The 100 best iPad apps

We've scoured the app store to find the best iPad apps for design, creativity, inspiration, organisation... and fun, too.

We've gathered together the very best iPad apps in Apple's App Store - and many are free. You're sure to find a timelessly brilliant app that meets your needs, saving you the hassle of searching through the hundreds of thousands available.

Whether you're looking to design on your iPad, carry out research, find inspiration, or improve your task management and productivity there are tons of iPad apps in our list. So here goes, in no particular order...

01. Sunrise Calendar

  • Price: Free

Sunrise Calendar is an app that collects all your calendar data into one place. Recently 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 ensure you're never double-booked again.

02. Adobe Photoshop Touch

Given how hugely complicated Photoshop for desktop is these days, a part of us wishes Adobe Photoshop Touch wasn't just for iPad: Roberto Nickson
  • Price: $9.99/£6.99

It may not be Photoshop CC, and Adobe Photoshop Touch isn't without its limitations - there's no RAW import, and the maximum image export size is 1600-by-1600. However, this iPad app retains enough of its desktop cousin's features (and places them in a sleek, pared-down, tablet-optimised interface) to make it an essential purchase, and one of the best iPad apps for designers.

Video editor, graphic and web designer Nicholas Patten says he particularly likes "how it allows the user to still use layers and control opacity levels and blend modes". And the fact that it costs less than a pub lunch doesn't hurt either.

03. Cloze

Cloze aims to improve those all-important online relationships
  • Price: Free

Cloze is an iPad app designed to help you manage and improve online relationships with the important people in life. It does this by presenting communication between you by email, and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in one unified inbox.

Cloze automatically splits your contacts into two groups - Key People, and everyone else. It does this by allocating each of your contacts a score based on how often you communicate with them, the form that communication takes, how often they respond to you and the breadth of topics you discuss.

04. Camera+

There are a lot of camera apps for the iPad - does Camera+ have what it takes to be the best?
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

iPad app Camera+ essentially does three things extremely well: capture, editing and sharing, and offers some terrific extras compared to the built-in Camera app. For example, if you have a new iPad (which has a proper movable lens system, and actually takes good photos), you can split the touch points for where you want the camera to focus and for where you want it to expose. You also get the option of shooting in burst mode (though the pictures are very low-res), shooting with a five-second time delay, or shooting automatically when the iPad detects it’s being held steadily.

When editing, there's a good range of special effects you can apply, and you can stack up multiple effects - setting the intensity of each, or even brushing the effect on or off with a configurable brush tool. You can also apply Scenes, optimising the shot for modes such as Cloudy or Sunset, and the Clarity filter gives most photos an instant lift.

05. Photoristic HD

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Photoristic HD doesn't load you with unneccessary features
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

Photoristic HD is an iPad image app that's just powerful enough to be quite useful without overloading you with features that you don't really want. It's all about the standard image adjustment tools (white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, vibrance and saturation), with additional colour controls, a black and white mode, split toning and a hefty collection of presets for Instagram-style quick fixes.

06. Pixaki

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Pixaki is designed with professionals in mind
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

Created by game developer Luke Rogers, Pixaki's billed as a pixel editor designed with professionals in mind, and it packs a decent set of features to ease your creative processes. Working on a canvas up to a whopping 512x512px in size, you can build your own 16 colour palette with an intuitive hue picker and work with up to 20 layers.

07. Loop

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Create short, hand-drawn animation with Loop
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

Inspired by the work of its founder and creative director Matt Pyke, design studio Universal Everything created Loop, a drawing app that allows you to easily created short, hand-drawn animation and share them via email, Tumblr and in the Loop gallery.

08. Paper by FiftyThree

Paper's so lovely that it made us pile up and set fire to all our real pens and paper. True fact
  • Price: Free

"I don't do any design work on my iPad," says web designer and product company founder Elliot Jay Stocks, but it appears that Paper has at least set him on the path. "I've recently been using it to do some rough sketches. Previously, I'd toyed around with Adobe Ideas, but Paper's friendly UI and life-like tools appeal to the illustrator in me. Even the roughest wireframes now look wonderful, thanks to the ink pen and the gorgeous watercolour brush!"

Paper by FiftyThree has recently had an update - read our review here.

09. Tayasui Sketches

Sketches joins the list of very capable drawing and painting iPad apps on offer
  • Price: Free

Sketches is one of the most delightfully simple drawing and painting iPad apps that we've found. It features eight brushes along the left-hand side, ranging from pencil and charcoal to felt pen and watercolour brush, with a further two available in the pro version.

Each one exhibits its respective characteristics brilliantly, meaning it's simple to pick a brush and start sketching. Although limited in terms of editing options, they're a delight to use, and in the pro version you're at least able to increase the size and shape as well as edit the blend mode.

10. Infuse 2

Infuse is a beautiful way to watch videos on your iPad
  • Price: Free

Apple doesn't support most popular file formats but Infuse is a genuine rival to the popular AVPlayerHD. Infuse is indeed a beautiful way to watch videos. Just look at the gorgeous way in which it displays your video library: once copied across over iTunes, your videos are displayed as thumbnails in a grid format. However, instead of choosing a random frame from videos to fill those thumbnails, the app analyses the file name and metadata to work out exactly what the video is.

When it recognises a movie or a TV show episode, it chooses content-specific thumbnails as well as giving you episode synopses, artwork, cast lists and more.

11. Stripe Me

 Stripe Me
If you rotate static objects, you can create a neat spiral effect with Stripe Me
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Want to out-stretch Modigliani? You certainly can with Stripe Me, an elongating photography iPad app. Using either of your iOS device's cameras you essentially capture horizontal or vertical video footage, with half of the shot static and the rest manipulated by the recording.

This is one of the most fun iPad apps on our list. Creating giraffe-like necks and huge gaping gobs won't be fun forever of course, but if you start rotating static objects, you can acquire a neat spiral effect (hint: try experimenting with a Lazy Susan).

12. Posts

One of the better iPad apps for Blogger and WordPress users is now free
  • Price: Free

One of the better iPad apps for Blogger and WordPress users is now free - and just as good as when it first hit the App Store. For WordPress especially, it's a rare case of an app capable of handling many custom sites as easily as a default installation, including custom posts, pages, templates and custom post formats - though unfortunately not outright custom post types.

