Did you ever wish you could sync up your iPad’s drawing or painting app directly with your Mac? Now you can with Astropad, a brand new app that literally mirrors your Mac desktop via Wi-Fi or USB.
Created by two ex-Apple engineers – Matt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli – Astropad works with several popular brands of pressure-sensitive pens to create a pro-level drawing tablet that pairs with your Mac for illustration, sketching, painting and photo editing.
This always seemed like such a no-brainer to me. In fact, I’m surprised this kind of ‘tethering’ functionality isn’t built into iOS+OS X themselves by Apple.
I agree, I’ve always thought that touch screen desktop interfaces were impractical, however I’ve often wanted a device capable of stylus input to interact with certain kinds of graphical desktop apps.
One would think a tablet ought to fit the bill really well. A year or two ago I tinkered with something similar on an android tablet, detecting multitouch from inside the tablet’s browser, and forwarding events to the desktop. This setup worked well, however I was disappointed with the “feel” of using a stylus on the tablet. It required more pressure and friction than I found acceptable. Without a stylus, the finger is too blunt to be useful for precise input I needed, so I abandoned it. A tablet designed for stylus input would have helped.
Edited 2015-02-24 01:05 UTC