Astropad
Astropad
3.2.1

5.0

Astropad free download for Mac

Astropad

3.2.1
07 September 2019

Turn your iPad into a graphics tablet.

Overview

Astropad transforms your iPad into a professional graphics tablet for your Mac. Use your iPad to draw directly into Photoshop and any other Mac creative tools you know and love. Built for the needs of creative professionals, Astropad is true to your source material with color corrected output and Retina resolution. What you see on your iPad is the same as on your Mac. It features breakthrough network technology that keeps up with you even when wirelessly drawing. It really works, allowing you to work from your desk or the sofa. Finally, you can use your iPad as a drawing tablet for your favorite Mac tools including: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Pixelmator, Mischief, and any other Mac app you like! Whether you are a professional digital artist or a hobbyist, Astropad offers the most powerful way to draw on your Mac using your iPad.

Powered by LIQUID
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.

  • 2x faster than AirPlay
  • Better than the highest quality JPEG
  • Designed specifically for Wi-Fi
Features
  • 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 most iOS styluses
  • Pressure sensitive
  • Customizable shortcuts
  • True Retina resolution
  • Accurate palm rejection
  • Pinch to zoom and pan in your Mac apps

Note: Requires iPad companion app ($29.99) or iPhone app (free)

What's new in Astropad

Version 3.2.1:
  • Security and stability fixes

8 Astropad Reviews

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Jimw
19 March 2016

Most helpful

Congregations on the developer being open, up front and honest about the actual cost of the application in the description rather than hiding it as many others do by listing part of it here as "free" then getting an unpleasant surprise at the companion end of the real cost after taking the time to download and install the "free" part here, thinking it is actually free. I applaud the developer for full disclosure.
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Version 1.4
The-Wall
07 September 2016
Amazing app! This is the best graphic tool I've seen. I enjoy it every single day, and..wow.. it's free. I think every artist would appreciate it in a great way.
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Version 2.0.5
Richys-Mu
04 September 2016
I have an iPad pro and bought this to use as an drawing tablet to my Macbook pro a Cinema display. I was planning to somehow export my drawings as files to my Mac but it seemed cumbersome and time consuming. For about 20 minutes ago I stumbled upon Astropad here on MacUpdate and instantly knew that this is exactly what I need if it just works as intended. I downloaded Astropad here and put it in my application folder. Took maybe 4 minutes and then I went on to the astropad.com site. It took me a few minutes to understand I needed the $25 app for my iPad pro and bought it on my iPad. It took another two minutes to follow the very simple instructions when i started the iPad app. WOW… two minutes later I was drawing in my favorite Mac applications on my iPad pro. My Mac keyboard and mouse working simultaneously on both my Mac and iPad as drawing with my finger or Apple Pencil. Two minutes later I saved my first test drawing onto my Mac desktop. The interface works flawlessly and also all settings are very intuitive. I was planning to drop my plans on using my iPad to make drawings to my web projects on my Mac as it seemed to cumbersome pulling the files back and forth between Mac and Ipad when making changes. With Astropad all has changed in 20 minutes - I now have the Ultimate tool to make all kind of sketches and drawings on my Mac with my iPad. The best of two worlds combined. The sun just started to shine outside my window!
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Version 2.0.5
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Neal
Neal
17 March 2017
Advertorial comment...not so subtle about it, either....tut, tut, tut.
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Jimw
19 March 2016
Congregations on the developer being open, up front and honest about the actual cost of the application in the description rather than hiding it as many others do by listing part of it here as "free" then getting an unpleasant surprise at the companion end of the real cost after taking the time to download and install the "free" part here, thinking it is actually free. I applaud the developer for full disclosure.
Like (3)
Version 1.4
Dorkypants
25 February 2016
Would be a lot more useful if OS X's Ink recognized your iOS device under Astropad as a graphics tablet so you could take advantage of handwriting recognition
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Version 1.3.4
OhEssex
28 November 2015
This only does screen mirroring, right? I'm currently using Duet because it allows the iPad to be a *separate* monitor while still being essentially the same as AstroPad.
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Version 1.3.4
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Neutralzone
Neutralzone
29 November 2015
You are partially correct. Astropad only does screen mirroring, but that doesn't make it worse than Duet. They're for different purposes. Each has an appropriate feature set for its specific purpose. And if you look deeper Duet is not "essentially the same" as Astropad.

