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25 Powerful iPad Applications for Creative Professionals

July 12, 2010 • By

The iPad is well laid with touch-screen bliss, with that said, it provides us with enough real estate to make mockups, administrate, and develop a bit at home or on the go. Furthermore, we summed up 25 must-haves for designers and developers alike.

Evernote

Evernote lets you save text, web pages, and audio for later viewing. A great way to save your brainstormed ideas, websites, or the audio of what your client told you. Evernote’s interface is very intuitive and easy to navigate through, providing you functionality at your fingertips. Additionally, you can sync all your saved notes and recordings with your iPad, phone, or desktop, keeping you in touch with everything you wanted.

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas is what you ideally need for sketching designs and mockups in your office or on the go. The intriguing interface lets you express your ideas easily and comfortably, allowing you to focus on your design and not on finding that “sweet spot” for your hand to rest. The application is also reasonably priced; you will not pay a penny to enjoy it.

iMockups

iMockups

iMockups is a must application for whipping up quick mockups in minutes. It contains a plethora of premade items to choose from such as form fields, containers, video players, buttons, navigations, et cetera. As a user, all you need to do is drag and drop everything you need to attain what you are looking for. It is great way to show clients a basic idea of how you imagine their design to look.

Brushes

Brushes

Brushes is an advanced tool for creating your simple or complex designs. It offers an immaculate zoom feature for better precision and a layering feature, which is always useful for creating drawings or website illustrations. The only drawback to the layering system is that you can only have up to six layers, thus, it can be a bit tricky to separate objects later on. Overall, however, it is a great way to illustrate on the go, where inspiration is around you.

HTML Edit

HTML Edit

HTML edit is any developers’ or web designers’ companion. With syntax highlighting, ftp access, a local file manager, and a file uploader, you have all you need to modify and create your HTML goodies. This application is good for web designers who need to modify their code on the go or need to implement something small to their HTML files without the need of editing other file types.

Desktop Connect

Desktop Connect

Desktop Connect allows you to easily connect to any of your remote computers. This is great for accessing files that are not on your iPad, or for editing some graphics in Photoshop. Additionally, it is a great way to enjoy desktop capabilities right from your mobile device. Moreover, you can also load up your video presentations from your desktop and have the audio playing right through your iPad speakers.

iSSH

iSSH

iSSH is an amazing and well featured SSH client perfect for quick server administration tasks. Since the iPad is all touch screen, it makes server administration a fun little activity, and with its intuitive design and multitasking capabilities, you will hate to go back to your basic physical keyboard.

FTP On The Go

FTP On The Go

FTP on the go is a fully-fledged iPad application designed to do exactly what an FTP program should do and more. Not only can you browse, download, and upload files, you can additionally edit them using the built in file editor. Moreover, you can also preview your changes right from the application’s built-in browser, it is all you ever wanted in an FTP program, pure bliss.

OmniGraffle

OmniGraffle

With OmniGraffle, you can easily create diagrams for any occasion.
It was designed with functionality and usability in mind, its fully-featured with multitouch gestures, draw shapes and drag objects, with smart-guides to make sure you create the perfect diagram every time. Despite being well equipped, this application is for hardcore professionals who need it on a daily basis to warrant its hefty price.

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro is an amazing paint and drawing application packed with amazing features such as its multi-touch interface, layering system, blend modes, video output, and more. Its most notable feature is its video output, allowing you to project your SketchBook Pro screen to a larger screen or projector, great for presenting what you have made so far.

Web Page Developer

Web Page Developer

This application was designed for mobile development. You can easily download the files off your server, edit up to ten files at a time, preview for files locally, and have auto-correct running for you. It is a great application for web developers and designers alike.

Bento

Bento

Bento is a great way for developers and designers alike to store information about clientele or to organize their projects. It is a great way to carry all the information you need everywhere, consider it your digital notebook, journal, calendar, contacts book, and more.

Penultimate

penultimate

Penultimate is your digital sketch and note pad. You can create multiple notebooks and store different information. For example, you can have a sketches notebook, a notes notebook, and a doodles notebook. Additionally, there is no limit on how many notebooks you can have or how many pages in each of them.

Dropbox

Dropbox

The dropbox application is an extension of the dropbox service. You can upload files and download them to and from dropbox account. A great way to keep all your files stored and organized that can be accessible from any device!

Gusto

Gusto

Gusto is a unique web development application; it allows you to edit files from your website, create unique icons for each of your projects, and more. With its built in FTP program, you can download and manage all your files right from Gusto, and with its tabbed editor, you can modify multiple files at ease.

Masque

Masque

Masque is an interesting image editor for the iPad. You can import all your photos from Flickr, facebook, or your photo library. The editor allows you to add cool effects to your images with its vast amount of tools and great layering system. It is a definite must have.

Color RGB

Color RGB

Color RGB is a simple yet intuitive tool that helps you find colors and provides the hex code and hue of each. With its favorite tool, you can store as many of your favorite colors as you want.

Moodboard Pro

Moodboard Pro

MoodBoard, as its name describes, is a tool that allows you to save your thoughts, photos, and ideas for later viewing. It is great for storing your creative ideas for your designs.

Analytics HD

Analytics HD

Analytics HD is your mobile Google Analytics application. You can do everything expected with this application but in a fun and intuitive way, and most importantly, on the go.

MindNode

MindNode

MindNode is an application to map out and collect your thoughts and ideas. It is a great tool for brainstorming, planning, and organizing. With its intuitive and friendly design, you can enjoy brainstorming at a completely new level. Additionally, its export feature allows you to export your maps right to your mac.

Air Display

Air Display

Air Display extends your desktop giving you touch-screen real estate. It is definitely an amazing application and a great substitute to purchasing a touch tablet specifically for your PC.

Font Displayer

Font Displayer

Font Displayer gives you the capability of checking out how fonts look like before using them on your projects. It is a great intuitive tool to discover new favorites or find old favorites that were forgotten.

Quill

Quill

Quill is an intuitive vector-drawing program. While its simple, it is great for creating quick vectors on the go, not to mention, it is quite fun to work with as you can feel your artwork come to life.

Photogene

Photogene

Photogene is a great image manipulation application. You can crop, resize, rotate, and add nifty effects to your images all through a great interface. A definite must have for designers.

Ego

Ego

Ego is a must-have application for those utilizing a plethora of tools, as it is a central location for all your favorite necessities. Access FeedBurner, Google Analytics, Mint, Tumblr and many more all from one application.

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