Potentially, the best writing app. 4/5
This app is perfect for engineering notes. Especially, with the grid paper and the geometry correction setting, it is so easy to graph simple functions. It has a lot of great features such as fill in paint, photo add on, cut and paste, zoom in/ out, an eraser among other things. But it does not have great palm rejection since major update. It does not allow to add more than one picture or a picture and a graph. Cannot easily add pages while in notebook setting. You first need to zoom out then add then zoom back into the notebook to write. It would be neat to turn pages with the slide of the finger, also move notebooks around. Eraser takes off a really large area. Pencil disconnects very often (Could just be my pencil). But I stay with the app because these are manageable changes and it is still a great app with major potential. One of my favorite apps to use.
This program is just too buggy 2/5
I want to like this program and even paid for it. but I rarely use it as I can not trust it to reproduce what I am drawing. The shape tool only works reliably with circles. Quadrangles are a complete crapshoot, and straight lines with arrows or flow charting is futile. I continue to update hoping I can use this pagan, but it is STILL BROKEN.
Use this app every day but.. 4/5
When I first got my iPad this was the first app I downloaded, its been one of my favorites through art school and beyond, it even allowed me to start a web comic! But the last two updates have been frustrating for me. I finally figured out how to get around my problems on the update in about December, just in time for a new update yesterday which is causing me more problems. My biggest problem right now is that the marker tool, which I use for most of my coloring, now stays at a larger size even when you zoom in. I'm one of those people who draws details, and coloring in those details has been made much harder with the larger marker size. I'm having the same problems with the eraser.
If there's a way around this problem, I'm all ears, I have a lot of comic left to draw!
(Using an Apple Pencil and iPad Pro)
Dramatic changes have got to stop 3/5
This is still my favorite drawing app because of its simplicity and ease of use. However the dramatic changes have got to stop. The latest release changed the thresholds of the brushes dramatically right in the middle of me finishing a piece. I’m sure I will get use to it. But I will need to start a new piece to explore the medium again before finishing this piece so I can re establish muscle memory and rediscover boundaries. Very frustrating.
Paper - changes like these are what encourages your customers to go elsewhere. If I’m going to have to learn new software anyways, why not try a new company and see if it isn’t better with them.
Pl give an option to copy n paste text in paper. And also upload a tutorial video of paper n paste
Layers please 3/5
By Henry Junior
If I could hide/show the background photo image OR had layers that could be turned on/off (which included the background photo image) I’d be so much happier. I trace a lot of images and it’s annoying to do in Paper because I have to delete and undo the photo image. Please add this!
Terapia constructiva para mi mente...🎨 5/5
By Así nombre
Me agrada poder expresar el arte de mi imaginación y talento en mí...
Amazing notepad, frustratingly easy fix 4/5
This app is my favorite digital notepad by far, I use it for everything. But can’t you just make it easier to make text notes? Very frustrating that every time I press plus to make a new note or whatever, I have to go back to change it.
Content Sync Please 4/5
I love and live this app.
But the fact that we still don’t have content sync in a world of iCloud is ridiculous. I’m tired of seeing new features that aren’t sync. I need to be able to have my content on iPhone and iPad. And I’m probably dreaming to ask for web access to jpegs of my drawings.
By la lov la it
I do my homework assignments on here sometimes, and I always get 100%s. Paper is a great way do instill inspiration and imagination. This app is a great way to get things done. Great work!
Super fun to doodle and work on techniques! Love to play around and looking forward to new tutorials
Devs fixing bugs, but features are slow to arrive 3/5
Paper 4.0 is getting better all the time, but still lacks parity with version 3.0. Some quirky interface design choices remain. Wish they were more open about Roadmap.
53 Paper Review 5/5
53 Paper has like, little 3D books that have all blank pages and I get to draw on them. I love it!
Whatever happened it’s a beginning 3/5
This poor app started so high, altered beyond the original design and then looked like a big comeback only to get the rug pulled out, i.e. we bought notebooks, we ended up with paper stacks, got notebooks again and got charged all over again. Got the covers back. Sheesh. Do I trust using this? What if a year later they decide to do it in paper airplanes. Sheesh.
