The 65 best iPhone apps for designers

The best iPhone apps to speed up your workflow, help you make the right design choices, and more.

We have selected the very best iPhone apps that you can download to Apple's smartphone right now.

Despite some strong competition from free Android apps, the iPhone continues to be the main smartphone of choice for the design world. It's not just the best iPad apps that can be of practical use to designers; Apple's pocket-sized marvel can be a pretty handy design tool too. Combined with the best iPhone apps it can pack some real punch in the studio – and more importantly, out of it.

So whether you plan to do some sketching on the move, are after a particular tool to aid your daily design work, or prefer to take things more seriously with something to help you manage your projects, time and money, you don't have to know how to build an app – there's a great selection of must-have apps right here.

01. Fuzel

  • Developer: Not A Basement Studio
  • Price: Free

Create cool photo collages for free with iPhone photography app Fuzel. With a wide variety of features and smooth UI, you can combine photos as well as add effects and write captions. The app imports images and cleverly places them so they fit within the chosen frame. You can then tap on any photo and realign, pinch to resize, add various filters as well as chose from different frames and borders.

02. Doodle Buddy

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Doodle Buddy is described as 'the most fun you can have with your finger'
  • Developer: Pinger, Inc
  • Price: Free

Described as 'the most fun you can have with your finger', Doodle Buddy is a free doodling app, which comes complete with various playful backgrounds and stamps. The app has 44,000 colours to choose from, which can be applied in the form of a paintbrush, glitter pen, chalk and text. There's also the option to switch between freehand drawing and using a stencil. A no-frills, fun drawing app.

03. Ruler Plus

  • Developer: Bananas Design
  • Price: Free

A simple application but a vital one, Ruler Plus provides a 7cm (2 inch) ruler on your iPhone allowing you to take accurate measurements with ease. There's also the ability to extend the ruler by simply moving your iPhone to the right and pressing the plus sign.

04. FX Photo Studio

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  • Developer: MacPhun LLC
  • Price: Free

FX Photo Studio offers an impresssive amount of ways to edit and enhance images. There's hundreds of filters and high-quality effects to to work with, alongside a whole host of other features to help create beautiful photography. This a powerful image processing app for photographers of all skill levels.

05. Layers

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Layers for iPhone has everything you need to be creative on the go

Built on the feedback of mobile artists, Layers is a natural media painting application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Featuring Photoshop compatibility, a selection of brushes, full colour, paint, erase and smudge tools and the ability to add five layers to your drawings, this nifty little app has everything you need to be creative on the go.

06. PicLab HD

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Create inspiring images for the internet

PicLab HD is a nifty app for creating those inspiring images that you get all over the internet these days. You know, the ones featuring a photo – probably with at least one retro filter applied – with a helpful aphorism layered over the top in an attractive, friendly typeface. PicLab HD makes them an absolute doddle, enabling you to either snap a photo or grab one from your photo library, then go to town on it.

07. Strata

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Banish those flat design blues with the Strata game
  • Developer: Graveck
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

So you've just updated to iOS 7 and you're not feeling the flat design? Are you missing a bit of the old skeuomorphism? Ease your withdrawal with iPhone game Strata!

It's a simple enough premise: you're presented with a small grid containing a pattern of coloured squares, and you have to strategically layer strips of ribbon so that when you're finished, the colours of the top layer of ribbons match the coloured squares below. Easy enough to start off with, but as you progress through the game the grids become larger, the patterns more complex and you have more colours to play with, making matters a whole lot trickier.

08. 3DMark

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The real fun lies in running the benchmarking tests

3DMark's a benchmarking tool that's been putting PCs through their paces since the 1990s, and now there's an iOS version that'll give your iPhone (or your iPad or iPod) a proper 3D workout and award it a no-nonsense score.

The real fun lies in running the benchmarking tests, which are beautiful mock-ups of a detailed and action-packed 3D game. They're a delight to watch, and once they're done you can find out how many frames per second your device can manage and just how good it is at simulating 3D physics.

09. Photochop

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Chop up your photos with this handy little hat

We probably like this app for its name as much as for its function. It's a cheap and cheerful little tool for mucking about with pictures; the latest in a long line of photo editing apps. Simply pick a snap from your iPhone's photo library, chop it up into a set of tiles and then go crazy.

10. Filmic Pro

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Packed with features, is this the ultimate iPhone video camera?

