Software Developer, AstroHQ, has announced their new flagship product, Astropad Studio. Building upon many of the key features of the original Astropad (check out our review), the Pro edition adds faster processing speeds, customizable workflow, and shortcut options, plus pen pressure and stroke settings. It also allows users to create shortcut sets that match whatever Mac app they’re currently working in, and adds keyboard support via the on-screen keyboard or use of an external bluetooth keyboard. The software is available now and currently priced at $64.99/year or $7.99/month. Continue reading…
Astropad was developed by former Apple engineers, and the app that they developed is targeted at photographers who retouch and want to do so with a graphics tablet of some sort. However, in this case they’re turning an iPad into something like a product from Wacom. Now, something like this could technically be done with Airplay, but to the creators of Astropad, that isn’t fast enough. To accomplish their goal of a near seamless and lag-free experience, they utilize a technology called LIQUID that claims to be twice as fast as Airplay and that relies on WiFi transferring of information back and forth.
For the most part, they’re doing a fantastic job.
An app called AstroPad is looking to
make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.
The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.
As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.
You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.