Paper by FiftyThree

Paper by FiftyThree

Introduced yesterday evening, Paper by FiftyThree is a fantastic new drawing app for iPad. Relying primarily upon touch — much like Realmac Software’s Clear for iPhone — Paper foregoes UI chrome in favor of a simple, intuitive interface.

Freely available and supported by in-app purchases, it has taken virtually no time at all for early drawings to usurp Twitter feeds across the world as more and more people began to experiment with the app.

John Gruber has gone as far as to write:

Exquisitely well-done new drawing app. Note the complete lack of persistent on-screen UI chrome — there is a fork in this regard between Apple and third-party iOS developers. Cf. Clear for another recent example.

The tension is between simplicity and obviousness. Eliminating on-screen chrome is simpler, more elegant and beautiful. But Apple’s use of minimal but persistent on-screen chrome makes things more obvious. Big differences can result from a slight shift in priorities: simple and obvious vs. obvious and simple.

If you own an iPad, Paper is definitely worth a download.