20 Creative iPad Apps For Web Developers And Designers

20 iPad Apps for Designers

Now that the iPad has been released, web developers and designers alike want to know which apps are worthy of their fingerprints. To help make the search a bit easier, I’ve compiled a collection of 20 creative iPad apps that should prove quite useful for web designers, graphic designers and anyone with a creative mind. We’ll take a look at applications that will help you get your sketch on, interact with your sites, check stats, brainstorm and even a game or two.

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas iPad Icon

Adobe Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. It’s an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop software.

Adobe Ideas iPad App

Analytics HD

The premier app for Google Analytics, Analytics App, now debuts on the iPad as Analytics HD. See charts and reports like you’ve never seen them before, and share them in a meeting with full screen charts.

Analytics HD iPad

iThoughtsHD (mindmapping)

iThoughts iPad Icon

iThoughtsHD is a mind mapping tool for the iPad. Mindmapping enables you to visually organize your thoughts, ideas and information in an easy to use interface. It is based on and compatible with iThought for the iPhone.

iThoughts iPad App


Freeform is a simple vector drawing tool for sketching quick doodles, creating fun drawings or designing simple diagrams and illustrations. You can save the images you create to your photos library or email them to yourself.

Freeform iPad

The Font Game

The Font Game iPad Icon

From I Love Typography comes the long-awaited, definitive Font Game for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Guaranteed to be absolutely the most fun you’ll have with fonts anywhere, any time, any place. Over 600 font specimens included.

The Font Game iPad App

Things for iPad

Things iPad Icon

Things is a beautifully focused and amazingly intuitive task manager. Effortlessly manage to-dos, notes, due dates and projects. A smart today list and the scheduling feature allow you to work as effectively as possible every day.

Things iPad App


Gusto Icon iPad

Gusto was created to embrace the workflow of web development on the iPad. Open your project and download multiple files and folders at the same time from your FTP server. After editing, preview your document locally to quickly see your updates.

Gusto iPad App


Markup iPad Icon

Markup for iPad lets you connect to your websites and edit the text files within them. Download, edit and upload text files such as HTML, CSS, PHP etc. Preview the pages you edit and test them without ever leaving the app.

Markup iPad App


Penultimate iPad Icon

Stylish, powerful and easy to use. Penultimate encourages you to take notes, keep sketches or work through your next breakthrough idea. Seperate notebooks for each topic, project or category. Three different photorealistic paper styles are included.

Penultimate iPad App


Twitterrific iPad Icon

Twitterrific is the friendly, award-winning Twitter client that’s beautiful to look at, easy to use and full of elegant features. Effortlessly read and compose tweets, search Twitter.com, filter message types and much more.

Twitterrific iPad App


FlickStackr iPad Icon

FlickStackr brings Flickr photo sharing to the iPad. It allows you to browse photos in the Flickr universe, whether you are a Flickr member or not. Includes full screen browsing, in depth search, sharing photos via email and more.

FlickStackr iPad App

Desktop Connect

Desktop Connect iPad Icon

Desktop Connect is a fast, full-featured desktop viewer. View and control Windows, Mac OSX and Linux computers as if you were sitting in front of them, or observe others as if you were watching over their shoulder.

Desktop Connect iPad App


WordPress iPad Icon

It’s easy to manage your WordPress blog from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. With the WordPress OS, you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages. All you need is a WordPress blog or a self-hosted blog running WordPress 2.9.2 or higher.

WordPress iPad App

Phaidon Design Classics

Phaidon iPad Icon

This authoritative and meticulously researched collection charts the story of product design over the past 200 years. It was years in the making and was compiled via a rigorous selection process by an international panel of design-world insiders.

Phaidon iPad App

SketchBook Pro

Sketchbook Pro iPad Icon

Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad is a professional-grade paint and drawing application. Using the same paint engine as its desktop counterpart, Sketchbook Pro Delivers a complete set of sketching and painting tools through an intuitive user interface.

SketchBook Pro iPad App


FTP On The Go Pro iPad Icon

An FTP client for the iPad. All the features of a desktop FTP client and more, all in an easy to use powerful package. Pro features enhanced iPad support, letting you fully take advantage of the iPad’s large touchscreen. Works on your iPhone or iPod touch too.

FTP On The Go Pro iPad App


Evernote iPad Icon

Evernote turns the iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and sync to your Mac or Windows desktop.

Evernote iPad App

Ego for iPad

Ego iPad Icon

Ego for iPad builds on everyone’s favorite web stats application and adds a new detail view that lets you dive even deeper into your stats. Services supported are Feedburner, Ember, Google Analytics, Mint2, Squarespace, Tumblr, Twitter and Vimeo.

Ego iPad App


OmniGraffle iPad Icon

Need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas (or graph paper, or whiteboard, or cocktail napkin…).

