Microsoft Courier Tablet Devs Introduce Paper iPad App (Interview Part 1)

Paper App For IpadBrains behind dead Microsoft Courier tablet create spiritual successor. Various iPad apps are now available, watch the video interview below.

The forces behind Microsoft’s now-dead tablet – the Courier – introduce their app, Paper

Even though Microsoft’s Courier tablet is long dead, its memory lives on. First, we have yesterday’s news of the iPad app Tapose which brings functionality of the tablet over. Second, the brains behind Courier themselves, introduce an app: Paper.

George Petschinigg of FiftyThree, the developer, in an interview with The Verge, describes Paper as the “home” for creativity.

Team is based in New York and Seattle, with members of the team formerly of Microsoft who worked on the Courier. The origins of the app were described as “this belief of ours that people are at their best when they create,” according to Petschnigg.

Petschinigg expressed frustration at the fact that, despite advances in smartphones and technology, there has been a lack of creation. “E-mail, Twitter and Angry Birds” were cited as the key symbols of creation … until now.

Petschnigg also said the app was developed with a stylus in mind, because that’s what the wrist has developed to. He also said using a finger instead locked the wrist into one place, and was “fairly large,” so a stylus seems as a more precise way for creation.

On the styluses for the iPad, which have been found lacking, Petschinigg said they’re “absolutely” looking into new technologies to improve the experience.

More platforms haven’t been ruled out, including Windows 8.

Basic app

The Verge has put up this great interview that will give you an idea what the fuzz is all about.

The “basic app” is free, while tools cost money. The first tool – drawing – is free and is used for “sketching, illustrating” and writing. The eraser is also free

There is also a tool for colour, which cost $1.99. Other tools are write, outline and sketch.

The team are also looking for “tool specifically for their [the user’s] needs,” depending on what is demanded. An example given was text tool.

Petschinigg worked on the Office team at Microsoft, and says Office 2007 attempted to “streamline the experience.” He also said that the problem with Office was that no new features were added after the product shipped, so the “in-app purchase model is really fascinating.”

On tools that weren’t not selling, he said it wouldn’t be scrapped but probably placed in some other area of the UI.

Published: Thursday, March 29th, 2012 Last Modified: April 27, 2014

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