9 Great iPad Apps for Graphic Designers and Web Developers

9 Great iPad Apps for Graphic Designers and Web Developers

If you are like me, you may be fascinated by the iPad but unsure of its ability to carry any real workload. I finally decided to research the actual usefulness of the iPad and actually found some serious apps for graphic designers and web developers. For those of you wanting to improve time management skills, the iPad may be one investment you cannot forego.

9 Great iPad Apps for Graphic Designers and Web Developers

9 Must Have iPad Apps for Web Professionals

Adobe Ideas
This companion to Abobe Illustrator and Photoshop is the perfect app for designers using the iPad. Adobe Ideas basically turns your iPad into a digital sketchpad. Take this baby to a client meeting, sketch some immediate ideas while hearing their design needs, and close the deal with your impressive skills. Unlike sketch apps beforehand, Adobe Ideas is very fluent and comes with plenty of useful tools and layers.

Adobe Ideas

Free Form
With this vector drawing app for the iPad, you can create sketches, diagrams, and mockups. When your project is complete, you can save it in your pictures or send it to your email in JPG, PDF, or PNG formats.

Free Form

iThoughtHD (Mindmapping)
Mindmapping is a way of creating a visual chart of your thoughts. iThought HD for the iPad will import and export from any of the mindmapping desktop apps.

iThoughtHD

Fargo (The Font Game)
If you love fonts (and all designers do), you will love this app. With over 600 font samples, you can roll around in font ideas for a project or just relax and enjoy playing with text.

The Font Game

Penultimate
With the touch of your fingers, you can create beautiful writing. The paper and pen images are lifelike and high quality. Simply write, doodle, take notes, and create images with your iPad. Save your notes in organized files so that you can email and store them.

Penultimate

Phaidon Design Classics
This app is your digital library of the greatest design books, and the 3D environment makes reading enjoyable. With Phaidon Design Classics, you will never have to spend time searching through a large book store for the right design book.

Phaidon Design Classics

WordPress for the iPad
Most great bloggers know the value of WordPress. With the iPad app for WordPress, you can manage your blog from you iPad, anytime, anywhere.

WordPress for the iPad

Brushes
Brushes is an easy to use but powerful painting app designed specifically for the iPad. You will find that it is simple to use but delivers professional images.

Brushes

iFontMaker
Because of the iPad’s touch interface, you can use ifontmaker to create 100% original and hand drawn fonts. With this app, you can save your new font as a TTF file so that you can use it on your website or in programs like CreativeSuite and MicrosoftOffice.

iFontMaker

Conclusion

The iPad may not be able to replace your Apple desktop yet. However, you can use the iPad for mobile activity that you can later incorporate onto your desktop with ease. So, for those of you who mostly work away from the office, an iPad may be your next necessary design investment.

Tara Hornor has a degree in English and writes about marketing, advertising, branding, graphic design, and desktop publishing. She works for PrintPlace.com, an online printing company that offers brochures, posters, postcards, business cards, and more printed marketing media. In addition to her writing career, Tara also enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    This is a fantastic collection of iPad apps! Apple has really outdone itself with tablet and mobile development. And with the release of iOS4 we are seeing some amazing functionality present itself

    • Danny,
    • December 28, 2010
    / Reply

    2 nice app’s that I had missed. Thanks Tara. Will be checking and testing them.

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    i’m having some of them will look forward to get more from here. thanks for sharing

  3. / Reply

    Thanks Tara! Great list of apps here, I had several – but some of these will most definitely be incorporated into my daily use.

    • Drupal webdesigner,
    • December 28, 2010
    / Reply

    Thanks for sharing this list, i new a few of them. I’m still wondering if font maker is something you can really do on the ipad? And is it possible to import sketches. As i never made a font this can be a good start. Anyone has experience with the app.

    It looks cool, thats a fact.

  4. / Reply

    Especially I like the wordpress for the ipad app as I am always working on wordpress for my own blogs and for my client sites. Thanks for the list.

  5. / Reply

    What about Android? Haha. These apps actually give me a reason to have an iPad if I had money to blow.

  6. / Reply

    As iPad and iPhone becoming more and more popular, such tools might be more and more popular.

    • Rain,
    • July 15, 2011
    / Reply

    cool apps indeed! thanks a lot!

    • Griffin,
    • July 27, 2012
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    There’s a reason why Adobe Ideas is #1 on this list; it is phenomenal. I’m a graphic designer working in San Francisco, and i have found the iPad invaluable to my design process. Also, the iPad’s 4G LTE capabilities are remarkable! AT&T’s coverage here is great!

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