Share your doodles on the web in real time with WebPad

Ever thought of using your iPad to share hand-drawn messages or show off your artistic talents with friends and loved ones even though they’re miles away? And in real time to boot? Now you can with the newly released WebPad for the iPad, an innovative app that easily lets users sketch and draw on the device while others are watching on a web browser as it’s happening. Here’s how it works:

1. Start the App
2. Tell your friends the WebPad URL
3. Draw, doodle, write, drop in your thoughts on your iPad
4. Your iPad screen is being shown on the the webpad web page, realtime, stroke by stroke!

WebPad is rather basic in its features though (several colors and brush sizes are available), so don’t expect it to replace the likes of ArtStudio for iPad and SketchBook Pro anytime soon. Still the applications of WebPad are almost limitless, be it a professor making notes during a lecture and sharing them with his/her students or some bloke proposing to his girlfriend in “real-time” (probably not advisable). Take a look at the video showing the app in action after the break.

WebPad Ignition Soft Limited, WebPad – $4.99

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Brushes for iPad makes speed portraits possible

Kudos to DaringFireball for finding this lovely example of how the iPad can be used for content creation. The portrait, which used Steve Sprang’s Brushes, took 3 hours, but this YouTube video has mercifully been sped up to a blinding 10 minutes. While not exactly DIY, the works of artists like David Kassan and Michael Koerbel are inspiring in other ways.

For reference, check out TouchMyApps’ review of Brushes for the iPhone.

Brushes – iPad Edition Seller: Steve Sprang , Brushes – iPad Edition – $7.99

Brushes - iPhone Edition Steve Sprang, Brushes – iPhone Edition – $4.99

PhotoForge in Review – The go anywhere, do anything photo editor


The iDevice is such an overachiever – there are fathomless possibilities that are yet undiscovered. Fortunately, clever designers have coaxed the platform to do things that, had I known were possible in 2007-2008, would have made my nose bleed excitedly. PhotoForge is a new addition to my personal favourites at the App Store. It joins the ranks of truly amazing software such as AirSharing and my all-time favourite, The Quest and stands head and shoulders above its peers.

What, was that my conclusion? No, read on, but get your wallets ready for a two-dollar injection into developer GhostBird‘s account.

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Brushes’ App Spotlight in the New Yorker – Artist Jorge Colombo is also a PR Genius


Brushes, by Steve Sprang is no slouch when it comes to digital pixel art. I reviewed it and loved it – in fact, Grabbed it; but imagine if, instead of the zombie-head drawn by yours truly, a masterpiece could have been brushed? Artist Jorge Colombo has done just that. Hitherto, painting iPhone painting apps have been simple doodlers for the bored. Brushes, which will surely inspire imitators from around the web, is a masterpiece itself; it is the raw material for artists in a new age.

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Brushes in Review – Dali Finger to the Rescue

We gots an artist in the house!

We gots an artist in the house!

In the strain of all great artists, I subjected myself to self torture and then re-created shigzeo as only I know him (me). Brushes, by Steve Sprang is that method and the outcome is the Monet/Van Gogh you see above.

I did not use the 3x ‘how to draw a face’ tutorial that can be seen after the jump (didn’t need it), nor did I apply learning that I received from school or study. Simply, I let the artist within me flow to the nearly excellent canvass that is my iPod Touch.

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Japanese Beauties – Ukiyo-e and Japanese Art Calendar from Appliya

From the company who brought us the Evangelion app suite that is deeply steeped in fan lore, a pair of historical art applications debuted early this Month. Appliya exhibit Ukiyo-e Beauties and Japanese Art Calendar which each draw inspiration from Japan’s methodical, alluring past: the wood-block print. Appilaya file these apps as utilities, but they would equally fit in as education or reference.

Their unique pairing of apps in the App Store for fans of anime and now Japanese art is a service to aficionados of both visual genres. Ukiyo-e Beauties’ spectacular images can be used to contruct personal calendars with the Japanese Art Calendar utility.
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iPhone Art: PC Dr. Momo

Cute and Helpful:  Momo

Cute and Helpful: Momo

Project Momo have broken their first ground in the App Store with PC Dr. Momo.  That is not ‘PC’ Politically Correct’ or President’s Choice’.  It probably stands for PeeCee or PC or Personal Computer.  Dr., meanwhile is probably short for doctor – and momo?  I should have asked. Anyway, PC Dr. Momo rides a fine line between dross and distinction.  It is not a game nor is it really a reader app.  It is a reading app tech demo with the potential that could launch a genre.  However, it has a long long way to go before it reaches the popularity it needs to pull the purse strings of App Store shoppers.

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