Pen and Paper 4+

Notes, drawings, PDF markup

Vivid Apps

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Pen and Paper is perfect for drawing notes on your Mac, iPad or iPhone. You can even import and write on PDFs.

Draw ink with your mouse or trackpad. Resize, recolor, and move your doodles.

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

Add geometric primitives, arrows, curves, and polygons Use the built in diagram elements and arrows to create diagrams. Create clip art of portions that you wish to reuse. shapes can be colored using gradients and fill with patterns. Use "rough" outline to make it look more like a drawing.

Zoom more than 10 times to edit and draw even tiny details. Use split view to see full page view or look at another page

Include photos. You can crop and rotate photos and pictures (including PDFs).

Add bookmarks to navigate in your documents

Import and annotate PDFs. Use any of the built-in "Slide Note" templates to annotate presentations. When you are done export as PDF again. Use the "clone" tool to copy a portion a PDF, and marker to mark text in the PDF for easy search.

To share your notes, email or export them as PDF. You can also extract individual pages as JPEG images.

Use the layer list to organize order of shapes and ink on the page

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 stored in iCloud.

• Layers
• Pen tool with color and thickness
• Marker tool for marking text in PDFs
• Smooth pan and zoom
• Split-view to see two parts of your documents at the same time
• Bookmarks and search
• Insert text, arrows, photos, rectangles, circles and polygons easily
• Fill shapes with gradients and patterns
• Area selection, for moving and resizing large areas of your note
• Built-in icon library
• PDF import and export (email or other accounts)
• Install additional fonts (Truetype)
• Various page styles and add your own.
• Fullscreen mode
• iCloud support

Subscription removes watermark (on export) and enables lasso tool. All other features are part of free version.

What’s New

Version 2.0.8

• Shows eraser outline when using eraser tool
• Additional subscription option

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

someone that needs chips. ,


I use this app EVERYDAY for work. This is a GREAT app... BUT when your typing in a text box, the more you type the more it zooms out. This makes it very hard to edit when you can't read the text, and I have very good vision.

Landscape would also be an awesome addition. I bought a stylus to use with this app but it's too hard to write in portrait so I just click on the keyboard. Also, there needs to be a blind to pull up from the bottom so you don't select the buttons when your hands resting on the phone.

Everything else seems to work great, with a couple little buggy exceptions like when I open the app from the lock screen the screen goes back to black then I click the home button again and the screen comes back and the app closes and I have to re open it again. Not a huge problem though, it only happens occasionally and probably has to do with iPhone OS. And sometimes when opening the app it will goto a new untitled book and when you click back to books it disappears.

I have had this app for a few months now and it's awesome to have ALL your notes in one app. No need to carry a pad of paper and a pen anymore! Thanks for working hard to make this app so great, it's came a long way!

cristal_lit3 ,


Love the app, worth the money!

TomD__ ,

Great Sketchnoting App for the IPAD...

Wonderful app for sketchnoting. Dropbox support, a selection tool that lets you select ANYTHING and resize, move, cut and paste as well as intuitive controls for pen size and color adjustment is wonderful. This app also has one of the smoothest handwriting gesturing, much like penultimate however beats it with the multitude of other features including almost an incredible pinch and zoom as well as the ability to import pics into your sketchnotes. I feel as though some the low ratings by a few others are not warranted. This is a great app and with the responsiveness I have seen thus far from the developers, I am sure will be one the best in this field. Having said that, on my wishlist for this app will be: 1. improvements in the use of the palm with this app, 2. the ability to create a pens w predefined colors and sizes and 3. the ability to have gesture enabled zoom modes for a) Fit page to window and b) last zoom mode. This is a feature I really like in the brushes app. To wrap recommendation: this is a keeper.

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