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PENCIL. INTRODUCTORY PRICE ENDING SOON.
For just two more weeks, Pencil will be available at the introductory price for U.S. and Canada orders. There’s never been a better time to surprise a friend with Pencil, or treat yourself!
Pencil was named “the best iPad stylus yet” by both Wired and The Verge, and won a Crunchie for Best Design. Your feedback has been invaluable as we strive to build the best tools for mobile creation while providing a customer experience you’d recommend to others.
Here’s how we’ve improved…
Faster Shipping. 
Long waits are over. Pencil will now ship in 2-5 business days in the U.S., and 4-8 business days to Canada.
International Customers.
We’re working hard to make Pencil available to our international fans. We want this to happen as much as you do and will have more information on international availability very soon. Sign up now to be notified when Pencil becomes available in your country. Even better, sign up before April 30th and hold a special discount on Pencil when it becomes available. 
As always, we appreciate your support.
Both Walnut and Graphite are available in the U.S. and Canada at the introductory discount price until April 30th. Buy Pencil at shop.fiftythree.com.

PENCIL. INTRODUCTORY PRICE ENDING SOON.

For just two more weeks, Pencil will be available at the introductory price for U.S. and Canada orders. There’s never been a better time to surprise a friend with Pencil, or treat yourself!

Pencil was named “the best iPad stylus yet” by both Wired and The Verge, and won a Crunchie for Best Design. Your feedback has been invaluable as we strive to build the best tools for mobile creation while providing a customer experience you’d recommend to others.

Here’s how we’ve improved…

Faster Shipping.

Long waits are over. Pencil will now ship in 2-5 business days in the U.S., and 4-8 business days to Canada.

International Customers.

We’re working hard to make Pencil available to our international fans. We want this to happen as much as you do and will have more information on international availability very soon. Sign up now to be notified when Pencil becomes available in your country. Even better, sign up before April 30th and hold a special discount on Pencil when it becomes available.

As always, we appreciate your support.

Both Walnut and Graphite are available in the U.S. and Canada at the introductory discount price until April 30th. Buy Pencil at shop.fiftythree.com.

FOLLOW MAD MEN PREMIERE ON PAPER
This Sunday, April 13th, the final season of Mad Men premieres and it’s going to be live sketched in Paper by the inimitable Liza Donnelly!
For the past thirty years, Liza has been one of The New Yorker’s main cartoonists, wryly documenting decades of history, culture, politics, and social movements. Liza also happens to be an avid Paper creator, and has used our tools to pioneer the live sketching movement on Twitter and Medium. Most recently, she used Paper to capture the Grammys, from Beyonce’s barely-there ensembles, to Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s head trappings.
However, sketching isn’t just documentation, it’s interpretation, and Liza’s creations offer biting cultural commentary, often with a feminist slant. Gender roles have been an ongoing theme in Mad Men and we’re looking forward to seeing Liza’s take on the final season’s opening act. Her sketches will be posted on newyorker.com starting at 10/9c, and we’ll be sharing her work on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook as well.
Follow Liza on Twitter, and be sure check out her terrific new book of cartoons, Women On Men.

FOLLOW MAD MEN PREMIERE ON PAPER

This Sunday, April 13th, the final season of Mad Men premieres and it’s going to be live sketched in Paper by the inimitable Liza Donnelly!

For the past thirty years, Liza has been one of The New Yorker’s main cartoonists, wryly documenting decades of history, culture, politics, and social movements. Liza also happens to be an avid Paper creator, and has used our tools to pioneer the live sketching movement on Twitter and Medium. Most recently, she used Paper to capture the Grammys, from Beyonce’s barely-there ensembles, to Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk’s head trappings.

However, sketching isn’t just documentation, it’s interpretation, and Liza’s creations offer biting cultural commentary, often with a feminist slant. Gender roles have been an ongoing theme in Mad Men and we’re looking forward to seeing Liza’s take on the final season’s opening act. Her sketches will be posted on newyorker.com starting at 10/9c, and we’ll be sharing her work on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook as well.