Fantastic update! 5/5
Most of the time, updates add features but also increase complexity. This update keeps the past features but simplifies the interface back to the style I knew and loved. Thanks 53!
Almost Laughable Failure. 1/5
Wow, they’ve kept my former review pinned at the 1st to the 3rd review from the top. I’m flattered to motivate them.
Update makes this unusable 1/5
By Spc Miller
Used to be great for story boards, but now this app is nothing short of frustrating! Can’t reorder pages, and missing all my old templates. Too bad, used to love this app.
Love this app! 5/5
One of my favorite apps on my iPad :)
An amazing app ,,, thanks a lot
Was quite surprised that I actually like this app. 5/5
First of all, I never was really a fan of Paper in the previous versions. The animation effects for imitating analogue book seemed weirdly junky and laggy, the tools are limited just like real world (in a bad way), and I just didn’t see the reason why I would use Paper when it has all the disadvantages of paper as opposed to convenient functions on digital tablets.
After Paper was renewed, I wanted to try give it another look. By this time, I was very used to so many note-taking and sketching apps out there so I could compare better. The tools and functionalities were still limited, but I did not hate it anymore. The design felt more organized and I was ‘emotionally’ convinced that this was a real paper journal. It is a beautiful app that makes users keep want to use it. The simplicity of the tool just let me keep going with rough sketches. And the organization of notes is the most familiar to any of us - a notebook. I got tired of naming each notes and organizing them in other notes app like notability and found out that I spend way too much time re-editing the notes or sketches around with the heavier apps like Procreate. I now use Paper like actual paper journal I carry around with, and finalize my ideas on other more capable apps. This seriously became an important tool in my everyday works.
I still do hope the editing and navigating capabilities will improve in future so I subscribed the Pro feature to support them. These are some of the functions I really NEED:
- Gesture to swipe to next pages(or add pages) while drawing. I have to move out of the page everytime I want to continue to next page to draw, and it really stops me in the middle of creative thought process. I wish I could just use gesture or button to add and go to a new page during editing mode.
- Search feature of text notes. When the text note is attached to sketches, I use text notes as titles to easily look for the sketches. If text notes are searchable, it will be easy to find the sketches.
These are what I somewhat WANT but am okay without:
- Free rotation of pages in editing view. Its better than rotating the ipad itself.
- Resizing sketches when ‘cutting’
- Smaller tool selection menu. If the menu is smaller, I think I won’t have to hide it all the time during sketching (its taking up almost half of the area).
I am excited about the syncing features that are coming up. This means it can replace Apple Notes app for me. I hope there will be a viewer for computers too, but maybe much later after all the mobile capabilities settle.
Missing the MIX 1/5
While I enjoy sketching on my own, I really do miss the community aspect of it that was Mix. I loved seeing other people’s creations and being able to download templates community members would post. It was a HUGE benefit! I’m sad they took it away. I’m not that good of an artist so being able to work of off templates was really beneficial and allowed me to creat things I couldn’t otherwise. Please bring it back!
CRASHES WHILE IM WORKING (on an iPad Pro) 3/5
It’s a good app for taking math & science notes and great for drawing. HOWEVER, it keeps crashing while I use it and it gets incredibly annoying. Please fix this.
I love it, and recommend it 100%. But... 5/5
There’s one thing that annoys me about it: it crashes very often. Though rare is the occasion that any work is lost, it does happen, but not too many steps away from where you were.
Other than that, I give this 5 stars all the away. A great tool for everyone.
(Do wish there was a resize feature, and if it does exist, well, then I haven’t figured it out yet.)
Shame on 53 4/5
EDIT: I have gotten access restored to the tools I purchased previously and it looks like the people at 53 have taken some of the negative feedback to heart and made some tweaks to the new setup and options that make it a much more enjoyable experience again. I have updated my rating to reflect the current situation which is significantly improved from my original review.