Posts can also handle multiple blogs at once, and syncs with your sites to work offline as well as when there’s a net connection. It doesn’t try to replace your actual admin screens, but has more than enough power to keep sites updated while away from your PC/Mac.

13. Mextures

When it comes to photo-editing iPad apps, Mextures is one of the most customisable
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Mextures is far from just another retro filter clone; it's the most customisable effects app on the App Store, and it's a must-have if you love the vintage look.

Part of its success is that the filters are all rather subtle, with only major effects taking place on your photo because you keep adding layers of different effects and dialling their strength up or down. The app's textures all come in packs (Light Leaks, Grit & Grain, Grunge and so on) that you can swap at will, overlaying multiple transitions until you're happy with the result.

14. Wunderlist HD for iPad

Wunderlist is another app that can turn a lurking iPad into a helpful additional computer, dedicated to managing your life
  • Price: Free

Managing to-dos is one of those things that can be arduous if you've the wrong app. This iPad app makes such things simple, syncing tasks across platforms. "It really helps me to stay organised and capture ideas on the go," raves user experience designer D Keith Robinson. "It's essentially become my back-up brain."

15. Vittles

Create a short explanatory video clip with this iPad app
  • Price: $8.99/£5.99

A 'vittle' is a short explanatory video clip, and creating one is easy when using the basic drawing tools on offer with this iPad app. Either draw and record them or import photos and PDFs (from Dropbox or even Keynote) to create simple yet dynamic presentations on your iPad.

The tools are limited to simple brushes, colours and a lasso. Brush options are limited to a restrictive size range and altering the opacity, but they’re rendered using Vittle’s own dynamic brush engine - meaning they aren’t pixellated - even when zoomed in.

Vittles can be exported and shared at 720p and multiple clips can be recorded and re-arranged before exporting. Voiceovers can be added while you record or by exporting it to iMovie.

16. Tapnotes

TapNotes gives you the tools to quickly record audio and take notes at the same time
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

iPad app Tapnoptes goes way beyond merely recording memos, notes, or snippets of that song idea that’s been lurking in your head. It allows you to contextualise your recordings in a way that captures more than just the audio of a meeting.

With Tapnotes you can add notes and tags on the fly, or go back and add them retroactively. When you're done you can easily jump to tagged spots in the recording, and share a summary of the recording with other apps.

17. ProCutX

ProCutX makes Final Cut Pro X easy to use on your iPad
  • Price: Free

ProCutX turns your iPad into a companion controller for Apple's Final Cut Pro X video editor, providing a screen of buttons for accessing many of its most useful tools. This handy iPad app saves you having to memorise keyboard shortcuts and locations in the menu bar.

Controls are grouped by task. A dial that moves the playhead sits at the centre; your finger doesn't have to precisely track its edge, just orbit the centre. Forget about quickly scrubbing a second or so in either direction, though - the maximum rate of advancement is similar to holding the left or right arrow keys on your keyboard.

That's because ProCutX depends on a companion app installed on the Mac, which relays commands from the iPad by pretending to be an attached keyboard (though really, it's just connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac). Motioning around the dial at least lets you slow down the rate of advancement to land on a precise frame without repeatedly tapping an arrow key on your keyboard.

18. Computer Arts Magazine

Computer Arts: cheaper on the iPad than buying the dead-tree edition, and particularly lovely on the Retina display
  • Price: Free (container app)

Computer Arts is the leading magazine for designers, illustrators and creative professionals, and it's available right on your iPad via Newsstand. "Computer Arts has become a graphical bible for inspiration in design, enabling me to advance my techniques in Photoshop, illustration, logo design and typography," says Woods. "It has helped me turn flat designs into designs with more depth, personality and flare." Once you've downloaded the free container app, you can buy both regular issues and special editions, such as...

19. Computer Arts Print Glossary

 Computer Arts Print Glossary
Never be bamboozled at the printers again with the Computer Arts Print Glossary app - an expert guide to print terms
  • Price: £1.49 (in-app purchase)

Heading to the printer can often be a daunting task if you're not too familiar with all of the terminology. Thankfully, that's where the Computer Arts Print Glossary comes in. It's a unique iPad app giving you quick access to common, and not so common, printer terms.

The glossary covers every bamboozling term you might encounter, from 'Deckle Edge' and 'Against the Grain' to 'Cheating the Plate'. With this handy app, you'll never need to fear the printers again! To buy the Computer Arts Print Glossary app you first need to download the free Computer Arts container app (see 18).

20. Lume

Pimp your photos with new light painting app Lume, created by art collective Lichtfaktor
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

We're big fans of light painting here at Creative Bloq. A great way to make your photos stand out, this iPad app, developed by art collective Lichtfaktor, lets you add seriously cool effects to your images.

Instead of messing around for hours with a camera and real lights, you can create brilliant light effects simply by using an iPad and your fingertips. Lights can either be drawn directly onto existing images, or use photos can be used as templates to create striking portraits.

21. Handy Photo

 Handy Photo
Despite the lack of Adobe polish, Handy Photo is a seriously good photo editor
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Despite the lack of Adobe polish, this iPad app is a seriously good photo editor, and it won't break the bank either. The selling point to Handy Photo is its interface, which uses the corners of the screen to cater for rotating menu options. 

It’s all designed to keep the central area of the screen clear, allowing you to use swipe gestures to tone your effects up or down, much like Luminance. The editing options for the large part work well, although the orange and blue menu palette didn't convince us. Where Handy Photo really excels, though, is the depth of its effects. It’s not without its problems, but thanks to the excellent airbrushing arsenal on offer, you can fix most blemishes with a bit of patience.

22. Flowboard

This free iPad app enables you to create portfolios, presentations and photo slideshows
  • Price: Free

Should you ever find yourself having to prove the iPad's credentials as a tool for creativity, you could do worse than turn to Flowboard. This elegantly designed iPad app allows you to create portfolios, presentations and photo slideshows, and it produces beautiful results.

You can start from scratch or choose from a large number of templates. After selecting a template option, you tap on a box and add an image, video or some text. The boxes themselves can be dragged around and re-sized, and their content can be scaled using the familiar two-fingered pinch and un-pinch gestures.

