Astropad is a clever app that lets you use your iPad as a drawing surface for Mac software like Photoshop. Today Astropad 2.0 is available as a free update for current customers and includes new improvements, better software compatibility, and a new look.

Astropad’s developers highlight seven improvements to expect in the new version:

High-performance Liquid engine upgrade: Runs three times faster with massively reduced pixelation


Uses 3x less CPU and 4x less memory: Allows longer work sessions and extended battery life 

New Velocity control: Analyzes network conditions dozens of times per second to balance image quality and latency 

Refined pressure curve: Hand-tuned by artists for a natural drawing feel 

Enhanced software compatibility: Supports panning and zooming gestures across more programs, including: Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo, Art Rage, Clip Studio Paint, Lightroom, Mischief, Autodesk Sketchbook 

Hidden cursor: Settings option to auto-hide the cursor while drawing 

Updated UI: Sleek new look and feel

Astropad 2.0 follows last December’s update which added iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support to turn your iPad. into a first class Mac graphics tablet. Astropad is available for $29.99 on the App Store and version 2.0 is a free update for current customers. Learn more about Astropad here.

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