Free Astropad Studio beta turns iPad into second screen for Windows PCs


Astropad Studio on Windows lets your iPad become a drawing pad for Windows apps.
Astropad Studio on Windows is available as a free public beta. It makes an iPad into a PC’s second screen.
Photo: Astropad

Astropad released a free public beta of the Windows version of its software that turns an iPad into a second screen for a laptop or desktop. With the beta, users can test out mirroring their favorite apps on the tablet, including using an Apple Pencil to draw in Windows software.

“Windows support has been our top product feature request since we originally launched Luna Display for Mac in 2017,” said Astropad. “After years of being a Mac-focused company, we are thrilled to finally bring our products cross-platform.”

The iPad functions as a second screen for the PC, not a drawing pad, so there are no limits on the Windows applications supported. That includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender, ZBrush and many more. And Astropad Studio adds a sidebar that lets users quickly access their favorite shortcuts.

No hardware is required. The two computers just need to be on the same Wi-Fi network or connected by USB. The connection runs at 60 frames per second.

To see it in action, watch a video demonstration:

To download Astropad Studio for Windows, visit the Astropad website. But be aware, the application is free only during the beta period. Afterward, Windows support will require the existing Astropad Standard ($29)
 or Studio ($79.99 per year).

Future versions will offer more features, like customizable shortcuts. And support is coming for a new version of the Luna Display connectivity dongle that will reduce latency to 16ms.