I have been a user of Paper for years and gladly paid to unlock the extra tools they introduced. This new version moves all those tools into the new “pro” tier, so despite the fact that I already paid to access them I now no longer have access to them unless I pay again- this time on an ongoing subscription basis. No thank you! 53 has essentially reverted Paper back to the original style that customers preferred but taken away the tools we paid for back when we already had this same version. What a waste. I won’t be making the mistake of giving them any more money when there are so many great alternatives!
By ballistic weasel
It’s a really good app though some of the most useful tools you have to buy to use. All in all, this is a good download and I would suggest it.
Has potential. 4/5
I like the simplicity, I don’t need a lot of fancy tools. Procreate is a good option for people who want tons of tools. A tutorial of how-to’s, even though it’s simple, would be nice. Simple isn’t always intuitive. If there is a YouTube video on how to use all the features in the new version I would love a link.
It seems to crash a lot lately. I hope that gets fixed. I am having some of the same issues as other commenters so I will wait for updates.
I love the Pencil 53. The walnut is beautiful and warm and the stylus is less clunky than my finger.
The toolbox is still unpredictable. Sometimes it pops right up but often it doesn’t. My work ends up with a bunch of marks at the bottom trying to get the toolbox to appear. It is so annoying. Why isn’t there an icon always visible at the top right corner for control? Tap up, tap down. I like to fill the whole page and have to get rid of the tools to see what I’m doing, gah! It’s worse on the iPad Pro.
Please take back the update 3/5
By The Brush Man
When I got a iPad, I was introduced to paper. I wanted to buy it so I got it. Is was amazing. I didn’t have to scratch with a paper and pen. So I used this app whenever I had a idea.
I had to give my old iPad away and I got a new one. It says you updated the app and I was exited to see the change. But it wasn’t what I expected. It always asked for my email. I have a email but I just don’t wanna use it. So I leave it. Then it keeps bugging me and it won’t stop! Please remove the new update. It’s better off without the update.
Lalalalalove this app 5/5
Fav drawing app. The paint roller thing is incomparable. Absolutely lovvveee it. Wish I could use the paper pencil on my iPhone 😢
Used to be good, new update is confusing and bad 2/5
I PAID FOR PERMANENT UPGRADES 1/5
As an original user, I years ago paid for *permanent* upgraded features. Now Paper starts charging an ADDITIONAL FEE FOR FEATURES I ALREADY HAD.
I’ve now deleted Paper from my devices, and won’t ever use it again. Shove it where the sun never shines, you greedy b@stards.
bought the pencil for the app features, but the app is wonky 3/5
this is the first time i’ve used this app and so far i really appreciate the diversity in tools and colors available.the pencil really does make this app feel like actual paper, and it's awesome. i have a few complaints. sometimes the pencil will just continually disconnect while i'm using the app. the app closes a lot, so my work saves while it’s still in progress and i can’t undo whatever i was doing anymore. i would like to be able to save and restore multiple versions of the art, or at least be able to undo/redo indefinitely. my last complaint is the zoom does not get close enough. i want to get more particular and exact with my lines, but i cannot zoom in to the point where i could get that precision. i do like, however, how the tools automatically adjust when you zoom in, so please keep that! thanks!
Was good 1/5
I wanted an app to be able to use the Apple pen so I downloaded this app. Then came the upgrades (?) they made. They’re pretty bad upgrades they did, takes more time to do things going from one project to another and does it in a way that is in all honesty, stupid. I understand adding uniqueness to apps but think functionality first!
It is awesome!
Terrible upgrade - don't bother to get it 1/5
By Bears at the wheel
Paper zigs and zags and has too many misses to remain a loyal paper user. It's latest (like very expensive update) is horrendous...and clunky.
Paper, your stand out feature WAS the color palette and mix. Now I have to scroll through these skinny little pain in the rump palettes? Why oh why?
I've hung on for as long as I can I have over 500 drawings in Paper. But it's time to cancel my subscription and move on the Procreate app. It doesn't have the mix palette....but its thoughtfully laid outand and doesn't make me crazy.
