iPad : Tools

All the best iPad apps rated, reviewed and ready for download.

The best tools apps to organise your files, de-junk your phone, manage your time and all sorts of other tech-tricks to smooth the kinks in your digital life.

1
The Magic of Reality

The Magic of Reality

A great app to read with your children that explains the mysteries of the universe.

5
2

£9.99

2
Book Creator for iPad

Book Creator for iPad

Book Creator is limiting for professionals, but for playing around with creating books, it’s well-made, easy to use and packed with potential.

4
3

£2.99

3
Agenda Calendar

Agenda Calendar

Agenda Calendar is a brilliant replacement for the built-in equivalent, with a better design and more features, without adding extra interface clutter.

4
3

£0.69

4
My Photo Books

My Photo Books

Fans of skeuomorphism, scrapbooks, and flowery photo frames will be delighted. Otherwise this app is fairly limited in its usefulness.

3
3

£1.99

5
FDX Reader

FDX Reader

This is a great app if all you need to do is read a Final Draft script on your iPad without needing to make notes or amendments.

4
3

£5.49

6
Final Draft Writer

Final Draft Writer

Strikes the perfect balance between pro features and usability. By no means will it replace the desktop version but, should the need arise, Final Draft Writer provides just the right tools to create an entire script from start to finish.

4
2

£34.99

7
Maily: Your Kids’ First Email

Maily: Your Kids’ First Email

A fun idea for kids, although multiple user accounts would be good for families with more than one child.

4
2

FREE

8
Art Studio for iPad

Art Studio for iPad

One of the most feature-rich and versatile image editing and creation apps on the market, but lacks the focus of its main rivals.

4
2

£2.99

9
DJ Studio

DJ Studio

Good clean fun and a superb introduction to the possibilities of loop manipulation, but not suitable for addition to a pro DJ setup.

4
2

FREE

10
DM-1 The Drum Machine

DM-1 The Drum Machine

Great fun, wildly intuitive, filled with classic sounds, but marginally outclassed by apps only slightly more expensive.

4
2

£5.49

11
Explain Everything

Explain Everything

Despite its all encompassing title, Explain Everything is a well-rounded functional app, but doesn’t quite have all the answers yet.

3
2

£1.99

12
ScreenChomp

ScreenChomp

A fun, free and simple way to share information between young children and teachers, but its juvenile interface may alienate older kids.

3
2

FREE

13
Condition ONE

Condition ONE

A new way of experiencing video that’s capable of an astonishing level of immersion. The iPad was made for apps like this!

4
2

FREE

14
Coach’s Eye

Coach’s Eye

We were impressed with Coach’s Eye; it’s hard to see how athletes and coaches wouldn’t benefit from it. With a bit of TLC from the magic sponge and it will be up and running with the pros in no time.

4
2

FREE

15
Blogshelf

Blogshelf

Not actively bad, but not good enough, either. You’d be better off with Flipboard, The Early Edition or Reeder, instead.

2
2

FREE

16
123D Catch

123D Catch

Enormous fun, but not perfect yet. However, it’s difficult to argue with the price – or rather, lack of it.

3
2

FREE

17
Adobe Proto

Adobe Proto

Proto is a very basic wireframing tool with some great features including gesture-based controls, but its lack of export and workflow shortcomings make it difficult to wholeheartedly recommend.

3
3

£6.99

18
Smoovie

Smoovie

Incredibly easy to use and will make you animate inanimate objects in seconds, as long as you own an iPad 2.

4
3

£2.99

19
500px

500px

A window into some gorgeous photography; a source of inspiration for photographers and of delight for everyone.

4
2

FREE

20
Procreate

Procreate

Some hugely impressive tools and an interface ideal for artists make this a great painting app.

4
2

£2.99

21
Quickoffice Pro HD

Quickoffice Pro HD

The smartest, as well as one of the most affordable, full-features iOS office suites.

5
1

£13.99

22
Noteshelf

Noteshelf

Everyone who owns an iPad should get this app. And other developers should watch and learn

5
2

£3.99

23
Numbers

Numbers

Data analysis just got good on the iPad. Still, the iWork apps need a better file sync system.

