10 great iPhone apps for Print Creatives

Posted by on 19 Nov 2010 | Category: Hints & Tips, Industry Trends

Working creatively with print means that we often need the right tools on the go. Here are 10 great iPhone apps to help get the most from your print. From readers, to colour matching, to file transfer.

What other mobile apps have helped you?


QuickMark QR Code Reader

Price: NZ$1.29

If you haven’t heard of QR Codes before (have you not been reading this blog?), they’re two-dimensional codes, readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones.

QR Codes can be used to display text to the user, to add a vCard contact to the user’s device, to go to a website or to compose a text message or email.

Free alternative? Try i-nigma qr barcode reader



Microsoft Tag Reader

Price: Free

Microsoft came out with their answer to the QR Code and called it the tag.

The main difference between the Microsoft tag and a QR Code, is that you can change what the tag links to anytime you want by going online to www.microsoft.com/tag and editing your tag yourself.



Business Card Reader

Price: NZ$3.99

Instant business card recognition right on the iPhone. Import contact information from a business card directly to your iPhone address book.

If you don’t like the look of a QR Code or MS Tag on your business card you can use an OCR scanner like this one to have your contact details imported into a database. For tips on how to keep the design of your business card OCR friendly read how to create OCR scannable business cards.



What The Font

Price: Free

Ever seen a great font in a magazine ad, poster, or on the web and wondered what font it is?

Whip out your iPhone, snap a photo, and WhatTheFont for iPhone will identify that font in seconds!



Resene Colourmatch

Price: Free 

Seen a colour you’d love for the house? Maybe it was at the beach, on a fabric or in your friend’s living room, but you don’t know what that colour is or how to describe it?

This may be a strange choice of app at first, until you discover that not only does it provide a matching Resene paint, but it also gives you RGB and CMYK values as well. While not an exact science, it is a handy way to start colour matching when designing print to match your surrounds. Especially with CQ’s range of wall graphics and wallpaper.



Adobe Photoshop Express

Price: Free 

Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile.

This is very handy for editing your photos on the fly before sending them onto others or saving them. A nice little time saver!



Adobe Ideas

Price: Free 

Adobe® Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the professional design applications.

One feature I really like is the ability to create colour themes from a new photo or from an image in the album. It’s a good way to create complimentary colours.




Price: Free 

Winner of the Best Mobile App Award from TechCrunch, Mashable and the Webbys.

Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly synchronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop. See why millions of people worldwide use Evernote:

Key features of Evernote:
– Create text, photo and audio notes
– Auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac, PC, and Web
– Magically makes text within snapshots searchable
– Mark notes as "Favorite" for quick access
– All notes include geo-location information for mapping and search
Premium Feature: File Synchronization – add, sync, access, and share files (PDF, Word, Excel, PPT, and more) among the different versions of Evernote you use.

Here are some ways to use Evernote for your personal and professional life:
– For research and class notes
– To capture blog ideas and design inspiration
– To stay in-sync with your desktop notes, web clips, and files
– To snap photos of whiteboards and wine labels
– As part of your GTD system to help you stay organized
– To record voice memos
This version of Evernote works best when used together with the free downloadable versions for Mac and Windows.

I love this program!!!


iNews O – RSS Reader

Price: Free 

It’s a fast world. Fresh news and new ideas are being reported on at an alarming rate. The best way to keep up is with a good RSS Reader.

iNews O comes preloaded with some of the best design, photography and idea blog feeds around. Plus if you see anything you like, you can share it via email, twitter or facebook. You can even save it directly into your Evernote iphone app!



Files lite – Document Reader

Price: Free 

Store and view documents on your iPhone or iPod touch, transferring them easily from any Mac or PC.

A Wi-Fi connection is required to connect to Files lite and transfer documents. While File lite has a storage limit of 200 MB, the full version of Files has no storage limits.

Files lite reads Microsoft Office documents, PDF documents, image, movie and audio files.

Good for transporting files when a memory stick isn’t available and you still need to read the files on the go!

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2 Responses to “10 great iPhone apps for Print Creatives”

  1. on 22 Nov 2010 at 2:48 pm marty said …

    Have you tried the Pantone X-Ref app and Color expert

  2. on 22 Nov 2010 at 2:51 pm Dean said …

    No we haven’t. We’ll check them out. Thanks Marty!

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