Shared Paper

Shared Paper

Create and share on a blank canvas with this networking app

As far as we can tell, there is no other app quite like Shared Paper, and that alone makes it worth a mention. It offers you the ability to sketch ideas on a huge blank canvas, writing notes  and creating presentations before sharing the page with colleagues or friends.

You can share your paper with up to four other users at the same time. The tools give you a great deal of freedom, and thanks to an intelligent grid system, you can get very precise results if you need them.

You also have the ability to add your own photos, and annotate your creations by hand, or by using the text input menu. It’s all very intuitive and easy to get your head around, which is ideal for group projects.

From there you can make slideshows that are similar to those in Powerpoint or Keynote. The menu will bring up an Edit Slides option where you can drag the page to create a slide or add new slides, and set the transitions between them. These transitions are surprisingly good, allowing you to zoom around the large canvas from point to point, or simply fade between the slides.

The controls do take some getting used to, but there are several tutorials. A slideshow gives a step-by-step guide to the app, but there is also a quick-reference guide if you’re looking for a specific tip or resource.

While it doesn’t quite achieve the same quality of images as apps like SketchBook Pro, there’s some scope to create surprisingly good sketches. For working on a shared project and creating presentations Shared Paper will definitely yield some impressive results. There’s little else like it available on the App Store that works so effortlessly.

Rated 4 out of 5

Shared Paper is a well-designed and fun way to create a project with colleagues.