23. Flipboard

Flipboard: reinventing RSS and social feeds as a beautiful iPad magazine. And making many magazines look comparatively rubbish
  • Price: Free

AKQA's founder Ajaz Ahmed is a big fan of social news reader Flipboard, primarily because it succeeded in totally reinventing newsreader apps, making your feeds more enjoyable to consume. "That's because of the rhythmic way it presents stories, rather than bombarding you," he explains. "Flipboard is great because it is not chronological but more aesthetic and has a better flow, including feeds from all the sources that are important to you."

24. Hopscotch

Hopscotch teaches kids to code in a fun and playful way
  • Price: Free

Hopscotch is an iPad programming language that teaches kids to code in a fun and playful way. Making it easy for youngsters to create and publish programmes, Hopscotch allows them to be able to make digital stuff just as easily as they make tangible real-world stuff.

Crafted by five New York City based web designers, they founded Hopscotch so they could build the toys they wish existed when they were growing up. Already gaining five star reviews across critics and users alike, Hopstoch is much more than child's play.

25. net magazine


  • Price: Free (container app)

The iPad edition of web design title net magazine has recently been completely rebuilt from the ground up as a tablet-optimised reading experience. It now features a beautiful new design, exclusive screencasts to accompany the practical tutorials, and additional imagery, audio and video content you won't find anywhere else. The container app is free to download and then you can buy a subscription or individual app as an in-app purchase.

26. Drawnimal

Teach your kids the alpahabet with this adorable app from designer Lucas Zanatto
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Help teach your kids the alphabet with this adorable new iPad app from designer and animator Lucas Zanatto. Drawnimal aims to motivate children to draw around the device and encourages them to think outside of the box.

Helping them to leave the digital screen, it shows children how to draw the main features of 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.

27. Photo Album

 Photo album
Creating traditional albums, photo collages and mood boards with Photo Album
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

The clue is in the title here. Photo Album is a photobook maker, developed by Appsicum. This nifty little iPad app automatically creates albums, based on GPS location data, ratings, tags, date, etc. And tags can be read from other popular software like Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, iPhoto and the Microsoft photo app.

As well as creating traditional photo albums, you can also use Photo Album app to conveniently create collage, mood boards and photobooks with minimal effort.

28. WebNote

  • Price: Free

WebNote by Hopin Inc is a free, web-browsing and content cataloging app for iPad and iPad Mini that allows users to bookmark, collect, and share digital content with a quick double-tap and swipe.

Content captured can be maintained exclusively private to the user or shared via Twitter, Facebook, or among one's Webnotes contacts. The next time you come across something that you'd like to keep or share, just double-tap, select your social network of choice, and slide to send. Simple!

29. ColoRotate

ColoRotate is a useful colour-matching tool
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

Developer IDEA claims the tool is based on "neurological studies of how colours are seen and processed by our eyes and brain". So basically, you plot colours on the 3D shape (the dots), the vertical dimension represents lightness and darkness, the horizontal dimension saturation, and the circumference of the radish contains all the colours of the colour wheel. This helps you visualise all the colours and their relationships to others.

A 'Precise' view lets you control hue and tint in multiple colour spaces such as RGB, CMYK, or HLS. There’s also the ability to generate random schemes when you need a bit of inspiration. The fact it can connect to Photoshop to automatically change foreground/background colours and add swatches is a further boon.

30. 3D World container app

  • Price: Free (container app)

The number one magazine for 3D artists, 3D World on iPad is more interactive than ever! Watch video tutorials immediately with the tap of a button; enjoy professional and student animation and VFX videos; and get all our tutorial files downloaded to your workstation. The container app is free to download and then you can buy a subscription or individual app as an in-app purchase.

31. Marksta

Images: © John D McHugh
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Like many creatives, photojournalist John D McHugh is sick and tired of people ripping off photos he's posted online. So he's created an iPad app that enables you to watermark your work, adding your copyright information or logo direct from your iPhone before uploading them to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or other sites. It's very user-friendly, with a choice of fonts for your text, and the fact that the app's been designed by a pro photographer shines through.

32. App Cooker

Create your own app icon and share it to get feedback
  • Price: $14.99/£10.49

App Cooker is a rapid prototyping iPad app. It enables you to design and create interactive prototypes that can then be shared using a variety of options, including Dropbox.

Its mockup tool is absolutely brilliant. Not only does it support linking and gestures, but you can add a multitude of components to your screens. App Cooker gives you access to Apple UIWidgets, a wireframing kit, bitmaps, shapes, text, and even your own images. For the truly inspired, it also includes a drawing tool. All in all, we can't recommend this app highly enough.

33. Inkist

This digital art app for the iPad is currently free to download
  • Price: Free (limited time)

Inkist is another in our selection of iPad apps aimed at artists. It benefits from a simple but stylish interface that's been designed to be highly responsive and artist-friendly. The app is "free for a limited time" so hurry!

In the app, which is based on its Mac cousin, you build up layers of colour and flatten them down on the background rather than relying on multiple layers. Although it might not be to everyone’s taste, for many traditional artists, this will be real benefit.

Support for pressure-sensitive styluses is available natively, and Inkist has a range of simple, customisable brushes. Support for pressure-sensitive styluses is available natively (accessible through the ever- present tool palette) so you do have some more flexibility with your strokes, although with a standard stylus we found simple, quick taps were not always tremendously effective.

34. DesignPad

DesignPad comes from the creators of QuarkExpress
  • Price: Free

Quark - maker of veteran desktop publishing software QuarkXPress - is behind this layout creation tool, which is part-sketchbook, part-wireframe design tool, and part-layout starter kit. This iPad app isn't meant for making finished layouts ready for repro, but you can knock together a wireframe-style page layout with pictures and text in minutes, email yourself the QuarkXPress version, then fine-tune it in Quark's professional desktop publishing software.

35. Step

The interface brings the shots you capture front and centre for easy editing
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Step makes it easy to create animated GIFs and Quicktime movies in a stop-motion animation style by slotting a number of shots closely together on a loop, to artistic or witty effect.

As well as the obvious Record, Play and Delete modes, there is also an options to choose the frames per second, as well as a choice of shutter timers up to once every five minutes, so you can opt to capture, say, moving shadows. You can share your creations as either GIFs or an iOS-friendly movie, although you can only share GIFs through email, and movies using email or Facebook. Twitter doesn’t get a look in, however.

You’ll also have to be patient when it comes to exporting larger projects. We captured a stroll around the city with more than 450 frames at 15fps but, annoyingly, it crashed midway through uploading.

