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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.

What's New in Version 2.5.3

Think Kit is here! Now Paper gives you the power to create diagrams, charts, and wireframes at the speed of thought. Think Kit adds three new tools—Diagram, Cut, and Fill. Powered by the Intention Engine™, Think Kit helps you quickly create powerful, personable graphics to express any idea, and continue seamlessly into your favorite presentation app.

Create flow diagrams, org charts, axis lines, and wireframes. Diagram is a smart pen that transforms circles, rectangles, and triangles into corrected “smart shapes” that you can easily fill and arrange. You can also draw straight lines and connectors between smart shapes.

Add color to your ideas. Quickly create freeform color fills for trend lines and pie charts, or tap on a smart shape to fill it.

Rearrange shapes and create patterns. Select anything and move it with the Cut tool. Tap with selected objects to copy.

The Think Kit tools live just to the left of the tools you’ve come to know and love, and you can get back and forth by swiping sideways on the tool tray.

Connected to your workflow
To go along with the release of Think Kit, we’ve also redesigned Paper’s sharing functionality. Now you can create beautiful, custom formatted presentations that open in your favorite apps, including PowerPoint and Keynote, and save to Dropbox and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Try it out!
Think Kit’s Intention Engine™ is based on years of research by FiftyThree, but we’re including the entire Think Kit toolset for free in this version of Paper. Think Kit works best with Pencil, our award-winning Bluetooth stylus. Get one today at

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 Improvements
Lots of bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Customer Reviews

Fix this please :(

This app is wonderful and basically the best but it crashes a lot constantly. It gets very frustrating when that's the only thing running and it still crashes. I don't know if this has happened to anyone else but sometimes I can't even click on a page before it crashes or switch journals. Sometimes I do something very small like just going in and adding a new page to a journal and it crashes so I have to keep doing it over and over until if finally doesn't crash and saves the page and can start getting some things done in the app. Also as expected when things crash sometimes the last thing you did doesn't go through/save (in this case something like a brush stroke) so this just adds to my frustration when I've just done something very small and tedious. I really do love the app but recently I've become very displeased with this.

Blending and size and opacity settings

I have an iPad 2 and the Pencil but as you know the iPad's technology isn't up to date enough for compatibility with the Pencil. But I decided to keep my Pencil because it is a great stylus and maybe one day I will update my iPad. The blending feature is only available if you own a pencil and an iPad that is newer. So maybe create a blending tool that is an in app purchase and create a way to change the sizes of each tool like maybe double tap on the tool and have a slider for how many pixels large and a slider for opacity. I get that the size gets bigger the faster you draw and smaller through the zoom button. Also please don't leave out older iPads in your updates. All of these things are needed in a good drawing app!

Great at what it does

Well designed interface,Works well for quick ideas, that's about it for me. If you browse their galleries you will see some artists that have managed to work around its (intentional) limitations and produce some really nice digital paintings. Personally I always get to a point where I wish I could transform a portion of my painting, put something on another layer, etc. I tend to use Procreate most of the time these days. I don't find its settings all that complicated that I need something simpler.

I give it 5 stars because it does a great job at what it set out to do.

Paper by FiftyThree
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5.3
  • Size: 70.7 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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