The already popular drawing app Paper may become the best alternative to the new $99 Apple Pencil, say specialists.
Fifty Three’s Paper app, primarily designed for drawing and sketching is now available on iPhone. This app can be used not only for sketching but for taking notes and creating lists as well, which can then be shared via text messages with other users. Paper app also enables users to take photos, create intricate diagrams and charts.
Illustrators, artists, designers, students who study design as well as anyone who is interested in things of this nature can benefit from the Paper app, because it allows them to practise their skills by using the app’s multiple features such as: drawing tools, colour mixing tools, the possibility of sketching on other drawings and so on.
Notes, photos, drawings and texts can be kept in an organized manner by using the features on the app. The discrete Spaces feature gives users the possibility of combining their ideas in separate folders, customized with a cover photo and name.
A survey was conducted by the designers of Paper app, namely FiftyThree, in which they questioned 6,000 volunteers on how they took notes on their smartphones. The results were as follows: 83% of the smartphone users said that they recorded their ideas either through screenshots or through photos and then added a short text to them.
Georg Petschnigg, CEO of Fifty Three, compared this app to sticky notes. “I look at the spiritual source of Paper for iPhone, it borrows heavily from the sticky note — not the physical sticky note, but what people do with sticky notes. […] This wasn’t a sticky note any more, this became a different beast. Through the cellphone camera, [people] became much more visually attuned.” said Petschnigg.
Apple Pencil might be a little expensive for some customers and so experts advise them to look no further because the Paper Pencil costs $49 less than its rival and also works on both iPads and iPhones.
Petschnigg says he is not concerned about the competition and hopes that Apple will do well on the market. According to him, the Paper app will in fact support Apple Pencil.
iOS users are now able to purchase Fifty Three’s Paper app only on the App Store.
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