36 ImagineFX container app

  • Price: Free

ImagineFX is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, plus galleries and interviews, community news and product reviews. Digital editions from August 2012 include streamed workshop videos, workshops files and interactive links. The container app is free to download and then you can buy a subscription or individual app as an in-app purchase.

37. Foldify

  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

Foldify lets you create, print and fold 3D figures on your iPad. Created by Pixle, the app includes loads of free content so you can create cool papercraft figures with precious little artistic skill required. A real-time 3D preview mode helps ensure your little character is spot-on before printing. You can print wirelessly using Airprint, and share your creations with other users.

38. PicLab HD

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Edit your images easily with PicLab HD
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

PicLab HD makes image editing an absolute doddle - enabling you to either snap a photo or grab one from your photo library, then go to town on it. As well as adding typography - lots of fonts and full control over size, positioning, opacity, rotation, and colour - you can layer illustrations, ornamentation and other design elements.

39. PDF Cabinet 2

  • Price: Free

PDF Cabinet is a fast and easy-to-use editor and organiser for the portable document format. Tap and hold a document to drag it into a folder, delete, print, or share it via email, wifi or Bluetooth. The iPad app integrates with Mail and Safari, plus you can download documents directly from a URL and photos from your photo library.

40. FormIt

  • Price: Free

A free iPad app that allows design professionals to to create and collaborate on design concepts, Formit comes from Autodesk, the 3D design company behind 3D tools Maya and 123D Catch.

The software supports a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow in the concepual stages of a project, and uses real-world site information using the iPad's location services to support early design decisions with real building data.

FormIt supports RVT and SAT file formats, and desgns can be stored and shared in the cloud using Autodesk 360 cloud services.

41. Color Thief

Color Thief cleverly allows you to steal colours from an image to filter another
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

Here's an intriguing variation on the numerous photo filter apps available for the iPad. Color Thief lets you use any photo on your device as a filter for any other. If you like how one photo feels, you can match its mood to other images - in theory, this gives you an infinite range of filters. Results are better with some shots than for others, but overall this app proves the adage that the simplest apps are the best.

42. iDraw

iDraw is a fully-fledged vector editing tool for your mobile device
  • Price: $8.99/£5.99

Rather than the drawing app its name suggests, iDraw seeks to be a fully-fledged vector illustration tool similar to Adobe software such as Illustrator and InDesign. You can edit designs created in this iPad app in other vector applications by exporting them as PDF or SVG files. If you're looking to create a quick document layout, flow chart, graph or any other vector-based image, then this is well worth checking out.

43. Sprite HD

 Sprite HD
Sprite is a tool for prototyping user interfaces for iOS
  • Price: $7.99/£5.49

Sprite HD is an iPad app for prototyping user interfaces for iOS. The premise is straightforward: you create a new page for each screen display you want to mock up and then add elements to it in order to see how it will look.

Sprite HD has a full library of buttons, controls, icons, and dialogue boxes and allows you to add text and images manually. Start with a background - either black or grey linen for iOS - and then drag assets to it from the library, one at a time. It's a useful way of quickly visualising and sharing how an app will look in a given state.

44. Touch Draw

TouchDraw is the perfect app for crafting vector hillsides. It's also not bad for logos and floor plans, if hillsides aren't your thing
  • Price: $8.99/£5.99

Although seemingly in a similar space to Adobe Ideas, TouchDraw is a more full-featured vector-drawing app for iPad. While it's suited to illustration, it also enables you to create libraries of reusable shapes or use bundled examples; TouchDraw is therefore suitable for working up flow charts, graphs, diagrams and floor plans along with logos and other imagery. However, Patten believes it's the interface that makes it one of the best iPad apps: "I like how the toolset doesn't take up much space, giving you more room to edit the image."

45. Forger

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Forger is a digital sculpting application for the artist who wants to be able to sculpt anywhere. forger lets you sculpt when you're on the move
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

This sculpting app for the iPad comes with a selection of tools that makes freeform 3D modelling possible on the go. With a selection of premade base meshes, it's fast to get started with, while saving is a doddle and you can export to your favourite desktop software once you're done. The GUI is simple but offers a wide assortment of tools that all work in a familiar way, including a set of texturing tools that let you project images onto your mesh.

46. TreeSketch 2.0

It's incredibly fun drawing out the trunk shape with a finger-tip
  • Price: Free

Although its commercial uses are perhaps a little limited, TreeSketch is a fantastic little iPad app that makes creating trees a doddle. You can define everything from the droopiness of branches to the size and quantity of leaves. There are numerous species to get started with and it's incredibly fun drawing out the trunk shape with a finger-tip. The results are high quality and you can save, reload and export your fully textured trees from an object manager.

47. Capture Pilot

You can remotely view, zoom, rate, tag, and pan high resolution images during a shoot
  • Price: Free

"There have been surprisingly few apps I find useful for my photography needs apart from one that is an absolute game changer" says photographer Henry Hargreaves. "Capture Pilot, which runs along side Capture One Pro, allows the iPad to mirror images that you are tethering form your camera to your computer.

"It helps to get the clients away from your computer; you can just set them up on the couch with a coffee and iPad and enjoy the freedom it brings. It also allows you to work remotely - you can trigger the shutter and work closely with your subject without having to be near your computer or camera."

48. Diet Coda

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Diet Coda is a powerful, feature-packed web editor with an easy-to-use touch interface
  • Price: $19.99/£13.99

This iPad app  - like the following two a selection of web designer Tom Brooks - allows you to access files on your FTP/SFTP servers and edit them pretty much as you would on a desktop. For those who use Coda on the Mac this is the perfect companion for making quick fixes to your websites on the go.

49. Silkscreen

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Every time you hit save on your Mac the updated preview is sent to your iPhone
  • Price: Free

Silkscreen lets you quickly view files on your iPad or iPhone. With more people designing for mobile devices, it’s good practice to check how your design actually looks on that device. This iPad app allows you to see early on in the design process what will and won't work on the smaller screen.

50. Instapaper

Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your iPad screen
  • Price: $3.99/£2.49

Throughout your working day it’s likely that you’ll come across numerous articles to read, but not enough time to read them. This is a way to save those articles and read them at a later date. While there are similar services out there, this iPad app gives you much more control over how you categorise and share these articles.

