Turn your iPad into a professional graphics tablet

Ex-Apple engineers have created a way for you to draw on your iPad to work in any program on your Mac, including Photoshop

Credit: Astropad

Professional graphics tablets aren't easy on the wallet--especially ones with displays like the Cintiq so you can see what your drawings or sketches will look like on your computer. Save some big bucks by turning your iPad into a full-fledged graphics tablet.

Astropad iPad and Mac Astropad

Two former Apple engineers created Astropad for this purpose. Once you've installed the app on your iPad (free) and Mac ($50 or $20 if you're a student), you can connect your iPad over Wi-Fi or USB to your computer and start creating in any app on the Mac. Besides the obvious sketching and painting uses, you'll also be able to use a stylus with the iPad for detailed photo editing. Additionally, you can use the iPads touchscreen to pinch to zoom and pan in Mac apps.

Astropad works with most iOS styluses, including those from Wacom, Adonit, and Hex3 (support for FiftyThree's pencil is coming soon). The developers promise a lag-free performance and no compression artifacts. If you head to the Astropad site, you can see some pretty impressive examples of the image quality possible.

Definitely worth a try (there's a 7-day free trial) if you're an artistic Mac and iPad owner. [via iDownloadBlog]

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