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

4.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

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.

Live and Grow ,

A lot to like here!

I like this app because it strikes a balance between the apps designed for quick note taking and the ones designed for complicated work.

Many of the apps designed for quick work have some limitation -- notes cannot exceed one page, there is no zoom feature, the notes cannot be stored in collections, etc.

Many of the apps designed for more detailed work have so many features, or features so complex or requiring so much set up, that you might not be inclined to grab one of them just to make a simple note on the fly.

Pen and Paper has just enough features for both simpler and more complicated work. With it, you can use your handwriting, type, insert, pan and zoom, import, share, and store.

There is no "zoom box" at the bottom of the page, but the pan and zoom feature is very good and includes an autoscrolling capability, so, your handwriting can be clear and readable (even on the iPhone). Because the app can be set for autoscrolling, the pages don't pick up stray marks from your fingers when the pages moves along as you write.

Typed notes can be centered or either left or right aligned, and inserted shapes can easily be made into text boxes.

The app works on both the iPad and the iPhone, and you can sync data between devices via the cloud. Cloud sharing can be selective, which means that you can keep more private documents off the cloud at the same time that you can share other ones.


Jens Egeblad
29 MB

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



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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