4
2

£6.99

24
Notion

Notion

A comprehensive score creation/editing tool with beautiful sound, but let down by stability issues.

3
2

£10.49

25
Barefoot World Atlas

Barefoot World Atlas

Thanks to the fantastic interface children will love exploring this atlas, but watch out – it’s a large app to download.

3
2

£5.49

26
Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch

A great mix of practical tools and fun creative effects, that more than lives up the Photoshop monicker

5
2

£6.99

27
Avid Studio

Avid Studio

Avid Studio for iPad shows a lot of promise, but it has many nagging glitches which could make it frustrating to use over time

3
2

£2.99

28
Artifact

Artifact

A slick-looking app that makes some rather bold claims, but doesn’t quite live up to them.

3
2

£1.49

29
DoInk Drawing and Animation

DoInk Drawing and Animation

Not complex, but a lot of fun; DoInk is an app that lets animators of all abilities get started in no time.

3
2

£2.99

30
Koder

Koder

A focused feature-set, and incredible price make for a great code editor despite the lack of SFTP

4
2

£3.99

31
Event Check-in

Event Check-in

Slick looks and flawless operation, but the price limits its audience to enterprise users

4
2

FREE

32
DK Quick Cook

DK Quick Cook

A good cooking app, but it needs a few tweaks

3
2

£3.99

33
FL Studio Mobile HD

FL Studio Mobile HD

It’s got gritty sounds and a clean interface, but FL Studio Mobile is currently too simplistic for the price

3
2

£13.99

34
Wunderlist HD

Wunderlist HD

You’ll be astounded that something so good is being given away

5
2

FREE

35
BassLine Analog Modeling Synthesiser

BassLine Analog Modeling Synthesiser

There’s not a wide range of sounds in it, but this is a well-featured app at a great price.

4
2

£2.49

36
Chronolite

Chronolite

Cook all your ingredients to perfection with these timers.

4
2

FREE

37
Live Cams HD

Live Cams HD

An insight into areas th world over you might not otherwise have seen.

4
2

FREE

38
Luminance

Luminance

A terrific companion to your camera and iPad, if not the complete Photoshop killer we’re still waiting for.

4
2

£0.69

39
It’s Playing

It’s Playing

It’s very easy to use, but if you’re looking to playback 720p MKV files, you’d be better off looking elsewhere.

3
2

£1.49

40
AirCassette

AirCassette

A thoroughly essential total and utter waste of money for music lovers of a certain age

4
2

£1.49

41
Codify

Codify

Curious about building games on your iPad? Codify offers a terrific sandbox to do exactly that

4
2

£5.49

42
Animoog

Animoog

A rich, visually appealing and immersive live synth experience with fantastic sounds and plenty of scope.

5
2

£20.99

43
Aelios Weather

Aelios Weather

Gorgeous, and a great screensaver for a docked iPad. If only predicting the weather was infallible!

4
2

£2.99

44
Animation Desk

Animation Desk

Perfect for anyone even vaguely interested in 2D animation. A great tool for experienced animators to jot down concepts on the go

4
2

£2.99

45
Budget Book

Budget Book

BudgetBook doesn’t have the prettiest interface, but it does allow you to track business and personal budgets, which is a bonus.

4
2

£0.69

46
Fileboard

Fileboard

An attractive way to handle documents for email, but it’s severely lacking in features.

2
2

FREE

47
GoodReader

GoodReader

The most versatile file reading, playing and access tool on the platform.

5
3

£2.99

48
Night Stand HD

Night Stand HD

A stunning way to display a wealth of web-based info.

4
2

£1.49

49
Composite

Composite

We love this app. It lets you create brilliant works of art, is highly original and a whole load of fun.

5
2

FREE

50
Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD

Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD

Not as comprehensive as we’d expect for the money, but still a very handy tool for amateur film-makers.

3
2

£10.49

51
Evernote: Peek

Evernote: Peek

An innovative use of the Smart Cover to help your revision.

4
2

FREE

52
Home Space Planning Design Tool (Mark on Call HD)

Home Space Planning Design Tool (Mark on Call HD)

A great way to redesign your home, but would benefit from some more furniture.

4
2

£2.99

53
Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD

Want a more socially focused web browser than Safari? Then you need this on your iPad.

