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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 2.5.2

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

Great application for non-artists too

I downloaded this app. a while ago but recently started to use it regularly. Thinking it was mainly for serious artists only, I tended to pick other note taking options. When I took the time to learn how to use Paper53, I changed my mind. First, it is easy to learn. I am becoming better at sketching, but what I really like is the diagram capabilities. Think Kit has given me the capability to present a thought or idea quickly. I use the program mainly for capturing ideas and sending them to my notes (Evernote) and my daily journal (Day One). i can write out my thoughts in Paper, but usually I draw a mind map or other form of visual thinking. Colors can easily be added to my work. The Pencil stylus was key to my adopting Paper as my regular notetaker. I have generally been unhappy with the many styli that I have tried. Pencil works easily with Paper and has a great tactical feel. I now use this program and stylus several times per day and love them!

Use this everyday

I am not a professional designer or artist but do draw out processes for systems I work on as well as draw for fun. The thought and detail that go into this tool is evident to me after trying many tools. I do admit it could take a while for some users to get that due to the simplicity....the limited, yet perfect, set of tools are all you need. Better to perfect than to throw everything at users like others apps. I always found myself coming back to paper as my drawings always look better here. Since it's only me doing the drawings, I know it is the tool!, the new features also make this quite useful for more business users.

Love the app...

Love the think kit! Works fantastic and makes this app even more fun and useful than before!

I like Mix, but I would appreciate more control over what I see in my stream. It is more often than not filled with remixes from people I do not follow with the tag recommended.

I would love it if the blur with finger setting was quicker to access. I have to turn it off and on because it doesn't always behave like it should, so it would be great to be able to do that more simply.

Paper by FiftyThree
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  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 2.5.2
  • Size: 70.6 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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