Duet Display for iPad Updated With New Pro Features

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Duet Display, the app designed to let you turn your iPad into an extra display for your Mac, is today being updated with new Pro-level features that enhance the Apple Pencil support introduced back in October.

    The Pro features are designed to turn the iPad Pro into a high-performance graphics tablet that can compete with Intuos or Wacom drawing tablets, and as of today, Pro subscribers will get more for their money. There are also some features that are available to standard users who don't pay for the Pro subscription.

    A customized pressure curve has been implemented, letting users change the way Windows or macOS receive data for a personalized drawing experience. A new Line Lead feature offers up a line preview that predicts where the Apple Pencil is before it makes contact with the iPad, a feature that Duet says will be improved over time. Pro users can also count on improved rendering quality and speed with the Pixel Perfect image refresh setting.


    New gestures have been added for both Pro and standard users, designed to make drawing faster, and the Touch Bar has been updated with improved stability, speed enhancements, and support for more apps. Most of the new gestures are available for both Pro and standard users, with the exception of undo and redo, which are Pro only, and the Touch Bar update is also available to all users.


    Duet Display is priced at $19.99 in the App Store, and unlocking the Pro features to turn the iPad Pro into a drawing tablet costs an additional $19.99 per year through an in-app subscription. Duet Display is available from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Duet Display for iPad Updated With New Pro Features
  2. robegian macrumors member


    Jun 13, 2005
    Trieste, Italy
    $20 per year for one feature of an app I already paid $20? :-O
  3. BrettArchibald macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2007
  4. Undecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2005
    Does duet still force the "host" Mac into default resolution, instead of any scaled setting?
  5. rubberfish macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2014
    I find it easier to use specialised iPad drawing apps, and then instantly share with my Mac than use this or Astropad
  6. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    The subscription really is a racket. It's not a case of it only being $20 a year. It's a case of it being wholly unnecessary.
  7. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  8. PilotWoo macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2006
  9. gnipgnop macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    If you're a professional that is using this as part of your daily workflow, I don't think the $40 is going to be too daunting. Not sure how long the shelf-life for this app is going to be, as Apple sounds like they may have interest in supporting this type of functionality themselves. You've also got quite a few native iOS creative apps that allow you to export files fairly easily for use with legacy desktop applications, so it just depends on what you prefer for a workflow.
  10. JayMysterio macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
  11. MacSince1985 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2009
    Apple is likely to build this natively in the next iPad Pro anyway. And since they don't have to abide by App Store restrictions, they can access the iPad at a lower level and hopefully reduce the latency.
  12. BruceEBonus macrumors 65816


    Sep 23, 2007
    Derbyshire, England
  13. nutmac macrumors 601

    Mar 30, 2004
    Right, either go subscription only or paid. Mixing both is just wrong.
  14. meady100 macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2011
    Subscriptions are a total turnoff. I'm on to the next story.
  15. PJL500 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2011
    It seems that it is more interested in hearing it's customers squeal like pigs?
  16. gugy, May 23, 2017
    Last edited: May 23, 2017

    gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Subscription is a big no-no. We are bombarded with bills every month, every year, etc. Some app like Duet should be one time pay and if they upgrade down the road that justifies pay another time, then fine.
    I am a huge Adobe user and I am holding on my CS6 for many years. I know at some point I will have to cave in but honestly I hate the trend that everything is a subscription nowadays.
  17. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Works fine for me. My Retina MacBook Pro runs at whatever resolution I set (usually "looks like 1920x1200,") my external 4K display runs at whatever resolution I set (I set it to a HiDPI "looks like 2560x1440" resolution,) and the iPad (Air) I have set at "Retina Resolution", which runs it at full 2048x1536, but in HiDPI mode so that it looks like 1024x768 doubled.

    If you mean "does connecting Duet reset the resolution of my main display" - connecting or disconnecting *ANY* display does that. macOS remembers your preferred resolutions only as a "set of displays". So if I have my external 4K display and my Duet iPad plugged in, it sets to the same resolution as the last time I had them all. But if I quit Duet on the iPad, it acts as if I unplugged a display - and changes the resolutions of my MacBook and 4K display to be the same as the last time I only had those two running. Likewise, when I disconnect all external displays, it resets the internal resolution to be whatever I had it at last time I was running only the internal display. That's just how macOS works.
  18. marioguarneros macrumors regular


    Nov 2, 2011
    As a photographer I sure hope the rumours are true, it would be great to natively use the new iPad as a Cintique without the need to pay for extra apps and worse, subscriptions.

    It would also be great to have the option to natively tether/control cameras directly.
  19. zarusoba macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2006
    I hope you're right but I'm not holding my breath. Apple is adamant that tablets and desktops are fundamentally different. They don't want us touching the Mac directly.
  20. philosopherdog macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2008
    This is a brilliant idea for the Pro line. I wouldn't be surprised. But a wired connection seems unlikely.
  21. SoldOnApple macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    I'd much rather they made Astropad Studio PC compatible. Astropad works great on my 12 inch MacBook, though it is enough to do some work on that MacBook isn't powerful enough to run my huge Photoshop projects. My PC is powerful enough to run all my projects by Astropad isn't compatible with PC. DuetDisplay works okay on my PC, but it isn't useable at all on my 12 inch MacBook because of the extreme lag.

    In the end I bought both DuetDisplay Pro and Astropad Studio and regret both purchases. I wish I waited until Astropad Studio was compatible with PC so then I wouldn't need to adjust my workflow to two different input and display methods. I should have just bought a more powerful Mac in the first place really, but I need to live with the choice I made for now.
  22. zarusoba macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2006
    Maybe Apple should have made the Mac you bought more powerful in the first place...

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