Paper 3.0

The new sticky note

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Bill Morein — Head of Product, FiftyThree
When we started the process of bringing Paper to the iPhone, we went back to the original concept behind Paper - capturing ideas. Sketches are obviously a great way to do that, but when we really spent time with the phone form factor and spent time talking to customers, it was obvious that pure sketching isn't going to be the primary case. The vast majority of people capture their ideas on the go with quick notes (e.g. emails to self) and photos. With that in mind, we built this new version of Paper and included text (including swipe to style), photos (including our spotlight feature), and sketching (including Think Kit).

We tried to bring something special to each aspect of the product, but we are particularly proud of the way that these pieces can come together into composite ideas, the way that you can quickly see all of the ideas in a particular space, and in just how fast it is to capture any concept you have.

We are eager to hear what people think and happy to answer any question about the app or how we built it.
Brad Engel — Product Manager, Red e App
@wmorein always juggling quick "note to self" apps. excited to give this a try! looks great
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Bill Morein — Head of Product, FiftyThree
One thing we'd love to share with people is our "Swipe to Style" feature. As we were thinking through text input on mobile devices, we asked ourselves what the equivalent of Markdown would be for touch. Once we thought the problem through, it seemed obvious that you could just swipe left and right to style text (headings, bullets, checklists) and just grab items to reorder.

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Brad Engel — Product Manager, Red e App
@bradleyengel @wmorein I also wanted to add, I LOVE the intro video and the tips. They are done very well and clearly convey how to leverage all of the functionality to new users.
Craig Barber — Craig Barber
@wmorein Love your demo video on the homepage. Can I ask how you keep the phone so still when shooting this?
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Bill Morein — Head of Product, FiftyThree
@craigjbarber We used a tripod, but it was actually heavily stabilized in post-production.
Craig Barber — Craig Barber
@wmorein Thanks! I've always wondered how Apple did it.
Peppery Thoughts — Product Manager
@wmorein I discovered Paper only recently in some Medium post by Product Hunt and I'm so glad to have at least discovered it! It's the best design as far as taking notes goes and I love the animations of seeing all ideas together in a given space. So fun and yet productive!
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Bill Morein — Head of Product, FiftyThree
@tipsytidings Thanks for the kind words! Glad to hear you like it!
Michel Billard — Web developer, VarageSale
The app looks great. I love the style of the drawings. Any plan to bring this to Android?
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