It's worth following the link for the full resolution image.
Nikolai is probably the most telanted artist on the iPad scene right now. What's more, Nikolai often provides videos of his paintings. There's so much to learn here!
Further reading: Nikolai Lockertsen
Once again Matthew Watkins demonstrates his impressive imagination and understanding of scale with this atmospheric iPad painting. The blockbuster Pacific Rim came to mind. Thanks for sharing this beautiful Procreate artwork on our iPad Creative Flickr group Matthew.
Further reading: iPad paintings
The Audiobus team have just written out to their registered users with a caution about upgrading to iOS 7 if you rely on audio apps.
"iOS 7 audio is not ready. There are a wide variety of bugs that are causing performance problems, crashes and other problems in a large number of music apps."
We have heard several reports that iOS 7 isn't really ready for general release, but this is the first specific warning we have seen for content creators,
The Audiobus team go on to say in their email:
"...until we see a few point releases for the OS, we strongly urge you to stick with iOS 6."
We just wanted you to be aware of this warning before the imminent release of iOS 7.
It may be wise to leave the update for a while and see what issues are reported once it has been tested more widely.
We have mentioned before the potential for your iPad to replace those hefty and bulky guitar amps you have to carry around with you to gigs as a guitarist. Actual documented examples are less common than we would like, but here's one.
In the video above Gene Baker is using the brilliant JamUp Pro (or XT) app by Positive Grid as his 'Amp' (read our in-depth review for more on JamUp). He is switching effects/rigs using JamUp's integration with the Bluetooth AirTurn pedal, allowing for live use as a virtual pedalboard.
Although the sound quality of the video isn't that great, guitarists will be listening out for the solo in Mean Gene Band's cover of the Aerosmith classic 'Walk this way' and we think it definitely passes muster.
What do you think?
So the rumours were true and the leaks confirmed, the iPhone 5c and 5s are a colourful iPhone and a faster iPhone with a fingerprint sensor. There were a couple of surprises and these have a bearing on the next iPad, almost certainly to be launched next month.
A7, the new 64bit chipset
Driving the new iPhone 5s is the A7, a powerful 64bit chipset with twice the general computing and graphics power of the previous A6 chipset. It seems certain that the iPad 5 will get an enhanced version of the A7, most likely called the A7X. It's likely that the A7X CPU will run at a higher clockrate and the GPU will likely be significantly more powerful than what is used in the A7. The full sized iPad has many more pixels to push around than the iPhone, so a more powerful GPU is a given if Apple want to avoid a disparity in performance across this new generation of iOS devices.
Free iWork and iLife apps
Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iPhoto and iMovie will be supplied free of charge with anyone purchasing a new iOS device. This is significant as these are all content creation apps. By giving these apps away free Apple is increasing the value of its devices. We think many new iPad owners will be amazed at what the iWork and iLife apps are capable of.
What are you expecting from the next iPad, have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments section.
Sadly, we get far less time than we would like to sample all of the fantastic and interesting sounds that people share with us in our SoundCloud group. But even a quick dip into the pool of creativity in this group can reveal some gems.
Here are a couple of iOS made tracks taken from the most recent submissions to the group, please give them a listen (and check out the rest of the group). Be sure to let them and us know what you think:
Hard to believe this last one was all done on an iPad, brilliant production and fantastic guitar work!
Relatively new company Photomadic have made the iPad an integral part of their all digital, mobile photobooth.
With an iPad occupying two sides, there is a larger touchscreen on another side which is used to set up the shoot and select options. The fourth side is taken up by the camera lens and ring flash, after all, photography is all about the light.
The iPads feature a custom app allowing sharing via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail, with secure log out promised when the user is done sharing. Customers can completely customise the branding/styling of shared images and, of course, you can order prints on paper or a range of other novelty items like keyrings, etc.
We think it is a really fun idea and a clever re-imagining of the old photobooth experience using touchscreen technology.
You can now get a customised iPad smart cover printed with your own artwork or photo(s) to show the world how much you love creating art on your iPad, or maybe even just how much you love your kids, pets, bike, car, etc.
Photobox here in the UK are one such company producing these smart covers with all the usual features you find in Apple's Smart Cover such as magnetic snap-on hinges, sleep when closed and the Toblerone style stand action.
At £34.99 for a custom vinyl smart cover it is actually a penny cheaper than the Apple's Smart Cover, although, without seeing one in the flesh we can't say if the quality is anywhere near as good. Photobox has always been fairly impressive in the past though in our experience.
Do you fancy getting your own customised smart cover? Let us know if you do, and what you decide to put on it.
Francis (TelevatorMuzak on YouTube) is something of a GarageBand master. His covers are among the most lovingly crafted iPad songs we have ever encountered. If you're new to GarageBand, or even if you think you know all it has to offer, we strongly advise you to listen to all of Francis' work on YouTube. Below is a selection of some of our favourites.
Michael wrote this recently as a cathartic expression of his emotions at a really difficult time.
Do yourself a favour, grab a drink and a pair of headphones, close your eyes and take a listen.
Great design isn't constrained by common opinion. Often, truly great design breaks tradition and common consensus. The Design Museum Collection app is full of stunning examples of thinking beyond traditional thought, of pushing back the boundaries. It's not perfect, but it's free and will prove to be inspirational for anyone with an eye for great design - that means all of you!
App Store Link: The Design Museum Collection
They are testing the Sensu Brush with the free painting app Repix and its new Live Brush feature.
Check it out and let us know what you think if you have got a Sensu Brush.
This short film was shot and edited entirely on iOS app Vintagio (formerly Silent Film Director) by MacPhun. We think it is a lot of fun and hope it brightens up your Friday morning.
The movie itself has a great little story and it is a fantastic reminder of the computing power we now carry in our pockets. Some great editing really makes this movie snap too, we hope you enjoy it.
App Store Link: Vintagio
That's what we asked ourselves when we saw a link to this video. But it looks like we are a bit late to the party as plenty has been written about App Smashing already. Definitely check out that link to learn more.
The video nicely illustrates how content can be creatively produced on the iPad using several apps together. We even picked up a few tips ourselves, especially the awesome and free Tellagami app which we are now playing around with.
How about you? What App Smashing do you do to create your iPad content?
"Took some time, but had alot of fun" - Nikolai
Just stunning! Niko always tells a story, and does anyone else paint light quite like Nikolai?