Sad, Paper. I had high hopes for you to return the features that everyone missed...but not destroy the others. 😟
🙏🙏🙏Thx this app is lit
Rip off 1/5
Years ago I paid for all the additional features.
Now they want me to pay again?
Yeah, they want me to start over.
If there were anything to this app, maybe I would pay again. But it’s nothing to it. Procreate is better for drawing and there are 5 or 6, at least, better for notes.
Let’s Go Through My Ideas Shall We? 1/5
What about an update that adds tools like things for shaping,rendering,design,concept art,and making actual characters. You can post on deviant art ! I could sure use some extra tools for drawing Characters/Figures Stuff for helping out with the details designing how it works etc. With some cool tech! I am working on concepts for an extreme science fiction franchise 😥 I Am making some new sci-fi comics ! For 4.4
Scrolling As Much As You Want Is A Go Go It Would also be good for me cause I could sure use it for making bigger and better drawings and kicking some species space into it
And making you succeed at the designing level .! My ideas 💡 and stuff could sure use it !
A new update for making characters more neat Looking and making your own style for drawing better than ever
[I could sure use tools like.]
+ Posing Tools
+ Perspective Tools
+ Proportion Tools
+ Measurement Tool
+ Reference Tool For Posing Tools
+ Rendering Tools
+ 1,000,000 New Markers And Brushes For Silhouettes
+ 63 New Coloring Tools
+ Reference On Other Things
+ Dynamical Tools
+ French Curves
+ Shading Tools
+ Texture Tools
+ Spray Tools
+ Silhouette Brushes
+ Shaping Tools
+ Density Tools
+ Layer Tracing/Folowing Tools
+ Figure Construction Tools
+ Scenery Tools
+ Aspect Tools
+ Dynamism Tools
+ Figure Modling Tools
+ Figure Correcting Tools
+ Schematics Tools
+ New Text Fonts !
+ Custom Text Fonts
+ Comic Scene Maker
+ Advanced Measurement Tools
+ Compases A Tool For circles
+ Ruler A Tool For Lines
+ Background And Scenery Tools
+ Transforming Tools
+ Design Corrector Tools
+ Japanese Brushes
+ Extra Types Of Brushes For Coloring Bigger Parts
+ Profile Links For Drawing Texts And Profile Notes And Articles
+ Animalistic Detailing And Proportioning Tools
+ Reference Template
+ Layer Support Tools
+ Background Support Tools
+ Shaping Tools For Correcting Mistakes
+ Scaling Tools
+ Detailing Tools
+ Comic Tools
+ Detail Tools
+ Better Reference Tools
+ Transformation Tools
+ Reference Folowing Tools
+ Scene Tools
+ Measurement And Reference Following Tools
+ 4,000,000 New Rounding Out And Rendering Features
+ New Tools For Layering And Reference Planned Character Construction.
+ Advanced Perspective Tools
+ 214 New Inking Tools
+ New Types Of Tools For Turning Scribbles Into Silhouettes
+ Tools For Studying Elements Off Of Other Objects
+ Transformation Tools
+ Layer Support Tools
+ Redesigning Tools
+ Scaling Tools
+ Complicated Art Tools
+ 70 New Speed-painting Tools
+ Complication Tools
[And Features Like]
+ Infinite Drawing Space So you can scroll and zoom in how much you want.
+Thumbnails And Concepts
+ Video Taping And Video Editing Button
+ Auto/Sketch Layer
+ Custom Book Covers 😎
+ Journal Profilles !
+ 5,000,000,000,000,000,000 New Interface Tweaks
+ Share Your Drawings For Help Or Comments
+ Tool Adjusting
+ Watching Your Friend’s Art Tutorials.
+ Make Video/Record Icon
+ Ask A Friend For Help With Your Drawings And Art
+ Public Art Tutorials
+ Advancements To The Whole Entire App
+ Adjustable Brush Size
+ 3D Shapes
Make sure this update can help others for making concepts for their own things too.
