Astropad Standard

Astropad Standard

By Astro HQ

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2015-02-17
  • Current Version: 2.6.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 34.81 MB
  • Developer: Astro HQ
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.1 or later.
Score: 4.5
From 4,217 Ratings


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. 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 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



  • WAS a great app but now foes not work.....

    By Red Grange
    When Astropad first came out, it was awesome and it worked really well. However, with the new Apple iPad Pro (3rd ed) that just came out and the new Apple Pencil (2nd version), Astropad no longer works and no one from the company seems to be addressing this (as to when a new version for Apple Pencil support will be released). Support from Astropad is rather non-existent it seems. I still prefer the first version of Astropad- “it just worked”. Hopefully a fix is coming soon as I cannot use Astropad until it is updated.
  • A wonderful app!

    By Nexus1001
    Super stable, never had an issue with it, great features and best bang for my buck! Awesome job!
  • A little expensive but a great app

    By Tandemactofviolence
    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.
  • Top notch, works Perfectly

    By reoneill
    Amazing product. Solid and dependable!
  • Excellent!

    By DebDesign
    I’ve been waiting for something like this for a long tim...bravo!!!
  • Worked really well and now barely works

    By Smiley10987
    At first this app worked great, but after a few days it became unusable because of how many glitches there were. I am extremely disappointed that I spent money on this and I can’t even use it anymore. Absolutely horrible.
  • Coll app

    By Vikmoon
    Great app for photographer
  • Was great then not

    By sgranlund
    I started using Astropad when it first came out. It was amazing. Then it wasn’t. They came out with essentially the same program but w features EVERYONE requested and charged $12 a month for it. This app barely works now. I recently updated the Mac vet and my iPad pro ver and now it won’t even connect. I get a message that says update to most current ver. That app can’t talk to computer. Problem is I have. Both are using most current ver. I paid for the studio for a few months and it is definitely not worth the money. This app was great...until they got greedy. Now it doesn’t work at all. Don’t buy either. Stay away from this greedy company
  • I like it… but…

    By Chrstphre
    It seems to do everything that it supposed to; But it works in conjunction with compatible app on your computer, and it when they become desynchronized, you have to upgrade both of them separately ! And because I’m kind of poor and I use Wi-Fi at the library, I never have my computer and my iPad with me at the same time, I either take my computer to Library or my iPad and apparently you have to re-sync these two applications simultaneously, so anyway the point is; that they no longer work… ! It seems to me that when they need an upgrade, you could upgrade either, & the next time you connect them, they’ll resync on their own ! ?
  • Don’t listen to the “they’ll woo you then lose you” rant...

    By Baconink
    This app works wonderfully and actually still supports 3rd party styli. Speaking on that though, why buy an app that is this good and precise to only dumb it down with a crappy stylus? Hell, I wouldn’t even use this with a 2018 iPad with an Apple Pencil. You’re defeating the purpose of it all. This app has served me great and keeps getting better. If they decide to do away with 3rd party styli then good, more time for programmers to make it even better. Also you don’t have to be from the 60s to know who Astro from the Jetsons is. Sounds like someone is just behind the times, “grandpa!”