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

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.

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ALL TOOLS NOW FREE

Freedom to draw, sketch, outline, write and color is here! All the original tools, including the Mixer, are now completely free. It's our way of saying "thank you" to our inspiring community of creators. Enjoy the full expressive power of Paper, and share what you create on Mix!
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]



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22 months ago

So now a refund for those of us who paid?


Yeah! And I saw a movie in theaters and it was free on TV a few years later! Where's my $12?
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22 months ago

So now a refund for those of us who paid?


You want a $3.99 refund?
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22 months ago

So now a refund for those of us who paid?



So you think the money wasn't worth it?
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22 months ago
I have a feeling Paper will be a really nice launch app for iPad Pro.
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22 months ago

So now a refund for those of us who paid?


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.
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22 months ago
Interesting move. I wonder what there business model is now? Hard to image they're turning into an accessory company.
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22 months ago
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.
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22 months ago
I hope they have thought through their decision b/c most users would probably happily buy their tools.
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