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Astropad Standard

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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

Watch our demo video at:

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 all iOS styluses
• Pressure sensitive
• Customizable shortcuts
• True Retina resolution
• Accurate palm rejection
• Pinch to zoom and pan in your Mac apps

Great for:
• Illustration
• Sketching
• Painting
• Animation
• Photo

Supported Styluses:
• Apple Pencil
• Pencil by FiftyThree
• Adonit
• Wacom
• Adobe Ink
• Pogo Connect
• Hex3 

• "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

Devices supported:
All iPads with iOS 8
All Macs with 10.9 (Mavericks) 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

What's New in Version 2.1.2

- Better WiFi connectivity in captive networks
- Stability Improvements

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Customer Reviews

Bug-free is not a "feature"

Typically, when a company has a $30 app, it takes its customers’ problem reports and releases updates that fix those problems. (This app, for instance, has a problem with pixelation.) If that company wants to release new, premium features, it introduces a paid subscription as an add-on to the original, properly maintained app. The typical company does this both as a basic good business practice, and to maintain the goodwill of its user base.

What Astropad has done is taken the problem reports from the users of this $30 app and released a separate, subscription-based app with the lack of problems listed as one of the new features.

Finding out this app is not being properly maintained after shelling out $30 for it only a few weeks ago has left me with a very bad impression of this company and its ethics. I will not be paying them any more money until it merges the apps, and I suggest no one else does either.

I sold my Cintiq, now I regret it.

I fully expect that development and features of the "standard" version of this software will suffer greatly and that it may eventually be discontinued altogether at some time in the future as a way to force users to adopt the developers ridiculous monthly subscription. How very "Adobe" of the developers! Well I for one will never fall into that trap. I will begin looking for alternatives immediately and contact every person I recommended this application to and inform them that I was wrong and that they should avoid it.

Standard only gets 2X increase in speed...

While Pro gets 5X increase in speed. I'm not against pro versions of apps that add functionality BUT performance gains should be equal on the SAME hardware. What if Apple pulled this? Next macOS version is 2X faster than the previous version but for a monthly subscription you can have macOS PRO which is 5X faster on the same hardware! This is not in the spirit of good customer support and is only transparent as a grab for $$$ #astropadfail

Astropad Standard
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.2
  • Size: 23.5 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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