51. LogMeIn

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The free version of LogMeIn gives you basic control over your computers; upgrading to a premium package gives you additional features
  • Price: Free

Previously known as Ignition, LogMeIn is a free app that, combined with a LogMeIn account, enables you to control your computers with your iPad, from anywhere in the world. If its features are a little basic for you, for $64.99/£44.99 you can upgrade to LogMeIn Pro for a year, which will add file transfer between your computer and your device, cloud integration and full HD video streaming.

52. AirVideo

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Air Video is a great solution to watch your AVI, DivX, MKV and other videos
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

AirVideo allows you to stream almost any video file from your PC/Mac to your iPad. It's no secret that there are video formats which are not supported on the iPad. The cool thing about AirVideo is that it uses live conversion to stream videos files, which you wouldn't normally play on your iPad. You don't need to wait for the entire video to be converted either - you can start watching immediately.

This is an iPad app for those of you who have a massive media collection, as movies take up a lot of space on your already shrinking storage capacity. With AirVideo you can access your entire movie collection at the touch of a button.

53. Directr

The quick point, shoot, and publish storyboarded process gets ideas rolling
  • Price: Free

It can be difficult to get started making a video, even a short one. This iPad app helps get the ball rolling by providing an assortment of storyboards as starting points, examples of which can be found at Directr's website.

Each one has a fixed duration, and a set number of clips that need to be recorded to fill it; the timings of clips vary according to a pace that the developers have decided works well for each storyboard's theme. There are no complex editing decisions to make allowing the quick point, shoot, and publish storyboarded process to get ideas rolling.

54. Easy Studio

 Easy Studio
Teach your kids to animate!
  • Price: $3.99/£2.49

The core aim of this iPad app is to help kids learn to animate. The objects at your disposal are simple geometric shapes. Once they're on the stage, you can rotate, change size and colour and move them at will. (Rather than leaving you with a blank canvas, the Expert mode contains some templates to help create trains, cars and animals that you can then animate.)

To create animation sequences, arrange various simple shapes on screen, tap a button to take a photo, and then tap and drag to move the objects slightly, and take another photo. The outline of an object's original position remains on the screen as you move it, like a basic onion skin, so you can see how far it's travelled. After you've repeated this procedure, you can play back your photos, and the result is a simple-but-effective animation.

The simple geometric shapes on offer also require some imagination, and the developers say it's best targeted at children of ages six and upwards.

55. Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas: providing all of the colours (but, sadly, none of the skills) to enable you to draw pretty flowers
  • Price: Free

Suitably named, the thinking behind this iPad app is to get visual brainwaves down rapidly. The app provides a simple but effective toolset for outlines, thumbnails and rough drawings, and you can draw over the top of images (photos, screen grabs) should you wish to. Usefully, exports are vector-based and so can scale indefinitely. It's a great app for fast sketching of any ideas and designs.

56. Palettes Pro

Palettes Pro might have an interface that breaks your eyes, but it's great for rapidly creating colour schemes
  • Price: $3.99/£2.49

Although the previous three products showcase how the iPad can enable you to create artwork, some apps turn your device into a focussed environment for critical ancillary tasks. For example, this iPad app provides the means for creating myriad colour schemes, either from scratch, through the use of colour models, or by grabbing colours from photographs and websites. "I really like the way it enables easy colour capture, and how it gives you the ability to build themes for anything you like," says Patten.

57. Visualator

Create beautiful abstract imagery with Visualator by Computer Arts
  • Price: Free

Made by our sister site Computer Arts, Visualator is an art iPhone and iPad app generator that allows you to create stunning abstract imagery. The program enables you to play with colour, shape, and form to produce vibrant collages, that you can then incorporate into your design work. Take a look at this helpful tutorial to see exactly what you can do with it.

58. FontBook

Beautiful typography? Check. New iPad? Check. An absurd amount of time wasted with FontBook? Definitely
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

'Comprehensive' is perhaps the best word to describe FontBook, which documents over 100 type foundries, representing 1650 type designers, constituting 35,000 fonts. Over-the-air updates ensure the data is always up to date, but award-winning designer Dan Mall is most impressed by the manner in which the iPad app enables you to explore typefaces: "There are resources online for browsing type categorically, but this app lets me browse non-linearly, which makes for a completely organic discovery experience," he says.

59. Bjork: Biophilia

Biophilia fuses art, interactivity and music, and probably makes traditionalists running record labels cower in fear
  • Price: $12.99/£8.99

The iPad has made some of those working in traditional media rethink how creative output should be presented - books, movies and music are all being reconsidered by people in the field that have an experimental bent. Bjork's iPad app marries music with art, in what Dan Mall calls "an excellent example of making music an interactive experience". He adds: "It's a different way of thinking about what a visual and auditory touchscreen experience can be."

60. Adobe Edge Inspect

Edge Inspect, previously enables you to pair devices with a computer and browse in sync
  • Price: Free

Mobile is increasingly important in the web design space, but testing websites on mobile devices can be a tedious experience. This iPad app, previously called Shadow, enables you to pair devices with a computer, and browse in sync, along with editing pages using remote inspection. "Edge Inspect makes development across multiple devices much easier," explains Dan Mall. "The ability for every device to update changes in sync is absolutely priceless and saves hours of debug time."

61. LiveView

LiveView shows your Mac's screen on an iPad, so you can prototype interfaces (or, in this case, actually start making one).
  • Price: Free

Many modern designers are immersed in designing for mobile, but smartphones and tablets boast wildly different resolutions to desktop monitors, and so it can be tough to visualise how work will look on device screens. LiveView is one of the best iPad apps for quick 'n' dirty simulation, which mirrors your computer screen on a connected iPad. "It's the one iPad app I can't live without," says senior designer Claudio Guglieri. "After trying dropping files on Dropbox, emailing screenshots and using Image Capture, this is by far the best app I've used to see what I design, at the correct scale, on an iPad."

62. iMockups

A top-secret prototype taking shape in iMockups. (Oh, okay - it was a quick grab taken specifically for this feature.)
  • Price: $6.99/£4.99

iMockups turns wireframing into a tactile activity, enabling you to drag app or website components around and resize them with ease. "It's one of the best iPad apps for quickly creating wireframe prototypes," says designer Si Jobling. "It's extremely simple to use with its intuitive UX and I find the app invaluable for focusing on a site's foundations, free from detail. Built-in linking functionality is also a nice touch, allowing you to create interactive prototypes."

