Want to explore the digital artist in you, but don’t have that much needed graphics tablet? Well if you’re a Mac user and happen to own an iPad, then you can simply turn your Apple slate into a graphics tablet with an app called Astropad. We take a closer look at what the app has to offer, right after the jump.
Sure, you could just draw on the iPad, but that would leave one with some fairly limited options. With Astropad, users will be able to draw directly on the iPad with results being displayed in real-time on a Mac.
The team behind Astropad is making use of its own wireless communication method – called Liquid – to pair up the Mac and iPad for screen sharing. According to the developers, this tech is roughly three times faster than Apple’s AirPlay. This enables the app to offer an impressively smooth, real-time experience at 60 frames per second. That said, if Wi-Fi is not a possibility, you can simply pair the two devices via USB connection as well.
As I mentioned earlier that the app is meant to turn your iPad into a graphics tablet, it’s worth noting here that Astropad itself offers no drawing tools as such, but simply offers a gateway to the interface of say, Adobe Photoshop for example, thereby not limiting your options and letting you use it with your favorite drawing tools.
Astropad can help any aspiring artist take their effort to newer heights and as such does come in at a slightly steep price of $49.99, but for students, the price is cut down to $19.99 only, which is a huge bargain and worth considering. Users also have the option to download a free demo version to try out before buying the app. Astropad requires Mac OS X 10.9 or above, and an iPad running iOS 8 or above.
If you’re excited to try out this app, then point your browser to: astropad.com for more details, including everything you need to know regarding supported apps as well.
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(Download: Astropad for iPad on the App Store)