Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

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Many photographers and designers who rely on digital editing tools seem to favor gadgets like the Wacom tablet. With good reason; it’s a device that lets you edit photos and manipulate graphics with a stylus. This allows for greater precision. But if you have a Wacom tablet along with an iPad, you may find yourself juggling the two devices. An app called Astropad Studio can turn your iPad into a Wacom tablet. It lets you mirror your computer screen on the iPad, so you can make good use of the Apple Pencil, along with more powerful configuration than the Wacom. I tested the app on my iPhone and I may write a review of it in the future.

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Astropad Studio Could Replace Your Wacom Tablet

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  1. Lee Dronick

    “it’s only available via subscription (the company still sells their original app for a one-time fee of US$30), but the reality is that that’s the model that works for professional software these days.”

    Is that the model that works, or the one that we are stuck with?




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  2. pawolverine

    I own my Wacom tablet. No monthly payments to use it. Unless I can outright buy AstroPad at a reasonable price, it will not be taking the place of my Wacom anytime soon 🙁




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  3. pawolverine

    I own my Wacom tablet. No monthly payments to use it. Unless I can outright buy AstroPad Studio at a reasonable price, it will not be taking the place of my Wacom anytime soon 🙁




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  4. Lee Dronick

    “I own my Wacom tablet. No monthly payments to use it.”

    And what is the price difference between Wacom Cintriq and a iPad Pro? Anyway, there will be similar programs and apps.




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  5. junglejack

    “And what is the price difference between Wacom Cintriq and a iPad Pro?”

    A Wacom Cintiq Pro (the latest model) at approximately the same size of screen as an iPad Pro (13″):

    $999.95.

    It comes with a stylus (obviously). It has touch capability. It also has pop-out legs to sit at an angle on a desk (if necessary). However, it has to be tethered to a laptop or desktop via a USB-C cord, or a MiniDisplay Port (there might be a wireless option, but I’ve found nothing definitively on the Wacom site re: that). There are also financing options, if you’re looking for that (which is really helpful, especially if you want the large 27″ model).

    A mid-level 12.9″ Wi-Fi iPad Pro (with pencil and an annual subscription to Astropad Studio):

    $1062 (a Smart Keyboard cover, which I would argue is worth it, pushes the price up to $1231).

    For this, you get a stylus (which, in my opinion, is a much more comfortable stylus than anything Wacom makes, but this is a personal preference), the ability to work with graphics programs as you would with a Cintiq, and the ability to work wirelessly (though, depending on the wireless network signal strength, it might be better to remain tethered via USB). The main drawback here is that you have two options for pressure curve setting (hard and soft), so you don’t have quite the freedom in setting the pressure as you would with a traditional Wacom product. However, for about $200 more dollars of initial investment, you get a drawing tablet and a fully functioning iPad Pro, with the ability to edit Office, iWork, and Scrivener documents on the go, surf the web, use social media, watch videos and play games (if that’s your thing)…in essence, it’s a multitool. And, personally, I prefer devices that can do more than one thing, and the iPad does a lot really well (when people design decent apps for it).

    That being said, the Cintiq does what it does very, very well. It all depends on what your needs are.




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