Ask DN: Using an iPad Pro for work

over 3 years ago from , antonsten.com

What tools would you use when working on an iPad Pro? Or do you think it's capable of actually working on?

I'm a UX Designer, but would love to hear everyone's thoughts.


  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 3 years ago

    I'm using Adobe Comp on the regular iPad - it's one of the most useful products Adobe made in years.

    5 points
    • Anton StenAnton Sten, over 3 years ago

      Do you then continue to work in PS? Ideally I'd like to be able to work in Sketch. Does Comp export to vectors? Looks pretty neat.

      0 points
      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, over 3 years ago

        Despite Adobe claiming otherwise, Comp is not good enough to do any actual work - I only use it to sketch ideas and explore concepts on the go. It would be considerably slower to do actual design work on it.

        There are better equipped apps for vector work on the ipad. See Graphic from Autodesk or ProtoSketch

        Personally, I think these apps are too complicated and tedious for any serious work and would much rather just sketch a concept in Comp then start over in PS. But it is possible to do everything you would on your desktop if you absolutely must.

        0 points
    • Hanu ManHanu Man, over 3 years ago

      Yep, Adobe Comp is incredible fast and fluid!

      0 points
  • David HellmannDavid Hellmann, over 3 years ago

    Nope. For me it's not productive to use a tablet. A mouse and a real keyboard are faster and more efficient. It's maybe nice for people da sketch a lot but the question is, is a wacom not the better way…

    4 points
    • Dan MooreDan Moore, over 3 years ago

      See for me it's exactly the same, but I think only due to familiarity with those tools (mouse/keyboard) and feeling like productivity would suffer shifting to something else.

      If it ticks all the requirements boxes, and could theoretically speed up my workflow after the (steep?) learning curve, then why not?

      The same applies to some degree, and this is a whole other conversation, with switching core applications in workflow. For example switching from a day 90% filled with Photoshop to Sketch could feel like a step backwards until they are adept with the app.

      1 point
  • Manny Larios, over 3 years ago

    I use Paper by 53 on a regular basis, specially since they've added support for diagrams, flow charts, wireframes, etc. It's a great tool to quickly sketch ideas out. Check it out:


    I'm hoping that Apple's Pencil will be a more precise stylus than anything I've used in the past. Yes: I do own Pencil by 53 and I love it. But styluses can alway improve.

    3 points
    • Michael Locke, over 3 years ago

      The Paper app is great. All these types of apps are great, but eventually I keep going back to good ol' pen and note pad.

      1 point
  • Account deleted over 3 years ago

    I don't think I could work on it... it's too big. To me it would still be a basic platform for prototyping and sketching out roughs... but it's simply too big now for that. I wish I could get the precision of the new Pro on the size of the standard Air iPad.

    2 points
  • Bruno BarrosBruno Barros, over 3 years ago (edited over 3 years ago )

    Well, I totally embrace the iPad as a content creation device — specially for illustrators. I use an iPad Air for doing most of my illustration work today and I plan to buy an iPad Pro this Xmas. I also have a Wacom Cintiq 13HD that I use sporadically... but I believe that the iPad Pro will make my Cintiq even more useless than it is now.

    The drawing apps I use the most are:

    • Adobe Draw
    • Procreate
    • Paper by 53

    Adobe Draw

    Draw is awesome. It's like a light version of Illustrator focused mainly in illustration work (!). I was blown away by the perspective grid tool. Very quick to set up and start drawing.


    Procreate is probably the best painting app in the market right now. When you open it for the first time and go through their onboarding/tutorial screens, it's impossible not to be amazed by how complete this app is. Tons of advanced features packed in a simple interface.

    Paper by 53

    I just fun to use Paper. I use it mostly for rough sketches, though.

    That said...

    All UI/UX design jobs I keep doing on Sketch, though. There's no good iOS alternative for designing websites and apps. Unfortunately, Adobe Comp seems like an pre-alpha product right now.

    1 point
  • Mason StartupMason Startup, over 3 years ago

    Using Paper, Procreate, Scanner Pro for prototyping and then transferring over to Duet Display to work on my Mac in Sketch.

    0 points