I have a new favorite app. It’s called Paper. Now, before you think I’m trying to be clever and slap me upside the ear, read this. Paper is a new sketch/design app for the iPad created by an entrepreneur, a designer, an engineer, a filmmaker and an inventor. It takes the creation of ideas and the capturing of thoughts to a whole other part of your pulsating cerebrum.

Paper App by FiftyThree

We are a band of creators that are passionate about making stuff. We love what we do and we strive to do it in a way that puts a smile on your face. Its been an epic experience starting a new venture. Today we launched our first iPad App – Paper by FiftyThree. Its a simple, elegant app for creating and exploring ideas.

Paper from FiftyThree is thorough in its simplicity. You create a sketch pad, open it, select a tool and draw, but the interface is as much an experience as is drawing in it. It’s the first sort of adaptive sketching I’ve experienced on the iPad and with pressure-sensitive tablets/styli still to be seen, it’s a pleasure to use. Basically, the size/opacity changes depending on how you’re sketching, thicker/lighter the faster you go, thinner/darker the slower you go. The Sketch tool also gets darker with each pass over an area, so it completely takes out the step of adjusting opacity.

The ability to organize your work into different sketchbooks and upload to Tumblr, Facebook or Twitter is fabulous as well. I can’t say enough about the tools though. It’s near perfection for the type of sketching you’re probably use to. The only thing I would ask for at this point is better blending with the Color Tool and custom color choices.

Here’s a video to show you more…

And here’s a timelapse of a fan creating a sketch…

The way they’ve monetized it is fabulous as well. It’s a free app that comes with the Draw functionality. Then you can buy other tools like Sketch, Write, Color, etc. They have a Tool pack shown, but it’s not available yet. That would be attractive if I hadn’t bought all the tools already.

Whether you grab all the tools or just give the free version with Draw a try, it’s definitely worth the time.

You can download Paper on iTunes.


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.