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When the iPad was first unveiled, there were three thoughts on many of our minds: “What a terrible name. This thing will be amazing for reading though. Oh, and it’ll be perfect for artists!”

Okay, that what might have been what I thought, but the point stands: I thought that the iPad would be perfect for anybody who needed a good place to draw. Marry it with a decent stylus and you can have an entirely paperless workflow. Until recently, though, I didn’t do a lot of it myself because I hadn’t been using just the right app. That’s when I found Procreate, an artist’s dream toolbox. Read on to find out how Procreate beats all the other competition.

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I spent many a college day whiling away the hours on Sporcle.com, a trivia quiz website jam-packed full of games. One of these games was Famous Faces (Badly Drawn), a surprisingly difficult quiz in which you had to name as many of the 48 on-screen characters as you can within an eight minute time frame.

Much to my delight, Famous Faces (Badly Drawn) is now available to play on iOS under the name of Badly Drawn Faces, albeit in a slightly different format. Can you guess which celebrity is being (badly) drawn? Find out after the jump!

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One of my favorite things about the iPad (and its nice big screen) is the ability to draw, sketch and take notes on it. I think it offers a unique experience as far and going paperless goes, and a lot of developers have put time and effort into designing apps that emulate drawing with a pen and paper. In this roundup, were going to look at a few! (more…)

To be honest, I typically only use my iPad for Reeder, streaming videos and my email, but every once in a while an app comes around that I get a little obsessed over; Foldify is such an app. Foldify is a really clever (and addicting) combination of Papercraft (it’s a real thing!), your iPad and Apple’s AirPrint. I seriously spent hours doodling on this thing over the holidays … hours!

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There is an incredible range of drawing apps available for the iPad. Some apps have just a few color choices and one drawing tool while others are full of tools, making for essentially limitless possibilities. I have tried out a lot of these applications in the few years that I’ve owned an iPad and while the feature-filled applications are often my choice, at times I just want a simpler app.

Autodesk’s newest application, Sketchbook Ink, has helped to meet that desire. Sketchbook Ink is a vector-based drawing application in which you have access to 7 different pens and all the colors you can think of. It’s definitely a simpler application, but I’m really enjoying it so far. Read on to learn more about the app and what I think about it.

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Sketchbook Pro. Brushes. Penultimate. Noteshelf. These are only a handful of some of the most popular apps available on the iPad today. Some may have even considered them your only worthy options for illustrating and note taking on a tablet. Chances are, if you own an iPad, you’ve heard of at least one of these names. If not, that’s fine, because today it isn’t about them.

While the aforementioned creativity apps are, in fact, excellent options for anyone looking to use the iPad as a digital note/sketchbook, a couple of apps have since crashed the party and are causing a lot of ruckus – they are Procreate and Paper by FiftyThree. What is it about these two that we love so much? Read on to find out…
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If there’s one iOS feature that’s truly saved my bacon more than any other, it’s the iOS screenshot. For those who don’t know, pressing the sleep/wake button and home button at the same time on an iOS device creates a PNG screenshot that’s saved to the camera roll. This feature is invaluable for writing app reviews, documenting glitches, or testing websites in Mobile Safari.

Screenshots are useful in many situations, but iOS doesn’t offer a native way to mark up screenshots or photos that may require a bit more explanation. If only there was a simple way to circle a face in a picture, draw an arrow to an important map point, or add a caption to a funny photo. Fortunately there’s Skitch, a free iPad application from Evernote that makes annotating photos and screenshots painless.

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If there is one thing that the iPad is great for, it’s doodling. The iPad’s large multi-touch screen makes it the perfect canvas to draw just about anything. But what if the marvelous drawing experience was turned into a game?

OMGPOP did just that with their flagship iOS app, “>Draw Something. Draw Something combines the awesome drawing platform the iPad provides with social features to create a unique iOS game. Learn more about it after the break.

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The iPad, it’s not a device for content creation, is it?

Ask many a tech pundit that question, and they’ll say, “No, it isn’t.” But, there’s a flaw in the opinion you’re receiving. You’re asking a writer if they can use the iPad to write professionally. That’s a little more specific a context than just “content” in general. Of course the writer’s answer will be “No”. They’re creations rely on words, on text, and it’s arguably easier to create text with a hardware keyboard than it is with a software one. Can it be done? Sure. I’ve written 1000+ word posts for iPad.AppStorm solely on my iPad. But it isn’t ideal.

The problem with the opinions of many a tech writer, is that they’re leaving out all of the other types of “content” we human beings can create. With its gorgeous 9.7” display, photographs look beautiful on the iPad, and there are some great photo development apps available. And while there’s nothing on par with Lightroom or Aperture currently, there’s nothing stopping someone from building an app of that caliber. Recently, with the introduction of iMovie for iPad and Garageband for iPad, we’ve seen just how wide open the possibilities are for the creation of a wide range of content.

Today we’re going to look at one of the stand-out apps in the art category. It’s another area that captured the imaginations of iPad users. With hardware this advanced, could someone finally create software that enabled an iPad to become the ultimate digital sketchbook? Autodesk has tried, bringing their legendary Sketchbook Pro franchise to iOS. Let’s see how well they’ve done.

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