Astropad Studio is now fully supported on Windows PCs. It turns any iPad into a professional drawing tablet.
Astropad Studio and Standard allow you to mirror your iPad’s display to Apple computers. You can also use the iPad as an iPad drawing tablet when using macOS. LunaDisplay is also available from the company. This small USB-C dongle turns any Mac or iPad into an additional wireless display.
According to the company, Windows support has been very popular since Astropad’s launch on Mac. Project Blue was launched by Astropad in March 2021. It supported all aspects of drawing tablet functionality, including mirroring, Apple Pencil and touch supper (pan, zoom) It was also limited in Astropad Studio customization and shortcuts. This included basic sidebar shortcuts and on-screen modifier key support, as well as on-screen keyboard and external keyboard support.
Astropad claims that Project Blue was downloaded more than 73,000 times in the past seven years. Project Blue is now fully supported by Astropad Studio for Windows.
According to the company, the update allows for workspace customization, as well as full support of Magic Gestures, which allow tools to be quickly switched, customized pressure curves and smoothing and unlimited per-app shortcuts. It can be used at any desk or on the move via WiFi or USB connections. The platform promises low latency of 60 frames per second, full keyboard support, and low latency at 60 frames/second.
Astropad Studio is $12 per month, $100 annually. However, Astropad Studio can be tried for free for 30 days.
Astropad Studio has joined Duet Display, bringing full support for the use of an iPad on Windows. Both services are compatible with Windows PCs. However, there are some differences that can be found between them. These are detailed on Astropad’s site.
There are many ways to make an iPad a drawing tablet. However, most of these options only work within Apple’s ecosystem. While the Apple Sidecar and Astropad are great options, Duet and Luna don’t work well with Windows. Only Duet Display and Astropad Studio work with Windows. PetaPixel has a breakdown that explains the pros and cons for each option.