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iPad App of the Week: Brushes

If you’re looking for an app on the iPad to engage your creative side then Brushes is  worth checking out.

Part of the beauty of the iPad is of course its very satisfying and responsive touchscreen interface and Brushes really plays to this strength.  For $10 bucks you get a pretty simple but effective finger painting application that lets you doodle illustrations on a canvas.  There are a range of different brush patterns and the format in which you choose your colour palette, brush type, layer and so forth will be instantly familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop before.

I had some fun messing around with it and drew a couple of portraits.  Jen also had a crack at it and even though she says she’s not very artistically inclined, I thought her landscape painting was pretty nifty too.

Brushes is an excellent app to mess around with when you’re looking to unwind and its very cathartic to play around with.

Man by Edo Inoue

Wizard by Edo Inoue

Black Sheep Wins by Jen Inoue

About Edo

Edo currently lives in Australia where he spends his time playing video games and enjoying his wife's cooking.


  1. I have an iTouch and use it fairly constantly to check emails, play games, use the apps and just surfing around.

    Is the iPad literally a large iTouch or a computer without a keyboard – seems the earlier to me.

    I am not 100% convinced I will be buying one…

  2. Well its the same OS etc.

    So the biggest difference is whatever the convenience the extra screen size affords. i.e It makes it more practical for viewing videos, browsing photos and websites, apps that are HD upscaled etc.

  3. Sure – it is still uber cool though!

  4. i dunno about the iPad being a big iphone/ipod touch. i mean sure, it definitely looks like one but i’ve found there are things that are infinitely easier to do on the ipad that i would never dream of doing on my iphone on top of the usual “it’s better for watching videos on” example. hence for me they do feel like distinctly separate devices.

    a few examples:

    + i use the ipad as a second monitor when i’m at work to keep my mail client/tweetdeck/photoshop toolbars on.

    + i can use it as a control interface for logic/protools which means i don’t have to clutter up my monitor with an edit screen and mixer.

    + i also use it to vnc into my htpc when i can’t be arsed to get out of bed to set up torrent downloads.

    As Edo said, it’s the enhanced screen size that makes the difference, but it’s also the iPad specific apps that take advantage of this difference that are key. i can’t suffer using safari on the iphone anymore.

    the iphone obviously has the ability to make calls and sent sms but you can already get an SMS app for the 3G iPad if you jailbreak it and i imagine it’ll only be a matter of time before the voip clients start rolling out and then all you need to do is slap on a douche-y bluetooth headset and you’re golden.

  5. I was going to start a counter debate on Mike’s fairly niche points on the USP’s of an iPad.

    However – i used one today for the first time and wow the picture quality is amazing. Streetview is also a highlight.

  6. “use it to vnc into my htpc” is something everyone can appreciate.

  7. niche they may be but i was just giving examples of things that for me are better suited to do on the iPad. i’m sure for other people there are other apps that do things for them ie. Edo’s sketch app – can’t imagine recreating those images on an iphone without frustration and a whole lot of hand cramp.

  8. lol Edo. i’m just increasingly more and more impressed with the number of useful functions the iPad can accommodate above and beyond being a simple web browser/e-reader. the other day i created a programme using Pages) for a concert we were holding at work all from the iPad pulling stuff from websites and other word documents. and then i printed directly from the device. the whole process didn’t take too much longer than if i had done it on my laptop, most of the extra time was just the standard learning curve of using a new device.

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