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Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Draw, Take Notes, Make Lists, Diagram and Wireframe

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 3.6.0

This update to Paper introduces a fast navigation sidebar for quickly searching and browsing between your work. We've improved the card preview to show your creations full screen so you can swipe between cards without accidentally marking them. This update also includes ink enhancements for Apple Pencil and a stylus settings option to use your finger to cut and paste.

We've redesigned our basic navigation structure to be more efficient and we've added search. Moving between your work is now more like a sprint than a marathon.

Swipe through your work full screen. We've made the previews in Paper big and beautiful so you don't have to enter edit mode to see the details.

We heard your feedback and adjusted Paper's inks for Apple Pencil. The previous ink pooling and transparency levels have been restored for the Write tool. The Draw tool's pressure response has been improved at flat drawing angles.

In what we've dubbed "scissor hands", connecting Pencil by FiftyThree or Apple Pencil to Paper now gives you the option to automatically use the Cut tool when your finger touches the canvas. Your stylus can draw or write with the selected ink tool, and your finger can quickly cut and move pieces of your sketch. If you use Paper to take notes or arrange diagrams, you may find this particularly useful. To turn this feature on, go to Pencil Settings and select "Cut" from the list of options for your finger.

The FiftyThree Team

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.

If you need help or want to share feedback, contact us at We can't respond to App Store reviews so please email if something seems broken.


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Customer Reviews

Unhappy with new update. ☹️

I had been pleased with this app for some time and was using it everyday. It needed some tweaks for sure but not digging the way it changed all my formatting on existing work, the side bar is a pain and not keen on how I can't just scroll down a paper without having to open it. It's not as user friendly now as its like having to relearn the app. I did purchase your co's pencil as well instead of the Apple one. However it as well needs tweaked. Like every other company in this world, changes are always made without actually getting input from the hardcore users. I want my previous version back. 😩 As far as the pencil, it's great but needs a pointier tip to feel like a real writing/painting instrument and better tips. They're too thin, don't last as long and fall off too easy. Still happy with the power though, it lasts a long time.
Companies should always do a survey based on current users before making dramatic changes to what was a better than great product. It's now kind of a pain. Makes me sad.

It isn't paper anymore...

I love paper 53, it is the only drawing app I'll ever use on my iPad, but the updates haven't been an improvement. The recent updates have turned paper into more of an office tool than a drawing app for everyone, and it seems to target adults more than artistic kids like me. After the most recent update, it lost its notebook or drawing pad feel, and now it looks any other office app you could find in the AppStore. One thing I liked about the update though is the full screen preview feature, so I don't have to go into edit mode to see all the details. I also like the pen and ruler tool for straight lines, i just wish it would straighten shorter lines. I hope in the next few updates that they will bring back the drawing pad feel. Overall, this is a good app, and my personal drawing app fav in the AppStore.

Please, no more updates!

I don't think Fiftythree understands; we don't want more updates! It's becoming more and more like a business app with every update! A lot of amazing and inspiring artists are leaving mix, and, even I might! It's losing all sense of creativity! No more journals: only GRIDS. What are grids? And ideas? Nope. Cards. CARDS. Might as well call it "Card by Fiftythree". I understand you are trying to make it more organized, but you are only making it worse, and harder to understand. Also, in your updates you only focus on adding things to the layout. Nothing about the actual drawing features. It would be great if you could add layers for easy erasing, or different brush sizes, but no. You just focus your effort on taking away creativity. Don't get me wrong, I love this app, making art, and making friends, but please, if you're going to make an update, make it useful. -Kawaii Queen

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Draw, Take Notes, Make Lists, Diagram and Wireframe
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.6.0
  • Size: 84.6 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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