63. Gusto

Gusto's not exactly Dreamweaver, but then it costs about a fiftieth of the price of Adobe's app
  • Price: $9.99/£6.99

You'd have to be mildly insane to consider creating an entire website on an iPad, but when you're out and about and need to do some emergency editing, Jobling reckons Gusto is the best code editor on the iPad: "I love to have the ability to quickly write code and deploy it straight to the web without being near a desktop. With code highlighting for all popular languages and multiple-site support, this iPad app's the wisest £7 any web developer can spend."

64. Prompt

The polished, excellent Prompt, clearly showcasing Panic's desire to take over the iPad indie web design app market as it has on OS X
  • Price: $7.99/£5.49

Heading further into techie territory than Gusto, Prompt is an SSH client, which developers Panic describe as "clean, crisp and cheerful". Jobling's a big fan: "Panic's first iPad app is a must-have for any web developer. Connect to a server and manage it from anywhere. It's perfect for those quick fixes or moments of inspiration."

65. Sketchbook Pro

Apparently, Autodesk didn't get the memo that the iPad is only for consumption
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

Sketchbook Pro is perhaps the most refined and polished iPad app for creating finished artwork. The toolset is robust and the interface is very well designed. "I use it regularly to concept and scamp or just doodle," says Winter. "It has an intuitive interface that makes good use of the iPad's functionality. It lags a bit when drawing, but overall it's a sound bit of kit, and I find it far more flexible than Adobe Ideas."

66. SkyGrid

SkyGrid: the perfect newsreader for when words are a bit much - just look at all the pictures instead
  • Price: Free

There are plenty of newsreaders on iOS, each attempting to carve its own niche. The aim behind SkyGrid is to enable you to fine-tune the news you receive, ensuring that your time is taken up reading content that you care about. "I love this iPad app," gushes Sapient Nitro's associate creative director Ben Winter. "SkyGrid enables you to customise and share the topics that interest you - mine revolve around design, technology and advertising," he says. "It's a simple, visual way of staying up-to-date with my news."

67. PicFrame

PicFrame: for those times when just one photo on the screen really isn't enough
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

There are a lot of fairly gimmicky photo apps for the iPad, but sometimes a polished example can win over designers and also be useful in a manner that the original developer probably didn't envision. PicFrame is a case in point. "It's a simple idea, enabling you to combine your favourite images, or images that inspire you, into a collage or framework," says Winter. "And its photo effects, frame shapes and sharing options make it great for creating moodboards."

68. Draw Something

Draw Something! Because if you draw nothing, you'll be considered really rubbish at this game
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

You might be wondering why a game's managed to sneak its way into our list of top iPad apps for designers. But then its name perhaps reveals the reason - after all, what kind of game could be better for designers than one where you have to draw something? "When it comes to play time, I'm addicted to this game," admits Winter, who adds that he also likes its social nature.

69. Dropbox

Dropbox: almost like having a file system welded to your iPad
  • Price: Free

It could be argued that the file system is beginning to become burdensome and is indicative of a bygone age of computing. But when you're juggling dozens of files across many apps, it's more essential than archaic. The iPad doesn't provide access to any kind of file system, and so Dropbox acts as an alternative - many apps support it, and it's also a great way to share content between PCs, Macs and iPads. "It's essential on all our devices," says web design guru and Happy Cog founder Jeffrey Zeldman.

70. iBooks

Apple's iBooks - handy for buying and reading books, but also as a sneaky place to dump PDFs
  • Price: Free

Apple's attempts to replicate iTunes for books became iBooks - an iPad app with a store bolted on its back. However, the app is also a very capable PDF reader, and so even if you never buy a book from it, iBooks is worth downloading. Zeldman considers it essential, primarily for reference purposes: "iBooks provides instant access to my giant library of design and development books by Peachpit/New Riders, O'Reilly, Five Simple Steps, and A Book Apart," he says.

71. Simplenote

Simplenote - a much better app than Notes, or, for that matter, Reallyreallydifficultnote
  • Price: Free

Apple's Notes app is a bit on the basic side, and so Zeldman recommends replacing it with Simplenote, which brings with it tags, pins, versioning and sharing. "I use it to create, save, and sync texts of any length," he says. "Simplenote's big advantages are focussing on doing one thing really well - which it nails - and saving as plain text. This makes Simplenote much less problematic than other apps, whether I'm copying boilerplate into a business email or transferring content between print and web tools."

72. Evernote

The latest version of Evernote comes with Retina support for the new iPad, making notes at least 50 per cent shinier
  • Price: Free

"Evernote came first and is the fuller-featured app," says Zeldman, comparing it to Simplenote. "It saves texts, photos - anything, really - and syncs across all your devices." With an increasing number of iOS apps adding Evernote support and a client existing for pretty much every major platform, Evernote proves to be a useful and accessible dumping ground for any information you need regular access to.

73. Camera

The Camera app is great for shooting and trimming video clips
  • Price: Native iPad app

"Vimeo and iMovie are a powerful duo, but actually Apple's humble Camera app is often sufficient for quick HD video editing needs," thinks Zeldman - and he has a point. Shoot a movie and then tap its thumbnail; you can them trim it directly inside the Camera app, and share it via email, YouTube or the clipboard. There's also an AirPlay button for sending the video to an Apple TV.

74. Filterstorm

Bird with pointy beak says: "Buy Filterstorm, because it's a really great app for editing photos"
  • Price: $3.99/£2.49

Although a version of Photoshop now exists for the iPad, Filterstorm's elegant, touch-optimised interface and low price should still tempt you, according to web designer Shane Mielke: "I'd say the app is for 'power' Photoshop users. It has advanced image-editing features like layers, masking, channels, and a clone-stamp tool to remove unwanted items from any image."

75. Snapseed

Snapseed: only you can decide whether to make your photos approximately 72 per cent more ominous
  • Price: Free

Snapseed is another photo editor, largely focussed on filters and adjustments. Helpfully, it also supports a range of formats, including JPEG, TIFF and RAW. "It has a unique touch-based interface that gives you lots of creative control for modifying images and photos, such as textures and blurs," says Mielke. "It's a perfect app for taking an average image and making it look like a dramatic piece of artwork."