FiLMiC Pro is, quite simply, the answer to the frustrations filmmakers have with Apple's default camera app. The most obvious and immediately useful features are the ability to set the focus and exposure separately, to lock them individually, and to lock the white balance. They're all vital for getting the tone and mood of what you're filming right, and FiLMiC knows that.

Video nuts will find wide-eyed glee in the ability to specify not only what resolution it films at, but also the framerate and, best of all, the bitrate, so you can record at quality far beyond the Apple defaults – great if you're filming lots of motion.

11. Adobe Kuler

Kuler from Adobe is one of the best iPhone apps for colour picking
  • Developer: Adobe
  • Price: Free

Originally annouced in October 2011, Adobe recently released an iPhone version of its Kuler tool - and it's one of the best iPhone apps for colour picking around.

Its headline feature is that you can use it to generate colour themes using your iPhone camera. Kuler captures five points of colour in any scene, creating a swatch that you can then tweak, save and send to other Adobe tools such as Illustrator. Alternatively, you can extract colour from images in your own photo stream, Flickr, or the web.

The app offers a number of useful options to tweak swatches after a palette has been created, including a colour wheel, preset colour modes and RGB sliders. And, if you don't have an iPhone, colour palettes can also be uploaded to a new Kuler web-based interface, which launched alongside the app.

12. Adobe Ideas

The cool vector illustration app has been made free to download!
  • Developer: Adobe
  • Price: Free

Adobe's iOS companion to Illustrator is one of the best iPhone apps we've come across - and the best news is, Adobe has made it free to download.

The features in version 2.6 include the ability to customize your toolbar with your favourite brushes, draw more accurately, share your designs on Facebook and Twitter, and sync your colour themes with the Kuler website. If you have Creative Cloud membership you can also sync the app between your iPad, your iPhone and your desktop.

13. Path On

 Path On
Path On lets you add funky text to photos in unique ways
  • Developer: Peta Vision
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Path On lets you add funky text to photos in unique ways. You draw the path you'd like the words to take, then type in your message – the text then flows along the path.

The custom options are the real killer feature here, with you being able to adjust the font, the letter space, the alignment and much, much more. There's a good range of fonts, and playing around is fast and easy. The photo filters are best avoided, but sharing your photo is easy.

14. Repix

Repix allows you to 'paint' filter effects onto images to create brilliant effects
  • Developer: Sumoing Ltd
  • Price: Free

The problem with filters in many photo editors is that you're required to apply it to the whole image, or spend an age creating precise selections. Repix attempts to overcome this by letting you 'paint' filter effects onto your images to create brilliant effects.

A choice of nine brushes run along the bottom of the screen; they range from artistic effects such as Posterize and Charcoal to more creative effects such as Halftone patterns and Ink splats. There's also an eraser and an 'undoer' brush.

15. Behance

Big improvements have been made to the WIP feature
  • Developer: Behance
  • Price: Free

We're huge fans of online portfolio platform Behance at Creative Bloq, especially its super-slick iPhone app. So we were keen to check out the improvements made for the latest version, 2.25.

The main tweaks have been made to the 'Work in Progress' (WIP) feature, including new Flash controls added for the WIP Camera and image editing apps like Adobe Photoshop Touch can now push images into the Behance app as WIPs. Developers have also added a Pin functionality to the app, so you will now see a Pinterest button in the share menu.

16. Blux Camera Pro

 Blux Camera Pro
Blux Camera Pro app recommends what mode to shoot in, depending on the weather in your area
  • Developer: YIN XUE
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

Tap a button in Blux Camera Pro and the app will work out where you are and pull the current local weather, then also look at the scene it's shooting and make a mode recommendation and optionally reading out the info that gets displayed on your screen. 

You can pair it with a separate 69p app called Blux Lens running over Wi-Fi on another iOS device so you can control its camera remotely; a fine idea, though Wi-Fi's limited range means this is possibly not ideal for, as the screenshots on the App Store suggest, taking photos of a pack of wild lionesses.

17. Drawnimal

Help your kids learn the alphabet with this adorable drawing app

An app for the little ones! Any designer will know that it all starts when you're a kid and this adorable new app from designer and animator Lucas Zanatto aims to motivate those budding youngsters. Not only does it encourage children to draw, it shows them the main features of the animals with animations to help them to learn the alphabet.

