over a million downloads, but most of those were updates to the old iPad version, and they have decided to sideline their iPad users in favor of the many more iPhone users out there. So let's look at this app as a iPhone competitor for other notes apps, which is how they are positioning themselves now. They even intend to introduce a subscription to their features at some point, because we definitely need another subscription notes app. I have a project that should be perfect for this app, and I own a Pencil and always loved this app, so I tried it for a few weeks. My verdict? As an iPhone app, it is shiny and gimmicky, but obviously still a work-in-progress, and iPhone users don't have memory space to waste on stuff like that.

Immediately I am turned off by the need to sign up to use backup (they backed off from the need to have an account just to use the app in v3.0), I already pay for iCloud, and I like to stick to one custodian for all of my cloud storage, one that will not try to monetize geotags on my photos and so on. Lack of sync with iPad, and no app for Mac. Limited capabilities to view and display your pages full screen in the app without opening the keyboard or other edit interface, and other little quirks and complications.

All the hype about a million downloads aside, this is far from the best notes app for iPhone.

Terrible Update

You were unique. You were original. You did something no one else did. You brought out the creative side of people who used the app. I started drawing again after 15 year break because this was so cool and easy to use. I use to get on the blog every day to see people's creations by hand. Now you are just like the thousand other apps out there that can scribble on scraps of paper and add pictures. I use to love the thought of creating my own artbook and sending to moleskin for a hard copy and showing my friends and family. This update stinks. If you don't listen to your fans you will lose your customers. Maybe you think that losing customers is not a big deal as long as you have enough new ones. I hate this app now, it feels disorganized and cheap in comparison. This will get lost in the sea of note taking apps. I don't even usually leave reviews but I had to add my voice that this needs to be changed. Swallow your pride and fix the app and send out an apology or make two apps, one for the art creators and one for the scrappers. Do the right thing, bring back journals and make a mix and blog for art only verses creations with photos. Bring back the swipe to rewind. Restore peace to your fan base.

Paper - Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1.1
  • Size: 88.4 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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