76. DropCloud for Cloudapp

DropCloud: upload to and download from your CloudApp account, without dropping anything, despite the name
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

CloudApp is a service that enables you to rapidly share files - all you need to do is drag them to the menu bar and paste a link. But when you're out and about, having a client that provides straightforward access to uploads is a must. "I'm a huge fan of CloudApp, which I mostly use to upload project screenshots for clients," says graphic designer Brian Hoff. "It's great to be able to access and manage all of my uploads on my iPad."

77. iA Writer

iA Writer strips back text editing in bare-bones fashion. It's sort of like Microsoft Word's svelte, monochrome nemesis
  • Price: $4.99/£2.99

Word processors on the desktop have in many cases turned into something more akin to desktop publishing tools. That's fine if you're trying to create a pretty leaflet and someone's set fire to your copy of InDesign, but it's not much cop for writing. iA Writer is the extreme opposite of such products: an overtly minimal app for entering text and little more. "It's great for jotting down notes or writing Markdown, and I love that it syncs with Dropbox - I never need worry about accessing all of my notes," says Hoff.

78. Tweetbot

There are two words that may well encourage you to splash out on Tweetbot for iPad: 'mute filters'
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

Designers like to lurk on Twitter, firing 140-character nuggets of brilliance into the digital ether. The default Twitter client on the iPad isn't bad, but many people hanker for something better, hence Tweetbot. "My iPad during the day acts as a mini-monitor, with Tweetbot's streaming keeping me in the loop with Twitter," reveals Hoff.

79. Ego for iPad

Numbers, numbers, and more numbers! Just don't get too obsessed with checking them every few seconds, okay?
  • Price: Free

The web is often about numbers: how many people have visited your website; your current Twitter follower count. Ego for iPad supports eight popular services and gives you a beautiful interface for quickly checking numbers and also delving deeper into your stats. "It's a central place to show me how well I'm doing in terms of my website analytics, Twitter followers and general feed statistics," explains web designer Anthony Woods. "It has a clear interface, showing what is important, and gives me the data I need in order to go forward."

80. Moodboard

Oddly, 'design websites' is Moodboard's fourth option on this intro board. Number one? Plan a dream wedding!
  • Price: $9.99/£6.99

Although we earlier mentioned PicFrame as an app for creating moodboards, Moodboard is, as its name suggests, dedicated to this task. "It's an excellent app for prioritising inspiration," thinks Woods, who uses it for creating all kinds of boards: "Some are just for inspiration, and others are for specific projects I am starting on." He also uses it to present to clients a design's direction.

81. iColorama

iColorama is all about giving your images a surreal graphical twist
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

Aimed at people interested in enhancing their photos or drawings and converting them in amazing pieces of art, iColorama features an enormous range of effects, from simple adjustments through to complicated mathematical transforms, as well as over 400 brushes for painting directly onto your images.

82. Sorted

Sorted: quite possibly an app designed specifically to gel with designers working in 'Lahndahhhn'
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

Woods is another designer who uses the iPad to manage tasks, but Sorted is his app of choice for doing so: "In my job environment, everything is fast-paced, and deadlines are arranged and must be met. I use Sorted to help me on a daily basis sort what needs to be done and completed. With it being a lightweight app with no thrills and spills, it helps me prioritise, view and complete tasks in a timely manner."

83. Zite

Zite: Another fab app for making a personalised magazine on your iPad, featuring only stuff you want to read
  • Price: Free

Staying on top of industry news is always a challenge, and IA/UX designer Anna Dahlstrom's favourite app for doing so is Zite. "It allows you to quickly scan news, and the feature to tell the app what I would like to see more of enables it to become much more tailored to my interests," she says. "Another reason why I love it is the integration with other services that I use (Instapaper and Delicious), which means I can use Zite to bookmark items into the same places as when I'm using my laptop."

84. HootSuite for Twitter

HootSuite: looking a bit like TweetDeck has been repeatedly hit by a reverse ugly stick
  • Price: Free

Although Tweetbot is a first-rate Twitter app, it's perhaps most geared towards people who only regularly work with a single feed. If you've multiple feeds and could also do with managing Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, HootSuite's worth a look, thinks Dahlstrom: "The more people or topics you follow, the more useful HootSuite is for keeping on top of it all. It's the kind of app that works really well with a touch-based interface - interacting with your different streams is easier when using swiping gestures instead of a mouse cursor."

85. OmniGraffle

You might choke on the price-tag, but OmniGraffle will get the last laugh when you're using it daily
  • Price: Currently unavailable

"OmniGraffle was the first app that made me wish that there was a really large version of the iPad," jokes Dahlstrom on the charting and wireframing tool. "I use it quite a bit for work, particularly in the early phases of a project when we define the overall strategy and experience across platforms and channels. It's a joy to use and great for being able to get really hands-on and up close with the objects that you manipulate on the screen." Unfortunately Omni recently withdrew the outdated iPad version of OmniGraffle from the App Store; the good news is that a new version is in development. In the meantime, if you have version 2 of OmniGraffle for iPhone, you can run that on your iPad.

86. Keynote

Keynote laughs in PowerPoint's face - PowerPoint's comparatively pixelated face. (Keynote's got Retina support, see?)
  • Price: $9.99/£6.99

"Keynote is another example of an iPad app that makes working and manipulating objects on it a breeze," says Dahlstrom of Apple's presentation tool. "Adding animations is simple and it's a great tool to have in your bag, quickly allowing you to put a presentation or prototype together, or just to show a presentation, for that matter."

87. 1Password for iPad

Handy hint for 1Password for iPad - don't set your master password as 'password'
  • Price: $17.99/£12.99

It's all very well doing the right thing and coming up with insanely complex passwords for website log-ins, but they're then extremely tough to remember. 1Password provides the means to log-in to websites with a single tap and store information you don't want others chancing across. "It's one of the few apps I can't live without, storing all my sensitive information in one place but syncing across multiple devices," enthuses freelance designer John A Jacob.

88. Penultimate

Penultimate might sound like a rubbish biro superhero, but it's in fact a spiffy iPad note-taking app
  • Price: Free

While lacking the natural media input of Paper, Penultimate is nonetheless an excellent note-taking and sketching app. The feel of the tools is surprisingly tactile, and you can add new paper types(for gaming, music notation, and so on) via IAP or install your own custom designs. "It's my go-to app whenever I need to take notes or quickly sketch something," says Jacob. "It's extremely easy to use and, importantly, you can save to Dropbox and resume work from another device."

