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Paper - Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree

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 3.1.1

This build brings some major bug fixes, search capability, and more export and text features.

Love Paper? Please give us a review! We are reading every comment, review, and tweet, and your thoughts and suggestions will definitely be taken into consideration as we continue to evolve Paper.

Need help or want to send us feedback? Please contact us at We can’t respond to App Store reviews so please email if something seems broken.

Visit us at to learn more about the recent changes to Paper.


- Find your notes with iOS 9 Spotlight Search - only in iOS 9.
- Export to Microsoft OneNote. It even keeps your checklists.
- Undo/redo for text. Pretty happy that works now.
- New tips video for the Rewind gesture.
- Bug fixes (auto-save text, text formatting and login issues).


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Customer Reviews

Terrible Update

You were unique. You were original. You did something no one else did. You brought out the creative side of people who used the app. I started drawing again after 15 year break because this was so cool and easy to use. I use to get on the blog every day to see people's creations by hand. Now you are just like the thousand other apps out there that can scribble on scraps of paper and add pictures. I use to love the thought of creating my own artbook and sending to moleskin for a hard copy and showing my friends and family. This update stinks. If you don't listen to your fans you will lose your customers. Maybe you think that losing customers is not a big deal as long as you have enough new ones. I hate this app now, it feels disorganized and cheap in comparison. This will get lost in the sea of note taking apps. I don't even usually leave reviews but I had to add my voice that this needs to be changed. Swallow your pride and fix the app and send out an apology or make two apps, one for the art creators and one for the scrappers. Do the right thing, bring back journals and make a mix and blog for art only verses creations with photos. Bring back the swipe to rewind. Restore peace to your fan base.

New and ... Different.

The new Paper is an anomaly to me still. It's at its core the same Paper I love, but so much more besides that. The culture of the app has become more corporate, more organized, more streamlined. In my head that seems like an important and logical step forward, and I understand that if I give it time, I'll appreciate the structure and added functionality. In my heart, it feels like a shying away from the art community, and the messy, hodgepodge feel of real life journals, which was what brought me to the app initially.

I'm nervously excited to see how 53 will continue forward in the business sector without losing its roots in the disorder of art journals. Too many apps have pandered too far for business customers, following the money rather than true innovation, and eventually lost relevance with the wider market (Flud, Pulse, and iA Writer). Paper has yet to really do that, and I hope it doesn't succumb to that temptation.

Get Over It

I too was initially surprised by the out-of-the-ordinary business approach, but I just bought the in-app package. Why? To support the developers. You can't try the samples and not grin. They've done a terrific job for openers and I'm guessing will only improve. But here's the thing: if you don't sketch or doodle or make notes, you probably shouldn't buy this. And if you can't appreciate the work of creative people who make useful things and do it artfully, you don't even deserve the free version. Go buy a Moleskine for ten+ bucks and you're still going to have to buy a pen. It's easy to criticize, but try being supportive......with your money and your mouth. Everybody wants a free lunch, and then they want to kick the guy who made their sandwich.

Paper - Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1.1
  • Size: 88.4 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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