Paint­ing app aims for the stars

As­tro­nom­i­cal up­dates The Astropad’s co-cre­ator re­veals what’s in store for the low-cost app that turns your iPad into a graph­ics tablet

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The Wa­com Cin­tiq is an ideal tool for the dig­i­tal artist, but the high price tag of even the small­est model means many aren’t able to own one. Step for­ward Astropad, an af­ford­able app that en­ables artists to use their iPad as a graph­ics tablet for their desk­top or lap­top Mac.

We re­viewed the app in is­sue 122, and were im­pressed with how it worked with the iPad. As Astropad’s co-cre­ator Matt Ronge ex­plains, “The iPad is vastly more por­ta­ble than ex­ist­ing pen dis­plays and it’s the first to be com­pletely wire­less. If you have an iPad you can turn it into a pen dis­play with Astropad for $25.”

But the team isn’t rest­ing on its lau­rels. US tech firm FiftyThree is work­ing with Astropad to add fur­ther sup­port to Pen­cil, its Blue­tooth-pow­ered smart sty­lus. “We’ve added sup­port for spe­cial fea­tures like sur­face pres­sure and the eraser,” says Matt.

The cre­ators hope Astropad will pro­vide wider ac­cess to pro cre­ative tools – es­sen­tially to get more peo­ple drawing. “We’re work­ing on Astropad for iPhone, so ev­ery­one can have a graph­ics tablet in their pocket!”

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July 2015

Hanzz Karika­turen (www.hanzz.be) used Astropad to draw this car­i­ca­ture of Tim Cook.

To­gether in per­fect har­mony… Astropad syncs your iPad with

ei­ther your Mac desk­top or lap­top.

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