Papyrus - Natural Note Taking

Papyrus - Natural Note Taking

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Take handwritten notes naturally on your Android tablet or phone! With Papyrus you can write just like you would on paper using an active pen, passive stylus, or your finger. Easily markup PDFs to fill out forms, edit/grade papers, or sign documents. Import images, draw shapes, and add typed text to your notes. Quickly select, copy/paste, and move content between pages and notes. Organize your notes within notebooks and increase your productivity!

Turn your device into a virtual whiteboard or give presentations in a class, meeting, or conference by wirelessly casting to a TV/projector (e.g. using Miracast, Chromecast). Export notes as PDFs or images, then share them with others or store them in the cloud!

Papyrus is vector based - keeping your notes beautiful at any zoom level and on any device. You can erase entire letters and words quickly with the stroke eraser tool, or just parts of words with the true eraser tool. The selection tool allows you to change the color and thickness of your handwriting and even resize a drawing whenever you want without any loss in quality.

Papyrus takes special advantage of active pens on capable devices to provide natural, pressure sensitive handwriting. Just write with the pen and erase with your finger!

Papyrus is designed to be both powerful and simple to use, allowing you to take notes quickly and efficiently.

• Featured App in Google Play
• Category Honorable Mention for Productivity in the Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge (
• Popular Choice Award in the Dual Screen App Challenge (

Key Features
• Take notes naturally with a pen and erase with your finger on active pen enabled devices (e.g. Galaxy Note devices with S Pen)
• Take notes with your finger or passive stylus on non-active pen devices (e.g. Nexus 7)
• Vector graphics engine
• Multiple paper types (e.g. blank, ruled, graph) and sizes (e.g. infinite, letter, A4)
• Undo/redo, select, move, and resize
• Change the color and weight of selected items
• Cut, copy, and paste items between notes
• Two finger scroll and pinch-to-zoom
• Two finger double tap to quickly jump to a specific zoom level
• Organize notes within notebooks (long press, drag and drop)
• Sort notes and notebooks
• Import, crop, and resize images
• Export notes to PDF, PNG, or JPEG for printing, archiving, or sharing
• Share notes with friends and colleagues via email, Evernote, etc.
• Samsung Multi-Window support
• Shortcuts to create a new note or open a notebook
• Present notes on a secondary display (Android 4.2+)

Premium Features¹
• PDF Import - Easily write, draw, and markup on PDFs with all the powerful features available with a standard note. Also includes highlighter tool!
• Tool Pack - Adds a highlighter tool, a "true" eraser tool (erase parts of strokes), shape tools, and a text tool
• Cloud Services - Backup/restore and export notes as PDFs to cloud storage providers Dropbox and Box

Google Play for Education customers can install both this app and the Papyrus EDU License 2014-2015 app to unlock all premium features for the current academic year. See

Information about active pen devices:

Explanation of required permissions:

If you encounter any bugs, please email us at with a description of the bug!

We would love to hear any feedback or feature requests you have at


¹These features are available via in-app purchasing. Your support keeps us innovating!

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Recently changed in this version

• Fixed rendering issues for some PDF files
• Various bug fixes and improvements

Comments and ratings for Papyrus - Natural Note Taking
  • (67 stars)

    by Shahir Mowlaei on 17/10/2014

    Good app, reliable, user friendly; no complications so far. Looking forward to better pen response in future updates.

  • (67 stars)

    by Jim Baker on 16/10/2014

    Great app for the note 3. Works great

  • (67 stars)

    by Rich Levin on 16/10/2014

    Second-best natural note-taking app there is. Drop-dead simple UI, which is what you want in a notepad app. Works great even with non-active pens, works better with them. Lacks multiple styluses, needs support for Google Drive, needs sync feature. Bested only by Samsung's propriety S-Note, which you can't get for non-Samsung devices. I use Papyrus on all of my Android devices.

  • (67 stars)

    by Kristen Kokura on 16/10/2014

    The app won't open for me any longer, meaning I just lost all my notes for the semester.

  • (67 stars)

    by John Pate on 16/10/2014

    I use it full time in college for note taking. I purchased the PDF enhancement, use another app to convert power points to PDF and now can take notes directly on full page power point presententation!

  • (67 stars)

    by ramasamy soundararajan on 16/10/2014


  • (67 stars)

    by Lynda Woodget on 16/10/2014

    The free version is good, this app meets my needs perfectly, like a real notebook. This is the perfect app to get the best from the s-pen. I have been using this app ever since I got my first Note and it just gets better and better.