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Load your iPad with the best apps in every category

Apple’s iPad is still the king of tablets, and there are a great number of apps built specifically for the device in the iOS App Store. We’ve been creating Best iPad Apps lists for years now, but this is a master list of all the apps from different categories. Whether you’re looking for great travel apps, games, productivity suites, or drawing software — It’s all here. Each main category is broken down into several subcategories to help you find the app you want. Let us know what you think in the comments section, or suggest something we’ve missed!

What’s new

Here are the newest apps added to the roundup, including those for scanning documents, tracking packages, and finding a suitable hotel for your four-legged friend.

Scribd

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Avid readers will love Scribd, a Netflix-like subscription app that puts millions of ebooks, comic books, and audiobooks at your fingertips for just $9 a month. It has all the big titles, including the entire Game of Thrones series and scores of bestsellers. Graphic novels and comics look graet on the iPad, and so do regular ebooks. Scribd gives you recommendations based on your library, too.

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BuzzFeed

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BuzzFeed took the world by storm with its viral listicals and other fun content. The app puts everything in one place and you can customize the types of articles you see to suit your liking. You can also check out the menu to see only quizzes, what’s trending, or news if you want to hone your search.  It’s fun to view GIFs and the other visual content on the app. BuzzFeed also has a hard news app, which you can get here.

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Google Photos

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Storing photos takes up a lot of space on your iPad. Google Photos is the answer. Privacy concerns aside, the app offers unlimited photo storage at lower resolutions, categorizes them in different ways, and lets you create fun photo story collages that you can share on social networks. Showing off the photos from your latest trip is especially nice on the iPad. Google Photos is also very smart at sorting pics.

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SmartNews

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SmartNews brings you trending stories and categorizes them based on subject. It’s clutter-free, easy to browse through, and good at digging up fresh content that you’ll actually want to read. Partners include NBC News, Medium, USA Today, TIME, Bleacher Report, Quartz, VICE, Reuters, AP, Perez Hilton, and more. Reading news on the iPad is always great, but it just got better.

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Donde

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Donde is a visual shopping app that helps you find exactly what you’re looking for based on visual cues, colors, and pricing. Instead of having to know what a sweetheart neckline looks like to search for a dress with one, you simply tap on the picture of the neckline and other factors you want in your perfect dress. The app animates quickly and looks great on the big screen.

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Coda ($10)

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If you ever engage in Web development, you’ll find this app invaluable. It’s a powerful text editor that supports every conceivable file format. You can work on pages with your website up in Safari at the same time, thanks to the split view support. It also allows for easy file management and transfer, handy shortcuts to speed up your coding, and even provides a full-featured SSH client built-in. It’s everything you need to manage your website. If you would prefer a simpler editor for your blog and just use Markdown, then check out Byword ($6).

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Procreate ($6)

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Procreate comes equipped a full set of drawing tools, which expertly imitate real creative implements, such as soft pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, graphite pencils of varying hardness, acrylic, oil, watercolors, and more. Whatever the medium, Procreate’s digital tools will give you the full effect and appearance of the real thing. You can even smudge, blur, and manipulate your strokes just as you would on paper or canvas. You can export your artwork as PSD, PNG, JPG, or Procreate files. The app also helps you build a portfolio and share your work, if you so desire.

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SimCity BuildIt

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Sim City BuildIt has been around on iOS for a while, and although it’s playable on the iPhone, it has always been more enjoyable on the iPad. The bigger the screen, the better — Particularly because the game’s control system is all about pinching, zooming, and rotating highly detailed 3D buildings. This is an EA title and it’s free to download, which means there are also plenty of in-app purchases. If you don’t mind, there’s fun to be had inside this version of Sim City.

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PDF Expert 5 ($10)

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If you have to read, edit, and possibly annotate PDFs, then this is the only app you need. It’s really easy to use and allows you to highlight text, fill in forms, create notes, and sign documents. It also supports a bunch of different file formats, features integration with the major cloud services, and provides a handy review mode that lets you track changes in a similar fashion to Word. It usually costs $10, but at the time of writing, it’s entirely free.

