Working, working hard

Mar 19th, 2015
Matt Ronge
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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.

We’ve been working on fixing up Pencil support and it will be coming soon! We’re also working on greatly improving the palm rejection for Pencil, which was another reason we pulled it for v1.0. Sadly we won’t have support for the eraser yet, we haven’t figured out how to properly add it yet.

 

App Compatibility

We mostly tested with Photoshop during development, but we’ve quickly found that there’s a lot of apps you want to use with Astropad! We hear you, and we’ve made great progress on this front. In particular, zooming and panning doesn’t work in some apps and we’re correcting that.

In other apps pressure hasn’t worked properly, in particular: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Corel Painter, Manga Studio and SketchBook Pro. Just the other day we had a breakthrough, and we’ve figured out how to add pressure support for all of these apps. Keep an eye out for a Mac update coming soon.

Improved Stylus Drivers

Since launching Astropad, we’ve been in touch with numerous stylus manufacturers. The good news is that both Adonit and Wacom have greatly improved the drivers for their latest styluses. The wavy lines we complained about on our blog have been greatly reduced. They still aren’t our recommended stylus picks (the accuracy still isn’t there), but for those of you who own them, you’ll be really happy with the updates we’ll be shipping.

 

Comments 8

  • I have purchased. I found procreate worked very well with Adonit. I use painter 2015 with Wacom pro and a Mac mini. I need to upgrade the memory but it all works with your software. I look forward to the update for full functionality. The image rendering on my iPad is exceptional. Thank you.

  • I have purchased. I found procreate worked very well with Adonit. I use painter 2015 with Wacom pro and a Mac mini. I need to upgrade the memory but it all works with your software. I look forward to the update for full functionality. The image rendering on my iPad is exceptional. Thank you.

  • when i downloaded the program i didn’t have a stylus to work with it. i’ve rectified that but the trial period for the program has lapsed. maybe one day in the near future i’ll try your program again.

    v/r

    ron

  • Work perfectly, Thank you !!

  • I downloaded the trial version of the app with the expectation to be able to use it with the Pencil 53, as was suggested with the pictures of the stylus in the video and advertisement for the app, however this did not work, and in honesty has put me off using the app at all…

    Even disregarding the annoyance of not being able to use my stylus, I found the app very slow and unresponsive, the image on my display would blur while catching up with the iPad, making it a challenge to draw anything.

    If these problems were resolved, I may consider purchasing the app. The concept is great, but I have found that in reality, the app doesn’t live up to expectation.

    • Pencil support is coming by the end of this month.
      About poor performance, please email us and we will be happy to help you. There might something we need to tweak with your setup, if you have an old Mac/iPad

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