sketches 06 - Paper

I don't think I've ever posted an app review on minimallyminimal. Paper by FiftyThree (apparently the same team that had worked on the Courier), is one of the finest apps I've ever come across so I had to share it.


Think of Paper as a digital interpretation of a Moleskine. I've been using it as my primary notebook for the past week and it's been completely serviceable. The app is free but you have to pay for the pens/brushes. The total cost for every tool comes out to $8 which is not much considering how much people spend on pens and notebooks. I do wish that Paper would have just charged something like $5 for the app and ditched the whole stationary store model.


Paper is great for sketching. Due to the limitation of the tools, it's not going to produce fine renderings but for quick sketches, it's ideal. I love the fact that Paper gives you only nine colors and one layer to draw on. This simplicity forces you to embrace what you are given and work in creative ways.


And with the brilliant retina display of the new iPad, the app really does shine. The feel of the tools like the pencil and brush are so realistic that you forget that you're sketching on a piece of glass. I'm using a stylus made by Elago but I don't like it at all. I just ordered the Bamboo stylus as a replacement and I'm hoping it'll be better. Here are some more samples of sketches I've done in the app:




I've also gotten requests to record myself sketching. Here is a sped up video this T-Rex. It took about 15 minutes for the whole drawing.

If you own an iPad, this app is a must. Paper has joined Tweetbot and instapaper as my most frequently used apps. Couldn't recommend it more.