Paper — Writing App 4+

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Mihhail Lapushkin

    • 4.3 • 125 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 writing space
· Silky-smooth typing
· Deep personalization (Pro)
· Markdown or Plain Text
· Syncs with iCloud
· Previews in Marked 2
· Publishes drafts to Medium, WordPress, or Ghost
· Exports to PDF, HTML, RTF, DOCX, image, 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.

While trialing Pro Features you might occasionally see a popup. Just press Reset in the popup to get rid of it completely.

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 (or one-time purchase) applies only to Macs. iPhones and iPads require a separate subscription (or one-time 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.

In case you want to upgrade from a Monthly subscription to a Yearly one (or to a Lifetime license) click the Paper menu, hold the Option key of your keyboard, and under Nitpicking > Purchases select the respective upgrade.


Businesses, schools, and organizations can use one of the following methods to purchase the Pro version of the app:
· Apple Business Manager
· Apple School Manager
· Volume Purchasing

The Pro version of the app can be accessed from this link:


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## Can I draw in the app?

No. Paper is purely a plain-text editor.

## Can I add pictures?

No. Paper is purely a plain-text editor.

## Can I password-protect my notes?


## Paper changes the font when I switch between alphabetic and non-alphabetic input sources. How to prevent it?

· Change the input source to a non-alphabetic one (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, etc).
· Click the "View" menu.
· Hold the "Option" key on your keyboard.
· Under the "Paragraph" submenu toggle "Keep for Alphabetic Input Sources".

## Need more help?

You can reach me from the in-app chat.
· Go to the "Help" menu.
· Select "Ask the Developer" from the menu.


Paper is the perfect writing space for:
· Drafts
· Books
· Poetry
· Essays
· Novels
· Scripts
· Stories
· Letters
· Articles
· Blogging
· Note-taking
· Screenplays
· Screenwriting
· Aesthetic notes
· Creative writing
· Blank paper inspiration
· Distraction-free writing
· Overcoming writer’s blocks


Paper is a less cluttered, more customizable alternative to:
· iA Writer
· Ulysses
· Byword
· Typora
· Notes
· Bear
· Q10
· Taio
· Effie
· Blurt
· Noto
· Celtx
· Craft
· Frost
· Novlr
· Plottr
· Zettlr
· Mellel
· Joplin
· Noted
· Pages
· Drafts
· Scrivo
· Notion
· Gingko
· Reflect
· 1Writer
· bibisco
· yWriter


What’s New

Version 69

Dear User,

You can now choose a custom font from the library of fonts on your device. In addition to that, for custom fonts, you can pick preferred weights, as well as adjust the letter spacing.

Despite having this option, it is still recommended to stick to the predefined font set since those fonts have been optimized to look good in all situations. Custom fonts don't have the same treatment and therefore might look off in some cases.

Pleasant update,
Your Paper

PS → If you like Paper, please rate the app, or even leave a review — they help a lot! Thank you for your support!

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 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! 😄

CR3ATIV3Kevin ,

A Dream Come True for an ADD Writer

I like the simplicity. I have pretty creative mind paired with severe A.D.D. and am very easily distracted by other elements within the usual writing applicatioins like Pages & Word (Don't get me wrong, Pages is my program of choice when it comes to creating my final documents with its impressive design elements and photo enhancement abilities), but Paper is where my actual writing takes place. It is simple to use, and still beautiful. So many "wrtiting focused" apps are dull beyond recognition to the point where it feels like you are working on an old DOS command line system. Paper takes that simplicty and pairs it with modern elegance. I absolutely love that.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for taking the time to review Paper! 😄

App Privacy

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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