FiftyThree is making premium features of its otherwise freely available popular drawing and illustration app, Paper, free to all users. After the price drop, users will get free access to every tool and feature previously walled behind in-app purchase. Also Read - Paper, the popular iPad drawing app is coming soon to iPhone
Paper is one of the best note and doodling tool with support for handwriting available on iOS. The app’s ability to recognize the characters a user is scribbling and doodling is impeccable. The app previously offered basic editing features for free and required users to pay about $3.99 (Rs 250) for advanced tools such as ability to draw, outline, and color. The price revision comes as part of v2.3.1 update. Also Read - Developer FiftyThree files trademark for ‘Paper’ after Facebook launches Paper app
This is the second price drop the company has made in the last couple of months. Originally, the price for the “essential” bundle was $7.99 (Rs 500). In a blog post, the company noted that cost of giving up on in-app purchases which is used by 5-10 percent of all iPad users is a lot, but it is able to do so because of the success of its ‘Pencil’ stylus. FiftyThree launched the Pencil in late 2013. The Stylus is available for $49 for the graphite model and $59 for the Walnut version. Also Read - Makers of the original Paper app not amused by Facebook Paper, ask them to change the name
The Stylus works in conjunction with the Paper app and enhances the writing and doodling experience by many folds, the company notes. That said, the company may have plans to introduce more new premium features, and giving away of “essential” bundle might only be in a favor to attract more users.