Paper App by FiftyThree
What could be better or more simplistic than an app designed to resemble paper? There is probably very little. Now, thanks to Georg Petschnigg and his company FiftyThree, that dream is now a reality – for iPad users anyway.
The app, simply named Paper, is a notebook that house the user’s drawings and sketches. When the person is ready to create a new drawing, they would simply tap a new page to open a vanilla colored screen waiting to be drawn on. The app comes with an eraser and a fountain pen that works much differently than the pens found in other apps.
The fountain pen tool works in the same way that an actual pen would. The more it is swiped, the darker and thicker a line will become. The person can use the app with their finger, but the idea is that most people would buy the iPad stylus.
The app itself does not cost anything, but there are four additional tools available to purchase for $1.99 each or $7.99 when bought together as the “Essential” pack. These tools are called Write (ballpoint), Sketch (pencil), Outline (marker), and Color (watercolor paintbrush). Just like with any other tool, there is mastery that must be learned to get the full usage out of each one.
A really great addition to the app is its “rewind” feature. This works like an undo button would on many different applications. The user can go back up to 20 strokes by placing two fingers on the screen and moving them counter-clockwise. This genius design was from the mind of filmmaker and FiftyThree designer Andrew S. Allen who wanted something similar to jog dials that are used to go back and forth while editing films.
Paper currently only comes with nine colors to use in addition to the pens. Also, while it is very easy to create new journals and flip through sketches, there is not a way to bring back sketches that might have been accidentally erased.
Images can be posted online to Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. So, users can get as creative as they like and show their friends.