What desktop apps would you like to see on the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by str1f3, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. str1f3 macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    Just out of curiosity and hopefully the devs are listening.
  2. jons macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2008
    Some kind of CS lite, that allows basic editing of PSD, AI, and InDesign files. That would be fantastic.

    Direct printing from within apps would be great.

    Otherwise, I think everything is pretty much covered, for me at least.
  3. str1f3 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    Off the top of my head I can think of:

    -PDFpen (edits PDFs which would allow you to fill out forms, etc.; the touchscreen could also be handy for signatures)

    -Picturesque (minor photo editing app)

    -Skitch (minor photo editing app with upload to their free hosting site)

    -iMovie and GarageBand

    -possibly a full Boxee app with the ability to stream from your desktop. Could even use the Boxee remote iPhone app to control the app.
  4. harry*333 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    some basic version of photoshop
    imovie, iweb, and some kind of basic file viewer such as Preview(with ability to take screen recordings)
  5. mobilebuddha macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    An app that will automatically sync files between iPad and online storage like dropbox/etc, with editing and saving of word/xls/PDF/ppt would be amazing. For now I am surviving with goodreader. One big improvement that good reader could have would be 1 button sync of all files on dropbox and iPad, with directories.

    Hopefully dropbox comes out with a great iPad app to fill that need.
  6. markosb macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
    Photoshop, Lightroom, Indesign. Right now I would love something to tag images and some basic website creator.
  7. str1f3 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 24, 2008
    Good points about iWeb and screen recording.

    One thing that I've noticed about iPad apps early on is that there are too many iPhone ports. I've got 10-12 photo editing apps, each for a single purpose, and it seems like the iPad is screaming for a suite (or a desktop caliber app) for different categories of apps when you consider the screen size.
  8. ImperialX macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Like everyone else, I'd love to have Photoshop of some kind.
  9. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    If you mean straight ports of desktop apps, probably none, the experience would be terrible in most cases. But if you mean a re-imagining of those desktop apps for the iPad, I can think of lots. Xcode would be first on my list, even if only Cocoa Touch apps were supported. Lightroom would be great, but doing non-destructive RAW processing would probably bring the A4 CPU to its knees, so that might not be realistic (not sure how hard it is to offload RAW processing onto the GPU though, that could help a lot). Others would be TextWrangler, Transmit, iMovie, Garage Band, Firefox (love Safari but a few sites work better in FF),and Chronosync (if iPad ever gets a file system of some kind). There's other stuff I could dream about like After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut, and Cinema 4D, but those are huge resource hogs that require expansive interfaces, it'd be a gigantic challenge to make those usable on iPad.
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Word. Or at least something more compatible than Pages.
  11. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Microsoft Office and some Adobe CS titles. Having iLife would be nice too. :D
  12. Rayban macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2008
  13. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    My number one app request would be a real Quicken app for iPad and iPhone. I hated their online stuff and don't like Mint.
  14. Dillenger macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2006
    Central, Illinois
    OneNote, but since MS won't even make it for the regular Mac OS, I seriously doubt it would make it to the iPad. I'm hoping at SOHO notes or Circus Ponies - Notebook will be rewritten.
  15. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
    Propellerhead Recycle
    FL Studio (fruityloops)
    JJ Sequencer
    Ableton Live
  16. mbell75 macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    I would just like a USB port and the ability to multi task.
  17. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    Some ports I'd like to see:

    Aperture (or at least a linked light table/companion app)

    And some games:


    I'd also like to see both Rev and Dashcommand ported from the iPhone. These apps link up to my cars OBD II port wirelessly through the Kiwi wifi connector and allow me to monitor real time information, diagnostics, as well as reset error codes. The iPads larger display would be incredible for these types of apps.
  18. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  19. gillybean macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
  20. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008

    Or at least a 3rd party alternative that keeps the original formatting intact. Until that happens, the iPad has limited usefulness for work in my case. I have to believe we'll see something fairly soon. In fact, there IS such an app in the store already - Office2 Pro. Looks kinda rough right now but a good start.
  21. tooz macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
  22. DKatri macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    Birmingham, UK


    although I do like the idea of using the iPad as a controller like the Novation LaunchPad.

    Also I'd like to see MacJournal do an iPad app, I have the desktop and the iPhone app and both are really nice but an iPad app would be cool.
  23. tys macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    iPhoto! Is sucks to have to go back to an old fashioned computer to organize, tag, and edit photos in my library. These could be done easily on the iPad.
    I'd also love to see something like mapmyride.com, where I could plot out biking routes on a map. It currently doesn't work in the iPad browser.

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