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
Our latest update is all about optimizing Astropad Standard software.
- New diagnostics tool: We built a custom diagnostics tool to help us troubleshoot if you experience a connectivity issue. This will help us better understand what you’re working with and find a solution that best fits your needs.
- Goodbye to 3rd party styluses: We no longer support the use of 3rd party styluses.
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 versions 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.
They’ll woo you then lose you
This is a very good app but not a very good company. In their early stages they were hot to get customers. The Apple Pencil was new and not that good and was limited as to which iPads could use it. So, they encouraged the use of third-party styluses. They even had a very useful part of their website where they recommended specific styluses. I took their advice and bought an Adonit that has worked very well. Well, that was then and this is now. Today, July 11, they announced, in their own words, “Astropad’s Breakup with Third-Party Styluses.” It turns out, they say, that all of those third-party styluses actually sucked. Even my functioning Adonit. How could I have been so stupid? Oh, wait, they told me it was good. Well, regardless, now they know it’s bad and it’s making their engineering life a living hell. So, as of the end of this year, unless you have an Apple Pencil and an iPad that it’ll like, you’re SOL. So, buy this app for a very high price and an Apple Pencil, too, and hopefully you’ll live happily ever after. Unless they decide you’re expendable. I’m going back to a Wacom tablet where I should have stayed. Oh, and by the way, the name Astropad comes from the Jetsons’ dog Astro, which won’t mean anything to anyone who didn’t live in the 60s. Nonetheless, bad dog Astro, bad dog.
- Astro HQ LLC
- 31.4 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.