Duet is primarily for using an iPad as a secondary monitor. If it supports extended desktop, that is consistent with its purpose.

Astropad is primarily for using an iPad as a graphics tablet. It is much, much better than Duet at this. I don't see anything on the Duet website about supporting pressure-sensitive Bluetooth styluses like Adonit or Apple Pencil. Astropad does. For use as a graphics tablet, Astropad appears to be far superior to Duet, because Duet only supports touch gestures.

People buy Astropad so they can use a stylus to manipulate what is on their Mac screen, the way a Wacom Cintiq works. I can see how extended desktop might be useful for the graphics tablet function, if you wanted to draw only on a secondary display and not on what is on the main Mac screen. But since that is not how most artists want to use their graphics tablet, extended desktop is not a high priority in Astropad.

Note that it is also debatable whether Duet is the best at what it does. I use AirDisplay, and it has allowed me to connect multiple iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) as multiple external Mac displays, simultaneously. Duet’s FAQ says it only connects one at a time. This is not something most people will need to do, but I was surprised Duet can’t do something I’ve casually tried with AirDisplay where it “just worked.”
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beta-user
21 May 2015
Great App. Works quite well with my iPad Air. I would not consider it on par with an expensive graphics tablet, but it comes close and is an excellent tool for creatives. I am using it for photo retouching and I am quite happy with this solution.
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Version 1.2
MacUpdate-Ishaq
29 April 2015
Astropad turns your iPad into a graphics tablet. When the iPad was introduced many were intrigued by the device, but measured its worth by comparing it to the desktop experience. Luckily, innovative app developers used the iPad's increased processing power and larger input surface area to take mobile app development to dazzling heights, excising it from the entrenched role of desktop app development's little brother. The iPad became truly its own thing, and no one but Microsoft thinks tablets should replace laptops anymore. And it's precisely at this point in the iPad’s evolution that the developers of Astropad have returned boldly to the question of how best to pair an iPad with a Mac. Astropad is not ahead of its time, or behind its time – it is exactly on time. First, it offers easily the most hassle-free iOS-to-Mac bridge setup I've ever experienced, as though all the setup mistakes of prior devs were analyzed and corrected in Astropad. It mercifully skips additional setup for the app you're controlling. Instead, Astropad displays a cropped virtualization of your Mac's screen – just fit it to your design app's canvas – that responds to input from the iPad's touch display. The app refresh rate is high enough to eliminate any input lag; there are, however, brief artifacts surrounding the area you are manipulating. They will not affect your work, but it does serve as a reminder that we are in 2015, not 3015. Using the iPad app itself is an immediately comfortable experience. There is no interface learning curve: the interface fits whatever shortcuts work for your app, seeking to stay as out of the way as possible. Between the ability to customize keyboard interactions, smoothly manipulate the iPad UI, pair with some of the latest pressure-sensitive iPad styluses, and have the desktop app leave a minimal interface footprint, Astropad is one of the most thoroughly thought-through initial stable offerings I've encountered. If you already have an iPad, the price of the iPad app is a negligible investment when you consider what other immersive graphics tablets cost. If you don't, this might be the app that gets you investing in one. A Retina MacBook Pro and an iPad Air 2, the complete design hardware powerhouse. Who knew? Everyone all along, after all.
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Version 1.1
JamesHarrisPhoto
22 April 2015
Free Mac app, but worthless without the $25 iPad app.
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Version 1.1
2 answer(s)
Nalts
Nalts
30 April 2015
While your review may technically correct, it seems to me that you should have placed this as a comment instead or rating the app a one star. Am I correct that you have not used the app? If I am mistaken, please give a review of your user experience.

I'd like to know how this app works, especially when compared to a Wacom Tablet.

Would it make any difference if the developer made the iOS side of things free with an in app purchase of connecting to your Mac? If this works as advertised, in my opinion, $25 USD is a small price to pay.
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JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
31 July 2015
@ Nalts: Can you please explain to me why you think I rated this? I didn't, I use the comment option.
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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