A few months ago I did a study on what would be the best iPad stylus out there. There are tons of vendors creating them, products such as the Pogo Sketch, Wacom Bamboo, Kensington Virtuoso Pen, Adonit Jot Pro, Applydea Maglus, and many others. I finally picked one based on effectiveness, handling, weight, and price. The results I wrote a blog post entitled, “Wacom iPad Stylus.”
Since then I had a chance to try several iPad drawing apps. Listed below are some of my favorites. Here is a summation of why I like them and what the minor glitches are:
- Has 5 essential tools: Sketch, Draw (fountain pen), Outline (marker), Write (pen/pencil), and Color (brush). There is also a color mixer tool that can give customizable hues.
- The Wacom Bamboo Stylus works very well with their app. In fact, they even recommend it!
- Basic free is the Draw pen that variate from thin to thick lines. You also can create as many Journal notebooks that can have a customizable front cover. This can be spread out to a full landscape or portrait canvas.
- You can edit photographs, send an entire notebook via email, or select a page in a notebook and send via email, camera roll, or popular social media sites such at Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter.
- Each tool costs $1.99, or you can purchase all in the essentials kits for $6.99. The color mixer is another $1.99.
- Cannot do portrait notebooks.
- Very powerful drawing app with a myriad of tools! Aside from the standard brushes, you can have flowers, spoon, grass, butterflies, and other unusual shapes.
- It has digital editing tools that match the likes of other desktop editing tools, just has symmetry, brush setting adjustments, spacing, angle, size, gravity, and orientation.
- Absolutely fun to use! Even your 3 year old can make a kaleidoscope of patterns!
- You can edit digital photos or draw on them. The share settings is per drawing and can be sent via Facebook, Twitter, Email, your photo album, or share via Sumopaint’s online gallery!
- Very intuitive and easy to use interface.
- Cost effective at $1.99 for the entire app!
- This app because gives a lot of tool options and control, yet it is still very much fun to use!
- As a standalone free app you get 2 tools: the Pen and Marker. You also receive a free Thinker Notebook, and you can create as many of these as you want. You are able to customize the color and title of the covers. The notebooks also has a choice of paper types, from lined, graphing paper, composition lines, and tasks. The notebooks can be lined in either landscape or portrait format.
- The additional creative tools of Pencil (sketching and drawing), Brush Pen, Watercolor Brush, and Crayon (has a colored wax texture) can be individually purchased for 99 cents each. But you can avail of the creative pack that gives you all tools for $3.99, and a free Artist Notebook which you can have different customizable covers and papers types that reflect textured papers and canvas.
- There are other types of notebooks offered for 99 cents each: The Maker for sketching or drawing and The Writer for journal writing.
- All Bamboo notebooks have a password protect feature.
- The sharing abilities are an absolute delight! You can email an entire notebook or a page in a notebook and chose to send it as a Bamboo Paper (essential a .jpg file) or as a PDF file. This option is also available if you choose to send it via apps Dropbox or Evernote. And you also the ability to print!
- Other sharing options limited to a page in a notebook are sending them to your photo album, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.
- Other tools include: Zoom function so you can create more fine lines and detail in a specific area, the Annotate function so you can add images/photos to a page and sketch on it, Bookmark ability on a page, and each of the six stylus tools can choose a width range.
- The notebook has a selection of 36 colors. It does not offer color customization.
Among the three tools, I use Bamboo Paper the most because it has a versatility of uses – from notebook to sketchpad. The other apps do not offer the variation of notebook paper, which is essential in distinguishing what I can use the notebook for. I have created a total of three notebooks thusfar: Work, Personal, and Sketch. I also like the PDF export option of Bamboo Paper. Often times I would write down meeting minutes and send this as a PDF file to my work email. If I have a sketch I wanted to see in hardcopy, I can easily send the drawing to a printer.
The drawing tools of Bamboo Paper is also fun to use. Although I am not an artist nor do I have drawing talent skills, I like to doodle some images, and Bamboo Paper has sufficient tools for what I want to do.
Here are a sample drawings using Bamboo Paper. What do you think?