Savor the Simplicity of Pen ‘N Paper HD

Pen 'N Paper HD - MadSwan, LLC

Pen 'N Paper HD app review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer


Price: $1.99

Sometimes less is more. That’s the case with Pen ‘N Paper HD, a brilliantly simple universally useful note taking app from developer MadSwan. As a former Post-it Note addict, I was particularly thankful for the chance to perform an iPhone app review on Pen ‘N Paper HD. Read on, especially if you are ready to kick the messy habit yourself.


Need to make a note? Tap the app icon to launch. That one simple step is all it takes to cue up a note taking surface with the Pen ‘N Paper HD iPhone app. When you need to write something down on the fly that is really all you need.

In addition to being super convenient, Pen ‘N Paper HD is a very intuitive writing app. Writing with your finger or an iPhone approved stylus is neat and easy. The bright blue writing surface and preloaded black and red pen options are extremely clear and visible. There is also a built in eraser to clean up your note if necessary, or an undo button that can clear up to 30 of your past marks. How’s that for versatility?

Possibly my favorite feature in the Pen ‘N Paper HD iPhone app is the one touch option to create a new note. You can add and delete as many notes as you’d like with this app. There is also an easy to use message board where your notes are organized by time stamp.


Pen 'N Paper HD app review

Pen 'N Paper HD

Layout & Design:

This compact note creating powerhouse works on the assumption that when you need to make a note a lot of fussy buttons will just gum up the works. The bulk of your in-screen app will be note taking space. On the iPad this app works in both landscape and portrait mode for a little versatility and optimal screen space usage.

Dedicated add and back navigation buttons are located at the top of the screen. Similarly unobtrusive buttons at the bottom of the screen allow you to undo marks or share your creation via e-mail, save it to your photo library, or simply copy the image to a clipboard to use throughout the phone.

Pen ‘N Paper HD iPhone app manages to pack a lot of punch in a little space, while preserving the app’s true function of note taking. You can tell the developers put a great deal of thought into the app, which is simply yet elegantly designed.


This compact note taking machine is available for download in the iTunes app store for $1.99. I think this is a completely reasonable price for a very well thought out app that works with precision. Watching my little piles of notes melt off my desk as their job is picked up by the Pen ‘N Paper HD app was priceless. An app that cuts clutter is tops in my book.



Pen 'N Paper HD QR Code

Pen 'N Paper HD


Pen ‘N Paper HD iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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