Follow Liza on Twitter, and be sure check out her terrific new book of cartoons, Women On Men.

MADE WITH PAPER. CARGITO.

One of the best parts about working at FiftyThree is how often we’re inspired by our users. We love being at the heart of creation’s nascency, those early stages where ideas aren’t fully formed and full of possibility. Sometimes notes and sketches stay as just that, wonderful and crazy ideas, and sometimes they continue to take shape and eventually evolve into finished products. We’ve had designers sketch ideas for what became clothing and accessories, UX designs that became websites or iPhone and Android apps, playful creations that became children’s toys, architectural sketches that became foundations for houses, the list goes on.

When Mike Macadaan wrote in to tell us about Cord Tacos and Corditos, however, we wondered if he had engineered a tasty new snack using Paper. Turns out, they’re a line of beautifully designed leather goods for storing electronic cords. Particularly cool for us was the fact that Paper is a core tool in his design process, and that his most recent product–a leather iPad charging case called Cargito–was optimized to perfectly fit Pencil. You can see some of Mike’s ideas on Paper up on top.

The result of those ideas? The Cargito Air Charging iPad Case along with its compact counterpart.

Cargito will be ready to ship this Spring. In the meantime, you can pre-order Cargito on the company’s site, This is Ground. We’re not the only ones digging Mike’s products: Wired, Complex, and Cool Hunting have also taken note of his clean, simple designs and beautiful craftsmanship.

Are you making something with Paper? Share with us how you use our app in your creative process.

NOW OPEN! SEE FIFTYTHREE NYC.

After two years working out of a sixth floor walk-up, our New York City team has a new home: the historic art-deco building at 60 Hudson. Together with celebrated architect Laura Gonzalez Fierro, we remodeled the southwest corner with the aim to bring technology, design, ideas, and community together.

In March, we celebrated the opening of our new HQ with an office warming party, inviting friends and colleagues to view the new space and enjoy delicious bites catered by All Good Things, music by DJ Vikam and live sketches in Paper by Alon Chitayat of Subway Stories.

We like to say that “FiftyThree is the space to create” and we’re thrilled that our workspace has begun to reflect this ethos. Our mission is to enable creativity and to bring creative minds together to share inspiration and ideas. To that end, we hosted our first open workshop with New York Times bestselling author Austin Kleon last week, and currently on display are original works by renowned artist Miriam Cabessa.

Here’s to embracing many more opportunities to create and collaborate. Our door is always open.

To learn more, check out articles written about our new digs in FastCo Labs, ArchDaily, Inhabitat, Design Boom, and Architizer.

Photos by Matthew Williams

NO. 2 PENCIL. SHARPER THAN EVER.
Sharp minds require sharp tools. To that end, we’re excited to announce No. 2 Pencil, the latest in our essential suite of tools for creativity. It’s the easiest way to write on a piece of paper, and is a cool combination of tradition and thriftiness. No. 2 Pencil’s special expressive features, Erase and Ready-To-Write™ technology, open up a whole new world of creative possibilities.
No. 2 Pencil comes in at least two models—“School Bus Yellow” and “Brunswick Green” depending on whether you’re in Wisconsin or Windsor, England.
It’s been a long road to bring No. 2 Pencil into the world. Those of you who have been following the FiftyThree story may have wondered what on earth is the Seattle team working on? We’re thrilled to finally shine light on their top secret project.You’ll find that the same thoughtful attention to detail you appreciate in our software has been applied in equal measure to every aspect of No. 2 Pencil. Crafting them from trees in Seattle has been a complex endeavor, and doing it well requires people with experience ranging from tree climbing and sawing, to eraser molding. We even did the product photography!
No. 2 Pencil is a collaboration between many remarkable people at FiftyThree, in both Seattle and New York, who lovingly attended to No. 2 Pencil’s details through many late nights. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our friends and family who bought a couple of No. 2 Pencils each. Learn more about our latest product on the FiftyThree website.

NO. 2 PENCIL. 
SHARPER THAN EVER.

