Featured App: Astropad
Taking the stylus to the big screen

By Susannah Sodergren

Astropad transforms your iPad into a drawing tablet that works with your Mac.

Using the iPad as a drawing tablet with a desktop Mac screen is a great idea. So helpful that you’d think someone would’ve done it by now. But no one could really crack it until a couple of ex-Apple engineers got together to create Astropad, and the imaging technology that makes it seamless.

With Astropad, the iPad mirrors a Mac desktop screen via W-Fi or USB when both are running the same app – and that’s any Mac app. So now using a Jot Touch to work in Photoshop and the like is a reality.

It’s all thanks to LIQUID, the technology Astropad developed to deliver the responsive performance and image quality it takes for a truly useful and accurate connected workspace. According to the developers, an image viewed with LIQUID is higher quality than a JPEG file saved at 100% quality from Photoshop.

For anyone working in professional illustration, sketching, painting, or photo editing, it’s a pretty big deal.

Astropad is available on the iPad App Store for $24.99. It works with all iPads with iOS 8 and all Macs with 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.

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