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Paper by FiftyThree

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“Ideal for jotting down notes, sketches, or your next big idea, this phenomenal app sets a new standard” - Apple App of the Year 2012

Used by more than 13 million people worldwide, Paper turns your iPad into a digital notebook, with everything you need to bring your ideas to life. Best of all, Paper is now completely free.

“App of the Year & Apple Design Award Winner”

Sketch out a new product design, draft a kitchen remodel or outline a great business plan. Paper is the essential digital notebook that works the way you think, with no fussy settings or distractions. Paper’s five beautiful tools to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline, and Color, are now completely free. Paper includes unlimited, free, cloud backup of all your journals when you sign up for a FiftyThree account.

“The Best iPad Stylus” — Wired and The Verge

Express your creativity more naturally with Pencil—FiftyThree’s handcrafted Bluetooth Smart stylus. Pencil’s unique Surface Pressure technology allows you to use Pencil’s tapered shape to fluidly control the width and strength of lines. You can also flip to erase, blend with your finger, and rest your hand comfortably on the screen with world-class palm rejection.

“People are at their best when they create.”

You don’t need to be an artist, or even know how to draw to be creative and use Mix, the sharing network built right into Paper. Mix takes away what’s scary about facing the blank page and leaves you with a fun place to get inspired and share your ideas. Find the perfect template for a task, learn a new skill, or make new connections with collaborators around the world. Mix is where the world creates together.

What's New in Version 2.4.1

Free, Secure, Private Cloud Backup
One of your most requested features is here. Paper now includes free, automatic, secure backup of all your journals when you sign in to your FiftyThree account. Backups are completely private, with enterprise-grade security that can only be viewed by you. Restore work that accidentally gets lost or deleted, and set up new iPads with your backed-up journals. Work safely and never lose an idea.

Activity Center
See who’s remixing or starring ideas you shared to Mix, and following you in the activity center. The activity center makes it much easier to keep up with what’s happening on Mix and connect with others.

Pogo No More
Our Pogo Connect users are dwindling, and the number has unfortunately reached the point where we had to make the tough decision not to spend additional time supporting it. If you’re a current Pogo user, we apologize; please contact us at

Bug Fixes
Lots of ‘em!

If you enjoy the new features, we’d love it if you would stop by and give us a rating in the app store. It’s actually an enormous help, and your comments now get piped into our Slack channel so we read every single one of them. Thanks for your support!

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Customer Reviews

Finally some backup

ok I have blamed the app a lot lately for the missing backup.
Now it’s there, so I can finally trust it a little more.

I removed one star because they are still very microsoft-ish: trying to lock you into their services or hardware.

I want to be able to use dropbox, not a private cloud where I can’t see what’s going on. I want to be able to use other stylus, not only the Pencil. I wouldn’t mind, if it was a good stylus, but it’s not. Barely doing more than a dumb one, I actually went back to my wacom dumb stylus instead. The tip doesn’t get destroyed after few drawings. Pencil is the most expensive stylus to own ever. And the problem is widespread if you check artist’s on tumblr.

Doesn’t remove anything to the quality of the App, just disappointing to have this kind of behavior in 2015.

Incredible intuitive experience!

I have not yet gotten the stylus but I can already feel the breadth and depth of the potential of this app. By no means an artist, I downloaded Paper because of the familiar format of the small, tidy notebooks that I used to carry around back in the analog days. My four and six year olds vaulted up the learning curve and were soon turning out wonderful little books. Very, very pleased!

Love the app...

Thank you for the back up feature! The Mix activity center is interesting and appreciated. My suggestion is to make it possible to turn off all the recommended pictures that show up in my Mix stream. There are so many (and many are not interesting or well done) that it makes it frustrating to view.

Paper by FiftyThree
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.4.1
  • Size: 75.3 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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