Astropad 1.2: Now with Pogo Connect

May 13th, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

With the addition of Pogo Connect in version 1.2, Astropad now supports all styluses available for the iPad! The Pogo Connect is a neat pressure sensitive stylus that comes with interchangeable tips. There are super cool paintbrush tips available in addition to the standard rubber tips. It’s fun to paint directly into Photoshop with the …

Astropad 1.1: Now with Pencil by FiftyThree

Apr 16th, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

Today we are happy to announce Astropad 1.1 and the most requested feature… support for Pencil by FiftyThree! We’ve been working closely with the team at FiftyThree to add Pencil, and we think you’re really going to like it. Pencil We’ve built in special features like the eraser and surface pressure. Use the eraser to …

Managing your psychology as an indie

Apr 3rd, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from building and launching Astropad is this: managing your own psychology is your most difficult but also most critical task as an indie developer. When you’re working for someone else, it’s easy to blame your negativity and lack of productivity on problems around you. You might have found yourself …

Update available with pressure fixes and more!

Mar 30th, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

Over the weekend, a new version of Astropad went live with a bunch of fixes: Pressure sensitivity in more Mac apps Pressure now works in a bunch more Mac apps. We’ve added support for: SketchBook Pro, Corel Painter and Manga Studio. Pressure should now work across nearly every Mac app! iPad 3 and iPad 4 …

Working, working hard

Mar 19th, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

The Astropad team has been busy! Here’s a quick overview of what we’ve been cooking up: Pencil Support This has been a very popular request. We had to pull support for Pencil by FiftyThree at the last moment before launch. We had some bugs related to pairing and we didn’t feel it was ready.

Good design is honest

Mar 13th, 2015
Giovanni Donelli
343

“Design does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.”  — Dieter Rams, Principles for good design I grew up near the city of Modena, Italy, a place famous for its fast cars. In those days, …

Two weeks post launch…

Mar 6th, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

The two weeks since the launch of Astropad have been a blur for us. We are truly honored and humbled by the response to Astropad. The week prior to launch we still worried that we’d created an impressive technology demo, but nothing more. Thankfully we were wrong! At the time of writing this, we have had close …

Announcing the Astropad Community

Mar 5th, 2015
Matt Ronge
343

A sense of community is very important to us, that’s why we’re announcing the Astropad Community Forums. We want to create a friendly, warm place for people to chat about all things digital art and Astropad. Giovanni and I will frequent the forums and we want to hear from our users. It will also be …

Independent reviews

Feb 18th, 2015
Giovanni Donelli
343

iMore: “Astropad brings the Cintiq experience to your iPad […] it’s miles beyond any previous mirrored-screen experience, and it feels a lot more precise, to me, than working within an iPad app.” Uncrate: “Somebody should really go to Wacom HQ and make sure everyone’s okay” The Verge: “In short: it actually works” Gizmodo: “It’s an idea that many apps have …

A personal act of courage

Feb 18th, 2015
343

Astropad has been a personal act of courage, for myself and my Co-Founder Matt Ronge. For the first 6 months of development we had no idea whether we could build the technology to allow the level of image quality & performance suitable for the most demanding artists and designers. From the marketing side of things, we also …