Astropad Studio Launches on iPad With 'Pro-Level Drawing Tools' for $65/Year

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Second-screen iPad app Astropad has today launched a new premium version of its drawing suite called "Astropad Studio" that's been built exclusively for the iPad Pro (via TechCrunch). The new service offers users a number of advantages over the basic app -- including 40 MB/s max speed for lower latency, deep Apple Pencil integration, and more -- for a subscription plan of $7.99/month or $64.99/year.

    Similar to the original app, Astropad Studio works with any Mac app via Wi-Fi or through USB and mirrors drawing tools from the iPad's screen onto a connected Mac. The company says that this connection lets users gain control of "pro-level drawing tools" on a Mac, and is aimed at creative professionals who work both in an office and from home.


    One of the biggest additions to the Studio suite of features is support for what Astropad calls "Liquid Extreme," which includes color-corrected output and retina resolution. Essentially, "what you see on your iPad is the same as on your Mac," according to the company.

    Here's the complete list of exclusive features for Astropad Studio:
    [*]Liquid Extreme
    [*]40 MB/s Max Speed
    [*]Unlimited shortcut sets
    [*]Built for iPad Pro
    [*]Apple Pencil Only
    [*]Keyboard support
    [*]Magic Gestures
    [*]Pressure Smoothing
    [*]Eraser Tool
    [*]Hover Simulation
    [*]3-Button Mouse Simulation
    [*]Undo/Redo Gestures
    [*]Preview line customization
    [*]Unlimited Upgrades
    [*]Priority Support
    The list features "Magic Gestures," which Astropad says is a way for users to set up easily accessible controls using a finger and Apple Pencil combination. For example, users can set up an erasing function to activate by setting one finger on the iPad's screen to instantly turn the Pencil into an eraser. Two fingers can be a right click, and so on.

    The standard version of Astropad sells for $29.99 on the iOS App Store [Direct Link]. For the new app, users can try out Astropad Studio [Direct Link] with a 7 day free trial before deciding to subscribe to the service's monthly or yearly models. More information regarding Astropad Studio can be found here.

    Article Link: Astropad Studio Launches on iPad With 'Pro-Level Drawing Tools' for $65/Year
  2. ghost187 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    Ugh, everyone is following this drug dealer business mentality (called subscriptions) now days.
  3. mkeeley macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Have the one off payment version and that will have to do, no way am I paying $65/year.
  4. LordQ macrumors 68040


    Sep 22, 2012
    Nope. If you have a subscription model you won't get a penny out of me.
  5. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

    PBG4 Dude

    Jul 6, 2007
    That's if they leave the $20 app alone and don't transmogrify it into the recurring subscription app.
  6. briwil macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2012
    I got to beta test this over the past month and it is pretty awesome. I think the subscription route is ridiculous though and I won't be a part of it.
    They did claim in their beta email that they won't touch the original (already pretty expensive) app, but we'll see I suppose.

    This makes me want to break out the old Xcode and make a free knock-off, which maybe I will.
  7. KostnerGuyton macrumors newbie


    Jan 11, 2017
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    I wish @Apple would just nativly support screen mirroring/secondary display with the iPad Pro with the Mac via USB C. Hopefully thats comming this year. It just doesnt make any sense for them to continue pushing lightning .
  8. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Or I could pay literally the same amount for a native iOS app. Procreate is pretty competent as a Photoshop replacement when it comes to drawing or painting.
  9. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    As long as the ipad pro misses the first quarter inch of each apple pencil stroke, it's useless as illustration hardware.
  10. praetorian909 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2004
    Still cheaper than a Surface Studio at least...
  11. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    Which it doesn't, so it's not. Good thing we got that out of the way.
  12. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    ETA = [getting pulled from the App Store without given reason] + 6 months.
  13. dysamoria macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2011
    I was interested in Astropad... until this subscription nonsense. I will NEVER subscribe to software.
  14. Dranix macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    Gelnhausen, Germany
    Am a longtime user but subscription (especially this high) is a no go...
  15. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    I did an A/B test, even using an old 2010 Mac Pro and a USB 2 hub as host, performance was much better. It's a shame the original app won't get that performance increase and you need a subscription to get it. I can see why a company like this needs increased revenue. Probably just making a separate app SKU for major upgrades would be more palatable for users.

    Native first party support would be amazing. I don't necessarily see the new iPad getting USB C though... I guess it's possible. They already engineered USB 3 speeds out of lightning though so even with that there would be a ton of untapped bandwidth (perhaps it's already being taken advantage of - i dont have a 13" pro handy to test).

    You can still buy the non subscription version and pretend this new one doesn't exist. You won't get the absolute best speed they can offer, though...

    I wonder if using gigabit ethernet on the iPad would get better speed than using wifi (though probably not usb), assuming the app has no problems working with it.
  16. fivetoedbear macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2013
    I regret the $30 I already spent on AstroPad. Duet Display smokes it, and I ended up paying $20 for a year of Duet's Pro version. Because I believe in supporting software at reasonable prices so it improves and stays around, and $20 isn't much.

    For $30, AstroPad is pretty basic. It blurs the part of the screen I'm working on. I read this as "AstroPad that actually works" for way too much money.

    I'll not be participating.
  17. niun macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2015
    How much cheaper though after buying all the bits you need to make this work, iPad Pro, stand for iPad Pro - adjustable? , iMac, Apple Pencil and AstroPad subscription?

    Surface Studio isn't the only alternative either..
  18. mkeeley macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    I've never seen that happen, have the 12.9.
  19. stlredbird macrumors 6502


    Feb 24, 2009
    I own the original. And have no problem paying a premium one time price for the upgraded version, but a subscription is out of the question. At least give a one time payment option. Until then I'll stick with the original.
  20. Wildkraut macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2015
    Subscriptions sucks, I would accept a higher price, but not a subscription.
  21. macjoshua macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2011
    As a designer/developer, I totally support paying for software (and I don't mind the subscription model), but this is too expensive.
  22. az431 macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    The worst part about this is requiring an additional payment for low latency.
  23. turbineseaplane macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2008
    Totally agree - That feature should not be behind the subscription..
  24. Wildkraut macrumors 6502

    Nov 8, 2015
    I mean, what do all these companies think?
    If we get into the route of subscribing every ****, not much money is left for living.
    This sums up quickly.

    Well, Astropad is interesting, but there are many other good and cheaper drawing solutions(for ipads & non ipads) available.

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