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Paper by FiftyThree

By FiftyThree, Inc.

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Paper® is the immersive sketching app for capturing ideas anywhere. Over 25 million people have found their personal creative space in Paper—handwriting notes, drafting, diagramming, sketching, and giving form to their vision.

Sketch, draw, diagram, color, write notes: No matter what the inspiration, you can get it down on Paper. Capture your ideas in beautiful, 3D Journals that keep you focused and in your creative flow. Fast, gesture-based navigation makes it easy and natural to use Paper. Easily move your ideas into Paste, our app for creative teams.

Every tool tuned to perfection: draw, sketch, outline, write, color, diagram, cut, fill, and mix. Auto-correction snaps rough drawings to straight lines and crisp shapes for quickly drafting architectures and diagrams. Drop in templates like grid, lines, and storyboard to help structure your ideas.

Paper’s simple, quiet interface and gestural navigation offer you space to create without the distraction of controls and sliders. Pencil and touch superpowers let you draw, cut, and move without switching modes. Drag to easily rearrange pages, group notes with sketches, annotate photos, even "undo" with a gesture and stay in the flow.

Arrange your personal set of Journals with beautiful covers to customize your creative space. Expand your pages to view them as a grid for easy organization.

Take your creativity to the next level. Get additional tools and features by subscribing to Paper Pro. Subscription is optional, and you can cancel anytime. To subscribe, visit the Paper Pro section in the Settings menu.

Paper Pro is an optional renewing 6-month subscription. You can cancel at any time.

* Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account once you confirm the purchase.
* Your subscription will automatically renew within 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period. To opt out, you must turn off the auto-renew at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
* Manage changes to your subscription in the iTunes Account Settings.
* Any unused portion of a free trial will be forfeited when you purchase a Paper Pro subscription.

Love Paper? Please leave 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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What's New in Version 4.0.4

4.04 contains these fixes:
- Paper would always reset to the first color palette. Now Paper keeps your palette in place.
- Tapping on the canvas would sometimes cause a Cut action. All fixed. Now your taps are just taps.
- Tap-to-fill and tap-to-cut Smart Shapes was unreliable, especially when using Apple Pencil. Both of those actions are easier now.
- Tossing a cut region to delete it is a fast and fun way to delete things. Now you can do it even if you're zoomed in.
- When using a stylus, if your finger was set to Draw, Paper would blend instead. We fixed that.
- Check out our updated support site:

- Journal list view and search: Quickly jump to any journal, even if you've got a few hundred of them. (All users)
- Custom imported cover images: Add your own image to any journal cover. (All users)
- Scale, rotate, and move imported images. (All users)
- Reorder Journals (All users)
- Multi-select in Grid View w/ delete, export, duplicate and rotate actions (All users)
- Zoom dot grid (All users)

Paper 4.0 is entirely rebuilt, reworked with SceneKit to be even more beautifully simple.
* An all-new look and feel for Paper
* Arrange sketches and notes into 3D journal view: a personal set of notebooks
* Group notes with sketches and annotate your photos
* Beautiful covers to customize your workspace
* Your notebooks transform into grids for easy organization
* Support for Split View and all device orientations
* Optimized for iPhone X, all iPad Pro, and Apple Pencil
* Paper Patron is now Paper Pro
* Works with Paste for building stories with your team


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Customer Reviews

Bad Update

EDIT: I have used paper for a few years now to organize my meeting notes. I do not like the last update. I can’t figure out how to reorder the Journals. The gigantic journal images add nothing to the experience, and makes it cumbersome to navigate. The pay-for subscription pro features don’t add any value at all other than useless aesthetics. I’m used to looking for controls where they use to be and they are just not as easy to use now. I really liked the app before because it was simple and useful. I am thankful for the app that it used to be, but unfortunately, this just does not work for me anymore. I’m going to have to switch to Notability or OneNote.

ORIGINAL: I use it on my iPad Pro to keep notes throughout the day and during meetings. I also use it to create flow diagrams and network topology diagrams. It's super-useful to whiteboard during WeEx meetings (use QuickTime to share the iPad screen content).
I tried a few other apps (including OneNote) and like this the App best for the purposes I listed above. It's handy to organize by grids. I also have it on my iPhone so I can refer to notes etc taken earlier if I don't have my iPad with me. I made a vow not to have any paper notepads anymore after I got this app. Now notes are never misplaced. Saves paper clutter, too. Apps like this are justification to purchase an iPad Pro. Great app.

Latest update makes it less usable

I used to use this app for most of my doodles but the latest update has introduced changes to the UI that make it difficult to use. Examples: undo/redo moved from being in the tool drawer with all your other tools to the far removed upper right corner, and shrunk in size, making it harder and take longer to tap on. Inside a book you can now only see a single illustration at a time instead of thumbnails of all of them, making it tedious and irritating to find a drawing in a book with many drawings. Loading a drawing did not go into edit mode unless you tapped the edit icon but now loading a drawing always makes it immediately editable with no button for display only?! The movement of the color palette from a grid on the right to a single row of smaller icons across the top is also not a good change.

53, please make the app better with updates, not worse.

Hey its back!!!

After years of original paper users complaining about the “improved” format, they’ve brought back the Journal format. I’m happy about this and I don’t mind paying the $5.99/6 months fee. Developers gotta eat too and if it means that this app continues to be supported that I’m fine with that. I see that they have a new app called Paste. Haven’t checked it out but it looks like more of a “business” app. I started using Paper many years ago because it was the most natural app for a creative type. I’m glad it’s back and will be using it once again. Thanks for listening.

Paper by FiftyThree
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.0.4
  • Size: 103 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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