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When inspiration strikes, out of the blue, as you’re making coffee or walking the dog, the feeling of uplift and excitement is hard to match. For most of us, these are purely chance moments, when events and surroundings combine to create a spark. But for those in the creative professions, it can’t be like that. There simply isn’t time to wait around for the mental light bulb to flicker into life. For creatives, inspiration needs to be engineered, manufactured even, and most achieve this by collecting inspiring stuff and keeping it nearby.

The scrapbooks and swatches once used for this purpose have now been replaced by digital formats. Some folks go for social (Pinterest), some for private (Icebergs & Ember), but the recurring theme is the clipping of digital files into virtual pinboards of creative ideas.

Strangely, the iPad, a device that seems so suited to visuals and is intuitive in its operation, has yet to see much love in the scrapbooking genre — a fact which an aptly named new app, Curator, wants to change. With a sleek, minimalist interface and simple controls, Curator will certainly appeal to creative folk on an aesthetic level; but what about on a practical one?

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If you’re a male, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Pinterest, the social network where you “pin” items to a virtual wall, but there’s a chance you haven’t used it much yet — but your girlfriend or wife definitely has. That’s because Pinterest is the hottest social network going right now, particularly among women — some estimates put the percentage of female users close to 70%.

As a man myself, I do see the value of Pinterest, and even though I don’t use it as much as my female friends, it’s still a place I go to check out what’s new and cool. Up until Wednesday, there was only a Pinterest client for the iPhone, and it’s pretty neat. But now there’s an iPad version of Pinterest. How does it match up? Let’s find out.  (more…)

In case you haven’t already heard, AppStorm is on Pinterest! We just published a board for all of the Unmissable Roundups that we publish across the sites – why not head over and Repin your favourite ones?

AppStorm’s Pinterest Boards

Do follow us for pinteresting app-related goodness!

That’s right, AppStorm is now on Pinterest!

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web, and we’ve already got a few pinboards up for you to check out! Browsing pinboards is a fun and visual way to discover new things, head over to Pinterest now to see our collections;

Follow AppStorm for app-related goodness!

We will be adding more as time goes on, and the editorial team gets inspired, but feel free to suggest any great ideas you have for pinboards in the comments!

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