5
2

FREE

54
iFontMaker

iFontMaker

Ignore the slightly gimmicky pitch – iFontMaker offers plenty of flexibility and options to create a custom typeface.

4
3

£4.99

55
FileBrowser

FileBrowser

Setting up isn’t for the faint of heart, but this is a great app for transferring files.

4
3

£2.49

56
Avid Scorch

Avid Scorch

Great transposition/instrument part functions and lots of scores available, but a few issues currently.

3
2

£5.49

57
KORG iMS20

KORG iMS20

Ever dreamed of owning a classic synth? Treat yourself to one of the finest…

5
2

£22.99

58
BeatMaker 2 for iPad

BeatMaker 2 for iPad

Definitely no GarageBand, and it stings at four times the price, but for beats you won’t find much better.

3
2

£13.99

59
Photosmith

Photosmith

Only of real use to the ardent Lightroom fan prepared to put up with all the file transfer obstacles.

2
3

£10.99

60
Wacom Bamboo App

Wacom Bamboo App

Transform your iPad into a digital notepad and share all your ideas in any way you choose, including handwritten notes, doodles, sketches and more.

4
2

FREE

61
Documents To Go

Documents To Go

A very handy portable office application that allows you to do all your office work on the move.

4
2

£6.99

62
Interactive Sketchbook

Interactive Sketchbook

A useful app that’s developing quickly, but can still be hard to use.

3
2

£2.99

63
Blogsy

Blogsy

A terrific tool for bloggers that makes it a cinch to add images and video to posts, and is a bargain to boot.

4
2

£2.99

64
Switch – Multi-user web-browser

Switch – Multi-user web-browser

A beautiful solution to a very real iPad problem. Will be better for a few tweaks, though.

4
3

£2.99

65
TouchUp

TouchUp

An innovative image editor that offers the freedom to experiment. Slick, fast and fun to use.

4
2

£5.99

66
FX Photo Studio HD

FX Photo Studio HD

An enjoyable and entertaining app that can genuinely enhance your photographs.

4
2

£1.79

67
iAnnotate PDF

iAnnotate PDF

iAnnotate makes PDF notation a cinch on the iPad

5
2

£5.99

68
Keynote

Keynote

There’s some real power here, but compatibility with the Mac version has yet to manifest.

3
2

£5.99

69
DSLR Remote HD

DSLR Remote HD

Expensive, but it works. Serious about photos? You’ll easily find a way of making it worth the price.

5
2

£29.99

70
D-Desk

D-Desk

A nice idea that’s crying out for some added features, but it’s definitely worth having.

3
2

FREE

71
Art Rage

Art Rage

Huge fun for amateur daubers and a highly credible app for trad-media artists, too.

4
2

£3.99

72
Corkulous

Corkulous

A great way to share your brainstorms in a presentable and easy style.

3
2

£2.99

73
AmpliTube

AmpliTube

If you’re an electric guitar player, you really don’t want to miss out on this app’s power and versatility.

5
2

£11.99

74
Circus Ponies Notebook

Circus Ponies Notebook

A good, well-featured notebook for your iPad that’s let down by the lack of real syncing.

3
3

£17.99

75
Yojimbo for iPad

Yojimbo for iPad

We were disappointed by Yojimbo’s lack of two-way syncing and bugs. Wait for the next version.

2
2

£5.99

76
Convert Units

Convert Units

Simple and efficient app for all your unit conversion needs

4
3

FREE

77
Remote Palette

Remote Palette

Combining iPad and iPhnoe for an immersive artistic experience

3
2

£0.59

78
Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine

Discover – Wikipedia in a Magazine

Discover a wealth of Wikipedia based knowledge in magazine form

3
2

FREE

79
Pages

Pages

Apple’s word processor stylishly makes the jump to its tablet device

5
2

£5.99

80
100000+ Public Toilets Pro

100000+ Public Toilets Pro

A helping hand for when you’re caught short in unfamiliar settings

2
3

£1.19

81
iBrainstorm

iBrainstorm

An interactive pin board for your iPad with multiple Post-it notes

3
2

FREE

82
Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

Amazon takes on the iBook store on its own device

4
2

FREE