looking at the work done by some Artists using paper it looks as though this programme would be great to have on android tablets
anyone any idea if there is a temporary alternative for android that I can use until the developers at fifty three have time to develop an android version?
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It’s merely a matter of not having the time right now to build an Android port to our standards. We are hopeful that there will be opportunities in the future.
If you know talented developers who seem like a good fit for FiftyThree, please send them our way!
Here’s a good article on how big of a challenge it is:
Still seeking top developers who are up to it!
Thanks for taking the time to write that, Nathaniel. If you know anyone who would be up to a challenge like that, we’re hiring:
If you would like to apply, please do! We are not currently working on the Android project, which is why there is no specific job listing.
At the moment we’re focusing on the iPad. The answers here for Android apply to all other platforms as well.
Thanks, Francisco. I’m not sure we would use this, but it’s good to know about.
Wow, lots of activity here this morning.
Moosa: Thanks for that recommendation. It’s good to have information like that on hand.
Tiago: We are being very careful while building our company, so it’s not merely a financial issue.
bored: That would be cool, but it’s not in the works at the moment :)
mempko: I wouldn’t say that it’s a budgeting issue. If you’re a strong Android developer, apply and talk to us about possible solutions!
Thomas: Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Paper is very finely tuned for iPad, so it seems extremely difficult to deliver the same experience over so many devices. Paper is not meant to be used on a small screen either, which is why iPhone is not supported. The drawing experience is very important to us, and whoever helps us meet the challenge of the Android / Windows market would have to protect that experience.
Thanks for your thoughts, James.
Mladen, without Paper and an iPad that supports the extra features, Pencil would just be identical to any non-powered stylus.
I’m not sure how to respond. There is no conspiracy here, but I’m not sure how to convince you otherwise.
A recurring theme that I see in these threads is that everyone believes their request is “easily” fulfilled. I’m sorry, but this is just not true. Even if every individual request was easy to fulfill (none of them are), there would still be the matter of planning and executing all of the requests, which would be far from easy.
We are listening to everyone’s feedback and we keep these topics in our internal discussions, but we are evolving Paper at the speed and in the direction that we feel is best. It’s not done with any malice towards anyone here, we are simply trying to do our best to build tools that help people create.
Our team is currently small, and spending time ensuring Paper works on many different devices would dilute our efforts to build the product with our current team. Hiring is not a simple matter of bringing anyone who can write code on board. Just as we pay great attention to the design of our products, we are very careful in our hiring. You would be surprised at the number of interviews and presentations new candidates must go through. We are focused on quality and building a team with shared values and culture.
We really appreciate the passion that users from other platforms have shown in their desire for Paper, but our absence from these markets is not a sign of contempt for anyone or any technology. We plan to be around for a long time and to keep building.
Thanks for the link. Even if we were on Android, I think people would want to use that app in addition to ours. We have always said that Paper is not a full-featured illustration app.
The iPad 2 lacks the Bluetooth LE technology that Pencil requires.
Thanks, James. :)
John, no updates at this time.
Right now there are no updates to share. We’re still focused on iOS at the moment.
I promise you that at almost every full company meeting, one of the things I say is “we’re continuing to get requests for Paper on other platforms.” Right now, the consensus is still that we want to focus on iOS. It’s not a matter of funding as much as it is retaining focus.
Thanks for your thoughts, Joris. I’m sorry that I can’t give you a more definitive answer, but I can only say that we haven’t ruled out expanding to other devices. Right now we’re focused on the iPad, and we still have a lot of work to do there. If I hear of any changes in strategy, I will share them in the discussions.
Thanks, Sam and Ry.
Hm, I don’t think that’s how it works :)
It’s not my decision alone to make, but I’ll share your thoughts with the team. Right now we have a lot on our plate and I don’t think we could do that any time soon.
Hah :) Sorry, I just don’t have any news to share. We’re very busy supporting Pencil and working on some big projects for the future of Paper. Right now, expanding to other platforms still does not seem like it will happen soon.
I have to be honest, I don’t think it’s likely that we will release an open source version of Paper.
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