I am having trouble with the concept art I am making for all of my stuff !
Amazing app for organization and writing! 5/5
Amazing app! 5/5
I am a Paper Pro user, and I LOVE the Paper app! It can keep many different things organized and together, and with the most recent update, Paper is better than ever! I would really recommend using this wonderful app.
Skeuomorphism taken too far - lost functionality in latest update 3/5
I like the tool palette, and the experience of actually sketching is very nice, but the change to how journals are navigated between is frustratingly bad. Before, there was a list on the left and I could just jump to the journal (notebook? I forget what they’re called) that I wanted. Now that list is no longer an option. Instead I have to swipe through these big, unlabeled pictures of books to find the one I want. Not only is this laborious and a completely unnecessary step backward in efficiency, but the titles of the journals are not even on the pictures of the books themselves; you have to wait until each one is front and center and then the name pops up on the top. This makes a bad situation even worse - because the right journal is even harder to locate. If you were going fully skeuomorphic you’d think you could at least put the title of the journal on the cover of the picture of the journal? Ug. Sorry for ranting. I want to love this app, but this was just a totally boneheaded move. Please bring back the list mode, and if you must develop the UI in a skeuomorphic direction, please try to do so without making it harder to use efficiently.
Pretty great 4/5
When I first got Paper in 2016 ish? I thought it was amazing. The community was amazing and I made some great friends quickly. I love the format that everything is set out in.
But, of course, Paper has its down fall. Late 2017, the Creators Of Paper got rid of the community. That took a ton of the fun away from it. You could no longer remix, chat, or collab with others. The Mix community is never off my mind. I lost touch with so many great people. But, Paper is still good.
Works but still 1/5
It works fine but there are still tons of frustrating annoying glitches, like it logging out in the middle of drawing or not being able to pull of the tool bar at all.
I’ve been using paper for a while to do ad-hoc designs and quick-share drawings. I just opened it again and found some of the functionality I used-to depend on for clean drawings has been pulled and hidden behind a monthly purchase. Seriously? The “snap to a clean shape” IS NOW A MONTHLY FEE!?! What is this, a dieting app? Maybe it comes with monthly hot-yoga poses? Sorry, I liked this and told people about it for a while but no longer. Don’t charge your users five bucks a month for the privilege of using their own CPU and battery power. If you’re actually going to do some useful research or something that warrants it, fine, but unless you’re hiring underprivileged people to straighten lines for the app, you’re being bad humans.
Great for journaling 4/5
By Spotify has worse radio
I love using this app to bullet Journal. The free version has just enough features that I can manage to do the things I need to do and the paid version is 5.99 every 6 months which is less than a high quality physical journal not to mention you get features like cut and paste you could never do in a physical journal. My only issue is that in most drawing apps you can turn your page as you need to adjust for handwriting without having to turn your whole iPad and in this app that is not a feature even in the pro version as far as I can see. Being able to do that would make me use this app much more often and maybe even invest in the premium service.
Ugh, what happened? 1/5
After an “update” I can’t even get past the silly project directory. I scroll through a bunch of folders, can’t see what is in them without opening them, then it locks up when I open it.
I love this app! It was one of the first i got after buying an ipad and it works splendidly. It’s great for planning out projects, stage directions, or even as a planner. I love everything that’s offered as a free user and i might even go Pro.
That being said, I would like there to be a couple more provided templates and some more journal cover options, but they aren’t necessary.
Bad update 2/5
By Célia Euvaldo
The latest update to this app makes it very nonfunctional. The reason? It's very laggy scrolling through my thousands of cartoons on my iPhone SE. Also: the menu at the bottom makes it harder to move between the tools because it does not move and stop, it just keeps moving and slows when you release or stop swiping. Also the undo buttons are now at the top right which is a painful move to make with my thumb. Before I could access all features with my right thumb comfortably. Now it's just annoying and painful to use. I used to love the speed of this app because I could open it real fast and draw but now it's just way too laggy making me not want to use it.
Too bad! 1/5
Too complicated, not customer friendly!