FiftyThree, the company behind the Paper drawing app for iPad and the Pencil stylus, announced today that it’s launching a new collaboration service called Mix for its users.
The service makes it easy for users to share content that they’ve created in Paper with the world, and allows Paper users to pull down content other people have created to modify it. According to Paper Co-Founder and CEO Georg Petschnigg, it’s designed to make it easier for people to share their ideas and get started making things with Paper.
“For us, the overarching goal is to make creativity and creation more accessible,” he said in an interview with GeekWire.
The product is designed to attract two different types of users: novices who want some framework to create something new in Paper, and more advanced users who want to share their work and get feedback at an early stage of the creative process.
Users will still have all of the private notebooks in Paper that they’re used to, but can now pull down on their notebook screen to reach another view filled with stacks of paper that are shared with the cloud. Everything is shared under a Creative Commons 1.0 license, which puts the work shared into the public domain for
It operates in a space similar to Adobe’s Behance portfolio sharing service, but Petschnigg said that Mix is supposed to reach a different part of the creative process.
“It’s (for) a moment in time when you’re open for information, it’s a moment in time when you’re open for experimentation,” he said.
That’s different from Behance, he said, because Adobe’s service is oriented towards people who want to build a professional portfolio and put their best artistic foot forward. Mix is more oriented towards casual users and professional creatives early on in their creative process.
Right now, Mix is in an invite-only beta, so people interested in giving it a shot will have to wait their turn while FiftyThree works to scale up capacity.