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Favorite Four: Apps To Get Your Doodles On

Posted by Chris Nitz on October 20th, 2010

You are sitting in the boardroom and you forgot to bring your “notebook” so you can take “notes” during the meeting. We all know you are just going to draw houses, spirals and other miscellaneous items instead of jotting down those all important budget numbers. Why not take those doodles to the next level with some chalk or fire? Four great ways to get your doodles on is easily attainable in one of these four apps:

Sketchbook Pro:
For the more serious doodlers, or dare I say artists, Sketchbook Pro is a great way to do some serious doodles. Multi-touch, 75 brushes, six layers, blend modes barely explain the power of this app. I mean when Penny-Arcade is able to put out a comic completely drawn with this app, what more endorsement could you possible ask? A lot of power resides in this hefty app, and it just needs you to unlock it.

Sidewalk Chalk:
You may tell people you are getting this for your kids, but we all know the big child in you misses drawing on sidewalks! With the help of Sidewalk Chalk, you do not need to push your kids out the door so you can get your chalky doodles on. Complete with different colors, an array of backgrounds, and even the ability to email drawings to people in your address book so they can print out the doodles and bring a new meaning to fridge art. You do not even have to worry about the rain washing away all that hard work.

iBurn 3 – Draw With Fire!:
Time to play with fire! Okay, not literally, but you can doodle with it thanks to the powers of iOS. Not only can you draw with twelve different variations of fire colors, but you can also load up pictures and lay waste to them with your fire art. Once the fire has been put down you can shake and tilt your iPhone to watch the fire dance. All the fun of playing with fire, none of the complaints from Smokey the Bear.

Sand Garden:
At the end of a stressful day, a sand garden will go light-years to helping you wash away the stress of TPS reports and Lumberg complaining about your lack of motivation. Sand Garden not only gives you a great looking sandbox, but you can also put some rocks in it for that authentic Zen garden feel. 3D modeling and different lighting effects even help put that extra bit of polish on your garden of peace. Sometimes, you just need a sandbox to doodle in to help take the cares of the world off your shoulders.

Artists Flocking to the iPad

Posted by Jeff Scott on April 22nd, 2010

Before it's release, one of the areas mentioned that the iPad had huge potential was in the arts. The question was how would artists take to it or would they? The iPad has now been out for less than a month and we're already seeing a great uptake from a wide variety of artists. Here are a few short videos that show more.

The First iPad DJ

Rana Sobhany gave an early preview of her DJ project, Destroy The Silence this past weekend at iPadDevCamp. The plan is to become a DJ using nothing but 2 iPads, music apps, and a mixer. Here's a short interview and demo done with Rana by Robert Scoble earlier this week.

Some of the apps she uses in the video include Korg iElectribe, Looptastic HD, GrooveMaker, and iDaft2.

Manga Artist Sketches on the iPad

yoshitoshi ABe, manga artist has posted a short video showing the use of an iPad app called Live Sketch HD. He quickly draws a beautiful sketch of a character called Ain.

Flight of the Bumblebees -- one handed?

Pianist Lang Lang played a little joke during an encore recently, using his iPad and the music app Magic Piano from Smule. One of the features of Magic Piano is that it allows you to play the piano just by playing the tempo, it will play the correct notes for you. In this video, Lang Lang plays the very difficult Flight of the Bumblebees very nonchalantly with just one hand.

[via Laughing Squid, TUAW, and iPhone Life]

32 x 32

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Benjamin Foster on August 10th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: UNIQUE
32 x 32 is a simple and elegant drawing tool that allows even the artistically impaired to create a mini- masterpiece.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Christine Morris on March 4th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ABOVE AVERAGE
Organizer is useful for writing your daily plans, jotting down your ideas and for an advanced memo tool. The options in this application for making notes are impressive, but lack of calendar integration lets it down.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gary Lucero on February 4th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AVERAGE
Although Multipad bills itself as a "stylish program that is always at your hand," it's actually a clunky little app that does little more than hold a limited number of hand written notes. While most note taking apps give you an unlimited number of pages
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Crayon Physics Deluxe

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gary Lucero on January 29th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ABOVE AVERAGE
Crayon Physics Deluxe presents you with 50 levels of crayon and paper filled puzzling. You draw lines, boxes, and other shapes in your quest to cause a red circle to travel from its starting point to the ending point, which is always a yellow star. As the
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+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Gary Lucero on January 19th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ABOVE AVERAGE
Instaviz is a graph visualization app. It is based on the open source software Graphviz, which is available for the Mac, Windows, and Linux. With Instaviz you can easily draw shapes such as circles, ovals, squares, and triangles, label each, and then conn
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jeff Scott on September 25th, 2008
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Sketches is an amazingly useful and fun application!
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