Useful iPad & Apple Pencil Apps that Aren’t for Drawing

The Apple Pencil is a great tool for illustrators and designers when they need to do some digital drawing. However the power of the Apple Pencil isn’t just limited to just iPad drawing apps, there are lots of other powerful apps that can help you with your day at work.

iPad and Apple Pencil

PDF Expert

Do you spend lots of your day using PDFs? As one of the most used file formats for business today, being able to edit PDFs on the go can be a pretty important skill.

PDF Expert is the go-to iPad app for anybody who wants to edit and be productive on the move. One of the best parts of the PDF Expert app is its ability to edit


In the age of Instagram, photo editing has become an essential tool for lots of people. Pixelmator offers a super simple interface for editing photos with some serious power. Apply filters, effects, and select parts of images with fearless precision using your Apple Pencil.

PDFs that were designed to be uneditable. You can remove and add text, sign documents and send them back with ease.


Notability is like your typical Notes app on steroids. Type notes or hand write them, record audio, import PDFs, work from two notes at once, sketch in full colour, and so much more. There’s not much else to say – Notability is quite a notable app.

Ferrite Recording Studio

Ferrite is your one-stop iPad shop for recording podcasts, lectures, voiceovers, and more. It starts simply with a record button but quickly unfolds into a versatile multi-track editing studio. Ferrite Recording Studio’s simple user interface, robust selection of effects, and easy automation tools are the perfect combination for your audio editing needs.


Pigment is a digital colouring book for adults. You don’t need to go out and buy a colouring book when you have the power of Pigment. Life can be stressful and colouring is known to reduce anxiety. Take a break from the hustle and focus on the meditative act of colouring.

You can choose from over 4,000 colouring pages, ranging from complex patterns and mandalas to simple landscapes. Plus, if you hate going outside of the lines there’s an option to crop your brushstrokes to a specific shape.


While Concepts technically is a drawing app, it offers a number of tools that have CAD (Computer-Aided Design) precision. Referred to as an ‘all in one tool for designing, sketching, and illustrating’ – Concepts lets you draw with extreme accuracy.

Or you can just sketch and let the app worry about all the math involved. The Concepts app is especially fun and useful if you like to do quick architectural blueprint drawings!

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Harlen Malkowich
Jun 20, 2019
By Harlen Malkowich

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