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Kindle Apps for Artists & Designers

Updated on September 23, 2014

Kindle Fire for Designers

Compare the best apps for designers with personal reviews of programs for handling documents, drawing and sketching, photo editing, and games - and many of the apps are free. The new Kindle Fire HDX is the perfect tool for visual artists, graphic designers, architects and engineers. Use these apps to get to a new level in your business and closer to the ideal paperless office.

Learn how the Kindle Fire changed the way we do business.

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The Kindle paid for itself after the first two meetings by helping us land a new design job. With no effort, the Kindle surfed through a demonstration website and quickly accessed dozens of documents in memory during the presentation. It's not a replacement for a desktop computer - we still need a real keyboard and mouse for complex software like Photoshop and AutoCAD. Having a wi-fi enabled android computer makes it easy to carry drawings and documents to meetings on a mobile device that's no bigger than a paperback book.

Much more than an e-book reader, the New Kindle Fire HDX gives you all the benefits of a tablet computer by leveraging the power of fast, cloud computing with ready access to the complete line of digital products from Amazon, subsidized by the low base-price of the machine.


Read the complete review about New Kindle Fire HDX.

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Productivity Apps

Getting work done with Kindle Fire

Use these apps everyday for the most common office tasks. Replace the standard Kindle browser with Dolphin for faster page speeds, and move between pages with gestures for even faster surfing. The Kindle browser can also read PDF files, but using the free Adobe Reader app gives you more control over documents and hyperlinks.

Quickoffice Pro lets you view and edit Microsoft Office documents including Powerpoint presentations with all the tools available on the desktop program. This app lets you get some real work done on your tablet computer when you're on the road. Idea Tree is another productivity app for writers and anyone who needs to organize ideas into a logical sequence.

You know how the very document that you need for a meeting is always back at the office? Evernote is the most useful way to keep track of all your documents and approach the ideal of the paperless office. Applications like Evernote and Dropbox give you access to your documents anytime, anywhere. We give our clients access to important documents using the same Evernote account.


Drawing app for Evernote

Skitch is a sister program to Evernote for making quick drawings and adding annotations on photos with unique arrow-head lines, text and basic shapes.

Best free drawing apps

There are dozens of free drawing apps for kids and casual users, to professional illustrators and artists. The best free drawing apps below are ranked by the number of features available and the ease of using the menu system to change your drawing tools and access other commands.

Sketch n Draw Pad HD
Sketch n Draw Pad HD

Easy to use effects and brushes that look natural.

 
Drawing Pad
Drawing Pad

Highest rated drawing app with tools and palettes arranged on the edge of the screen with a good variety of brushes and effects.

 

Professional sketching tool - From Autodesk - Computer Aided Design (CAD) software company

Very easy menu system with quick access to advanced tools and preset styles. Buy the full application to get a total of 45 natural-brush styles and basic shape tools, paint bucket, eraser and text tools. This is the only app that lets you add layers to the drawing, toggle layer visibility or adjust transparency (alpha channel).

Photo editing tools

Use Wi-Fi or a wired connection to send photos to your Kindle Gallery, or send photos via email (typically sent to first.lastname@kindle.com). Most apps let you share documents on Facebook, Twitter and via email .

PicShop - Photo Editor
PicShop - Photo Editor

Preset editing commands easily accessible on screen. 18 Filters and 19 frame styles and extras like talk bubbles and stickers

 
TouchUp Pro - Photo Editor
TouchUp Pro - Photo Editor

Works on Honeycomb tablets and Kindle Fire HD. Standard edition tools and auto-contrast and brightness options.

 

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PicSay Pro
PicSay Pro

Word balloons, stickers and a great selection of effects like distort, pixelize and standard image controls. I use the arrows which stretch out to any size and orientation.

 

Game apps for designers - Reviews of my personal favorites for Kindle Fire

These are my favorite game apps for Kindle Fire for the down time necessary for designers just to put your mind on another task for a while. After a few minutes playing a game, you can go back to work in a different gear, and creative ideas can come to you.

Quell
Quell

A simple game and one of the most beautiful apps ever. Move raindrops through a maze using tools and logic to avoid obstacles. Start with this version and move up to the next installment: Quell Reflections, with even more challenging game boards and new obstacles.

 
Ichi
Ichi

Tricky maze with dozens of levels to play offline. Clever traps and obstacles. Connect via wi-fi to play an unlimited number of boards designed by other users.

 
Nintaii (Fire Edition)
Nintaii (Fire Edition)

Touch screen controls to roll rectangular blocks through a tight-fitting maze. Press all the right buttons by landing squarely on special tiles on the board to advance through the gateways and narrow paths and reach the final goal.

 
EDGE Extended
EDGE Extended

Where Nintaii leaves off, EDGE, and EDGE Extended take the maze to 3-Dimensions. The difficult touch-controls of the first version are all worked out in EDGE Extended for one of the most enjoyable games I ever downloaded from Free App A Day in January. Easily worth paying for.

 
Flow Free
Flow Free

Cover all the squares as you connect the same colored nodes. See the next review "Designer maze game" for a similar (and better) connect the dots game app.

 

Designer maze game

Router
Router

The graphics are beautiful and the puzzles are more difficult than you can believe, without being too frustrating or impossible. When your done, move on to Router Aqua for even more challenging boards.

 

Best construction games - Physics-based gravity apps

Perfect games for would-be civil engineers and architects by using simple structural design principals to make things that withstand the force of gravity.

Bridge Constructor
Bridge Constructor

Take bridge building to the next level with an advanced construction app. Similar to the Link app, above, but each scene is rendered as a 3-dimensional world, and each job has a budget to earn the highest point score.

 
Link
Link

For budding civil engineers and anyone interested in building trestle bridges and suspension bridges. Test your structure to see if all the passengers on the train make it to their manifest destiny.

 

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      Pat Moire 3 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @ItayaLightbourne: Howdy, nice to see you. There's plenty of ways to be creative with the Kindle Fire. Enjoy!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I recently inherited a Kindle and have been looking for some artistic and design apps to tinker with. Thanks for the suggestions! :)

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      Pat Moire 3 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @Lynn Klobuchar: The Kindle is certainly inexpensive enough for any business.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I think it may.

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      Pat Moire 4 years ago from West Village, New York City

      @kimberlyschimmel: The stylus sounds like a great addition to great design apps. Let us know how it turned out.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      It already has! I use it to carry my pdf documents for researching articles. I just got a stylus and am experimenting with design apps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now that is one positive personal review, congratulations on the Kindle Fire being such a great tool for you!