The 100 best iPad apps for your Apple tablet

Load your iPad with the best apps in every category, from work to play

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Photography, art, social media, and communication

Best iPad apps: Photography and art

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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Tayasui Sketches ($5)

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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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Forge ($4)

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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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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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Procreate ($10)

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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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Best iPad apps: Social media and communication

Ready to do a little talking? These are our favorite apps for socializing and blogging (if any of you still do that).

IM+ Instant Messenger

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This is a simple instant messaging app that lets you connect with all the major services from AOL to Facebook and send free texts, photos, video, and voice messages.

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Facebook

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The daddy of social networking is the most used app on mobile devices and the iPad version has a slick feel and look. Connect with your friends and family, share your life, chat and play games.

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Pinterest

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Creating visual bookmarks and sharing inspirational collections with others is a breeze on Pinterest. It could have been invented with the iPad in mind; the two go so perfectly together.

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Skype for iPad

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One of the original Voice Over IP apps and still hugely popular, Skype is a great option for iPad owners. You can engage in video or voice calls, share files, and send text messages.

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WordPress

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One of the most popular blogging platforms around, WordPress is behind a lot of websites and blogs (including Digital Trends). The app lets you to log in and manage your site, post articles, check notifications, and review stats.

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Tumblr

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You can quickly share anything with Tumblr including traditional blog posts, videos, photos, and links. The app supports multiple blog accounts, you can send messages, and you can schedule posts.

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Day One

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Every day is an adventure and you can record every moment in Day One, the award-winning journaling app. It automatically captures the context around your day while you add the story.

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