Sharp minds require sharp tools. To that end, we’re excited to announce No. 2 Pencil, the latest in our essential suite of tools for creativity. It’s the easiest way to write on a piece of paper, and is a cool combination of tradition and thriftiness. No. 2 Pencil’s special expressive features, Erase and Ready-To-Write™ technology, open up a whole new world of creative possibilities.

No. 2 Pencil comes in at least two models—“School Bus Yellow” and “Brunswick Green” depending on whether you’re in Wisconsin or Windsor, England.

It’s been a long road to bring No. 2 Pencil into the world. Those of you who have been following the FiftyThree story may have wondered what on earth is the Seattle team working on? We’re thrilled to finally shine light on their top secret project.You’ll find that the same thoughtful attention to detail you appreciate in our software has been applied in equal measure to every aspect of No. 2 Pencil. Crafting them from trees in Seattle has been a complex endeavor, and doing it well requires people with experience ranging from tree climbing and sawing, to eraser molding. We even did the product photography!

No. 2 Pencil is a collaboration between many remarkable people at FiftyThree, in both Seattle and New York, who lovingly attended to No. 2 Pencil’s details through many late nights. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our friends and family who bought a couple of No. 2 Pencils each. Learn more about our latest product on the FiftyThree website.

PAPER UPDATE 1.6.2
Refined Dots. Dots now start smaller, and work better with handwriting. This keeps the new dot behaviors but allows for beautifully dotted “i”s as well.
Ink Improvements. Line widths on the Draw tool are improved on non-retina devices.
We also addressed a number of bugs and did some general spring cleaning.
Version 1.6.2 now available in the App Store. If you enjoy Paper, please take the time to leave a review. Happy creating!
Image made with Paper by meoneogeo

PAPER UPDATE 1.6.2

Refined Dots. Dots now start smaller, and work better with handwriting. This keeps the new dot behaviors but allows for beautifully dotted “i”s as well.

Ink Improvements. Line widths on the Draw tool are improved on non-retina devices.

We also addressed a number of bugs and did some general spring cleaning.

Version 1.6.2 now available in the App Store. If you enjoy Paper, please take the time to leave a review. Happy creating!

Image made with Paper by meoneogeo

THE PAPER iOS 7 UPDATE IS HERE
Brighter, Fresher, Clearer, Simpler. 
Paper is now built for iOS 7. It’s the same Paper creators around the world know and love with a fresh new look to improve readability to keep you in your creative flow. You’ll find faster menus, simplified icons, lighter colors, journal covers that pop, custom typefaces, and overall improved readability. It combines the emotional power of metaphor and the functional clarity of clean design. In other words, we’ve polished every pixel.
More Powerful Zoom & Ink.
Zoom isn’t just about getting closer, it’s about having the tools to do detailed work. Now when you zoom in, your tools do too. Draw, Color, Erase, and Blend adjust their size in the loupe to give you finer control over tiny areas without ever touching a slider.
Dot Dot Dot. 
Master the dot. Dot size in the Draw and Erase tools is now linked to how long you press. Tap quickly to make small dots, or hold down longer to create bigger ones. Starry skies and spotted cows are now easier to draw than ever. 
Paper 1.6.1 is available now in the App Store.

THE PAPER iOS 7 UPDATE IS HERE

Brighter, Fresher, Clearer, Simpler. 

Paper is now built for iOS 7. It’s the same Paper creators around the world know and love with a fresh new look to improve readability to keep you in your creative flow. You’ll find faster menus, simplified icons, lighter colors, journal covers that pop, custom typefaces, and overall improved readability. It combines the emotional power of metaphor and the functional clarity of clean design. In other words, we’ve polished every pixel.

More Powerful Zoom & Ink.

Zoom isn’t just about getting closer, it’s about having the tools to do detailed work. Now when you zoom in, your tools do too. Draw, Color, Erase, and Blend adjust their size in the loupe to give you finer control over tiny areas without ever touching a slider.

Dot Dot Dot. 

Master the dot. Dot size in the Draw and Erase tools is now linked to how long you press. Tap quickly to make small dots, or hold down longer to create bigger ones. Starry skies and spotted cows are now easier to draw than ever.

