Paper. Thanks FiftyThree!

I’ve been creating a lot more doodles lately, and I hope I can start making a few more comic strips like the ones I did yesterday. They’ve all been created on the iPad and stitched together in an app called Strip Designer. It’s exactly what I was after. Something to create simple (and not so simple) panels of drawings or photos, add the occasional piece of text, and fiddle with frames. Lovely.

My app of choice for sketching, is Paper.

I was told about Paper by FiftyThree by a friend, many moons ago. It seemed alright, bit basic, but alright. I did like the pen tool a lot as it made my silly doodles seem… alright.

I dabbled with Paper on and off and soon the simple design of the app made me appreciate it even more. So much so that I began to use it as my go-to app for doodles over the technically superior (on the surface) Sketchbook Pro.

There’s a reason Paper was named the way it is. With no zoom, no expansive tool list and to start with, a limited colour palette, it’s clear that the developers wanted to offer you the same experience of that you get with a sheet of a4 paper, and a pen. They nail it. Clearly I’m not the only one that thinks so. Paper won Apple’s App of the year award in 2012, and is continually being updated to offer more fantastic features – a lot of which seem to come from listening to the vast community of users that Paper has amassed.

Anyway, I didn’t set out to review this app. I’m not particularly good at that sort of thing. I just wanted to show my appreciation and say thanks FiftyThree. Thanks for a super app that is helping me to get more and more creative day by day!


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