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Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

By FiftyThree, Inc.


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When inspiration happens, put it on Paper. Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. Create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams with unbeatable speed and ease — Paper is like a wall of sticky notes for everything that inspires you.

Paper’s swipe-to-style formatting makes creating checklists and notes faster and more fun than any other app. The photo spotlight tool helps you quickly clarify essential details.

Bring text, photos, and sketches together. Keep your ideas organized, and see everything in one place to make connections you can’t see in siloed lists.

Paper’s unique visual notes are designed to help you get your point across quickly and precisely. Paper also lets you share your ideas any way you want to, including as professionally-formatted PDFs, Keynote and Powerpoint presentations.

The original iPad version of Paper is a winner of Apple’s App of the Year and is used by millions around the world. The Universal version adds support for iPhone, in addition to text, photos, and sketching, all beautifully designed for touch. Paper is completely free with no in-app purchases.

What's New in Version 3.6.4

This update to Paper makes zooming more reliable, fixes a few bugs, and is compatible with iOS 10.

Love Paper? Please give us 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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Customer Reviews

No sync across devices, no Mac app? No thanks

This is not the award-winning version of this app, they ditched that one a year ago and have been struggling to make a notes app that actually makes sense. This version misses the mark by a long shot. The UI is not intuitive, and many features that used to work quite smoothly are now glitchy or hard to find. The great art tools are still great, but Paper is trying too hard to be all things at once.

The app is supposed to be universal, but it does not sync between iPhone and iPad, and there is no app for Mac. That makes it less than practical or useful as a notes app. You cannot switch to portrait mode on iPad, which is frustrating to say the least. The frequent tweaks and updates seem all about coming up with new names for notes and notebooks, and new configurations for menus, and not much else. I still miss the old version of this app.

Use it every day- It's great!

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.

Why didn't you make a separate app?

I'm going to come right out and say I can't bring myself to use Paper anymore. Before the horrible update in September 2015, this app was focused, deliberate, and focused on a specific audience: artists. I get wanting to increase your reach, but your reach lost people like me. The design, the flow, the simplicity of the interface: gone. For the few years this app was what it used to be, I was using it for hours on end; it made me realize I could still draw!

But that update took that away. Which leaves me to wonder: if you wanted to make your app focused on productivity oriented audiences, why didn't you just split the app in two? One for artists and one for...whoever this new group of people are. Yet another reason I'm done using apps in general; perpetual updates cannot guarantee the app will remain the app I bought in 2012.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.6.4
  • Size: 123 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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