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Paper for iPad: The New Instagram?

Recently art has experienced a revival within the tech scene, thanks to the numerous image-altering and sketch-guessing apps used by many a budding virtual artist. With the likes of Instagram and Draw Something celebrating worldwide success, it was only natural that others would replicate such popularity - a prime example being Paper for iPad.

Reminiscent of the fame experienced by popular photo-sharing app Instagram, Paper has already enjoyed over 1.5 million downloads since its release in Apple's App Store just a few weeks ago. However, what sets this apart from Instagram is not just the ability to enhance your images - but to also create them.

The app has already received glowing reviews by many a creatively gifted artist, but thanks to its ease of use, even the most simplistic of sketches can be transformed into a masterpiece. Plus images can also be shared on social networking sites.

Whilst Instagram had ready-made filters, Paper for iPad involves a bit more artistic thinking - leaving the user to decide for themselves how exactly they wish for their image to be composed. The only drawback is that the only free tool is a drawing function and eraser. Should you wish to go all out and colour, outline, sketch and write, you'll have to upgrade to the premium package - available for $1.99 each (or if bought together in the Essentials Kit, you'll manage to save yourself 4 cents).

Does Instagram have competition? We'll have to wait and see.

Source: PCWorld

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and joins ITProPortal with just over a year's experience under her online belt. A copywriter by day and a freelance writer by night/weekend, Mariel is an avid volunteer - lending her charitable services throughout the world. Specialising in social media, apps, and video games, Mariel hopes to intertwine her love of technology with the English language to produce amusing anecdotes of ambiguous algorithms and alliteration