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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 3.6.6

This release includes a few bug fixes and the introduction of the Paper Patron program.

We're trying something different. We're offering a voluntary subscription to support the ongoing development of Paper.

We want Paper to be the best place for everyone to start their ideas. It’s 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

Once lovely. No longer.

[Update: FiftyThree made a terrible, terrible business decision. Instead of taking their codebase and launching a second app focussed on note-taking, they changed their existing (award winning) sketching app into a (not award worthy) scrapbook note-taking app. What follows is my original glowing review; basically none of which holds true anymore.]

This is a lovely, focussed and very well thought out app. The Moleskine-like metaphor is a nice touch and the open flip-book presentation makes your doodles look even better than when you see them full screen. If you are one of those people who have wished you could fill those cool little notebooks with sketches doodles and one liners, this app is for you.

The tools are excellent and well chosen to work together to make casual-style illustrations that look good.

[UPDATE: You must, MUST try this app with a STYLUS. Truly awesome. One of the few apps I know that makes a stylus truly make sense -- both drawing and working the interface are enhanced.]

Some complain that there is not enough control (no nib-width controls or alternate palette pickers). But I think this misses the point of this app -- which is for a kind of casual illustration. And for this it is surprising well conceived. I have several apps for illustration that give greater control over various aspects, but this app compliments that set for me, because it is way easier to pick up and use Paper to get down a quick sketch idea.

Having said that, the tools actually are more nuanced than it might at first appear. Confident strokes with the nib pen yield a more tapered stroke. Laying your finger flatter on the page with the watercolor brush will give you more of a wash (and for as long as you keep it going there is no overbleeding) -- and the faster you go, the thinner the wash. The two-finger undo is not a circular swipe move, as I first thought, but an indefinite undo/redo that is controllable like winding back/forward a clock -- nice. [I believe that the people who don't like this interface element are trying to do a kind of quick, curved swipe to execute it -- instead of calmly "dialing it back" as intended. Once you get it, you will realize how nice this is.]

For some reason some people take Free + In-App Purchase as a personal insult. What? This is just the best way to let people get the app and experience it to see if they want to commit money. Yes, getting the full compliment of art tools (and you really do want all of them) will cost you $8. If you resent that, don't complain, for heaven sakes. Just don't buy. To make a good judgment, nobody needs someone who didn't buy in to tell them that buying in isn't worth it.

As to the price point, it would be well to remember that there is no Free-But-With-Revenue-Bringing-Ads. Banner ads would be contrary to the idea of this app. So, any monetary encouragement the makers of this app will receive will be from the in-app purchase of the full set of tools. (And yes they will probably offer later to sell you an air brush tool or some alternate color palettes and such. But you will know if these things are of sufficient value to you at their price point and so you will buy them or not.)

It would be nice to have a simple color fill tool to fill "cells". It is very hard to get even color tones when wanted.

Bring back the old version

The old interface with the notebooks was great but now the application is unintuitive

Best app

I love the freedoms to create. 53 offers you that freedom by allowing you visually put your ideas in a safe place.

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: 3.6.6
  • 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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