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Paper by FiftyThree

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FiftyThree’s Paper has long been one of the best iPad drawing apps, but it’s become even more versatile in the past year. The app now has diagramming and note-taking tools in addition to the standard creative tool suite it’s always had. Yu get a watercolor brush, calligraphy pen, pencil, marker, ballpoint pen, eraser, paint roller, scissors, and a ruler. You can even import or take pictures, and mark them up with text or drawings. All your creations are easily shared to FiftyThree’s creative community Mix, your camera roll, other apps for further edits, messaging apps, or to the social network of your choosing.

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PBS Video

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The PBS app lets you stream almost every show on the public TV channel in the app. Masterpiece hits like Poldark, Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Wolf Hall, as well as Nature, NOVA, and more are all available. New shows are added daily, and older episodes stick around for a while, so you’ll always have something educational to watch. The app can be customized to have shows from your local station, and it works with Chromecast, so you can stream it on the big screen.

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch

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Adobe’s entire iOS app suite works extremely well on the iPad, but we’ll highlight Sketch in particular as our favorite drawing app of the bunch. You can create expressive drawings and paintings on it without opening a sketchbook. Artwork can be sent as layered PSD files to Adobe Photoshop CC or resized up to 4x in Illustrator CC to print high-resolution copies. The app includes 13 tools, a digital ruler, and graph guides. You can import your own images or stock photos to work on top of, too. Using the Creative Cloud connection, you can send a file to Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC on your PC or share your art with the Behance creative community.

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HBO Now

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HBO finally caved and created a subscription-based streaming app, no cable subscription required. HBO Now offers Game of Thrones, and many of the other great shows on the channel. It now works with Chromecast, too, so you can stream it on the big screen. If you’re not casting, the iPad is the idea place to watch your shows, as opposed to the small iPhone screen. Be prepared to spend $15 a month for it, though.

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Forge

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Forge is more like a sketch pad for ideas, a brainstorming tool, and an inspirational white board for visual thinkers than a full-on drawing app. Artists and designers can work through ideas and iterations in the app, as well as bring in photos from Dropbox and the default photos app on iOS to help inspire your sketches. There are only six simple brushes to choose from, but you can control color, gradient, and other key aspects of the drawing. Forge also has layers, so you can save each layer to look back on later, change, or delete entirely. You can create multiple portfolios and view your sketches on a wall to get an idea of where you’re going.

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Omni Productivity Pack ($150)

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This pack offers four of the Omni Group’s best productivity apps: OmniGraffle for diagramming and wireframing, OmniPlan for project management, OmniOutliner for organizing data, and OmniFocus for task management. With this pack, you’ll have the tools you need for everything from visualizing navigation for a user interface to creating a complex Gantt chart. These apps will help you to get organized and to stay that way. If you only need one, you can buy each of them separately.

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Airbnb

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Airbnb is one of the most popular traveling apps for people who aren’t too fond of hotels, or just want to save a buck or two. The iPad app makes it easy to see what you’re getting into, and you can really analyze the rental’s photos before you make a decision. You can search by a variety of factors, including the number of rooms, location, amenities, and more. Airbnb boasts 600,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, so you’re bounf to find the perfect spot for your next trip.

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Tayasui Sketches

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Tayasui Sketches looks simple and clean, but it offers a number of different brushes for free and a clutter-free space to draw. You get a pencil, rotring, watercolor brush, felt pen, and eraser for free. You can import photos, too, if you want, and it’s really easy to share your sketches on social networks or via email. It’s great for illustration and quick sketches, but if you buy the in-app purchase, it can become a professional drawing app with surface pressure, layers, types of paper, more brushes, and the ability to change brush sizes. The app lets you try the pro features for an hour, so you can decide if it’s worth the $5 price tag.

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Be My Eyes

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Be My Eyes connects blind people who need assistance with volunteers who are willing to help via a live video connection. Blind users request help from a sighted person, who explains what they can see with the video feed from the blind user’s phone or tablet. The app aims to make it easier for blind people to find others to help them perform a variety of tasks, including everything from checking the expiration date on food items, to crossing a very busy street or reading a sign.

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Roambi Analytics

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How do you turn an ugly spreadsheet into something more palatable? You use an app like Roambi, which can suck in data from Excel, Google Spreadsheets, databases, and a host of other sources before transforming it into a sexy report or chart. The visualizations are high quality and sure to add weight to your argument. Moreover, all you need to do is import your data and Roambi will automatically filter and analyze it on your behalf.

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