We’ve covered Astropad extensively in the past, noting more recently a new feature that converts your iPad into a Mac graphics tablet. Now the company is back with a new edition of its second screen iPad app that aims to turn the iPad Pro into a full-fledged professional drawing tablet. Astropad claims the new Studio application is “the best performing tool for the most demanding creative work”.
Astropad Studio, which is a free application with a monthly or annual subscription, is designed exclusively for the iPad Pro. The app is intended to be used as a second screen for drawing with an iPad Pro + Mac setup. Astropad claims the app offers near zero latency and full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil, making it the perfect drawing companion.
In addition to Apple Pencil support, Astropad Studio also offers customizable quick actions, shortcuts, touch input, and keyboard support. One of the main features is a new technology that Astropad calls “Liquid Extreme”, which, according to the company, offers “stunning image quality and responsiveness”. Liquid Extreme also offers color corrected output and retina resolution, which means what you see on your iPad is the same as what you see on your Mac.
- Pinch to zoom: Pinch to zoom and pan in Mac apps
- Liquid Extreme: up to 5 times faster than benchmark Liquid
- Wifi & USB: use your iPad as a connected or wireless graphics tablet
- Keyboard Support: Access our built-in keyboard or use your own Bluetooth keyboard
- Speed Control: Analyzes network conditions dozens of times per second to balance image quality and latency
Astropad Studio works by connecting to your Mac via WiFi or USB. From there, you’ll need the free Mac companion app and the app on your iPad. You then designate a portion of your existing screen as the “interactive surface” for use with your iPad Pro.
Then your iPad Pro will function as a full-fledged second screen for sketches and other illustrations.
Astropad Studio is now available for free on the App Store. For full functionality, you will need a subscription of $ 7.99 per month or $ 64.99 per year. Check out a video demonstration of the app below:
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