Everyone in the cyberworld knows the news about Steve Jobs having resigned as CEO of Apple. He will be missed, for he surely left a legacy, making Apple one of the best brands of the century. The iPad is one of the last innovations he introduced to the world.
The iPad was initially met with much skepticism and mocking, but now there is no doubt that this is one of the best, most ingenius gadgets of the 21st century. It’s handy and lightweight, thus it’s so easy to carry around anywhere. This makes us, as designers, more efficient and maybe more creative with our work.
But there are literally thousands of apps available in the Apple Store–how do you separate the treasures from the garbage? Or the ‘needs’ from the ‘wants’? It’s hard to choose applications because the options are many–perhaps too many. Thus, we make things easier for you by coming up with this list, or the top iPad applications for designers and creatives. Here they are:
1. A Digital Drawing Pad
A digital Drawing Pad allows you to draw with your iPad when you need to illustrate something and you don’t have pen and paper on hand. It’s a faster method of drawing, and best of all you can erase them in a click or tap, so you’re saving paper and ink at the same time.
Designers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a digital drawing pad application. They are great for presentations, design studies, product concept designs, illustrations, storyboards, and more. A digital sketchbook iPad app is a must-have for architects, digital artists, interior designers, students, professionals and entrepreneurs. There are plenty of sketchbook apps for designers to use, such as:
Adobe Ideas - $5.99
Sketchbook Pro – $4.99
Artist’s Touch – $4.99
A great application for painters, artists, or even just for people that are feeling artistic. You can create different effects and rendering from various art mediums such as pencil, oil, watercolor, pastel and more.
2. Quick Sketchpad
Sometimes, you don’t need a heavy application with plenty of features to perform a task. If you need a light and fast app just to illustrate diagrams, a quick map sketch, or fast note taking, there are iPad apps that can do that for you.
Jot! - Free
Sketchpad – $0.99
5. Vector Drawing Tool
Vector based illustrations and technical drawings are sometimes needed or preferred over rasterized drawings. Because vector images are mathematically defined rather than pixel-defined, they can be scaled down or enlarged no matter what the size without any loss of quality. Here are some apps for vector drawing capabilities perfect for beginners and pros alike.
iDraw – $8.99
Freeform – $9.99
6. Font Tools
iFontMaker – $6.99
7. Website Tools
Be updated with your latest stats whenever, wherever you are. There are many different stat updaters for your various accounts: your blogs, social networking sites, Google ads, Youtube videos, just to name a few.
Ego - $2.99
Ego is a web stats application-in-one that can support Google Analytics, Squarespace, Twitter, Tumblr, Vimeo, FeedBurner and Ember.
Analytics HD – $6.99
An awesome iPad app for Google Analytics, giving reports of their web traffic, referring URLs and multiple metrics. The app can handle multiple accounts.
iMockUps – $6.99
iMockUps is powerful and well thought of. its primary function is to create draft wireframes for web sites and apps. It can make wireframes faster and easier, taking advantage of iPad’s touchscreen device. A must have iPad app for web designers and developers.
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