Apps for Creative IPad Users

November 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm 1 comment

I feel really high-tech righ now because I’m typing this blog post on an iPad!!! I got one the day before yesterday, and it is TOTALY AMAZING! Surprisingly I don’t have any game apps for it yet. I don’t feel the need to when there are so many other awesome apps that actually have a point and don’t guzzle your time. I know, because I’ve been caught in the Angry Birds trap more than once. I don’t have that game for my iPad yet, and my plan is not to. : )

Anyway, I got some really cool apps that are actually tools, not just entertainment. These include drawing and music apps that do REAL things. I’m not just talking about those silly photo editing apps that make you look fat or thin, I’m talking about tools that help you create things you can use in real life. Some of the apps work even better than expensive computer software I’ve used that did practically the same things. Below you will find a list of these essential apps for creative people.

Brushes
This app is really cool, and it does what its name implies – has brushes that you can draw/paint with. It’s not your average preschool drawing app; it has lots of different brushes with settings for spacing, size, opacity, and color. You also have settings for changing the opacity and size with the speed of your finger. Even better than that is the fact that that is has layers! You can have up to six layers in a project. Another professional feature is transparency.
I would HIGHLY recommend this app to anyone who likes to draw, paint, or is just creative. It’s worth every dollar.
$8 for iPad, $5 for iPhone

Symphony Pro
This is another must-have app that in my opinion every musically inclined person should have. It is a professional quality music composing app that has many amazing features. If you’ve ever used any Finale products, you will LOVE this app. It is perfect for writing music, and it even has a keyboard in the app to enter in notes. It also has a really helpful feature with live-time recording on the keyboard. After you’re done recording you can go back and edit the notes and add other instruments. Speaking of instruments, there are over 100 of them, with good playback.
Also, when you’re done with a song, you can export it as a musicXML, PDF, color PDF, AAC, MIDI, or Symphony. This is a really nice feature that you have to pay $50 for with Finale products (Finale Songwriter). Even if you have no music skills at all you can still have a LOT of fun with this app.
$15, only iPad
Also, don’t let the price intimidate you. Think about all of those worthless games and “cool” apps that were a waste of money, and then think of how anything worthwhile costs a bit. That is, most of the time; keep reading below for a great FREE! photo editing app.

Photoshop Express
This is a powerful app for editing the photos you take directly on your iPad. It has adjustments for all of the major levels like saturation, exposure, contrast, and other things, and it also has a few other effects. I took a picture of my little sister on the iPad and edited it in Photoshop express, and showed it to my dad. He was amazed at how improved it was from the original, even though as a computer programmer he doesn’t get into the visual and creative side of things. Also she wasn’t even looking that great, she had just fallen down and was crying but trying to smile for the picture; but imagine how nice she’d look if she was smiling! : ) See the before and after below.
FREE, iPad, iPhone, and Android

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There are many other excellent apps out there; these are just the first ones I’ve gotten, having the iPad for only 2 days. But let me tell you that iPads can be used as worthwhile tools and not toys. That’s definitely how I’m using mine.

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