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Paper by FiftyThree - Draw, Sketch, Create Notes and Ideas

By FiftyThree, Inc.

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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 award winner

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, chart your progress, or outline a great business plan. Paper is the essential digital notebook that works the way you think, with no fussy settings or distractions. In addition to its five original tools to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline, and Color, Paper also includes Think Kit, allowing you to create diagrams, charts, and wireframes at the speed of thought. Paper’s tools, along with unlimited, secure, cloud backup are all offered for free with no in-app purchases.

“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.

Once you’ve had a chance to try Paper, we’d be grateful if you’d leave us a review in the App Store! A good review helps us more than you probably imagine, and we read and often talk about every one of them.

What's New in Version 2.6.0

We've lined up some great changes to line drawing in Think Kit:
- Snappier new connectors
- Lines inside shapes connect more perfectly with boundaries, making it easier to subdivide shapes.
- Lines close to the outsides shapes stay separate from shapes, making detailed graphing easier.
- Flow charts are easier to make with connectors that align vertically or horizontally to shapes.

Once you’ve had a chance to try Think Kit, we’d be grateful if you’d leave us a review in the App Store! A good review helps us more than you probably imagine, and now that reviews go into our Slack channel, we read and often talk about every one of them.

Other fixes:
- We've fixed some bugs in the Pencil firmware upgrade. If you've been having trouble connecting or upgrading, please upgrade your Pencil's firmware in this release.

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Customer Reviews

App keeps improving

ETA August 2015
Really impressed with the development that this app has undergone.
Caved and bought the stylus, and must say I love it.
Keep up the great work.

2nd Review Nov 2013

It seems we received an update containing nothing more than advertisements for their proprietary stylus, which isn't even available in my country!
Doesn't play nicely with Adonit Jot pro.
53 have become greedy!! Never mind, lots of other drawing apps and stylii to choose from.

First Review
This is an aesthetically promising app, but is lacking in finer details.
For instance, I like the pressure sensitive responsiveness, but it seems counter-intuitive: when I go to draw a stroke that is bolder and thicker at one end, and tapered at the other, the thicker end ends up where I've actually lightened my touch, while the tapered part of the stroke appears where I have touched more firmly. Hope this makes sense.
I also feel that the app is a little over-priced. Beautiful, but needs refinement and richer features to justify the price. and speaking of price, the pricing structure is a deterrent. People are tired of in-app purchases. Just design a brilliant app and people will be happy to pay.
Keep up the great work.
Edited: thanks for the update. Export to camera roll is nice, but PDF would be better. Look forward to more updates, thanks guys. (update: May 31 - done! Thanks guys, you get an extra star).

A very nice app

Great app for drawing and sketching, love the smart shapes tool. All the tools are great. I think he way you zoom and unzoom needs work, i found it a bit difficult and annoying. Id also like an easier way to write and a type tool would be a great addition to compensate for the fact that hand writing neatly on a tablet is near impossible. Other than that its my favourite drawing app.


I brought this offering and all the addon tools and colors etc previously and had for necessity uninstalled it for awhile. Going back to the app it is asking me to logon??. Why am I logging on and to what end? I already own the app!. Another beautiful product ruined!. "If it ain't broke don't fix it"!

Paper by FiftyThree - Draw, Sketch, Create Notes and Ideas
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.6.0
  • Size: 70.8 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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