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10 top creative tools and apps for the iPad

Rob Clymo | Feb. 25, 2013
Apple’s tablet is tailor-made for touchscreen creativity – as are many iOS apps. Here are 10 of the most inspiring examples

Using an iPad is great for the everyday tasks we all take for granted, but you can do a lot more with your tablet than simply tap out emails or play Angry Birds. In fact, there are a whole host of software tools and apps that will allow you to unlock your inner creativity and produce everything from doodles and drawings right through to minor works of art.

Better still, if you feel you've got artistic tendencies but have never quite been able to channel them in a constructive way, then armed with iOS and an iPad or iPad mini, you'll soon be able to show your talents to the world.

1. Adobe Photoshop Touch


Although there's Adobe Photoshop Express (free,, if you're looking for extra creative options when working with digital photography, then this is the app to own. Granted, it doesn't have all the sophisticated tools that come inside the full-blown Photoshop package, but there's plenty here to help your productivity. The great thing is that it comes tailor-made for a tablet interface, there's support for iCloud Photo Stream and you'll find some neat new tools inside to boot.

We tend to amass an endless amount of images these days, so having a decent image editor at your fingertips makes sense. Add the fact that you can carry out fingertip editing to all kinds of shots within the easy-to-use interface, and this is an essential for any creative type. What's more, you'll also find Photoshop Touch has a strong emphasis on photo sharing through the usual social networking channels, which means it's both quick and easy to tweak images and let people see them in no time.


2. Penultimate


This now free-to-download app is perfect for anyone who likes to sketch and make notes on the go. There's a cool little interface that delivers a similar experience to that of writing and drawing on regular paper, but in the convenient environment of your mobile tablet. It's easy to get the hang of, with a decent collection of tools and accessories that allow you to jot down your thoughts. If you change your mind about anything, there's a handy eraser for rubbing out errors or for making quick corrections.

A practical notebook option allows you to store and organise all your different workflow ideas, and then call them up as and when needed further down the line. Alongside being a neat and easy notepad-style app, there's also plenty of back-end power to be had here, and integration with Dropbox and Evernote means all your work can be shared or stored in the cloud for access at a later date.


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