One of the first, lame criticisms of Apple’s iPad was that it would only be useful for consuming content, not creating it.
Sure, the iPad is great for reading web pages and watching videos. But it has also become a very potent, very cool device for being creative.
Its creative use cases range from a DJ kit — that’s iPad DJ Rana Sobhany pictured — to a tool for making amazing illustrations and music.
And app developers and artists are creating new uses all the time. Let us know if we’ve missed something cool.
Smule CEO Jeff Smith tells us that the Magic Piano app for the iPad has the highest engagement of all its products -- roughly 3X its engagement for some of its biggest iPad hits. Users have played 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' more than 735,000 times.
Via Robert Scoble, here's a video of pianist Lang Lang playing on Magic Piano.
She also made this drawing on her iPad, of a friend reading on an iPad.
And, she says, 'I also use my iPad for writing songs for my music group to learn, character sketches for a picture book I'm illustrating (written by Michael Ian Black, coming out from Simon & Schuster in 2012), performing music (I'm going to be jamming with a chamber music group next year) and MUCH more.'
Here's the first roving iPad art exhibit, by Claudio Arango, from this April:
Famous Tumblr user 'Poobah' -- OK, he's my father; read more about him here -- spent the summer on the road, doing a lot of Tumblr blogging from his iPad. He says Tumbleroo (pictured) is a pretty good app. (Note: Some of his content may not be suitable for your office.)
For the sake of research, I've also written the text of this post's mainbar on my iPad. (I can't do most of the production work on an iPad because our CMS doesn't support it, and the iPad doesn't have enough memory to manage all the browser windows I would need.)
You can display (and, in theory, also create) sheet music on an iPad, which means never dropping a big paper book while you're turning pages again. And, similarly, some apps allow you to use the iPad as a teleprompter.
Yes, that's my face in the video. (The first face once the iPad boots up.)