OmniGraffle iPad App

Plants vs. Zombies HD

Plants vs Zombies iPad Icon

Wait, this is a game that has nothing to do with web development or design. Exactly! We all need to step away from our work a bit and have a little fun. Plants vs. Zombies HD is the perfect game to escape the design world and enjoy ourselves a bit.

Plants vs Zombies HD iPad App

What did I miss?

It seems like every time I swing by the app store, there are a handful of new apps just released for the iPad. Developers are scurrying to get a piece of the pie and to our advantage. Have you found a new iPad app that should have made this list? Let others know in the comment section below.


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  1. Chris Herbert

    Very nice article, a few I missed in the past. I would also add Synotes Slate (note/task app with sync) and Digital Post, a newspaper-type reader from many news sources (great UI).

    • I’m glad I could point out a few to you and thanks for the recommendations!

    • Thanks for sharing these creative apps. Not really familiar with some of the apps though most really looks amazing.

  2. Ericka Heister

    Penultimate looks amazing. I plan to get an iPad soon, so this list has come in quite handy. Great job!

    • I bet you’re excited to get that iPad. They really are amazing. Thanks Ericka!

    • Bruce

      Nice article I really like desktop connect. However i am curious, why Penultimate?
      I see it always gets high reviews but compared to upad or notes+ it is really lacking. I own all three and a few more ;-) But upad and Notes+ are much better.

  3. Samantha Vira

    Nice list! Going to look at Gusto and iThoughts HD.

    Check out Taska before Things. Taska syncs perfectly with Toodledo premium after yesterday’s update. Taska is so much more and a lot le$$ compared to Things. iPhone Taska is awesome too!

    Twittelator Pad is the best Twitter client for my needs and it keeps improving! Connects to readitlater and instapaper.

    MindNode is easy and clean mind mapping app. Really like the sharing/export features.

    • Awesome, three more great apps for the collection. Thanks Samantha!

  4. Great collection of apps. I love the way you presented them. I’m definitely looking into SketchBook Pro.

    • I didn’t want to just take a bunch of screenshots and present them. I thought it would be a lot better to view them inside of an iPad. I’m glad you liked the presentation of the list. SketchBook Pro is pretty cool!

  5. Joe

    This list makes me want an iPad even more! Picking up one this weekend. Can’t wait.

    • Congrats Joe! Beware, you want be able to put it down for at least 10 days. Thanks for commenting.

  6. bubba

    Have you actually used Desktop Connect? If so, then you wouldn’t be recommending it. iTap RDP is best for Windows connectivity (all actions done via gestures) and iSSH is best for VNC (and includes SSH functionality too).

    • Yes Bubba, I have. The problem with iTap RDP client is that it is for Windows only. Desktop Connect supports Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. I thought it would be best to feature one that supported multiple operating systems.

      Since my readers use all three operating systems, iTap would only help a handful of them. While some have claimed that Desktop Connect operates slowly, I believe the latest update (April 12) addressed these issues. Have you tried Desktop Connect?

      On the flip side, iTap RDP looks like a promising app for Windows users and I appreciate you sharing it with the other readers.

      Thanks Bubba!

    • Sharron Tiggs

      I own Desktop Connect and I haven’t had any problems with it at all. I have a Mac, so the iTap RDP client that Bubba recommended wouldn’t do me any good.

  7. Kurt Strube

    Great roundup Shawn! I love the incorporation of Plants vs. Zombies HD at the end. I have it on my iPhone and love it. You’re right, we need to step away from our work from time to time.

  8. jim

    Great collection!

  9. Marc

    Love your selections. Penultimate is awesome. I’d add SkyGrid (fantastic free news-by-topic aggregator), GoodReader (PDF/media viewer that is excellent for bringing files wirelessly into your iPad), and TapType (typing teacher/trainer for iPad — very helpful for getting better with the virtual keyboard).

  10. Okay, so I really haven’t wanted to get an ipad till I saw this post. This could really be an incredible tool for designers and developers. I absolutely love these apps. Thanks!

  11. NYC

    Great Post! Now all I need is an Ipad.

  12. Jorge

    Nice selection. I’d add iMockups which wil certainly be one of my first buys when iPad (finally) gets to France, and iTeleport looks nice too.

  13. John

    I’ve been looking at Gusto, Markup, and FTP on the Go. Do you find you prefer one over the others?

    • Steve

      Yeah… that’s what I’m interested in. Which of these apps is the good one?
      How much design, development & coding can I do with just my iPad?

  14. Inspirationfeed

    I really like egotastic.

  15. Nice list! I didn’t know there was an Analytics app. I’m downloading it now. Let me know if you do a list of the best iPad web apps (html5). I like Google’s gmail web app more than the native Mail.

  16. Stan Johnson

    You might want to check out MedCommons Prototyper also.

