Paper by FiftyThree redesigned for iOS 7(9to5mac.com)

over 6 years ago from David Barker

  • Jordan BorthJordan Borth, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    I use both and love them. I've pretty much moved away from tradition paper and pencil to FiftyThree's Paper and Pencil.

    Pencil is the epitome of a high quality hardware product. It looks great, feels great in the hand, and works phenomenally well. I chose the Walnut model. It ages beautifully and feels so good I often find myself carrying it with me just to play with. I would love if the tip was smaller and a little more dense but I realize it has to more to do with the iPad. I love the eraser functionality, but I also wish they had incorporated a button (or perhaps the ability to click the eraser) to step-back.

    Paper is great as sketching/drawing app however I feel FiftyThree could expand on the metaphor of physical paper and provide some tools and features afforded by the technology. A few additions to the app that I feel would benefit Designers who sketch UI/Wireframes/flows are:

    • Paper templates:
      • The ability to import images, such as a blank iPhone or grid system.
      • Grid/Dot/Lined/etc.
    • Some sort of copy tool similar to Penultimate.
    • A shape tool that transforms freehand shapes into crisp/straight shapes (squares/circles/etc).

    Paper is super refined and I know FiftyThree put tons of thought into features. There are lots of constraints to work within to implement some of these features; some that come to mind:

    • Should you be able to resize shapes?
    • Would these tools really be effective without some sort of 'layer' functionality?
    • Should you be able to save shapes as symbols? Should there be pre-defined symbols?

    The list goes on and on and it just goes to show how seemingly simple feature requests often require tons of work and problem solving to actually make happen.

    2 points