The proliferation of mobile devices has taken the entire computer and communication world by storm. Art is no exception. Currently mobile technology is revolutionizing the way people create digital art and creative projects. If you are looking for an affordable alternative to any of the desktop or laptop computer systems along with the additional purchase of a graphic tablet, mobile devices may be the answer for you. Comparatively they’re more cost-effective and solve all the problems of needing devices for generating art, being able to write scripts or do anything creative. You can even publish a book to the web or print.
Although a brand-new iPad may cost upwards of $900 if it’s fully loaded, the benefits and usefulness have greatly surpassed the complications and obligations of a home computer system. Personally, 90% of my work is now done on mobile devices.
The beauty of it is that mobile devices have become so popular that people already own them just for entertainment purposes. There’s a good chance that you already own a tablet, Android device or an Apple device. You may be holding an incredibly powerful computing machine for making anything your creative mind can imagine right now and not even know it! On top of that, although some tablets can cost more than a laptop would, they can also save you money and your pocketbook in the long run. How? Let me explain.
Major software developers have realized that people are moving to mobile formats and no longer use the products that they offer on traditional computer systems. Microsoft has developed very functional mobile versions of its popular Office software, including Word, which is my preferred software for writing scripts. Even major art software developers, such as Adobe and SmithMicro, have made mobile platform versions of some of their best software. Why is that important? Well because mobile platform software, known as apps, are tremendously cheaper. Most apps are no more than $10. Many very, very useful and powerful art and writing tools are available for free or less than $5. Some of the apps that I use most on a mobile system cost me $1.99 on average, (note that app prices go up depending on platform and popularity, so the best deals are at the ground floor. Some of those apps have gone up to $3.49 since I first purchased them) and they are just as powerful, useful, and often even more intuitive than their desktop counterparts. Let me say that again. You can spend hundreds or thousands on desktop or laptop software in order to make your creative work, or you can use a mobile device and buy more software than you will ever need for under $50. Apps are always updated for free once you purchase them. In the long run it’s just a much more convenient and cost-effective option. Plus, so many great developers are out there and they develop these apps that will do the same thing as the desktop versions just as well, but they’re actually easier and more intuitive because of not having to learn the functions and techniques of how to work in that software’s interface. You can simply touch the screen and use your fingers or a stylus to make amazing feats of artistic expression. For me right now, this is the future of digital creativity.
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