  17. Thank you for so many useful and practical apps. Many of these will prove useful for me….DEFINITELY!!! Thanks again.

  18. Great post Shaun, I discovered the analytics app at the weekend and agree that its a nice little system, One that you have missed which someone has already mentioned is worth a modification to your article. iMockup allows wireframes to be made whilst your sat down with clients, easy learning curve, a great way to agree layouts and a strong business case for why every web designer should have an iPad :)

  19. I was browsing this morning trying to justify spending on an ipad, you’ve convinced me… please see Steve Jobs for your commission

  20. hey nice post…i would like to share it with you that there is an iPad app named sortshot which can be helpful to you as
    it is Quicker an easy way of image retrieval through unique photo and video tagging. Tagging options include personalized keywords, ratings, favourites, or type of media – photo or video. Tapping on a tag provides instant results so that we can further refine our search with additional tags and keywords.

  21. These are sweet apps! I’m currently working on building some of my own.

  22. byoung

    wow i need these reasons to buy a ipad, great tool…needed to turn it into a cash register….lol not just a pretty toy…. i have posted some of these apps on FB and started downloading…now gotta buy ipad….lol….peace

  23. erocket

    Moodboard is a neat and fun app to use for gathering inspiring tidbits together, and Tweetdeck for iPad is a better option than Twitterrific IMHO. Great list, I’m off to check out that Analytics app…

  24. Joe Whistler

    I firmly believe that the iPad’s future is secure with the use of the device as a business tool, such as with the 2X Client for iOS (http://www.2x.com/virtualdesktop/ios)…it’s a free download and lets you use Windows apps from your iPad, giving you application publishing and RDP Remote Desktop capabilities for free, in contrast to the Citrix Receiver and Wyse PocketCloud. Definitely worth a look.

  25. ברכות

    Excellent selections. Still waiting for Coda version for my iPad :)

    Happy new year everyone ;)

    • Crockett

      Can’t wait for Coda, until then I found Textastic to be best editor on iPad so far

    • Alon

      Oh yeah, I love Coda!
      In fact, just mailed them the other day, suggesting they make an iPad app :)

      Hopefully they’ll do it and soon.

  26. Al

    I just know I will end up camped outside my local Apple store on 25th March (release date for UK). I’ve never owned an iPad previously, so I have decided to go for the iPad 2.

    A couple of apps from your post look fantastic. The ‘desktop connect’ app looks amazing; It appears I will be able to RDP into my windows 7 PC. Also, the ‘Things App’. I’ve just finished reading ‘getting things done’ by David Allen. Sounds like this App will help me implement the methodogies David talks about.

    Any more app updates will be gratefully received.

  27. Ipadfan

    Is there an app to develop and deploy iPad apps through an iPad?

  28. xan

    Useful, well commented list, thanks for the hard work!

    2 cents:
    XAN – not easy to describe here, I use it to explore time based design and time based design language, even in realtime, – needs some time to understand its potential but imho a novel approach…

  29. Pete J.

    I found an ebook for anyone here looking for steps on how to make an app.
    This saved me a TON of online research & I truly recommend it to anyone just getting started. http://www.ipadappebook.com I’m just getting ready to develop my 1st app this month.

  30. lol nice one with Plant’s versus Zombies at the end. Of all the ones mentioned, Adobe Ideas is the most impressive when it comes to sketching ideas with the client. I almost convinced one of my clients to get an iPad after our brainstorming. Thanks for the great list

  31. Ive

    Art Studio is a great one!

  32. Tom

    What a selection of great apps! I will definately be loosing a few hours playing with these. Does this mark the beginning of new uses for the iPAD?

  33. Moses

    I just need an app that I can use to design and build a website on my iPad from start to finish. Just recommend two


  34. marcella

    Great!! You should check out Karrgo App (http://www.karrgoapp.com/) It’s a good for transporting your byte. and you can download files from any given URL

  35. fifi

    found Firebug and some other handy tools for iPad (iDebug)

  36. Griffin

    Great selection, but i prefer Adobe Ideas. As a graphic designer, i love being able to whip out my iPad to sketch ideas while i’m on the go. Also, AT&T’s 4G LTE network has great coverage here in San Francisco!

  37. I discovered the analytics app at the weekend and agree that its a nice little system, One that you have missed which someone has already mentioned is worth a modification to your article. iMockup allows wireframes to be made whilst your sat down with clients, easy learning curve, a great way to agree layouts and a strong business case for why every web designer

  38. Krystina Constable

    WOW! Thank you so much for including my little knockoff RH nightstands, Kate! I’m in great company! :)

  39. Beth

    I want to be able to create a flyer or advertisement with text, price tags, and my own photos with color that looks polished. I would like to post to Facebook or send via email to customers. I am using an iPD mini. What app would be easy to use?


  40. Nice collection, thanks for great list Shawn

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