Earlier this year, a team of ex-Apple engineers launched Astropad, an app created to turn the iPad into a graphics tablet for the Mac. Following rave evaluations, the group behind Astropad chose to expand to the iPhone, and is today debuting a new Astropad Mini app.

Like the iPad version of the app, Astropad Mini transforms the iPhone into a miniaturized professional graphics tablet that can be used with the Mac after installing the accompanying Astropad Mac app. With the Astropad Mac app installed, the Mac’s display is mirrored to the iPhone, enabling the iPhone’s touch manages to be used for modifying images and producing art.

Mirroring the Mac’s screen to the iPhone produces little to no lag with accelerate to 60 FPS, and modifies made within apps like Photoshop or Pixelmator are displayed in realtime on the Mac’s screen, for a smooth editing experience. Astropad Mini works with a finger or with a range of different Bluetooth-enabled styluses, supporting pressure sensitivity with particular models like the Adonit Jot Touch.
Considering that it’s simply mirroring the Mac’s display, it likewise deals with any Mac app, from photo editing apps to graphics apps. In our testing with Photoshop CC, Astropad Mini worked lag totally free over WiFi, but there’s likewise the choice to plug it in by means of USB for an even quicker connection.

Pinch and zoom gestures are supported for navigation, and there’s likewise a set of customizable keyboard shortcuts. An optional Apple Watch app included with Astropad Mini also consists of quick-access adjustable faster ways that can be picked with simply a tap.

Astropad Mini deal with all iPhones that have actually iOS 8 set up and all Macs running OS X Mavericks 10.9 or later.

Astropad Mini is available from the App Store for an initial price of $$ 4.99, a 50-percent discount rate from the eventual regular rate of $$ 9.99.

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