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April 22, 2012 / carlispina

Sketch and Write on Your iPad with Paper by FiftyThree

Paper iconThe iPad seems like it is made for people who want to be able to write and draw on the go. Its design makes it easy to write on the screen with a stylus, and several writing tools have gained popularity, but apps for artists who want to paint or draw on the screen have been a bit slower to take off. Paper by FiftyThree seems to fill this void. This iPad app allows users to write, sketch, draw and paint on the screen of their iPad to create art that can be easily saved and shared. The app itself is available for free; tools that allow users to sketch, paint, write and more are available but require additional purchases from the in-app store. I don’t typically use my iPad for sketching or drawing, but I was intrigued by what I had read about the app and the speed with which its popularity has grown, so I decided to try it out. I think that it provides a good user interface for creating art on an iPad and could also be used for note taking as well. Users can create multiple notebooks to keep projects separate or can simply start a new page for each new thought or project. Once a page is completed, it can easily be shared by email or on a number of social media sites such as Twitter and Tumblr with only a few clicks.  I found most of the commands to be very intuitive, which gave the app a very low learning curve and I like the fact that there is a rewind feature that lets you back up to a previous point in your work with a swipe of your hand. As someone who isn’t much of an artist and hasn’t drawn on my iPad in the past, Paper has opened up a whole new way for me to use my iPad. It’s well worth checking out the free tools to test-drive its functionality.

Check out the film below to see how it works:


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