Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To buy and download Ideate by EffectiveUI, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC


By EffectiveUI

Open iTunes to buy and download apps.


Whether you’re a designer, doctor, coach or teacher, Ideate empowers you to sketch, store and share your thoughts visually on the iPad. With Ideate, you’ll never lose another bright idea or worry about your visions being misunderstood.

Ideate: Capture. Share. Communicate.
A sketching application for the iPad.

• Page Templates: With templates designed for specific use cases, you can start sketching your ideas immediately in a relevant context.
• Clips: Insert images saved on your iPad, downloaded from the Web or copied from other applications to provide reference, inspiration or composition for your sketches into your document.
• Tools: Use focused and customizable pens to sketch and mark up your creations.
• Share: Share sketches with others through email, Flickr and more. 
• Eco-friendly: Save stacks of paper through this dynamic digital device.
• Flexible: Access saved work while creating multiple sketches all at once.
• Expand: Create and reuse your own Templates from sketches and images
• More exciting features coming soon!

Ideate is ideal for:
• Medical professionals providing patients a more detailed view of anatomical structure, ailments and more.
• Fashion designers crafting visions of the styles they wish to create.
• Animators creating storyboard templates to discuss scenes.
• Landscape designers drafting plans to plant foliage based on uploaded images of client properties. 
• Coaches outlining strategies and winning game plans for team members.
• Much, much more.

View the Templates and Clips that come with Ideate at or view Templates created by the community for use in Ideate at

Learn more at or follow @ideateapp on Twitter for updates.

Visit the Ideate Sketches Flickr Group at to view what others are doing with Ideate.

Ideate was developed by EffectiveUI, leaders in delivering amazing user experiences in software through user-centered design and development. People deserve better; EffectiveUI can help you get there. Visit, or contact us through Twitter at

What's New in Version 1.1.4

Added option to Save as Template for user created templates.
Sketch and add clips from your photo library to create a template.
Many performance enhancements to the drawing engine.
Added Edit button to My Sketches pop up to make deleting sketches easier.
Added Edit button to My Templates to allow deleting user templates.
Sketches can be deleted with a swipe from My Sketches just like deleting an e-mail in Mail.

iPad Screenshots

iPad Screenshot 1
iPad Screenshot 2
iPad Screenshot 3

Customer Reviews

Bare bones drawing, cool template idea

This app has one thing going for it... The idea of including organized collections of templates that you can sketch on. It's a great idea. Medical people, crime investigators, engineers, designers etc all have templates they use regularly. And the app let's you bring in your own templates, which is good. But... The drawing itself is poor, and while you can drop down graphical elements to sketch over you can't easily remove them. There's no text tool. And so on. What I'd really like to see is these guys ganging up with the devs for sundry notes, because the templates here plus their note taking schema would result in a killer app. As it stands now, this app is proof that the template idea rocks, and it would be a hit if the rest of the app wasn't so basic.

I'd also like to see a lot more templates. Figure drawing, schematic diagram clips, flow chart elements, math symbols and dingbats, accident and crime investigation, auto design and machinery sweeps, French curves etc. The clips alone could act as a basis for a lot of good design, particularly if they existed on a separate deletable layer. So much potential here, but as it is now not much to keep this app on peoples pads... Most will buy, use once and discard because the idea is there but the execution is lacking meat.

Great potential

I bought this, along with a TON of other drawing, sketching, and design apps. I was ultimately looking for three things: a sketching/painting app, a vector based design aop, and a quick mockup/wireframe app. To be clear, I didn't necessarily expect one app to do all of that.

I have purchased all the major iPad apps that do what I described. I love so many of them, but i think ideate has serious potential to be a quick mockup / idea sketching app. I don't think its a bad thing that the app can satisfy web designers, fashion designers, landscape, etc. It actually shows how flexible it is.

The two things they could improve on that would make the most impact would be to improve the fluidness/performance of sketching/drawing, and make it dead simple for people to add their own stencils, templates, etc.... By hosting a free community to app owners, so web designers can share upage/background templates, stencils, and ideas. Also, layers would be highly useful, along with the ability to lock the background layer.

For 3.99 you can't go wrong....if you want to quickly sketch ideas and a build a library of stencils, templates, etc.... As long as the author is planning to improve the drawing engine, and possibly add layers (or at least background layer locking)


I want to love this app but...

...the performance just is not there. Two things would make me absolutely insanely crazy about this app. 1) Better drawing performance. The app frequently "drops out" when you're sketching, like it forgets to pay attention to the touchscreen for some reason. This makes drawing slow and frustrating. 2) A text tool. Even with the Pogo Sketch stylus, I still can't write legibly or small enough. Combined with the performance issue, this kills me. A nice-to-have would be the ability to have more brushes. I LOVE the brushes and templates features of this app! They make it very quick for what I use this app for (UI sketching). Except the previous two problems shoot it in the foot.

View In iTunes
  • $3.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Size: 9.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller:

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
All Versions: