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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

Backup almost working!

As much as I like Paper and use it daily for almost everything I wanted to like the addition of backup that came lately with the latest update. What is keeping of liking it is two things, as I have a lot of journals the app is like taking forever to backup them, and it doesn't give me an indication if it finished or not how much, any useful feedback on the process. nothing more than the spinning wheel. The other problem, I notice that the app now crashes!!? It just exits in the middle of singing it. This is so bad, I have been using this paper as early as it was released and frankly I can't remember ever that it crashed on me except with this update. I think this update and the backup feature requires some more attention and quick fixes to get up to the level and quality we used to get from the developer.

Pretty ok for IPad

This app has some nice features, and the interface is simple as well. Not really anything compared to some other more complex drawing apps out there, but Paper plays to the strength of the device it's on. An iPad can't compete with the likes of a professional drawing tablet, so having simple tools on a simple device works great. I even drew an illustration book for one of my art classes. Using the app for more than just concepts and doodles does show its weak points. Some improvements would be better file management, like uploading to iCloud Drive or Google instead of 53's own service, and a portrait mode; I had to keep rotating my images because I dared to draw not in landscape. 53's Pencil could also use more bug fixing.

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.

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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