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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.

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What's New in Version 3.6.8

This release includes an exclusive feature for Paper Patron subscribers: Copy and paste a selected region from one page to any other page. We’ve also fixed a couple of bugs, including a Facebook sharing issue.

Copy and paste across pages is one of the top requested features from our recent surveys. This feature is now available for Paper Patron subscribers. Thanks for your support.

Paper is free to use. We don’t show ads, and we don't want to. If Paper is valuable to you, please consider becoming a Paper Patron. This is completely optional, and you can cancel your subscription any time. To subscribe, visit the Paper Patron section in the Settings menu.

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

Patron? Not ready to commit to that.

Mission creep and abandonment of early, unique features that worked PERFECTLY remain a big problem. Although the previous update was a slight improvement, and got the app back from 1 to 3 stars for me, I still fault them for continuing to ignore their early adopters. I used to enjoy entering the app and just sketching, painting and doodling and putting together notebooks. I paid $7 or $8 for all of the tools while they were still charging for them. I didn't mind it when they went free a couple of months later. I even bought 2 Pencils, which are fun to use even though the erasers rarely work as intended.

If Fifty-Three is stuck on this business app idea, maybe they should consider something like a separate "Paper Classic" and revive the old notebooks and all of the other original caffeinated features. How hard could that be? I'd pay to be a patron of that.

UPDATE: I just saw that the good folks at 53 responded to my mixed review, saying that they are working on updates in response to thoughtful and constructive comments from users. I am looking forward to that, and I have bumped them up to 4 stars for responsiveness and for making me optimistic again!

Thanks for copy and paste...I guess.

To everyone complaining about the paywall: I've had too many important apps that I invested in die because they couldn't make any money. A one time app purchase isn't a sustainable business model. I've come to the point that I will only invest in an app if they have a subscription. On this point, Paper Patron is a relief. I gladly signed up to give one measly dollar per month for an app I use everyday.

To FiftyThree: I've been eagerly checking the AppStore for updates to Paper. Seeing how their last update was in December of 2016 (I think?), I expected something big was coming down the pipeline. Months of work and all we get is...copy and paste. There are like 20 people in their team photo on the About Me page. What are all those people doing?! Managing the social media accounts? 4 months and we get copy and paste. Meanwhile...what? Beats me.

Great app for everyday uses

I use this app to take all of my notes in, it's great that you can have little "folders" for different subjects and it works beautifully with the Apple Pencil. The other day I was writing on physical paper and I made a mistake and double tapped with two fingers to try and undo when I realized that I wasn't using my iPad. This is my most used app and I gladly pay $5.99 for 6 months to be a patron. I don't know what I'd do without it, having different colours and the watercolor brush help with my note taking and drawing complex diagrams in class, and the cut feature really helps my better organize my notes. Thanks 53 I love all of you!

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 3.6.8
  • Size: 134 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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