FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    FiftyThree today announced an update to its popular drawing and illustration app Paper that will give users of the app free access to every tool and feature previously locked behind an in-app purchase.

    The app is free to download, but users who wanted a more in-depth editing and drawing suite had to pay up to $3.99 for the entire "essential tools" package (originally priced at $7.99) to get access to the best of the bunch. The new 2.3.1 update now brings all of these options to every Paper user, allowing them to draw, sketch, outline, write, and color at no additional charge.

    FiftyThree sells a popular companion stylus called Pencil, which Apple recently began stocking in its retail locations. The Pencil, available in Graphite, Walnut, and now Gold, can also be purchased directly from FiftyThree's official website in prices ranging from $49.95 to $59.95.

    Paper can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: FiftyThree Makes All Drawing Tools in 'Paper' iPad App Free of Charge
  2. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  3. misterpip macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2011
    I have a feeling Paper will be a really nice launch app for iPad Pro.
  4. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Typical, I finally folded and bought the pack at the end of last year (after getting a Pencil in the Amazon Black Friday sale).

    It was the (RED) version, though, so at least some of my hard-earned went to a worthy cause...
  5. mw360 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    But if their chunky stylus thing is now subsidising the app development it looks like they're taking a gamble on Apple not providing their own stylus anytime soon.
  6. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
  7. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    You want a $3.99 refund?
  8. appahappa macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2010

    So you think the money wasn't worth it?
  9. kildjean macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2005
    Useless, TX
    Does anybody know if their Pencil Stylus works with Pixelmatr on the iPad?
  10. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Had things changed? I bought a Pencil at the beginning of last year which unlocked all the tools free of charge. I had to unlock them every 30 days, but that was done by the Pencil. I stopped using the stylus and eventually sold it, so I'm not sure if things had changed, but it seems like you shouldn't have had to purchase the tools if you bought the stylus.

    Of course, that's now all irrelevant.
  11. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    And why, exactly, do I need to give them my e-mail address to use this app?
  12. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    It's for sharing drawings and you don't ever have to give an email to use the app
  13. thoughtmecca macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Yeah! And I saw a movie in theaters and it was free on TV a few years later! Where's my $12?
  14. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    If you've had the tools for more than a few weeks then you've got nothing to complain about. Even then, geeze, a few bucks to a great app... there are much worse ways to "waste" a few dollars.

    (I bought all the tools, as they were released, and might have spent, IDK, maybe $10 over a few years? And I got to use them that entire time, rather than waiting until now, like the cheapskates.)

    I also bought their Pencil, but that thing sucks badly -- The active mode works terribly so it's a big waste of money.
  15. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

    Mar 10, 2010
    Interesting move. I wonder what there business model is now? Hard to image they're turning into an accessory company.
  16. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Apple is currently promoting Procreate heavily, it is no doubt that Paper is feeling the heat from this because you can pretty much get that app to behave like it, but with an overall better interface and with no gimmicky gestures that end up with you losing your work all the time. Not having the notebook feature is the con to using that app though, but it's easy enough to make small portfolios of the work in a folder on Photos otherwise.

    They opened their Mix service last year. It's OK, but it's designed so that anyone can take your work, and add to it. I'm sure they're going to put a focus on that, and that the Pencil will be the main way they make money now.

    There was a rumor that it was coming to the iPhone.
  17. NeuralControl macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2009
    This is a nice and unexpected change. I do wonder what pushed them to provide all the additional features for free. Maybe something else is in the pipeline.
  18. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    It feels good that my monetary contribution (at the original prices for the pens and the mixer, so what - 10 dollars?) helped in some small way to get paper53 into the position it is now.

    It's also great that these tools are now available for everyone to enjoy.

    It would be nice to have some feature or something to acknowledge or reward that people like me ponied up the dough. But who knows, perhaps if they introduce any new software features (for example high res canvas') then we'd get them free.
  19. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    I think the full price plus in-app is worth it to those that the app is aimed at.

    The app is well worth the full price for the target audience, those that want a faux paper journal experience. The tools work beautifully and at first I loved the app.

    That said, the development of the app seemed slow aimed at refining the existing tools and now seems focused on building a sharing and remixing community. Their plan seems to be working but I always hoped for a text tool and the ability to insert an image. While the app developers goal seems to be aimed at providing a beautiful minimalist experience, the lack of expanding the tool set soured me. It seemed like expanding the user audience by adding features that some people were asking for would make sense, It kept me from investing in Pencil. I also find a dedicated external peripheral an odd choice to develop. I'm really hate one trick ponies, unless that trick is really nice and my friends liked the Pencil stylus, but not enough to keep using it.

    I love the idea of being able to have Japanese accordion folded Moleskine books made from my work, and it looks to be the only outlet to get them made. That said the lack of either an import image (I'd glue a picture into a journal) or a text tool pushed me towards other options.

    It good to hear that they are attempting to expand their user base by offering a price drop.
  20. Mick-Mac macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    So this is kind of silly - I just got the app (for free) and I'm trying to get all the in-app purchases but for the life of me I can't figure out how to do it. I have in-app purchases enabled so that's not the problem. Am I dumb or what... :-/
  21. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    I hope they have thought through their decision b/c most users would probably happily buy their tools.
  22. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    You are not dumb.

    You are not dumb. Most apps have an icon to access preferences or tools, Paper does not have this or a visible IAP button.

    Go to the tools (swipe up) tap one you do not have access to. A window opens and shows you each tool. Swipe through until you see the "essentials kit" and "colors". That should be all of the options.

    Or watch the short animation on this support page.
  23. Mick-Mac macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    I have access to all the tools i.e. they all do something. All I did was purchase the app for free yesterday. If the tools all work, does that mean it just came with all the free in-app purchases already bundled in? I've tried swiping up on all the tools and nothing happens.
  24. alm99 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2008
    If you just downloaded the app yesterday and all the tools are there, then you have them all; eraser, fountain pen, pencil, marker, pen, etc. If you had downloaded the app before yesterday and never purchased any of the tools prior to them going free their would be a an outline of the tool, but the tool would not have been there until purchased.

    For me, I downloaded the app a few months ago and never purchased any tools, the only tool I had was the fountain pen that came with the app. Yesterday, all tools became free and I was able to fill all tools in with an in app purchase of $0.00.

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