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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 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

What’s New

Version 2.6.1

Support for new Fall 2018 iPad Pros

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.5K Ratings
2.5K Ratings
Tandemactofviolence ,

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.

Philmguy ,

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.

A.Kinng ,

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


Astro HQ LLC
37.9 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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