Drawnimal is available for iPhone and iPad, with over 30 different animated animals and sounds. You can also switch between four different languages.

18. Tick

  • Developer: Taphive
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

Tick is a to-do list app - of the type that, honestly, you probably don't need, what with the built-in Calendar and Reminders apps doing perfectly serviceable jobs - lent desirability by how thoroughly customisable it, and by its sheer flatness.

As well as being pretty flat it's also a procrastinator's dream because its customisation tools enable you to devote plenty of time to creating special to-do lists, choosing icons and picking a pleasing colour for them when you really ought to be getting on with the things that you're creating a to-do list for.

19. Design Duet

 Design Duet
Edit Photoshop on the go and remove the mobile device guesswork

Ever wanted to view your Photoshop canvas on the go? Well, this iPhone app enables you to view your Photoshop canvas live, on your iPhone, over WiFi! Design Duet is designed to help those involved in the process of creating apps and the like by removing the guesswork about how design elements are affected when viewed on a mobile.

But how does it work? It connects directly to Photoshop natively using Photoshop Remote Connections to create a live 'second screen'. Then, the changes made on your Photoshop canvas are automatically updated on Design Duet to preview your designs. It's super simple to use and will no doubt speed up your workflow.

20. Sketchbook Pro

 Sketchbook Pro
  • Developer: Autodesk
  • Price: $1.99/£1.69

SketchBook Pro by Autodesk is one of the most popular iPad art apps with you digital artists. The smaller screen version is a brilliant addition to any designer's iPhone app collection.

There's a wide range of digital pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes to choose from, all accessed via a simple but intuitive UI that lets you pin toolbars to the screen for easy access. You can work with layers, transparency options, annotations, and advanced blend modes and with Dropbox integration - what more could you want?

21. Sum05

  • Developer: Lia
  • Price: Free

Created by Austrian software artist Lia, this pattern creating iPhone/iPad app is perfect for any illustrators, designers and procrastinators. Sum05 invites the user to interact with the chosen device and requires no training to be used; you simply need to tilt, shake and tap to produce random colours, reposition curves, and more.

22. Marksta

Watermark your work with this brilliant app

Photojournalist John D McHugh was tired of people stealing photos he's posted online so he created Marksta, an app that enables you to watermark your work. Add your copyright information or logo to images direct from your iPhone before uploading them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or other sites.

23. Photoshop Touch

 Photoshop Touch
Work on your Photoshop projects while you're on the move
  • Developer: Adobe
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

There comes a time in every designer's life when you're on the move, you haven't brought your iPad, and you need to do some last-minute fiddling with an image or design. For this reason, Adobe has released versions of its Photoshop Touch tablet app for the iPhone.

It's essentially the same as the iPad/Android tablet app but downsized for the smaller screen, offering the same core Photoshop features, including layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters, plus you can use your smartphone's camera to fill an area on a layer with the 'Camera Fill' feature.

When you buy the new app, you get access to Adobe Creative Cloud and 2GB of free storage. That mean you can start a project on your smartphone and finish it on your tablet, or back in Photoshop on your Mac or PC (as long as you've bought all three tools, that is).

24. Geló

Geló is a great way to apply gradients to your iPhone photos
  • Developer: Fotosyn
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

Gradients have become a lost art in iPhone photography, but Geló fills that gap in the market well.  Once you've taken or imported an image, you see a carousel of 'gels'. Cycle through to choose a colour, tap it, and then it's applied to your shot. Using the sliders you can tweak how the filter affects your shot, and it's this high level of control that makes Geló a winner.

You can tweak individual colours and the position of the effect until it gives you a realistic graduation (usually for a horizon), or you can get a bit arty and create vintage looks or use different shapes to add a 'gel collage' effect. You can also choose how the gel effect is applied, either a tint, a solid gel (Over) or mixed into the colour palette (Add). Coupled with contrast tweaks, you can create impressive images.

Create a 'business card' style website using your iPhone
  • Developer: M.Dot Inc
  • Price: Free (in-app purchases) enabless you to easily create a 'business card' style website on your iPhone using a template. There are several neat features. Alongside the ability to add About Me, Text, Blog and Gallery pages, you can add 'furniture' for every page, such as a logo, social media buttons (complete with your account embedded), and a splash image.

