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There are a whole host of image editing applications open to iPad owners. These range from the rudimentary to some comparatively advanced and surprisingly capable apps which can offer much of the basic functionality of their larger desktop siblings. Subsplash’s Luminance definitely falls into the latter category, and successfully provides iPad users with an intuitive platform from which one can edit images, with easy cropping and rotation, in addition to filters and more.

However, strong though it appears on paper, Luminance certainly has some stiff competition in the iOS App Store in the shape of great apps like Snapseed and Adobe Photoshop Express. So, how does Luminance stack up against these competitors? Read on to find out more.

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Dribble is a truly special website. It doesn’t really do anything, it just shows out-of-context designs uploaded by the designers themselves, snippets of logos and interfaces.

Despite this, it is one of the most captivating sites out there due to the sheer beauty of the content. While it may not be of much material use, Dribbble is a great source of inspiration – impacting our lives and work indirectly.

Courtside is a free iPad app which connects to Dribbble and shows you the latest/best content from the site – iPad style. But, is it any good?

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If you’re an iPad owner you no doubt understand the joy that you get from simply interacting with the device. It’s a fun device to use no matter what you’re doing. While the iPad was pegged early on as purely a consumption device (I won’t dispute it, it’s pretty amazing at that), the touch interaction allows for so much more – there’s a growing crop of applications exploring just that.

A seemingly logical interaction with the iPad is creating art. There has been mixed reception with applications in this category so far. Some work well, but most can agree that while very cool, it isn’t exactly a perfect experience. Mixel carves out a niche in the art application category and allows you to create and share art. It’s intentionally extremely simple. On the surface this seems like a good angle, but let’s see how it actually works.

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Sometimes sending an email just feels so impersonal…

Sending your friend, or loved one, a postcard is a much nicer way of expressing your [insert emotion] than merely emailing them a link to an hilarious Onion article. This is where Touchnote comes in.

With the release of Cards, Apple has made it clear that they a least see a market in this sphere, even if they aren’t going to pursue it fervently in the future. One small issue, however, is that it’s not available for the iPad! Not to fear, Touchnote provides you with an iPad friendly alternative, but is the extra love you’ll receive in response to your physical postcard worth it?

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Amongst the plethora of painting and drawing apps found in the App Store, it’can be hard to find one that stands out. Apps tend to have a very similar feature set, and the same final product can really be achieved in any of the apps.

I’ve tried a shockingly large number of these apps myself, but always found myself staying away from using my iPad as a canvas. One day, I saw a new app called Art Rage. This port of a desktop app not only boasts most of the features found in other painting and drawing apps, but it also claimed to understand the wetness, thickness, and metallic qualities of various paints, as well as how the different tools would effect them. I was instantly intrigued, and knew that Art Rage was an app I definitely had to try.

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While I’m extremely grateful that Apple has slowly but surely been improving their album features in the photo app, I’m definitely not yet satisfied.

As a scenic and production designer, the first part of my job inevitably consists of a lot of visual research. When I first got my iPad, I knew that I had a great new way to present this research, but the photos app just never seemed like a good, professional way in which to showcase pictures.

I embarked on a several month long journey to find a stellar album app, and Collections for iPad was definitely the best that I found. This feature-rich app allows a user to create a fully customizable album for any purpose, and creates a great final product.

Read on to find out whether this could be the solution you’ve been searching for!

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There are now a great number of photo editing apps available for the iPad, a few of which we looked at in our roundup of 7 Awesome iPad Photography Apps. There is a clear distinction forming between apps that give you the functionality to completely control the processing of a photo, and those that aim to do some of the legwork for you – often by including numerous filters and preset effects. Filterstorm and PhotoForge2 would be good examples of the former, while Snapseed and Photogene are great examples of the latter.

Today we’re going to look at an app that is a powerful mix of both types of photography apps. FX Photo Studio HD brings the enjoyment and sheer creativity of filters together with superior processing and ultimate control, read on to see just how good FX Photo Studio is…

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There are a great number of photography apps in the App Store, many of them trying to be the only place you come with your precious shots. It’s always interesting to see an app that dares to make a statement by being restrained in its scope.

Halftone, by Juicy Bits, is an exceptional photography app for creating halftones effortlessly. For those not familiar with the halftone process, it’s a historical printing technique that reproduces a photograph using variously sized, colored dots.

Mimicking this effect digitally can be complex and time-consuming, but with this app you are just a few clicks away from vintage-looking, comic-style images, and of course, as the name of the app implies, halftones. All that, for only $0.99. Read on to discover everything that this app has to offer.

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With the added horsepower of the iPad 2, developers have been able to offer more powerful applications that can meet the needs of professionals. In the crowded image editing field, Filterstorm Pro stands apart as one of the most impressive and fully-featured mobile editing solutions for the discerning photographer.

With its ability to edit high resolution JPEG and RAW images, batch process large numbers of files, and connect to an FTP server for final delivery, we examine whether or not Filterstorm Pro may be able to replace a laptop-based workflow in a demanding professional photography environment.

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As a device that begs to be touched, it’s little surprise that there are plenty of tablet-style “drawing” applications available on the App Store. Some focus on a sketching and artistic approach, where others strive for accuracy and precision. Although you’ll never get the same level of accuracy that you’d have with a dedicated graphics tablet, some of these apps manage to pull off a great experience.

Today, I’m going to be taking a look at Bamboo Paper, developed by the tablet manufacturer Wacom. It’s encouraging to see the company moving into this market, expanding from their traditional tablet line-up. They do, unsurprisingly, produce a pen accessory to go with the app, but we’ll get to that in due course…

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