Astropad released the first Windows version of Astropad Studio, software that turns an iPad into a drawing tablet wirelessly communicating with a laptop or desktop. With it, artists can mirror their favorite professional drawing or painting apps on the tablet, including using an Apple Pencil with Windows software.
The software has been in beta testing for a year.
Astropad Studio for PC created with artists in mind
Astropad offers two options for people who want to combine an iPad with another computer. Luna Display turns an iPad into a second screen for Mac or PC when accessing email or doing word processing. Astropad Studio is for artists who want to use the iPad as a drawing tablet.
Studio for Windows launched Tuesday, years after the Mac version. “Now PC users can enjoy the versatility and creative boost that Astropad Studio gives Mac users, all with one iOS app,” said the developer.
There are no limits on the Windows applications supported. That includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Clip Studio Paint, Affinity and many more.
Astropad Studio works with the Apple Pencil 1st & 2nd generation. And it offers customizable gestures for undo, redo, erase and more. Plus, users can create their own shortcuts. The app also offers adjustable pressure curves.
Unlike Luna Display, no additional hardware is required. The two computers just need to be on the same Wi-Fi network or connected by USB.
There’s a 30-day free trial, after which Astropad Studio for Mac and PC is either $11.99 per month or $99.99 per year. But new users can get 20% off for their first year with code ASTROFAM.
Non-artists should consider Luna Display, which doesn’t require a subscription. There’s a version of Mac or PC.