In addition, you can provide your business address and telephone number, and will add a useful 'Call Me' button and geographical map directions to your site. Images can be added from your Photo Library, or directly from the camera.

26. dotdotdot

Archive your digital reading with this new app

Dotdotdot enables you to manage and organise all of your eBooks, snippets of text and RSS feeds in one place, tag and locate your favourite passages quickly and easily, and share what you're reading with Twitter, Facebook and fellow dotdotdot users – including specific quotes and your comments on them.

27. MyPrice

MyPrice is the perfect app for a freelance beginner

An app that's perfect for rookie freelancers. It enables you to calculate how much you can charge for your creative services, taking under account factors like the project, client, location, as well as your education and experience.

28. Evernote

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Evernote allows you to store your inspiration

Evernote allows you to save your ideas, things you like, things you hear and things you see. You can access your inspiration anywhere as it works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there. And to make things easier, you can search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images.

29. Instagram

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The Instagram profiles have recently launched too

Instagram is a photo-sharing app that enables its community to take pictures, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services. It's a great source of inspiration: if you don't believe us check out these 8 amazing Instagram accounts.

30. Reminder

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Notifications messages will be shown even when the app isn't running

As busy creatives, we're all guilty of getting a bit overwhelmed by workflow from time to time. This app helps you to ensure all your deadlines are met. Notifications messages are shown even when the app isn't running so you've got no excuse!

31. Frametastic

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Organise the photographic elements of your life with Frametastic

Frametastic is a tool for sharing the big picture; not just a moment but a memory. It allows to you to have a creative outlet for organising the photographic elements of your life whilst also allowing you to alter your images with a set of colour filters. Kind of like Instagram but more framey.

32. Snapseed

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Snap it. Tweak it. Love it. Share it.

Okay, okay, we know we're featuring a lot of photo/image based apps but you lot seem to love them out there! With a tag line 'Snap it. Tweak it. Love it. Share it.', Snapseed is pretty self-explanatory. It also won TIPA's Best Mobile App for 2012.

33. ColorSchemer

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You can browse and search over 1 million palettes

Already an Apple staff favourite, ColorSchemer has become a must-have iPhone app for designers. You can browse and search over 1 million palettes created and shared by COLOURlovers members as well as connecting with the COLOURlovers community.

34. The Font Game

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One for all you creatives that think you know typography like the back of your hand

One for all you creatives that think you know typography like the back of your hand. From the makers of I Love Typography comes The Font Game - the smash hit rapid-fire typeface-identifying game. Train your eyes by identifying more than 1000 font samples, and play quickly to secure a spot on the Hall of Fame!

35. Webr

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Create blogs and full-working websites that are viewable in any browser

This is the app for you web designers out there. Webr helps you create, publish and edit, dynamic websites from your iPhone or your iPod touch. Using their intuitive themes, you can create, not just blogs but full working websites, viewable in any browser on the computer.

36. The Typography Manual

 Typography Manual
There are neat little tools such as an Em Calculator for scalable web type, and a font-size ruler.

A valuable reference resource for anyone passionate about working with type, complete with practical hints and tips for setting text, working with special characters and getting to grips with the terminology involved. There are also neat little tools such as an Em Calculator for scalable web type, and a font-size ruler.


You can use it to match hues from photos, generate harmonious colour palettes and then share them

This official app from the undisputed kings of colour acts as a digital swatch book, including over 13,000 colours from the Pantone Plus Series and beyond. You can use it to match hues from photos, generate harmonious colour palettes and then share them, or synch them with your design software programs of choice.

38. iDesign

iDesign features a unique offset drawing tool that enables you to draw accurately with a fingertip

Dubbed a "precision 2D vector drawing and design" app, iDesign features a unique offset drawing tool that enables you to draw accurately with a fingertip without blocking your own view. It features advanced point and shape editing functionality, and is well suited to drawing on the move.

39. Omnifocus

OmniFocus has continued to develop and packs plenty of features

Having scooped the Apple Design Award for best productivity app when the iPhone App Store first launched, OmniFocus has continued to develop and packs plenty of features into its simple, intuitive interface. There's a high price tag, but it's invaluable for organising all your daily tasks in one place.

40. Cinemagram

Move over, Instagram: this nifty little app enables you to bridge the gap between photography and motion

Move over, Instagram: this nifty little app enables you to bridge the gap between photography and motion from the comfort of your iPhone, by animating sections of an image and then applying vintage filters to add that hipster edge, before sharing your creations across social media.

