TGWK’s Review – Paper v1.0.12 (iPad)

One of the reasons I purchased an iPad was to use it as a note taking device as well as to use it as a digital sketchbook. There are already a few apps I use for this however I’m always on the lookout for new and improved apps to use. The other day, I cam across Paper, from developer Fifty Three. Paper is an app that allows you to create multiple sketchbooks in order to separate ideas and creations. The main selling point however of Paper is the beauty of the user interface, the ease of use, and how accurate the tools mimic real life art tools.

Paper starts off as a free app which allows you to try out the app a bit before purchasing it. The free version includes the “draw” tool which is the ink fountain pen tool. The pen changes thickness based on how slow or fast you draw. Based on my usage of this tool, I’ll say that it is quite accurate and I really like the fact that the tool changes based on your movements and speed. I do also like the fact that these tools do not rely on settings yet they do exactly what you want them to do. There are 4 other tools you can use in the app but will require an in-app purchase – Sketch, Outline, Write, and Color tool. Each tool costs $1.99 and can be purchased separately or all at once for $7.99. You don’t get a deal either way.

Paper handles sketchbooks quite uniquely. Each sketchbook you create can have its own unique cover photo and can have as many pages as you want in them. Pages within each book turn naturally and it’s very simple to add or delete pages. IT is also possible to share pages of your sketchbook through either email or popular social networks – Facebook, Twitter, and Tunblr.

Paper in my opinion is a fantastic sketchbook app. It’s simple and elegant in nature and everything just works like it’s supposed to. I’m quite impressed with how well each tool works and how accurately they all mimic real tools. I do like the fact that the app is free and allows you to test out most of the app before committing to purchasing it. It even allows you to test out each of the other tools before purchasing them. I do however wish however that there was some incentive to purchasing all the tools at one time which there isn’t. Purchasing them all at once costs the same as paying for them separately. Overall though, this is one of the neatest sketchbook apps I’ve come across.

Paper is available now in the App Store for Free. It is compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Unlocking all the tools however will requite a $7.99 in-app purchase.


Paper is where ideas begin. It’s the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad. Capture your ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web.

Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. No fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place.

Productivity meets beauty. No settings. Always beautiful—like great tools should be. Just pick up a tool and instantly begin to Sketch, Write, Draw, Outline and Color. Draw comes free with Paper.

– Sketch. Ideas start here. The pencil blends from light to dark for sketching scenes, objects, and thoughts in rough form.
– Write. Words never looked so beautiful. Write messages, add captions, or create lists with this quality ink pen.
– Outline. Think bold. Graph insights, create a storyboard, or outline a presentation with this marker. Black lines stay black.
– Color. Give color to your ideas. Move from a light wash to deep, rich color in one stroke with this watercolor made easy. You’ve got to try it.

Our custom ink engine reacts to your movements to optimize each tool for the process of creation. Get a range of expressions from a single tool without fussing with settings for great handwriting, beautiful coloring, and sketching that just works.

Built for the new iPad’s brilliant display. With a full 2048×1536 canvas, see stunning details in your creations you couldn’t before—like pencil texture and watercolor edge bleed.

Share your ideas instantly. Stream pages to Tumblr, send them over email, or share pages with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

[via App Store]


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