The #1 app for turning your iPad into a drawing tablet for Mac! Astropad allows you to use your iPad to draw directly into Photoshop and any other Mac creative tools, including: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Affinity, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Pixelmator, Mischief and any other Mac app you like!
With Astropad, you get the high-end experience of a Wacom pen display at a fraction of the price. Connect wirelessly or over USB for complete creative freedom.
** Requires a Mac **
The Mac companion app is free and is available on http://astropad.com.
Watch our demo video at: http://astropad.com
Astropad Standard will remain free after purchase, with continual updates to improve performance.
• Provides a natural drawing experience
• Works with any Mac app
• Delivers unprecedented image quality, no compression artifacts
• Blazing fast, keeps up with your drawing
• Bursts to 60 FPS even over Wi-Fi
• Works wirelessly or over USB
• Supports Apple Pencil
• Pressure sensitive
• Customizable shortcuts
• True Retina resolution
• Accurate palm rejection
• Pinch to zoom and pan in your Mac apps
• Apple Pencil
• "In short: it actually works." - The Verge
• "If you're a digital artist with an iPad, you need to give Astropad a try." - iMore
• "I found performance instantaneous with no lag time whatsoever." - The Next Web
• "Astropad's execution is much better...mirroring the display with zero lag and total reliability." - Gizmodo
• "Somebody should really go to Wacom HQ and make sure everyone's okay." - Uncrate
Creating Astropad required innovative new technology we call LIQUID. We tried existing technologies but none of them delivered the performance we demanded. So we developed LIQUID and we are now able to deliver incredible performance and image quality well beyond existing tools.
Powered by LIQUID technology
• 2x faster than AirPlay
• Better than the highest quality JPEG
• Designed specifically for Wi-Fi
All iPads with iOS 9.1
All Macs with 10.11 or later
What our users are saying:
“I was debating on whether or not to get a Cintiq and decided to go with Astropad/ iPad Pro. Couldn't be happier!” Dante Terzigni, illustrator
“I love Astropad – it completely benched my Wacom tablet. The Wacom is forgotten in my bottom drawer and hasn’t seen the light of day since I installed Astropad.” Erkki Alvenmod, photographer
"Great, great, great. Need I say more?" - Sherri Nielsen
“It’s a go! The latency is nonexistent compared to a Cintiq. It’s much better in so many ways and your pockets will be much happier.” Dave Garcia, photographer
"It's completely revolutionized the way I animate in Flash and Photoshop." - Ronny K.
"I levitated out of my seat when I saw Astropad, having frequently lusted after a Wacom Cintiq for years but unable to afford it. Thank you much for developing this breakthrough app." - Mark G.
"OHMYGODILOVEYOU!" - Wayne Johnson
We love catering to the creative workflow — so this update doubles down on smoothing out the parts of Astropad Standard that our users care the most about. Here's what's new:
- Massively Reduced Pixelation: We reengineered the data flow from your Mac to iPad in order to push data more efficiently between devices. Now, pixelation is significantly reduced when you're connected over strong WiFi networks or USB cable. You'll notice that your iPad stays crystal clear while you're scrolling through text documents and web pages.
- General bug fixes and improvements
How to Update: Visit the iOS App Store to update your iPad app. If you aren’t automatically prompted to update the Mac app, you can download the latest version at astropad.com/downloads
Ratings and Reviews
Fantastic app with superb design
These guys are fantastic; they really know good design! I guess that’s what you can expect from ex-Apple employees. The user interface & user experience is top-notch. I used AstroPad for a while then I also got their Luna product which lets you use your iPad as a second monitor that is touch-capable. I think the Luna also boosts the performance of AstroPad, although I never had any problems with AstroPad before (probably it helps that I have a good WiFi network in my home).
I just tried my Luna out with AstroPad and it works great! Super responsive with very clear Retina graphics. It’s nice that the app comes with a tool to let you track the product performance in real time (latency, etc). Note that Luna on your iPad doesn’t work with pressure-sensitive styluses unless you also get the AstroPad product. But when you combine Luna with AstroPad you can use the pressure-sensitive feature on your stylus and its an amazing experience! In that case, you open the AstroPad app on your devices rather than the Luna app. But thanks to the Luna app, with that setup you can continue to use your iPad as a second display. This really is the ultimate setup. It’s a great way to take your Mac and your iPad and combine them to have a touch-enabled drawing pad that works with Apple Pencil. And much cheaper than buying a Wacom drawing pad or a second monitor with touch/draw capability.
A little expensive but a great app
I was really hesitant to buy this app after seeing the mixed reviews, but I went ahead and made the purchase and I’m glad I did. I’ve been using my iPad Pro as a drawing tablet for a little over a month on ProCreate, but I really wanted to use it on the computer similar to a Cintiq. After getting my first MacBook and this app, I finally got the chance.
The first thing I tried was the WiFi mode since I don’t like being tethered to my computer if I can help it. Sadly, the mode is essentially unusable for me. As soon as I open the app it immediately just opens and refreshes the screen over and over and cannot connect. Once I switched to the usb mode, there were no issues whatsoever.
Contrary to some of the reviews, I’ve experienced 0 lag at all upon switching to the connected mode. As soon as I draw it registers it seamlessly. Even when running numerous apps in the background I have experienced no lag. Keep in mind, I am using a pretty strong Mac and iPad so my experiences may not be universal. I have also not contacted their customer service as I’ve had no issues, so I can’t vouch for how helpful or not they are.
It was good then... now is another story.
I don't know why but I'm starting to think this company want to push all of us to the subscription based app. This app is all I wanted to be able to continue working on my designs from other areas via Wifi and it helped me a lot with Adobe apps to the point I think it is impossible to work without it.
This is not a $5 app. This app is really expensive and we decided to pay the amount so we can replace our old Wacom tablet or cintiq and keep working as a pro. You sold this app as a pro app and now you are saying this is a 'lite' app?? So we pay you monthly or yearly to use your 'Pro' app? Seriously?
What happened if I need to finish a job and I can't pay that month for any reason? You mean if I've been paying you almost a $80 a year and forget to pay the next day I can't use your app? So I'm just renting your service? That's it?
Listen you need to offer your app also with a one time payment for people like me that need to have that tool anytime and know that is there because I bought it.
$150? Go ahead. I prefer paying you one time for me to have a tool as good as it is but don't do evil moves like "if you want to rotate your drawing you need to have a subscription" because you are pushing people to buy a new Wacom Cintiq. Understand?
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- Astro HQ LLC
- 34.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Astro HQ LLC 2017, All Rights Reserved
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.