89. ColorStrokes HD for iPad

Colorstrokes HD is optimized for iPad and iPad Mini
  • Price: $2.99/£1.99

Remember our step-by-step tutorial that taught you how to add colour to a monochrome image? Well, this iPad app does exactly that. ColorStrokes HD lets you put colour back into your black-and-white photos from the comfort of your tablet.

You can do this in three ways. You can import your photo in grayscale, then use the Color tab to put the original colour back into the photo. Or, you can do the opposite; go colour to begin with and then use the grayscale feature to remove the colour. Finally, you can add colour to your photo that was never there to start with using the paint tab, where you can choose from 22 different colours.

There are several levels of adjustment for everything from brush size to grayscale hue, and you can add an Instagram-style effect to the image once you have finished editing it. You also have the usual options to share your masterpiece via email or social media.

90. iMockups

iMockups is a genuinely useful tool for web designers
  • Price: $6.99/£4.99

iMockups enables UI designers to quickly create wireframe mockups for websites and apps. There are iPhone and iPad templates, and you drag page elements such as tabs, text areas and images to the workspace from the sidebar, and resize them to create your mockup.

Created exclusively for the iPad, iMockups is simple to use but has all the functionality that creative professionals need. If you're a website or app designer who creates wireframes, this is well worth looking into.

91. FxCamera

FxCamera allows you to record a voice caption for your photos and share it on Facebook
  • Price: Free

This free photography and photo-effects app has one very special feature. 'Voice Picture' enables you record a voice message at the same time as you are taking photos. This is done via the on-screen shutter button which, when swiped to the right and held down, allows you to create a kind of spoken caption for your image. You can even share Voice Pictures on Facebook through FxCamera.

Of course, FxCamera offers much more than Voice Picture. There is a variety of camera effects to choose from including vintage, fisheye, and symmetrical, and you can use it as a normal camera and improve your images with its auto enhance feature. On top of this there are several post-processing effects to choose from, in the familar style of Instagram and other camera apps.

92. Book Creator

Book Creator for iPad allows you to simply make an interactive ebook
  • Price: Free

Book Creator for iPad allows you to place text, videos, audio and images in a book layout, which can be exported to read in iBooks or even sold in the iBookstore. It uses the ePub standard, so the books will even be compatible with other reading software, and will be supported in the future. Create your first book for free, while an in-app purchase enables unlimited books.

Book Creator is nowhere near as professional a tool as iBooks Author, but as a simpler, more beginner-friendly way of creating books, it's carved out its own niche. And it's perfect for picture books, or something similarly focused on media, rather than text.

93. Unstuck

Face every challenge life throws at you with Unstuck
  • Price: Free

If you're ever facing one of life's challenges, iPad app Unstuck may be able to help. Unstuck offers up personalized digital tools and community to help you get from stuck to unstuck, no matter what the challenge may be.

First is helps you figure out why your stuck, work, home, etc. Then it identifies the type of stuck moment you're having and offers tried and tested tricks and tips to solve it. Genius!

94. Retromatic 2.0

The vintage editing app is quick and easy to use
  • Price: $1.99/£1.49

1950s-inspired iPad app Retromatic enables you to import your photos, cut them out using an instant alpha tool, and then apply vintage effects to them. It’s a basic tool, but it's quick and easy to use.

Once imported, you can apply one of 18 (similar) filters and add one of 14 backgrounds. You can also add text (limited to iOS fonts only) and also a variety of eclectic clip art.

95. Repix

Repix lets you 'paint' filter effects onto your images
  • 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. This iPad app 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.

96. 123D

Create a creature with bones and print your very own 3D print!
  • Price: Free

Autodesk's first paid-for iPad app gives you a lump of virtual clay that you can pinch, pull, stretch and smooth into various shapes, and then paint with colour or photographic texture. If you think that sounds an awful lot like Autodesk's other iPad app, 123D Sculpt, you’d be right. Except for one important difference: this Creature has bones.

Saving an image isn't the only possibility: you can export a 3D model and email it to yourself (it will appear as an .OBJ file, complete with textures); or you can get your figure 3D printed for ust under €12 for a model 77mm high.

97. GoldfrApp

best ipad apps for designers
Goldfrapp released the app to celebrate their sixth studio album
  • Price: $0.99/£0.69

Released by electronic music duo Goldfrapp in anticipation of the release of their sixth studio album, Tales Of Us, GoldfrApp: Tales of Us  is an app that combines two of your photos using the 'double exposure' photography technique; creating an illusory joint image. Images created can then easily be saved to your camera roll and shared with friends via email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

98. iFontMaker

As the name suggests, this app is for creating typography of your own
  • Price: $6.99/£4.99

Actually creating typefaces and fonts on an iPad might seem like an odd thing to do, but iFontMaker by Eiji Nishidai provides a straightforward interface for hand-drawn efforts that can subsequently be emailed or converted into a TTF file. In getting you away from standard tools and on to your iPad, there's also scope for 'thinking different', so to speak.

99. Dubble

  • Price: Free

There's nothing like a cool bit of creative collaboration, but what if you can't find a pal to make beautiful things with? Dubble provides a splendidly random solution to this problem. It pairs you up with complete strangers in seconds and can quickly sort you out with your own collaborative portfolio, of sorts.

Simply take a photo (or choose one from your iPad's photostream) and submit it to Dubble, then it'll combine it with another photo taken by a random user and send the double-exposed results straight back to you. If you're a bit picky about who you work with, the latest version enables you to choose your random pairing from a set of favourites; you can even collaborate with yourself.

100. FraxHD

  • Price: $3.99/£2.49

If you love fractals - and who doesn't - FraxHD might just blow your mind. It's an excellently elegant fractal generator for the iPad that's quite blisteringly fast, especially on the iPad. With it you can create a fractal pattern (or choose one from a selection of ready-made presets), zoom right into the depths of its recursive details (and out again), rotate it and pan across it. You can adjust the colour palette, play with the lighting and twiddle the textures too, and you can do all of this using pinch, swipe and rotate gestures in as close to realtime as makes not that much difference. Glorious.

That's your lot for now! There should be something here to suit your design needs, but with thousands of new apps being added to Apple's App Store every day we will continue updating this list as great new iPad apps for designers become available. And if you're looking for great web experiences on the iPad, check out these examples of HTML5.

Words: Craig Stewart

Craig Stewart is managing editor of Creative Bloq.

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