20+ iPad Apps For Designers and Developers

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Since iPad is released now, Web Designers and Developers must be eager to know which iPad apps would work for them. No gadget has been discussed, debated, and reviewed madly as Apple iPad. Few months before, we discussed about iPhone apps for designers and developers. Now, we are again back with Apple’s new coolest toy – iPad. Apple has always been able to catch the attention of creative minds, and they do a pretty good job at keeping their attention at its peak. Like the iPhone, the iPad already has hundreds of applications approved by Apple. We are discussing some of them which are of utmost importance for designers and developers which make them move more freely either on the canvas, or behind the scenes. So just check out below:

Adobe Ideas

It is an amazing digital sketchbook, which allows you to capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. It gives awesome support for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop software. The interface is clean, simple and fluid. It works and makes drawing fun and useful.


It is a mind mapping tool to iPad. Based on the award winning iThought for iPhone, iThoughtsHD has been designed specifically for the iPad. This app allows you to visually organize your ideas and thoughts in a a very easy to use interface.

Phaidon Design Classic

The application offers, at the touch of a finger, access to an encyclopedic, illustrated history of 1,000 timeless design classics by not only renowned designers, such as Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Le Corbusier and many more. Presented in a beautifully rendered, 3D environment, the application has been built to take full advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad.


I think most of us are managing blogs powered by WordPress. So this app allows you to manage your blog from the iPad only. With the WordPress OS, you can moderate comments and create or edit posts and pages. With the new app, you can now take advantage of the larger on-screen keyboard (or use an external keyboard or the new keyboard dock) to type out posts — which will make major blog posts much easier to create.

Mark Up

Markup for iPad lets you connect to your websites and edit the text files within them. It helps you add new pages, modify old ones and download files in different formats, such as HTML, CSS and PHP. There is a facility to view your text which you wrote and can see how it looks without closing the application.


Gusto was created to embrace the workflow of web development on the iPad. Quickly identify your project with a beautifully generated thumbnail of your website. Open your project and download multiple files and folders at a time from your FTP server. Gusto allows you to open multiple documents in tabs for faster navigation. After editing, preview your document locally to quickly see your updates.


Designers’ creative tool i.e sketchbook. I think this is a must for every designer. What say! 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 & painting tools through a streamlined and intuitive user interface designed exclusively for the iPad experience. Whether you are an occasional doodler or a professional illustrator, SketchBook Pro transforms your iPad into the ultimate digital SketchBook.

Live Sketch HD

You can even do live sketching as you do on real piece of paper, chalkboard, canvas etc. with this app.Express yourself with impressive sketches like a pencil on a real paper. There are some tips to draw: Draw faster to make thin line, draw slower to make thick line, tap the screen to show/hide toolbar.

Omnigraffle For iPad

Are you in a need to create a quick diagram, process chart, page layout, website wireframe, or graphic design? With OmniGraffle, your iPad touch screen is your canvas. OmniGraffle knows what makes a diagram different from a drawing, so it knows how to help you make superior documents quickly: it keeps lines connected to shapes even when they’re moved, it provides stencils full of objects for you to drag and drop, and it can magically organize diagrams so your ideas come to life.

FTP On The Go

The main feature includes browse, download and upload from your FTP server. An FTP client for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. All the features of a desktop FTP client and more, all in an easy to use but powerful package. PRO features enhanced iPad support, letting you fully take advantage of the iPad’s large touchscreen–and works on your iPhone or iPod touch too. The main feature includes browse, download and upload from your FTP server.


Wow! I just love vector art. You too?? so what you going to have in your iPad is Quill. Quill is a vector art drawing program. This means everything you draw is smoothed out and represented by mathematical equations which provide benefits like you may scale out your art without any loss of detail. You can select any path in your drawing and change its features (color, stroke, etc.) or move/rotate/resize it.


Now photo editing is just so easy with Masque. Masque brings powerful photo editing to your fingertips! Add striking effects to a portion of your photo (or the entire photo) through simple touch interactions. Create your own “Masque-r-piece” and then show it off to the world through convenient in-app sharing.

i Mockups

Mockups provides designers and developers with the ability to quickly draft wireframes for their websites and iPhone/iPad apps. Created exclusively for the iPad, iMockups combines a beautiful interface with intuitive functionality, taking full advantage of the breakthrough touchscreen device.

PCalc Lite Calculator

PCalc Lite is a fully functional and free taste of our popular scientific calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode, multiple undo and redo, unit conversions and constants, as well as two stylish themes and our highly praised design.


This particular turns iPad into a memory tasking, 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.


Increase productivity by maximizing the viewable area on your main monitor! Ideal for multi-tasking users, iDisplay lets you free the main monitor for work-related applications by moving some apps to the external display, shown on your iPad.


Brushes is a popular painting application designed from scratch for the iPad touch. Paintings produced with Brushes have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker on numerous occasions. It has now been redesigned to take full advantage of the larger screen offered by the iPad. Featuring an advanced color picker, high quality brushes, layers, extreme zooming, and a simple yet deep interface, it is a powerful tool for creating original artwork on your mobile device.

C64 Pain XL

C64 Paint is an app that lets you paint on a canvas up to 160 by 200 pixels with all the 16 colors of the classic 8-bit computer of the 1980s, the Commodore 64. Make cute little monsters! Paint a sweeping landscape! Place every pixel with precision on a grid or cover a large swath with your finger using different brush sizes.

Zen Bound 2

Now time for relaxing. iPad presents you Zen Bound 2. Zen Bound 2 is a meditative puzzle game of wrapping rope around wooden sculptures. It is a tactile game, with a focus on making rope, wood and stone look and feel real and believable.

Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting is a destination for creative professionals and those looking for the newest original content spanning everything from molecular gastronomy to conceptual design. A daily curation covering the forefronts of design, culture and technology, Cool Hunting (coolhunting.com) is an award-winning online publication and video series with a global scope

Desktop Connect

Desktop Connect is a fast, full-featured desktop viewer, optimized specifically for the iPad. 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 is great for those designers or developers that are on-the-go and they need to access full featured applications that are not available on the iPad. Desktop Connect is the only app that will automatically discover all of your computers on your local network, and uniquely offers support for both VNC and Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP).

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