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Astropad and Luna Display Updated With M1 Mac Support

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Astropad today announced that its Luna Display and Astropad software have been updated with support for Apple's new M1 Macs.


Luna Display is an adapter that allows a Mac or an iPad to be used as a secondary display for a main Mac, while Astropad is software that lets an iPad be used as a secondary display or drawing tablet for a Mac.

The software updates allow Astropad and Luna Display to run faster on M1 Macs with lower encoding times.


Astropad's newest software update includes native support for the M1 Macs, and it is available in Astropad Studio 3.6, Astropad Standard 3.6, and Luna Display 4.4.

The software can be downloaded from the Astropad website, but those who already run those apps should see the updates automatically.

Article Link: Astropad and Luna Display Updated With M1 Mac Support
 
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jent

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Just glancing at the bar graph I wonder why they wouldn't compare it to the specific MacBook Air it's replacing from earlier this year since it's a more direct comparison.
 

LHMac

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What is the advantage of this over Sidecar? (other than connecting a second ipad)
It has a few differences. Luna Display will work Mac to Mac and Mac to iPad; even Windows to iPad. It’ll work with older Macs than will Sidecar too.
 
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SkyRom

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And yet, I would pay $5,000 today for a brand new non-refurbished fully loaded 15" 2016 MacBook Pro Retina with glorious glowing Apple logo, perfect keyboard, no TouchBar, MagSafe 2, SDXC card reader, USB ports and Thunderbolt 2 (or 3).
 

MuckrakerJG

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Can we use Sidecar or Luna as a third monitor of sorts on the limited M1 models? Or will Sidecar/Luna count as your one external? I would do MacBook screen, one external via Thunderbolt/HDMI and then Sidecar/Luna for the 3rd? Anyone know if this works as a workaround?
 

atomic.flip

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Could we have some benchmarks that are relevant? Why in gods name are they comparing a processor released at the end of 2020 with processors that were released in 2015 and 2017 respectively??? This is a sham of a graphic.

Not saying the thing isn’t faster than most intel processors but people making decisions today need to use today comparisons.
 
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Crash0veride

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What is the advantage of this over Sidecar? (other than connecting a second ipad)
Astropad adds a lot of customization and shortcuts which can change per app. Also give you control of the pressure sensitivity of curves. More for creative needs. I still end up using sidecar for quick things in my work flow because it’s just easier to connect quickly. Switch to astropad for anything I think will take more than 15 minutes.
 

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Can we use Sidecar or Luna as a third monitor of sorts on the limited M1 models? Or will Sidecar/Luna count as your one external? I would do MacBook screen, one external via Thunderbolt/HDMI and then Sidecar/Luna for the 3rd? Anyone know if this works as a workaround?
Yes you can, I saw I think two first impression videos that mentioned Sidecar as a second display in passing.
 

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And yet, I would pay $5,000 today for a brand new non-refurbished fully loaded 15" 2016 MacBook Pro Retina with glorious glowing Apple logo, perfect keyboard, no TouchBar, MagSafe 2, SDXC card reader, USB ports and Thunderbolt 2 (or 3).
Tech advances. Sooner or later you will have to face reality and move on.
 

LarxJo

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What about a comparison with a current macbook?

Apple could have put the processor of an iPhone 4 and I might come here and say it is 10 times faster that any super computer*.
* compared to super computer of the year 1970.

Heck, I can even sell my iphone 3gs, saying it has the most advanced battery and most advanced technology*.
in the year 1900.

I'm exagerating. But when I see retarded comparisons such as this one, comparing a whole new processor to another which is 5 to 6 years old, I tend to get angry. It's a partial lie, it might hide something, it is just manipulation.

If the intel processor gets 5% faster per year, which as far as I know is more or less the case, then the current intel processor is ~30% faster than was it was 5 years earlier. Also, no forgetting that now, there are more cores...

In conclusion, the graph here has no value. Except that we see that the M1 beat a quite old processor. But we see today that the difference in terms of perfs are equivalent, or as Apple shows their chip seems even faster. Interesting. But none theless, but a graph is a non sense.
 
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winglet69

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Astropad adds a lot of customization and shortcuts which can change per app. Also give you control of the pressure sensitivity of curves. More for creative needs. I still end up using sidecar for quick things in my work flow because it’s just easier to connect quickly. Switch to astropad for anything I think will take more than 15 minutes.
Would you really say it is worth $80/yr for what Sidecar does for free? I too am surprised this product still exists at the price point but I guess there are enough rich creative types?

Or maybe just ones who don't keep track of their pre-authorized software subs...
 
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winglet69

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Tech advances. Sooner or later you will have to face reality and move on.
What is considered "advancing" is highly subjective. Removing previous functionality without replacing it with the equivalent or better/more is the definition of regressing, not advancing. I/O may be faster now but if you need extra dongles or docks just to connect to it, the "reality" is it's a step backwards from the simplicity of multiple internal ports.

Dismissiveness of other viewpoints than one's own is also not a shining example of progress. Just sayin'.
 
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chucker23n1

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Would you really say it is worth $80/yr for what Sidecar does for free? I too am surprised this product still exists at the price point but I guess there are enough rich creative types?

Or maybe just ones who don't keep track of their pre-authorized software subs...
"Rich"? $80/yr is nothing for a professional tool.

They also can't go much lower on the price point, because they're serving up a niche; they can't make it up in volume.
 
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And yet, I would pay $5,000 today for a brand new non-refurbished fully loaded 15" 2016 MacBook Pro Retina with glorious glowing Apple logo, perfect keyboard, no TouchBar, MagSafe 2, SDXC card reader, USB ports and Thunderbolt 2 (or 3).

Well you're mad then.
 

dannys1

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What is considered "advancing" is highly subjective. Removing previous functionality without replacing it with the equivalent or better/more is the definition of regressing, not advancing. I/O may be faster now but if you need extra dongles or docks just to connect to it, the "reality" is it's a step backwards from the simplicity of multiple internal ports.

Dismissiveness of other viewpoints than one's own is also not a shining example of progress. Just sayin'.

i can't believe it's nearly 5 years later and you lot are still complaining about USB-C. It's better in every way possible, upgrade your USB-A devices or buy new USB-C cables for them, problem solved. This hasn't ever ever been an issue for me, i've never used or needed a dongle for a MacBook Pro with USB-C ports. In fact, instead of 2 USB ports i've now got 4, it's given me less need for a hub than ever before.

At this point USB-A should be banned - and there's a replacement USB-C cable for every USB plug possible on the other end.
 
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