12 Beautifully Creative iPad Apps

There has been a great deal said about whether the iPad is a good, or useful, device for content creation. Instead of getting into that discussion here I’m simply going to let you make your own mind up, in the light of the collection of apps below.

I am far more interested in thinking about the ways that new technology can enhance and further encourage our innate creativity. To this end I’ve collected together an roundup of creative apps that either facilitate pure content creation or simply allow artistic expression through your iPad.

Enjoy!

Garageband

Garageband

We reviewed Garageband on iPad.AppStorm a couple of weeks ago, I’m a big fan of it as a beautifully intuitive way to express yourself musically:

It’s a must-have app for any respectable iPad owner! Apple have succeeded in creating a gorgeous and effortlessly enjoyable music app that appeals to people of all ages and abilities.

There are inevitable limitations in its scope, the lack of custom chord sets and the ability to alter the time signature being two that immediately spring to mind, but overall it’s a triumph!

Price: $4.99
Developer: Apple

Brushes

Brushes

Brushes featured prominently in our roundup of painting apps for the iPad, it’s one of the leading apps in its field.

Brushes has even been used by influential artist David Hockney to pioneer painting on the iPad as legitimate art – check out this article from the BBC. It’s fascinating the way technology is pushing the boundaries of artistic expression!

Price: $7.99
Developer: Steve Sprang

iA Writer

iA Writer

Writing is one of the most diverse and fundamental forms of creative expression, it is for this very reason that iA Writer gets a mention. Kevin Whipps reviewed it for iPad.AppStorm in April and had this to say:

A minimalist writing app for the iPad that’s packed with great features. It could completely change the way you view writing on the iPad!

I’m inclined to agree.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Information Architects

iMovie

iMovie

iMovie for the iPad was first announced alongside the iPad 2, and Garageband, as an intuitive way to create interesting video content.

I think that we’ve only just touched the surface of the iPad’s capabilities in this area – I’m looking forward to what the future holds for iMovie.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Apple

Procreate

Procreate

Procreate touts itself as possibly the most exciting digital painting app on a mobile device, I think it lives up to that claim.

It features a great deal of functionality that’s packaged in an effortlessly intuitive interface, it can’t fail to appeal to the artistic among you!

Price: $4.99
Developer: Savage Interactive

djay

djay

An expensive but powerful app that is, without doubt, one of the best apps available for the iPad. The untrained will be fascinated by the tools at your disposal, the talented will be in heaven.

With brand new features just added to make use of the extra power behind the iPad 2, djay now features Key Lock and and even higher precision audio analysis.

Price: $19.99
Developer: algoriddim

Pages

Pages

If you’re favoured means of expression is the written word, and you’d prefer to use a more fully featured word processor, then Pages is probably the perfect app for you.

The sheer power of the app is incredible, it truly allows the use of the iPad as a serious writing device. I’m particularly keen on the use of intuitive touch controls, the complete redesign for the iPad is effortlessly useable.

Price: $9.99
Developer: Apple

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe Photoshop Express is an eloquent solution to enhancing and editing images on your iPad. Its feature set is perfect for simple processing, delivering what you would expect from a free photography app from Adobe.

The controls are nicely intuitive, offering a new way to interact with your photographs.

Price: Free
Developer: Adobe

PhotoPad

PhotoPad

PhotoPad is another free app that allows you to get physical with your photography on the iPad. It sports great functionality and gives you full numeric control over image cropping and scaling.

PhotoPad also allows you to draw and sketch with your iPad, it’s a good option for those who want that functionality without a price tag.

Price: Free
Developer: ZAGG

Keynote

Keynote

Keynote is another fundamental app from Apple that allows the creation of engaging presentations, right from your lap. The power behind Keynote is stunning, as is the sheer range of functionality.

I love the intuitive interface and how easy it is for a presentation novice to produce a creative slideshow.

Price: $9.99
Developer: Apple

AmpliTube

AmpliTube

While AmpliTube doesn’t really compete with Garageband when it comes to overall recording functionality, it’s still a valuable application in the creative sphere. It does require that you purchase an iRig adapter, but for anyone whose eyes light up at the word ‘Flanger’ it’s probably worth it.

For all budding, and proffesional, guitarists out there AmpliTube gives you a wealth of effects and tones that can really help to ignite your imagination!

Price: $19.99
Developer: IK Multimedia

Blogsy

Blogsy

There are thousands of new blogs created every day, it’s a key form of creative expression for many people – from aspiring (and successful) writers, to people who just love food. We reviewed Blogsy a couple of weeks ago and Connor has this to say:

Blogsy is a useful application and one of the best for blogging on Apple’s tablet. It’s a great step forward for the iPad platform as a content creation device.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Fomola

Your Thoughts

This list cannot hope to be exhaustive and is simply an attempt to highlight some of the leading apps in the creative field – I’d absolutely love to hear about the apps use that enable or enhance your creativity!

What apps have you come across that ignite your imagination? Just leave a comment below!


  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oretg8-HP40&feature=player_embedded Bob Gallagher

    Hi Joel. This is a good selection, and a couple of these I swear by personally. Earlier this week I was once again having that argument, fight the corner that the iPad can be used effectively for content creation, not just consumption.

    I feel strongly about this because I am currently helping to promote another great app for creatives. It’s called App Cooker and is by far the most advanced application out there for planning and designing new app ideas right on your iPad. It has some powerful features and more in the pipeline. I actually sent a promo code to David yesterday so I hope you’ll get a chance to take a look. Drop me an email if you’d like some more info.

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