Paper by 53

Working on a computer all day, I’m not all that motivated to trade in my tangible sketchbook for an iPad app. Additionally, none of the apps I tried were very intuitive or easy to use. Friends would forward me new apps and I’d try them but couldn’t really see their usefulness.

Paper has made me a convert. I should note I’m using a Boxwave stylus, (cheaper than Wacom’s Bamboo) but I found the app very natural to easy to use right away. After one quick sketch with the free version I immediately ordered the whole toolset ($7). Oddly, the things I like best about Paper are it’s limitations. There are no editing capabilities (except undo), no zoom, no layers, no cut and paste. The tools are all one-weight. In other word’s it’s exactly like a Moleskine notebook, which its interface resembles. You can also keep multiple sketchbooks to organize by project. The watercolor brush needs a little work and I’d like to swap out some of the palette.

This is the first time I can see reaching for the iPad to do a quick sketch.

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