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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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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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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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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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