Paperless Review
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Paperless Review

Our Review by Bonnie Eisenman on May 21st, 2010
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ELEGANCE INCARNATE
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Paperless is a simple, elegant list app that focuses on your data instead of bogging you down with needless options. If you like simple, Paperless is the app for you.

Developer: Crush Apps
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1.2

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Staying organized and remembering things is a difficult task, and one that we all struggle with...which might explain the proliferation of to-do and note-taking apps in the App Store. But while many apps offer a complex, comprehensive approach, Paperless is a simple list app with a crisp, clean interface. While it isn't complex, Paperless offers some good features like emailing of lists, and nobody will deny that it's pretty.

Each list you create can be a checklist or a regular list without checkboxes; you can also add one of 300 vibrantly illustrated "stickers" to a list for quick identification. Regardless of type, each list item can also have a note added to it. And that's it. It's intentionally very simple and open-ended. The developers suggest using Paperless for everything from grocery lists to novel outlines to collecting baby name ideas.

Of course, there are still plenty of nice, discreet features for those who need them. Entire lists or just single items can be duplicated or moved to another list entirely; a search feature allows you to search through all of your lists, or just one. You can also export a list via email, which is perhaps my favorite option. The email-export system allows you to easily send your list in a simple, elegant format that allows you to exchange your stored information with anyone. Note that some features, such as attaching a due date to a task, are absent. I think this may have been by design...without superfluous options, Paperless forces you to play it simple. You can always jot down due dates in the notes section of a list item if you need to. I do wish that you could sort by some criteria other than alphabetically, but at least you can shift list items as you wish.

Overall, Paperless' main draws are its simplicity and its elegance. This is one nice-looking list / task app, and its lovely interface excels precisely because it does so little. Minimalism forces you to focus on your data, not on the app. As a basic list app, the beautiful Paperless reigns supreme.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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