A couple days ago I wrote on Twitter that I wasn’t using many of the iPad apps I had downloaded and people started sending me suggestions, so I thought I could download more apps and see which ones I liked best.
This post features over 30 iPad apps that I think designers, developers and creatives will find useful. You’ll find drawing, sketching and wireframing apps, note-taking apps, website editors, painting apps and publishing and analytics apps. I hope you enjoy this post!
Adobe Ideas is so simple to use, it’s not even funny. But it’s not just super easy to use, it’s also pretty powerful. It’s a basic drawing app and the user interface is extremely well thought out (in my opinion – it sometimes reminds me of Adobe Kuler)
iMockups is, as you might have guessed it, a wireframing app. With it you can quickly create website wireframes and layouts. The touch interface makes it feels natural I found it really fun to use too.
SketchyPad is similar to iMockups above. With it you can quickly create mockups and wireframes, much like iMockups. I found both user interfaces to be quite similar and I’d definitely recommend both.
Mindnode is a great mind-mapping app. The user interface is extremely simple and this app is now the only mind-mapping app I use (I even dropped the desktop mind-mapping app I had in favor of Mindnode)
Not a day goes by that I don’t use Dropbox. It really is a time saver and the iPad app is a great companion to the desktop application.
What if you could turn your iPad into an external monitor for your computer with the touch of a button? Well now you can thanks to Air Display! This app is not a ‘remote desktop’ app, it really is an additional monitor, and it works over wi-fi. I use this app a lot to free some space on my main monitor.
FTPOnTheGo is one iPad app I use quite a lot. You can browse files and folders on your server and even edit them right from the app. You can also delete, rename and chmod file very easily and you can also view the results in the integrated browser (no need to switch between apps after editing something).
Freeform is the ultimate vector drawing app for the iPad. If you’ve worked with Adobe Illustrator or even Adobe Fireworks’s vector tools you should feel right at home with Freeform.
SketchPad is a nice drawing app that also combines note taking and creating diagrams. With SketchPad you can easily write text, create shapes or draw with the pen tool (much like you would with something like Illustrator) The user interface is quite simple and intuitive.
This one is for all of you stats addicts out there. With Ego you can quickly and easily see your traffic (hits and page views), your Feedburner feed count, the number of followers on Twitter and you can also add Tumblr, Vimeo, Mint, Squarespace and Ember stats. Ego will also allow you to login to those sites and use them just like you would via a web browser.
Analytics HD is a Google Analytics app with which you can view pretty much all the same data as you would via the real Google Analytics site.
The Evernote app is probably one of the best in it’s category. It syncs to your Evernote account and you can create notebooks, tag items and even geo-tag notes. It’s also the perfect ‘inspiration gathering’ app for designers.
Autodesk SketchBook Mobile
Sketchbook Mobile uses the same paint engine as Autodesk SketchBook Pro, and offers professional-grade painting and drawing tools in a streamlined and intuitive user interface.
TypeDrawing is a fun little app for drawing with fonts. Choose the typeface, color and text and then just swipe your finger on the drawing board and you’ll see text appear. It’s not something that’s very useful on a day-to-day basis, but it could certainly be used in creative ways.
PhotoPad by Zagg
PhotoPad is a photo editing app with some very interesting features. You can rotate, crop and scale images and you can also adjust threshold levels, color, contrast and saturation.
Filterstorm is a useful photo editing app. Simply open up an image stored on your iPad and edit the brightness, contract, hue, saturation and color range and even scale and crop images.
Omnigraffle for iPad is like the full Mac version but only now you can use the iPad’s multi-touch display to draw diagrams, shapes and drag in objects. You can also export your work in PDF format.
Omnigraph Sketcher is probably the best iPad app for creating graphs and charts. It makes presenting data and visualizing ideas so much easier.
As the name suggests, Moodboard Pro is a ‘moonboarding’ application. Whether you need to organize your thoughts or ideas for a design projects or you simply want to keep track of inspiring pictures and designs, this app might be just what you were looking for.
The Brushes App is a painting application where you can really take advantage of the iPad’s multi-touch screen. Brushes has options similar to Photoshop where you can choose different brushes, change opacity and color and also make the brushes respond to speed.
Gusto is a fully-featured website editing app. You can connect to your server and use Gusto as an FTP client as well as create and edit files. It’s a great ‘project workflow’ application.
Those of you who have used the WordPress app on the iPhone/iPod Touch will feel right at home with the iPad version. You can write and edit posts and pages and also moderate and reply to comments.
Penultimate is a note-taking and sketching app. Think of it as a digital version of a Moleskine notebook – even better you can switch between graph, lined and plain paper.
HelvetiNote should satisfy all of you Helvetica lovers out there. It’s a minimalist note-taking app with a very intuitive UI. You can write text and also draw stuff with a pen tool to complement your notes.
Simplenote is probably the easiest and most efficient note-taking app you can find. No bell and whistles, just plain simple to use. You can also send notes via email.
Ever wondered what a particular font would look like on screen, or couldn’t remember what a certain font looks like? Font Displayer will help you preview fonts, change the text, font size, alignment and you’ll also be able to change the number of columns.
Color RGB is a super simple app that’s designed to help you find hex color values and hue levels. The UI is simple and intuitive.
Those of you already familiar with Things will definitely enjoy the iPad app. It’s the ultimate task manager app. You can manage to-do lists, notes, due dates and projects. You can also sync wirelessly with the desktop app.
Layers is a doodling, drawing and painting app. Using it is a breeze and you can choose from many different brushes and create layers, much like you would with Photoshop.
Artist’s Touch is a powerful ‘freehand’ painting and drawing application designed for the iPad. You can choose from a variety of ‘real’ tools like paint brushes, pens, spray paint, etc…
Masque is a photo editing application. You can import images from your iPad, your Facebook albums or Flickr. You can easily edit your photos and add effects, create layers, use brushes and the very interesting multi-touch gradient tool. This app is a must have.
iDraw is a powerful drawing and sketching app. You can select different types of paper like graph, lined, notepad, blueprint and grid paper. iDraw allows you to draw shapes and also use vector tools similar to what you have in Illustrator.
Your Turn To Talk
I hope you liked this post! Make sure you stop by the comment section below and share your favorite iPad apps with the rest of us.
Are there any apps you use on a regular basis that contribute to your design workflow or that you think other designers could benefit from? Leave a comment! 🙂