Astropad Mini App Gains 3D Touch Support With Pressure Sensitive Drawing on iPhone 6s

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Astropad Mini, the app that turns the iPhone into a graphics tablet for the Mac, is getting a major update today to add new features to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. The new version of the app includes support for 3D Touch, enabling pressure sensitive drawing.

    When using a finger or a stylus, the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus is able to detect 256 levels of pressure being on the screen, letting users draw thinner or thicker lines based on the amount of pressure that's applied.


    For those unfamiliar with the Astropad line of apps, they're able to transform an iPhone or an iPad into a professional graphics tablet that can be used with the Mac by mirroring the Mac's display to the iPhone. The iPhone's touch controls are then used for creative tasks like editing photos and creating art with little to no lag. Because the app simply mirrors what's on the Mac's screen, it's compatible with any Mac-based editing app like Photoshop CC and Pixelmator.

    The Astropad Mini app for the iPhone is now a free download, as is the Mac app, so the Astropad system can be used by anyone at no cost. The Mac app is available from the Astropad website and the iPhone app is available from the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Astropad Mini App Gains 3D Touch Support With Pressure Sensitive Drawing on iPhone 6s
  2. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    I wonder how many articles we'll see here letting us know that apps have now got 3D Touch support.

    Slow news day, hey? Surely not, Q4 earnings call is today.
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    This is a biggie. A drawing app that can sense 256 levels of pressure. It really shows off what 3D Touch is capable of.
  4. mimeArtist macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010

    I agree... even if I do have the wacom intros stylus... this is much better, partly because the wacom never f***ing connects!
  5. mimeArtist macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2010
    Equally excited about using the pencil and iPad Pro with astropad... going to hopefully be so useful until photoshop perhaps finally makes it's way to iPad pro properly
  6. Jax44 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2010
    Carmel, California
    Anybody think the new Magic Trackpad will work for drawing, hooked to your Mac?.
  7. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    No. But you still credit for making me giggle anyways.
  8. snowmoon macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I though the The public APIs only gave limited pressure ranges? Are they using private APIs ?
  9. nostaws macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2006
    This is the first app (to my knowledge) that actually supports 3D touch more than just popping up an alternate menu.

    So, I think it warrants a shout out from macrumors.

  10. teslo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
    i noticed on the app store link they have apple watch support. haha be curious to see what that's all about..

    "photoshopping with a toothpick is the FUTURE"

    also: 6S app has a little lag or it has none - which is it?
  11. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    There are two ways to use 3D touch:
    1) Use the API that handles the "gesture" for you (UIPreviewAction, UIApplicationShortcutItem), to get Peek / Shortcuts
    2) Use the UITouch object directly to get at the raw pressure information.

    Apple even has sample code for #2.

    Also, Apple's Notes app supports 3D touch for pressure when drawing on the 6S(+). Not exactly something Apple went out of their way to mention.

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