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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 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 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

Version 2.3

- Chinese localization
- Updated Adonit SDK
- Compatibility improvements with High Sierra

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

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?

Developer Response

We appreciate your feedback, and would like to discuss more on how we can improve. Please contact us at support@astro-hq.com


Steven Elmore

What a wonderful app. Completely changes my workflow,just wish the standard version had a few more bells and whistles. I really wish you could set up the shortcuts for at least two apps. I mainly work in Illustrator and Photoshop and it’s a complete bummer to not have shortcuts for both. I could see the same issue if I was a video editor (or any editor/designer for that matter) who uses multiple apps. Say you use After Effects & Premiere, same issue. I really think for the $30 you should get two shortcut setups at minimum. Hopefully this will be included in an update. Still... this is a wonderfully useful app that needs to be used to truly appreciate. Good job guys!

Meh .... it’s ok


I do really like the app and have bought the 30 standard. It’s not a cheap app. But I also don’t want be pushed in to a year subscription For some thing I consider basic . I work on illustration jobs and love to use it wail working on my iPad Pro 12. But and. I don’t know if it cause it’s. Not pro or the year subscription but I see quite a bit of lag . which is a little disheartening especially if it’s because it not the subscription. Like why did I waste money on some thing that not even worth it. I understand that more special features may be available on the year subscription but not even basic ones are available like finger rotation which really bothers me if I have to go back and forth to rotate


Astro HQ LLC
26.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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