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Astropad's iPad App Updated With Speed, Performance, and Battery Efficiency Improvements

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Astropad today launched version 2.0 of its iPad app, which transforms a compatible iPad into a drawing tablet for a connected Mac. Once connected, Astropad mirrors the Mac's display onto the iPad to let users take advantage of the tablet's touch controls for drawing and editing photos in various Mac apps. The new update follows last year's introduction of support for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Free for any existing Astropad user, version 2.0 of the app brings a "high-performance Liquid upgrade" to the connected drawing app in order to triple its performance speeds and "massively" reduce any pixelation. The rest of the update adds similar performance-enhancing features to Astropad, including improved image quality and latency, lessening the strain on the iPad's battery, and making the actual drawing performed within the app more naturalistic.


High-performance Liquid upgrade: Powered by Liquid core technology, now running three times faster with massively reduced pixelation
New Velocity control: Analyzes network conditions dozens of times per second to balance image quality and latency
Uses 3x less CPU and 4x less memory: Allows longer work sessions and extended battery life
Refined pressure curve: Hand-tuned by artists for a more natural drawing feel
Enhanced software compatibility: Supports panning and zooming gestures across more programs, including: Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Art Rage, Clip Studio Paint, Lightroom, Mischief, Autodesk Sketchbook
Hidden cursor: Settings option to auto-hide the cursor while drawing
Updated UI: Sleek new look and feel
Otherwise, Astropad retains its general, high-quality drawing performance, with touch feedback at 60fps "for super smooth drawing" that results in interesting, diverse pieces of art. Users can connect their iPad to a Mac both via Wi-Fi or USB, with equally solid results, although compatible iPad devices must be running iOS 8 or later, while any Mac with Mavericks or later is required to use Astropad.

For users who have yet to purchase, Astropad Drawing Tablet is available for $29.99 on the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

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nagromme

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Noticeable improvement! Scrolling still goes blurry, but less so. Very useful.

I wonder if a USB 3 cable on a newer iPad would help?
 
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Gigaman

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Honestly can't wait to try it out and get slmething going, really curious how well performance is via USB connection.
 
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ipedro

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I sold my Wacom tablet when I got my iPad Pro after seeing this app. It turned out to be a premature decision. With the latency and pixelation, it's not be a very enjoyable experience and the app gets in the way far too often, requiring too much work to just get the app centred on a document and ready to use. I'm hopeful that this update fixes a lot of those issues.
 
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cupcakes2000

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Hi, I'm pretty interested in this to be honest, does anyone have any information on its use with apps like Lightroom or Photoshop?
Im a photographer, and would be mainly using it to aid with dodge and burn whilst editing.
Are there serious latency issues? Currently I use an old cheapy Wacom bamboo tablet.
Would love to know the opinions of someone using it for such a case.
Thanks.
 
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meady100

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I haven't tried out the update yet, but I had serious buyers regret on the previous version, amittedly I was used to the lightning fast Procreate on the iPad but using Photoshop through Astropad was really treacly. Nothing like the happy experience shown in their video promo.
 
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Mighty_Zoltan

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Damn, was afraid it might be to good to be true
Aaaah it wasn't thaaat bad. Especially through USB. But then I've never owned a Cintiq. Just had regular wacoms, Surface Pros and Surface Books.

I've used it to edit tons of images. I haven't really had a problem with Photoshop. Version 1 wasn't as fast as editing directly on my surface book's screen etc but fairly good. This new update though is a massive improvement. I was playing around with an image in photoshop that I made in procreate and airdropped to my mac pro. Just drawing in some extra details and it felt almost as tight as drawing in a native app on the ipad. Same with Sketchbook pro on mac. That's a laggy program on mac, ipad and pc anyway but it felt about the same as drawing on my surface book version of Sketchbook pro.
 
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cupcakes2000

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So is it useable? I mean although I would obviously get other uses out of the iPad, I would be purchasing it for this very reason. I wouldn't be buying one otherwise...
 
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Mighty_Zoltan

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So is it useable? I mean although I would obviously get other uses out of the iPad, I would be purchasing it for this very reason. I wouldn't be buying one otherwise...
Yes it's useable. I've made massive photo montages for billboard ads and made illustrations for magazines with it. It's fine.
 
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Mighty_Zoltan

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Yeah I love it. Been using it to do a load of photo montaging the past few days. So much nicer than using a mouse.
 
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