41. Harvest

Time is money. Track it wisely.

This app's tagline says it all: "Time is money. Track it wisely." Both its design and function are simple but effective, based around large stopwatch-style timers for particular project tasks, linked up to billable hours, timesheets and expenses - so you can keep track of those necessary evils of freelance life on the move.

42. Palettes

The initial free app can be upgraded to Basic or Pro versions for full functionality

This is a great way to create and manage colour palettes to use in your design work, whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. You can sample colours from images, websites or whatever you can find, as well as adding them manually. The initial free app can be upgraded to Basic or Pro versions for full functionality.

43. Todo

Organise your projects into various related checklists

This particular task management tool is rather well connected, offering synchronisation with Dropbox, iCal, Outlook, iCloud and also its own Todo Online service. Organise your projects into various related checklists, map deadlines onto your calendar and keep on top of every aspect of your working life.

44. What The Font

 What the font
This rather handy app will attempt to identify any typeface based on a snapshot

Making use of the font identification engine on global type library MyFonts, this rather handy app will attempt to identify any typeface based on a snapshot on your iPhone, and then links through to further information and purchasing info. Of course, it can sometimes miss the mark - but when it works it's fantastically useful.

45. Mill Colour

 Mill Colour
Mill colour manipulates your source image to help you replicate the look of a high-end digital suite

This photo-grading tool feeds years of experience from colourists at leading Soho-based visual effects house The Mill into one free app. Rather than applying a grading filter, it manipulates your source image to help you replicate the kind of look and feel that might be achieved in a high-end digital suite.

46. TypeDrawing

There are various fonts to choose from, and you can export the results to work on them further

This one's just bit of fun really: you just type a sentence to use as a starting point, and then draw with your finger to create pieces of typographic artwork. There are various fonts to choose from, and you can export the results to work on them further.

47. Hipstamatic

A beautifully designed photography app that enables you to switch lenses, film and flash settings

Riding the crest of the current trend for retro, analogue aesthetics, this is a beautifully designed photography app that enables you to switch lenses, film and flash settings to create and share highly stylised images. It's also highly expandable, with a broad range of special packs available for in-app purchase.

48. iBlueSky

This handy app is about gathering your thoughts down and making sense of them

However cynical you might be about the buzzphrase 'blue sky thinking', this genuinely handy app is about getting your thoughts down and making sense of them. Sketch out notes and ideas and link them together in a digital 'mind map' that you can then save and share with colleagues.

49. NightCamera

This nifty app taps into the phone's accelerometer to detect when the camera is steady

While your iPhone camera is able to produce some half-decent images in standard light, the slow lens means that it generally performs badly in low light conditions, and blurs easily. This nifty app taps into the phone's accelerometer to detect when the camera is steady and improve quality.

50. Adobe Photoshop Express

 Adobe Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express has some useful tools for photo-manipulation
  • Developer: Adobe
  • Price: Free (in-app purchases)

While many of the Touch suite are arguably best suited to iPad, Photoshop Express  - though not to be compared with Photoshop CS6 - has some useful tools for photo-manipulation on the go that can be just as valuable on iPhone - including filters, effects and basic editing tools. There are also several expansion packs, ranging from £1.49 to £2.99.

51. Visualator

A free creative tool from our sister magazine, Computer Arts

A free creative tool from our sister magazine, Computer Arts, Visualator features two innovative tools - Gradulate and Triangulate - with which you can easily create striking abstract imagery with your fingertips. It was built entirely in Flash CS5 as a showcase of what's possible with the platform.

52. photoCalculator

This highly practical tool can function as a standalone calculator
  • Developer: Yan Li
  • Price: Free

This highly practical tool can function as a standalone calculator, but as the name implies it really comes into its own for photographers - with tools for working out how many raw captures you can fit on a card, timelapse settings, hyperfocal distances and more.

53. Action Method

This app is all about maximising your productivity

Just one part of a whole suite of Action Method products from the mighty Behance Network, this app is all about maximising your productivity - and syncs with its web-based equivalent, Action Method Online. Tasks can be filtered according to project, due date and so on, and even delegated to your contacts.

