App Review: Paper by 53

Yesterday, I visited the Texas Tech School of Music for an amazing clinic over all things marching band. Tarpley's Music of Lubbock sponsored the event, and our clinician was the one and only Professor Duane Hill. He's the director of the Goin' Band from Raiderland and an all-around awesome guy. We learned about everything from breathing to marching to leadership to technique. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to test out my new FAVORITE app, Paper. 

Paper is an app created for designers of all types. I highly suggest you download and just play with it for a bit. You can create different notebooks for each idea or topic you'd like. Each notebook can have it's own, personalized cover, and you can add as many pages as you'd like. 

The navigation features are a little bit odd to get used to, but they aren't too bad. For example, you can swipe left or right to flip your pages, but it doesn't always respond the way you want it to. I think it just takes a little more practice, but I was still able to navigate just fine. 

There are multiple tools and colors you can use to sketch with. I used primarily the skinny marker when taking notes (with a stylus, by the way). I've seen many people much more talented than I draw very intricate designs with the pen and brush tools. There's an additional marker tool not shown that will let you sketch basic geometric shapes and it will snap your drawing to the shapes as seen on the left of that picture. The pallet of colors extends futher than the seven shown, and you can create your own swatches as well. This tool is perfect for teachers of elective type classes, especially the fine arts. You can write notes with a stylus or your finger, you can draw or sketch, or you can paint. I envision this being used for designing colorguard or theater costumes, sketching stage set-ups or drill design, oe really anything else you want. I know that's kind of vague, but once you get in and play with the program, you'll see that the potential is endless. Again, I love this app and will be using it lots this year for putting my thoughts down on "Paper" when taking plain, worded notes isn't an option.