The unstoppable train of minimalistic iPad apps continues, and Paper is the poster child of that revolution. For free you get a blank page and a pressure-sensitive pencil, and for $1.99 each you can add Colour, Sketch, Write and Outline (or $7.99 for the whole shebang), giving you a veritable treasure of artistic opportunity.
The company has said that the iPad-only app has been downloaded 1.5 million times since its release two weeks ago, and users have created 7 million sketches. Says the blog,
But most importantly, that’s 7 million times where you’ve pushed aside distractions and put ideas on paper. Moments like a software engineer sketching his hometown, an architect capturing a dream, a husband anticipating fatherhood, a czech painter discovering a digital medium, an artist turning to science, a diary becoming visual, a designer sketching an idea for a bag, and a talented illustrator looking for simplicity. We all create. And that’s a beautiful thing.
It really is a sight to behold; there are some wonderful examples of users taking the tabula rasa of the tablet form to a whole new level. Even if your artistic abilities are not great, Paper can step in for a blank piece of paper to sketch quick notes or diagrams. Unfortunately the company wouldn’t break down how many users paid for the various in-app purchases, but it’s probably a lot since you can’t do much with just a pencil. Or can you?
Download Paper for iPad from the App Store.