54. ColorToy

Generate complementary shades based on a key colour

This is another invaluable tool for anyone who works with colour schemes regularly - whether for graphic design, web design or illustration. Generate complementary shades based on a key colour; cherry-pick your favourite colours from photographs; and collate and manage your favourite palettes in scrapbooks for later reference.

55. Clear

An elegantly designed task management app that strips everything right back to basics

An elegantly designed task management app that strips everything right back to basics with an interface that's based around colour-coded strips and instinctive, iPhone-native gestures to create and manage your to-do list. Pull to add a new item, swipe to complete, and pinch to compress the list - very satisfying to use.

56. Typecast

One of our favourite iPhone apps, Typecast gives you access to thousands of web fonts
  • Developer: Front
  • Price: Free

Typecast is a browser-based web fonts app that enables you to experiment with over 23,000 web fonts from Typekit, Fontdeck, and Google Fonts - even if you don't have an account with those services.

57. Over

One of the best iPhone apps for Instagram users, Over allows you to add type to your photos

While a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you need some words as well to let people know what they're looking at. Over is one of the best iPhone apps for Instagram addicts, enabling you to add typography to your images quickly and easily.

58. Fontli

Use Fontli to discover inspirational photography of type throughout the world

Fontli is a social network of type lovers, enabling the community to collect and share inspiring examples of typography from everyday life. Using integration with MyFonts database, its iPhone app also features type tagging on pictures. There's a Windows version too.

59. VectorSNAP

Make everything from t-shirts to tattoos with this great iPhone app

VectorSNAP is an iPhone app that turns your photos into black and white vector images. You can scale them to any size and they will stay smooth and sharp. Apart from being fun in themselves, they're good for making things like posters, T-shirts, logos, tattoos and graffiti stencils.

60. Ikonika

This iPhone app is an essential purchase for any icon enthusiast

Ikonica is a useful tool for iOS app designers, developers and owners that allows you to easily test different icon designs on springboard and in various backgrounds and sizes. A great tool for any icon designer or enthusiast.

61. Sunrise Calendar

  • Developer: Sunrise Atelier
  • Price: Free

Sunrise Calendar has been given a massive makeover and update for iPad and iPhone, it's a fab-looking iOS 7-flavoured app that you can use to funnel all those Google calendars, plus the iCloud-powered ones on your iPhone and iPad, into one super-calendar that'll hopefully rule them all and ensure you're never double-booked again.

62. Picerty

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Picerty allows the creation of beautiful compositions from photos taken with your iPhone

Picerty is an app that allows the creation of beautiful compositions from photos taken with your iPhone. You select nine pre-shot images to be placed in a 3×3 grid, then you can tap-and-drag them into any of the nine positions for aesthetic effect.

There are 10 Instagram-esque filters and it's all very quick and simple to apply these effects. You can upload the Picerty to the community, but not a #tag. This makes the Explore function a bit tedious, since you can't search subjects. But you can share it on Facebook, Twitter, email, or even order greeting cards, posters or vinyl wall decal stickers.

63. Redacticam

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Redacticam allows you to take photos without GPS data attached

It's no secret that the iPhone's camera uses its GPS chip to add your location to your photography, and this isn't always wanted. Redacticam lets you either take photos without GPS data attached, or it will create copies of photos or videos from your Camera Roll with the location stripped.

64. Storyboard Composer

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Get the look and pace of your film right before even picking up a camera
  • Developer: Cinemek
  • Price: $14.99/£10.49

The best films come from meticulous planning and preparation, and one of the most important stages in that is storyboarding. Getting the composition of your shots right before you start filming makes a massive difference to their eventual quality, but it's a lot of work.

Storyboard Composer makes it slightly easier by enabling you to take photos or import them into the app, and then add arrows and notes to indicate what should be happening on screen.

65. Iconical

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Create icons for your apps with Iconical

Iconical's a crafty little app that, to an extent, enables you to create new app icons. That 'to an extent' bit's important, since you're only likely to be able to create new icons for a small proportion of your apps.

Mail, Maps, Messages, Phone and Safari are all supported within Iconical, and if you visit this page you'll find the special shortcuts you need to create icons for iTunes, App Store, Calendar, Music and other default apps. There's also support for a number of third-party apps, particularly the bigger-name ones.

Have we missed your favourite iPhone app? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Words: Nick Carson

Nick Carson is editor of Computer Arts.

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