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Astropad Standard

By Astro HQ

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


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 2.2.5

Stability enhancements

iPad Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

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?

Amazing drawing tool

Astropad used in conjunction with an iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil in adobe photoshop is a game changer for me. The main quibble I had was the lag in fully rendering high resolution images while navigating and editing images on the tablet, especially when using it wirelessly. Using it plugged in through USB is a lot faster, and makes lag almost unnoticeable. All in all, I'm a big fan of this app, and would not hesitate to recommend it, especially if you already have a tablet and stylus to use with it. For reference, I have used a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet, and I find this setup using Astropad to be far superior.

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 before they made this swap 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.

Edit: The developer’s request for a private conversation with me does nothing positive for my opinion of this company, or its ethics.

Astropad Standard
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.2.5
  • Size: 26.3 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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