As an Apple enthusiast, I've been using iOS7 since the second Beta release. I enjoyed seeing how my daily use of my favorite device had mutated with the gradual realese of the new features and I couldn't wait to see my most used apps to be updated to the new design standard, hoping for better usability and interface improvements.
After many tweaks and updates my homescreen has seen a few improvements and new apps have found their way to the first page of my portable workstation.
There's something hypnotizing about the mini that makes me want to keep it on-hand and use it as often as possible. It has become a full replacement for my old iPad 3 that has now become a night stand and a leisure oriented media station with the help of HoverBar (http://twelvesouth.com/products/hoverbar/)
In no time, the iPad mini has found a solid place in my daily workflow. And I never leave home without it. Here are my must-have apps for every Digital Creative, categorized by creative phases.
Definition & Project Management
In this phase a strategic vision is developed and the guidelines that will be at the basis of the entire design process are defined. Timelines are setted and tasks are assigned.
Things: Probably my favourite project management App, now that it finally has Cloud synchronization it's flawless. I can always check and manage my daily task and projects in an intuitive and immediate way.
Trello: for team collaboration. Trello keeps track of every aspect of my projects and helps me update with my team. I sometimes apply the Kanban method for better performances on complex projects.
Omniplan: Even if I think of Gannts as Business bets, sometimes an intensive visualization session of the project's plan is essential for a successful team. OmniPlan is the best way to visualize, maintain, and simplify your projects. Break down tasks, optimize resources for efficiency, control costs, and monitor your entire plan—all at a glance.
Mailbox: Mailbox is close to my dream app for email management. If you, like me, embrace the GTD method and used to treat your email Inbox as a messy landing port for "maybe" actionable emails, Mailbox will rock your world and will make you a true email Ninja. Mailbox reduces the time spent in managing your to-do list with just a few swipes and let's you reach the legendary Inbox Zero more than once a day.
Project Understandment & Brainstorming
Research focuses exclusively on the activities required to allow the delivery of a first high-quality version of the product.
Drafts: Agile Tortoise’s Drafts, is like “Launch Center for text” – a utility that allows you to save short snippets of text – the drafts – and act on them by sharing them through a number of services or system actions. Essential for intense brainstorming sessions.
Chrome: Simply the best browser for iPad. It's cross-device syncing ability will speed up your workflow and never loose a link or a research.
Evernote: for general reference gathering and storage. It syncs with my iDevices and now also with my Evernote Moleskine. I never loose a note.
Paper: During brainstorms, when I'm sketching websites or interfaces, I usually started on paper with a really low resolution, thick-point sharpie, allowing me to focus on ideas, instead of all the small details that just don’t matter in this phase of the project. With the iPad I can do the same thing using Paper, a simple but flawless sketching app that mimics a Moleskine notebook.
Pocket: I use Pocket when I discover an interesting article, video or web page, but I don’t have time to go through it. Once it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet, or computer. You can read an article during a flight, see a web page while you wait in line, or watch a video while relaxing at home.
Discovery and Definition
Starting from the information obtained from the first two phases, you'll start to develop a consistent vision of the final product and the experience that users will be able to have. At the end of this phase, mockups, sitemaps and models will be defined.
Mindnode: Mind Node with it's clutter free interface lets me concentrate in generating and connecting my ideas, it evens syncs with my MacBook and iPhone making it my most used App during brainstorms.i
Adobe Proto: This wonderful Adobe app lets you create interactive wireframes and prototypes of websites and mobile apps on your tablet. Communicate and share ideas with teams and clients using a touch-based interface.
Design and Development
Skitch: Visual note-taking app focused on quick and fast markup. Essential for project managers and Evernote power users.
Liveview: LiveView is a specialized remote screen viewing application intended as a tool to help designers create graphics for mobile applications, it has also proven to be useful for creating quick and dirty simulations, demos, and experience prototypes.
Diet Coda: This app is a life saver. Diet Coda is a web code editing app wrapped up to-go. It's packed with features, bathed in fun, ready to work. I can now take a vacation and only pack your iPad — and if an emergency occurs I can get rid of that unexpected bug and get my job done, quickly and delightfully. As Panic says: "It's so good, you might never touch your desktop again."
1Password: 1Password for iPad can store website passwords, credit cards, secure notes, and more, and make it all available at the flick of your finger. Everything is protected with the last password you need to remember. Test your production prototypes without the hassle of always having to write complex passwords on your iPad.