Save a tree, use Paper by 53

After a hiatus from writing, I couldn't really contain myself anymore, and wanted to share a great little app Paper by 53 (free) available from the app store.  It's hard to describe how elegant and useful this app is without giving some example of how you could use it, in my case as a journal sketching out concepts for piece of jewlery.  This app is sweet!

I've been occupying my time with teaching a class on iPads and iPhones here in Maine, tinkering with iPhones and iPads, working on my dissertation as well as bit of dabbling with a variety of other creative things.  One of them, a pendent for my wife. 

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So let my show you have Paper helped me with this project.

Whenever I get a question about apps for doing artwork, or a bit of journaling Paper is one of the first which comes to my mind.  Let me give a quick example of why.  When you open the app you get three journals to sketch and write in.  The covers are customizeable and, for the most part function like a paper journal.

When I first started using the app, I didn't realize how easy it was to just pull/swipe up the tray from the bottom of the page to get my brush and eraser.  This gives you quick and easy access to a number of tools if you choos to purchase them in the app by just tapping and holding the tray.

When I messed up, made a yellow squiggle, I was able to reverse it by using two finger unwinding motion on the screen, now that slick!  I was also able create new pages just by swiping from right to left, like turning a page and keep working on the concept. 

I was able to share it with my wife by sending her an e-mail (though I could have tweeted it, or used several other sharing methods) from an easy to use in app function.  You can get from a page your working on, back to the app home page by just pinching it.

All in all I think Paper is one the most elegant drawing apps around, and that it's free makes it a must have in my book.  I have no doubt in  time I'll add more features to this already practical little app!


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I'm a behavioral health professional living and working in Maine specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation. For years I've utilized mobile technology to improve the delivery of community based mental health services, and embraced the iPhone when it came out in 2007.

I am also a doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce University where I have been researching the role of the Liberal Arts in American higher education.

I write as a guest for iPhone Life periodically with a special interest in helping other professionals (healthcare, education and government in particular) incorporate iOS devices into their work, and several years ago introduced the first iPhone and eventually iPad classes at Lewiston Adult Education in Lewiston Maine concentrating on helping other professionals interested in using and incorporating iPads into their work.