Paper 1.6.1 is available now in the App Store.

HOT OFF THE PRESS
2014 has ushered in some great press for FiftyThree and we wanted to share some fun snippets with everyone.
Many thanks to writer Seth Porges and designer-illustrator Janelle Sing for contributing words and artwork to an article about FiftyThree in this month’s issue of InStyle magazine (see image above).
For Paper fans down under, be sure to check out Tara Francis’ feature in Australian magazine Renegade Collective. Tara wrote a thoughtful and in-depth piece about the inception and evolution of FiftyThree.
In addition to Pencil’s inclusion in the Jan/Dec issues of Wired and Forbes, Pencil and Book were featured in Outside magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2014, Axess magazine, and Suddeutsche Zeitung (if you’re based in or visiting Germany, look for a magazine whose cover shows a rather formidable pregnant woman wielding a gun).
Coming down the pike are additional fun features (including our very own John Ikeda’s international debut on the Syfy Channel) so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted!

HOT OFF THE PRESS

2014 has ushered in some great press for FiftyThree and we wanted to share some fun snippets with everyone.

Many thanks to writer Seth Porges and designer-illustrator Janelle Sing for contributing words and artwork to an article about FiftyThree in this month’s issue of InStyle magazine (see image above).

For Paper fans down under, be sure to check out Tara Francis’ feature in Australian magazine Renegade Collective. Tara wrote a thoughtful and in-depth piece about the inception and evolution of FiftyThree.

In addition to Pencil’s inclusion in the Jan/Dec issues of Wired and Forbes, Pencil and Book were featured in Outside magazine’s Editor’s Choice 2014, Axess magazine, and Suddeutsche Zeitung (if you’re based in or visiting Germany, look for a magazine whose cover shows a rather formidable pregnant woman wielding a gun).

Coming down the pike are additional fun features (including our very own John Ikeda’s international debut on the Syfy Channel) so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted!

PENCIL WINS A CRUNCHIE
2014 launched with a bang as Pencil made headlines in print and across the web. From design to delivery, every minute leading up to the moment you receive Pencil requires a great deal of care and attention. And once the product is in your hands, we can only hope it enables your creativity as it was designed to do.
Last Monday, we attended the 7th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco as a finalist. Late that evening, our phones, inboxes, and social media accounts sprang to life when Pencil won for Best Design. It’s been quite the ride bringing Pencil to market and there’s more we plan to do. Still, we’ve made good progress due in large part to your incredible support.
Thank you to the FiftyThree community and everyone who voted for Pencil in the Crunchies. To creators outside the US and Canada eagerly awaiting Pencil’s arrival, sign up here to be notified when it’s available in your country. Rest assured we’re working hard on this as well.
Photo by Lindsay Borden

PENCIL WINS A CRUNCHIE

2014 launched with a bang as Pencil made headlines in print and across the web. From design to delivery, every minute leading up to the moment you receive Pencil requires a great deal of care and attention. And once the product is in your hands, we can only hope it enables your creativity as it was designed to do.

Last Monday, we attended the 7th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco as a finalist. Late that evening, our phones, inboxes, and social media accounts sprang to life when Pencil won for Best Design. It’s been quite the ride bringing Pencil to market and there’s more we plan to do. Still, we’ve made good progress due in large part to your incredible support.

Thank you to the FiftyThree community and everyone who voted for Pencil in the Crunchies. To creators outside the US and Canada eagerly awaiting Pencil’s arrival, sign up here to be notified when it’s available in your country. Rest assured we’re working hard on this as well.

Photo by Lindsay Borden

EVERY STORY HAS A NAME
FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.
Stories have twists.
So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?
We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.
Stories reveal character. 
There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.
On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.
What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?
We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.
Georg PetschniggCo-Founder and CEOFiftyThree

EVERY STORY HAS A NAME

FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.

Stories have twists.

So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?

We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.

Stories reveal character.

There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.

On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.

What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?

We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.

Georg Petschnigg
Co-Founder and CEO
FiftyThree