When it comes to creating music in a cost-efficient way, more and more people are turning to their iPads for the solution. The drum machine market alone could be considered fairly large on the iPad and features a large range of applications – many of which are either easy to use but lack in features, or have lots of features but are extensive to learn.

Fingerlabs have created a drum machine that looks to combine an easy to use approach but with plenty of features under the hood…

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I love sports. Since the day I bought my iPad, I have used it to manage my fantasy teams, watch sports, and keep up to date on the latest news for the teams I follow. I played sports in high school and college and have coached at various levels. I still love to jump in a competitive game when I get a chance.

When I learned about CoachNote, I was excited to give it a try and find out if it would turn my iPad into a useful coaching tool.

Even if you haven’t grown up playing sports, you can probably remember a sports movie where the team huddles around the coach while he draws up the last winning play on a white board. CoachNote aims to replace that white board and make it much, much better. It is, essentially, a digital whiteboard that can be used as a great teaching tool for almost any sport. Allowing you to save and animate plays and drills so they can be quickly accessible whenever you need them.

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FL Studio’s move to iOS was unexpected, but their mobile music production suite has really got a lot to offer for when you’re away from your beloved desktop and you have an idea that you just have to get down. FL Studio Mobile HD allows you not just to input ideas, but develop them into fully-fledged songs with a suprising level of complexity.

I’m what you could call an FL Studio power user, so I felt right at home using it’s younger brother to compose ideas that I could immediately touch up on the desktop version. Even if you don’t use Fl Studio as your main DAW, or if you’re new to the music production scene altogether, Image-Line’s nifty app has a relatively steep learning curve, meaning you’ll have to sit with it for a little while before you familiarise yourself with the interface. This tutorial will guide you through the steps of producing an idea or even a full song right there on your iPad.

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I’ve learned two primary things in the brief year I’ve owned an iPad 2; an iPad isn’t really a good substitute for a computer in everyday work, and iPad’s are brilliant supplements to everyday work. There is much I do on the computer that is significantly more time consuming with the iPad (if it can be done with it at all), but because of the plethora of specially designed productivity tools and business oriented applications, it’s perfect for taking into a meeting, having on my lap at a conference, or even presenting from (when that necessity arises).

Sketchshare is one of those apps that strives to make the iPad a perfect companion and supplement for your “full-time” computer. It’s designed to do one thing well, collaborative sketching, with added features that make it attractive for a variety of different work and business environments.

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Photography, with the advent of digital cameras, is a rapidly growing occupation, hobby, and passion. While having the best tools won’t necessarily make you a better photographer, it’s certainly true that the best photographers are constantly looking for the best possible tools.

The iPad is quickly becoming a superb tool for a whole host of different professionals, with new apps and developments improving its capacity every month. Apple has pushed hard to make the new iPad even more appealing to photographers, the gorgeous display an absurdly tempting proposition.

Here I’ve collected together some of the best apps available for photographers, in a whole host of different categories. I’ve tried to be creative and look at the great possibilities there are with the iPad, hopefully you’ll find something you’d never thought of before!

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One of the lesser annoucements on March 7th (which I feel was slightly overshadowed by the new iPad and new Apple TV) was the announcement of iPhoto for the iPad. This release brought all of Apple’s iLife software to the iPad (Garageband and iMovie had previously been released along with the iPad 2 back in March 2011). iPhoto really needs no introduction as most Mac users are used to it already (it comes in the iLife package which is included with every new Mac bought) so let’s jump straight in and see what the iPad version has to offer and, more importantly, whether it matches up to its bigger brother on the Mac.

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Symmetry and order. Everything in its right place.

When it comes to organisation, I’m a real stickler for having everything just so. This feeling being inexplicably amplified when it comes to the arrangement of apps on my iPhone and iPad…

Earlier today I became intrigued by the freedom that Apple gives you with the dock on the iPad, allowing you to have six items in it if you so wish – a freedom of layout that’s not extended to the rest of the OS. I then decided to test the extent of this, but it seems that six is the maximum.

What I then learned was that you can actually remove every single app from the dock, although the result is more than a little odd. This led me to today’s question, how many apps do you have in your dock?

I’ll admit that my passion for order means that anything other than five apps in the dock just looks wrong to my eyes, but I’m willing to be shown that this isn’t the case for everyone…

Games are meant to be a reprieve from our daily lives. Games are meant to entertain us and give us a little break from reality. Everything from a simple puzzle game to an engrossing console game. The basic purpose is the same.

The iPad has definitely proven itself as a valid gaming device of sorts and boasts many titles that serve the exact purpose I describe above. Most do this to some degree, but you could say some games are naturally better at this than others. I was searching for that completely engrossing experience and I decided to explore a game called Eufloria hoping to find just that.

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Despite arguments over how to categorize an iPad, it’s undeniable that the device is capable of much more than watching YouTube videos. Apps like Photoshop Touch are crossing out entries on the list of what an iPad can’t do, while the new iPad’s display blows computer displays out of the water.

Today, we’ll be looking at coding on the iPad, specifically Koder Code Editor by iCodeLabs. Koder is a code editor that attempts to turn the iPad into a coding machine. Is it capable of doing the job of a traditional code editor, or is it just another swanky entry in the book of the underpowered? Read on to find out.

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at East Coast Pixels! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@sixsteps
@Maharba
@TConnellyMC3
@joaopsilveira
@lukasD88

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

PhotoToaster is a beautiful app for making photo processing enjoyable and accessible, while still retaining a good degree of depth and power. We reviewed it here, and it’s since had some serious updates, including the addition of more creative control and professional level lighting adjustments.

I’m pleased to announce that we have 5 promo codes of Phototoaster up for grabs, so get involved!

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