The iPad is a wonderful tool for designers. In fact, iPads have been used by creatives for decades. An iPad can be a professional design tool, which is also cool to use. Not only that, but the devices are also often less expensive than buying a drawing tablet, which can easily cost thousands of dollars. And these days, there are a number of great apps that are especially designed for artists.
We’ve put together a list of some great apps to help you with everything from graphic design to video conferencing. Let’s get started!
For this app, you’ll need to have iOS 9.1 or later and the app costs £4.99. It has everything required to edit an image, including enhancement tools. And it’s easy to move images and graphics between other apps with it’s drag-n-drop feature. In addition, the app offers Photoshop file support, precise drawing and painting when using the Apple Pencil.
Not only that, but you can also store images on the iCloud Drive, and then access them from anywhere you have an Internet connection.
This app requires you to have iOS 13.2 or later, and costs £9.49. This is a very fast app that makes use of the newer iPads’ power, and the app is optimised for the iPad Pro, which has huge ultra-hi-definition canvases and also works with the Apple Pencil.
3). Parallel Access
This app requires your device to run iOS 11.0 or later and is completely free to use! What could be better than that? If you need a remote desktop app, this is the best one.
Parallel Access accomplishes more than apps such as Team Viewer. You’ll find that it allows you to have full access to your desktop, and renders desktop apps making them easier to use. And it doesn’t require loads of data if you’re on the go.
4). Affinity Designer
You’ll need to be running iOS 12 or later on your iPad and the app comes in at £19.99. This app is similar to the desktop version. But in migrating to the iPad, you won’t find any loss of power or precision. It’s all here for the iPad.
Affinity Designer provides you with over 100 brushes, and recent updates have increased its performance. You’ll find this tool is perfect for your workflows, too.
5). Zoom Meeting
This app requires your iPad to run iOS 8.0 or later and is completely free. Zoom is a video conference app that comes highly rated due to the number of features you can use. It includes HD video and audio, typed transcripts of recorded meetings (only in the paid version) and more.
You’ll find that Zoom offers various paid options, including the free version, all the way up to their Enterprise option.
You’ll need to be running iOS 12.0 or later and this app is free to use! Trello is a great way to keep your work organised, collaborate with others, and more. It allows you to create custom cards or boards for each project.
This app is geared for the iPad Pro, which includes making better use of its larger screen. If you need to stay up to date with your projects, this is a great app to use.
This app requires iOS 12.0 or later and costs £9.99. Creatives will find this a handy app to use as a sketchbook. It’s also great for writing notes, doodling ideas, and more. The app allows you to type, record voice or handwritten notes. You can also annotate documents and images, and even choose custom paper designs. Thankfully the app works with a wide range of third-party styluses, making this a very versatile tool for creatives.
8). Things 3 for iPad
Your iPad will need to be running iOS 12.1 or later and the is priced at £19.99. This is the perfect task manager for creatives. You’ll find it easy to use, yet it also provides some incredibly powerful features. This is a great place to collect thoughts, keep projects and notes organised, and even customise your workflow.
You can create your own groupings and sort new tasks, while easily reviewing upcoming deadlines.
9). Adobe Comp CC
Your device will need to be running iOS 9.0 or later and the app is completely free! Adobe apps for the iPad are always great, and that applies to this app, too. Adobe Comp CC allows you to create mockups and wireframes, print and more. You can even export your design to Creative Cloud, InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop. This app keeps you productive everywhere you need to work, even from the car or train on your daily commute.
10). OmiPlan 3
Your iPad will need to be running iOS 13.0 or later and this app costs £99.99, though there is a free trial available. This is a project planning app that’s extremely helpful for creatives. The app makes it fast and easy to create Gantt charts that allow you to allot time and more to specific blocks of a project.
The app makes it easy share everything live, and help you stay on track with scheduling. This is perfect to help you stay on track and meet project deadlines every time.
11). Duet Display
This app requires your device to run iOS 10.0 or later and costs £9.99. With this app, you’ll be able to have more than one screen for your computer. View source material on the computer, and then watch for emails or other notification as you work without having to switch between screens.
Your iPad will need to be running 11.0 or later and this app is free. As a creative, the last thing on your mind may be invoicing. Who wants to work on invoices? However, you need clients to pay for your services, and this app can make it easy for you. You’ll find it easy to create, send and track invoices on the go and at your workplace.
These are some great iPad apps to help you with all aspects of your creative business. You’ll have everything you need to run your business directly from your device including apps for drawing, tracking invoices, conducting meetings and more! Your iPad will become an integral tool of your creative business.
Liam is a website designer and digital marketer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He spent a decade working within the charity sector before moving into the marketing space a number of years ago. Liam always strives to do something slightly different with every project and always designs to deliver results, not just pretty websites.