Paper — Writing App 4+

Plain Text Editor for Writers

Mihhail Lapushkin

    • 4.2 • 105 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



“This is a super-clean writing space with a lot of configurability that stays out of sight when you don’t need it.”

App Store Review,


· Gorgeous plain-text writing environment
· Silky-smooth typing experience
· Deep personalization options (Pro)
· Minimal Markdown formatting
· Syncs with iCloud
· Previews in Marked 2
· Publishes drafts to Medium, WordPress, or Ghost
· Exports to PDF, HTML, RTF, or clipboard
· Works seamlessly across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone


Basic adjustments like text size are free in Paper. More advanced personalization can be purchased with Pro Features. You will not be buying anything blindly, though. The trial period for Pro Features is untimed, so you can take your time to decide if they are a worthy investment.

Pro Features is either a subscription or a one-time purchase. Both the subscription and the one-time purchase unlock Pro Features on all your Macs that share the same Apple ID. This subscription/purchase applies only to Macs. iPhones and iPads require a separate subscription/purchase.

The one-time purchase is hidden by default. To enable it, press the "Show one-time purchase" button in the Pro Features popup that appears in the View menu.


What’s New

Version 27

Dear User,

You can now make the background blurry ("vibrant" appearance). Go to Window > Translucency to tweak this setting.

Pleasant update,
Your Paper

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

jake_strickler ,

Great App, But Why Reinvent System Keyboard Shortcute

I thouroughly love the app and it's clean design! It brings simplicty to note taking on the computer that I have always wanted. However, as I am starting to use it more often, I am becoming frustrated that the app chooses to use it's own keyboard shortcuts for some things instead of using what the system provides. For example, I would love to be able to indent in a list just by hitting the tab key and then outdent with shift-tab like on most other apps on the mac.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to review Paper! 😄

Taking your feedback into account, we have reverted Tab and Shift-Tab shortcuts to their defaults. Now they indent and outdent list items respectively.

Reverentspy ,

This little app will not disappoint.

Others have said it, and I agree: this is a brilliantly concieved app. Simple and elegant - a pleasure to see and to use. I use it for notes, letters, memos and email. Now that lists are supported (thank you, Mihhail!) I use Paper for outlining, too. Paper won’t waste your screen space or your time with frivolous things, it just lets you get on with your writing. Paper is a serious tool: but there is a marvelous element of whimsy mixed in: you willl see when you try it! I mean, how often does a “productivity” app make you smile?

Mihhail has a vision of what he wants his app to be, but, I can tell you that if you have ideas or suggestions for him, then by all means contact him. He always responds and will listen, and help. It has been fun to watch this app grow with each of Mihhail’s “pleasant updates…” Cheers!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to review Paper! 😄

Frudoc ,

One of my favorites!

I really like this app. So clean and simple while still being powerful and functional enough to do everything I need. It jives with my minimalist mentality without forcing me to go absolutely barebones.

Among my favorite features are Typewriter Mode, which keeps my text vertically centered so I never have to tilt my head to the bottom of my screen or readjust my window; and Focus Mode which keeps only my current paragraph or sentence (my choice) highlighted and fades everything else to grey. I have a couple of other apps that do these things but fail in other areas. I'm an OCD and nitpicky writer. I'm so glad I found Paper.

The cherry on top is the price! $9.99 for an app I can use (and enjoy!) every day? Some have complained about the price, but ten bucks is a steal. I hope others will also toss a tip in when they are able in order to keep the app in active development.

Of course, if I have any issues, if they have not been addressed *after* reaching out to support, I will note them here. That said, if it just keeps doing what it does I should be happy. :)

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to review Paper! 😄

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The developer, Mihhail Lapushkin, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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