35 Best iPad Apps Creative and Useful

September 11, 2011 · 11 comments

by Dustin Betonio

Best iPad Apps

Apple’s coolest new toy has finally arrived and for those who haven’t had a chance to put their fingers on it, it’s pretty awesome. As with the iPhone, it will no doubt change the way we interact with the web, even when we’re not on the go. Looking past the cool factor of the iPad, you’ll probably want to know what apps are available that will actually be useful in the realm of the design world.

To a certain extent, an iPad changes the tide of web designer’s routine. iPad enables the potential for designers to accomplish their task and project on time because it is a portable workstation that allows designers to work on the dot. With a touch of a your finger, the tons of awesome apps springs into life and the pictures are vivid and it satisfy the sophisticated taste for every designer. In this article i have gathered some creative and useful iPad Applications that will prove useful to both most designers including web designers. Besides looking for Apps I need to tell you that there also are tons of really nice options for iPad and finding the best iPad 2 cases can be a challenge.



Best iPad Apps

1. Adobe Ideas 1.0

Adobe Ideas 1.0

Adobe Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. It’s an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop software.

2. Draft


A simple way to get ideas out of your head and into a quick sketch.

3. Freeform


Drawing tool for creating vector-based illustrations, sketches and doodles..

4. OmniGraffle


Need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas.

5. TypeDrawing


If you love typography, this poetic visual art app is absolutely yours. Start by typing a sentence you want to say, and then just draw with your finger.

6. SketchBook Pro

Sketch Book 2

Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad is a professional-grade paint and drawing application. Using the same paint engine as its desktop counterpart, Sketchbook Pro Delivers a complete set of sketching and painting tools through an intuitive user interface.

7. SketchPad HD

SketchPad HD is like having a new plain white sheet of paper ready to take note and share your thoughts via email.

8. IMockups


Quickly create wireframes and layouts of interfaces for Web, iPhone and iPad applications. iMockups has taken the process of ìmockupsî to the next level.

9. ipadmindmap


iThoughtsHD brings mindmapping to the iPad. Based on the award winning iThoughts for iPhone, iThoughtsHD has been designed specifically for the iPad. iThoughtsHD will import and export mindmaps to and from many of the most popular desktop mindmap applications such as Freemind, XMind, Novamind, MindManager, MindView and iMindmap.

10. Penultimate


Stylish, powerful and easy to use. Penultimate encourages you to take notes, keep sketches or work through your next breakthrough idea. Seperate notebooks for each topic, project or category. Three different photorealistic paper styles are included.

11. Evernote


Evernote turns the iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and sync to your Mac or Windows desktop.

12. Twitterrific

Twitterrific is the friendly, award-winning Twitter client that’s beautiful to look at, easy to use and full of elegant features. Effortlessly read and compose tweets, search Twitter.com, filter message types and much more.

13. Font Book


If you’re thinking of a font to use for your next project, this app will let you preview fonts for your inspiration.

14. Dropbox


If you’re always on the go and needed to edit some of your design projects, a Dropbox account will help you access your uploaded files and share it online.

15. FTP On The Go PRO


An FTP client for the iPad. All the features of a desktop FTP client and more, all in an easy to use powerful package. Pro features enhanced iPad support, letting you fully take advantage of the iPad’s large touchscreen. Works on your iPhone or iPod touch to

16. Markup For IPad

Markup For IPad
Markup for iPad lets you connect to your websites and edit the text files within them. Download, edit and upload text files such as HTML, CSS, PHP etc. Preview the pages you edit and test them without ever leaving the app.

17. Keynote


Keynote allows you to create, edit, and share multimedia presentations with graphics, animations, and charts.

18. FlickStackr


FlickStackr brings Flickr photo sharing to the iPad. It allows you to browse photos in the Flickr universe, whether you are a Flickr member or not. Includes full screen browsing, in depth search, sharing photos via email and more.

19. Photogene


Tons of photo editing features in a very easy to use app providing you access to all your photos in your library.

20. Adobe Photoshop Express


You can redesign online, edit, and upload your work instantly. You can also work on multiple photos in sequence from within a single workflow and upload it to Facebook.com simultaneously.

21. Masque


Edit your image with this amazing app and apply creative effects to your photos. Use your creativity to make your pictures even better.

22. IPDF Reader


23. GoodReader For IPad


A PDF file viewer that offers wonderful reading experience with horizontal page turning for PDF files and support for VGA monitor.

24. Dictionary And Thesaurus

Reference for words, synonyms, and antonyms for your creative process.

25. Flipboard


This app is your personal magazine. You can check out your status updates, links, videos, photos and what your friends have shared via Facebook and Twitter. It has a huge amount of news content that is shared through social media networks.

26. Phaidon Design Classics


Phaidon Design Classics is a design encyclopedia with access to an endless illustrated history of design concept with precise information and historical context.

27. Cool Hunting


Cool Hunting is a daily buzz on ideas and products in the crossroads of art, design, culture and technology, plus inside looks at the people who produce them.

28. Computer Arts


Browse through Computer Arts Magazine straight from your iPad and learn what’s new in digital design and computer graphics.

29. StumbleUpon


Boost your creativity and be inspired with millions of ideas just by browsing your iPad thru StumbleUpon.

30. WordPress


It’s easy to manage your WordPress blog from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. With the WordPress OS, you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages. All you need is a WordPress blog or a self-hosted blog running WordPress 2.9.2 or higher.

31. Gusto


Gusto was created to embrace the workflow of web development on the iPad. Open your project and download multiple files and folders at the same time from your FTP server. After editing, preview your document locally to quickly see your updates.

32. Analytics HD

Analytics HD

The premier app for Google Analytics, Analytics App, now debuts on the iPad as Analytics HD. See charts and reports like you’ve never seen them before, and share them in a meeting with full screen charts.

33. World Atlas HD


Tons of country information and geography for your creative work.

34. Web Designer Magazine

Web Designer Magazine

Get updated with what’s new with Web Designer, an online magazine defining the internet through beautiful design.

35. IM+


Be notified of new email in Hotmail, Yahoo, or GMail accounts, as well as sending push notifications of new IMs on all supported networks to keep in touch with your fellow designers and your clients.

36. Artrage


ArtRage is a stylish, intuitive painting and drawing package that makes it easy to produce natural looking artwork on your iPad.


Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

joe February 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

You should check this out http://www.koderapp.com. It’s better than gusto IMHO


Lisbeth Gudmand Høyer November 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Very fine list.
Take a look at “iAnimate Collage” an impressive very intuitive, very simple and very powerful animation app. It is a cut-out Stop-Motion kind of animation app. Think of Terry Gilliams animations in Monty Python. That kind of possibilities! Wonderful joy making animations in the app. For Children and Artists.


Chris April 10, 2011 at 10:50 pm


Thanks indeed for introducing me to artrage.

Excellent iPad app.



Lars April 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Your welcome Chris!


Nigel Barber December 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Can I humbly add Vectoria to the list? It’s a unique vector pattern explorer using Touch Turtle Graphics. It’s quite mesmerising. Fun too!



Web Design Nottingham November 18, 2010 at 2:11 am

Haven’t got an iPad yet, but looking at these available apps for it I’m extremely tempted to fetch one now!


Rick Wolff November 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

First to list an app I believe you forgot: ArtRage, the iPad equivalent of an incredible app that simulates oil paint, watercolor, palette knives and airbrushes. It breaks my heart to see creative app listings that leave this one out.


Lars November 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Thanks Rick! I’ll check it out and consider to add it


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