Pen and Paper is perfect for hand-written notes on your iPad or iPhone. You can even import and write on PDFs.

Draw ink with your finger. Resize, recolor, and move your doodles.

Add text and text boxes. Change alignment, fonts, color, and even install additional fonts. Perfect for adding comments to PDF.

Add geometric primitives, arrows, and polygons Use the built in diagram elements and arrows to create diagrams. Create clip art of portions that you wish to reuse.

Include photos. You can crop and rotate photos.

To share your notes with the world, simply email them as PDF. You can also extract individual pages as JPEG images.

Dropbox, Box and WebDAV integration enables you to upload/download notes to your online accounts, so you can easily continue with a note you began on your iPad on your iPhone. You can even import PDF clipart, and photos onto a page from your accounts.

Import and annotate PDFs from Dropbox or "Open In". Use any of the built-in "Slide Note" templates to annotate presentations. When you are done export as PDF again.

Pen and paper comes with a variety of page styles, but you can also create your own. Import a PDF of your favourite page style and store it as a "page style" in the app.

Documents, clipart and page styles, can be synchronized via iCloud to all your iDevices.

Are the built-in fonts not interesting enough? Install extra Truetype fonts from sites like FontSquirrel and Blambot within the app.

Zoom more than 10 times to edit and draw even tiny details.

• iCloud support
• Smooth pan and zoom
• Pen and marker tools with color and thickness
• Multi-page notebooks
• Insert text, arrows, photos, rectangles, circles and polygons easily
• Area selection, for moving and resizing large areas of your note
• PDF import and export (email or other accounts)
• Dropbox, Box and WebDAV support
• Install additional fonts (Truetype)
• Various page styles and add your own.
• Supports iPen and iPen 2 styluses
• Fullscreen mode

What’s New

Version 1.9.1

• Fixes a problem with adding items on iOS 10 and earlier

Ratings and Reviews

1.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

paulfiling ,

Basic and functional notes app!

Pen and Paper is not the best handwriting note app. However, it has some very useful features and does exactly what it says.

For example, as you write and draw on multiple pages in a notebook, by touching one finger on the right hand side of the writing area and holding it to the screen you get a quick view of all the used pages in the book. This allows you to quickly delete individual pages you do not need to keep as you are working on the book.

The handwriting input is not as elegant as in Notes+ or similar apps with a magnified area in which to write. You use the two finger pinch and stretch gesture to magnify where you want to write and then use two fingers' swipes to move the page from side to side and up and down.

DropBox access is very welcome as is the ability to rapidly change the color and thickness of hand entered drawings and jottings. I also liked the selection facility that allows you to select, move magnify or decrease the size of the area selected.

I think the previous review was very unfair as my copy worked well except if I looked at the Help section. After closing The Help screen the app closes without warning. The developers need to attend to this ASAP.

Given the other high quality apps created by Vivid Apps I believe this app will become a leading handwriting and note taking app as feedback is received from users. You are not wasting your money and this style of app may be exactly what suits your particular needs!

qr_phil ,

Good for replacing pen and paper for short meeting with diagrams notes

I use this with a Targus stylus pen and is very useful for getting ideas down very quickly. It has so far it has been very reliable and stable on my iPad1.

Tried a few other but this best suited my need with being able to quickly add basic shapes and photos to a page.

Only feature that I would like is to be able to maintain aspect ratio on photos/object when being enlarged or shrunk.

KoloKafu11 ,

Pen and Paper

Pen and Paper is a terrible app because its options are difficult to understand. When you start writing in a text box the writing starts in a place that you can't see and it takes forever to get the right size because it takes you out of the page to change it.
Do not buy this app unless you like wasting your money!


Jens Egeblad
29 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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