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.
- 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.
- Paper templates:
The hardware Pencil really is awesome. My two most wanted features
- Dropbox sync
- A way to lock books (my son loves to use paper and also loves drawing on my stuff or just deleting it) (he's two)
So, what ever did happen with Facebook and FiftyThree?
What ever happened with FiftyThree and Bamboo? Or any of the other apps named "Paper"?
Anyone use Paper in their sketching/wireframing or other creative process? Do you also use Pencil? If so, what do you like about it?
Yes for sketching/wireframing. I also have a Pencil. I love using both. Pencil feels great and flipping it over for eraser is awesome. I use Paper for probably 80% of my sketching, because often times whiteboards and paper are easier for everyone else.
My top feature request is auto backup of all sketches in to dropbox so that I can retrieve them from anywhere and share with my coworkers.
I use it as well. Mostly in the early sketching phase where I am trying to get as many ideas out as possible. It's quick, simple, and effective. More importantly it's a digital artifact, so it's one less scrap that lays sitting on my desk for months.
A key thing I do is make a "notebook" for each new project, making simple to know where to find things.
As for Pencil, was using a generic stylus before, now I can't use the app without the new Pencil. The thing is just great, and perfectly pairs with the app. Well worth the extra money.