Day One Journal Premium ($ 24.99 / year)
You can use Day One for more than just your standard journaling. I am an author, so I use the app to organize my ideas and write rough drafts of creative essays and other projects. Since day one allows me to have multiple journals, I can create one for each activity. For example, I have a magazine dedicated solely to short stories that I have written from prompts and another to gather interesting quotes from strangers (which is great material to give life to fictitious characters later). Then, when I try to haul a story, I use Today's search function to quickly find the material I've been working on.
LinkedIn Learning ($ 34.99 / month)
Procreate ($ 9.99)
I am no illustrator in any way, but I really like how I have used this app to create playful drawings and outline ideas for projects I work with. Procreate offers high canvas resolution, over 130 brushes, an advanced storage system, and the ability to record the process for later viewing – the visual possibilities are fascinating and endless! It's an absolute must for creative professionals, but even a beginner will find this app useful (or extremely fun, if nothing else). My favorite pastime now uploads my photo in the app, and then I use the various brushes and tools to enlarge my photos and transform them into unknown works of art.
Google Suite (Free)
Whatever line you have, the Google Productivity Program package provides the right tools to help you get more done. I regularly use apps like Google Docs for collaboration on both work and personal projects, Google Spreadsheet Generation Sheets to keep track of important information and Google Calendar instead of Apple's calendar app. You can also create slideshows with Google Slides and take notes with Google Keep.
Amazon Kindle (Free)
Affinity Photo ($ 19.99)
Photographers will love this professional image editing tool! We're still waiting for the release of Photoshop CC for iPad (which is expected to be available later this year), but this app is a great alternative to then. Affinity allows you to perform all the basic tasks you can expect from an image editing program (such as image retouching and color adjustment), as well as achieving advanced compositions that can require hundreds of layers. You'll also find over 120 brush tools, a variety of effects, 360 degree image editing, and the ability to open a Photoshop file and edit all of their layers!
LumaFusion ($ 19.99)
I make many of the video tips we send to our premium iPhone Insider incidents, and over the years, this work has instilled a great love for video editing in me. I recently made my own videos for fun, and since many are taken on the iPhone, I make the most sense to edit them on the larger screen of the iPad Pro. If you also love to edit video or play an important role in your profession then I recommend LumaFusion. It allows for professional, multi-track video editing directly from the iPad. If you're familiar with Final Cut Pro, in and out of this app will be a breeze to master.
Trello may not be the most exciting app on this list, but it is certainly one of the most useful! Creative professionals can use Trello to collaborate by creating custom boards that allow them to organize projects into much more achievable goals. For example, if you are a musician trying to drop an album and plan a trip, your task list may be quite long and cumbersome. You can use Trello to break your workload into sections (for example, show, set list, recorded songs, etc.) and then have tasks for yourself (and team members) in each area. So, voila! Amazing how a small organization can make a project significantly less daunting.