The Apple iPad can be a particularly useful tool for designer’s on-the-go. It’s small, lightweight, ergonomically suitable for working while on planes, trains, and automobiles, makes a great portable portfolio, and by using mobile broadband, it can connect to the Internet and serve as a workstation. In addition, a slew of stellar design-oriented iPad apps, ensure that creativity can flow any time or any place. Check out 10 must-have iPad apps for designers:
Air Sharing HD
For those with multiple work stations Air Sharing HD allows the user to move files between the iPad and their primary computer. The app features options to print, share, and view. It’s also compatible with Dropbox, iDisk and WebDAV through mobile broadband. If you’re one of the iPad owners disappointed in its inability print, this is the application for you.
Brushes is a painting tool for the iPad. Not only is it easy to learn, its high-quality enough for professional use. It boasts 19 brushes, six layers, blend modes, quick zoom, a variety of colours, a replay feature for your paintings, high-resolution export, the ability to send pictures straight to Flickr using mobile broadband, and you can adjust size, opacity, and spacing.
Color RGB lets you save colours you love, compare two colours at once, and even gives you the Hex Code, RGB, or Hue values for any colour you’re searching for.
Layers - Pro Edition for iPad
Layers features painting tools, brushes, an eye-dropper, a smudge tool, extreme control over brush tip, up to five paintable layers for each drawing, advanced layer manipulation tools, brush transparency, and the ability to add photographs to your paintings. Create masterpieces or just draw on existing photos for fun.
Masque is an effective, fun photography tool. Add effects to your Facebook, Flickr, and iPad Photo Library pictures. Paint effects with your finger, use gradients to add or fade effects across your photos, or layer multiple effects.
This mind-mapping app helps you to bring order to a collection of thoughts. Each idea can be turned into a node and then pushed around the screen to create an orderly outline of your ideas in the form of a mind map. It’s perfect for planning projects.
This bestselling handwriting app gives you the tactile sensation of writing on paper along with digital power. The inking technology produces incredible pen strokes. Keep your ideas, sketches, and drawings together in separate notebooks.
Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro is a favourite among designers and doodlers alike. This professional paint and drawing app has a complete collection of sketching and painting tools with an intuitive interface. There are 75 paintbrushes, markers, and pens. It also allows illustrators to edit brush sensitivity, customize colours, and use multiple layers.
SketchyPad can be used for Web site sketching, as well as apps interface making. The easy to use program includes a variety of stencils allowing graphic designers and interface designers to create on the move.
Things is a top of the line task management app for the iPad. This focused, intuitive task manager is simple, but still offers helpful features such as a repeating tasks function. Schedule meetings and appointments, note important tasks, and create projects.
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