Pen pressure on extended display using iPad has come true

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  1. cleft

    cleft Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Holy smoke! It actually comes.

    The app that makes the thing possible is called Astropad http://astropad.com/

    I have been skeptical since it was first announced, but it appears that the app is actually the real deal. Today I saw a member on conceptart.org Facebook Group sharing her set up, using an iPad + Jot Touch 4 as a Cintiq replacement. The result was surprisingly responsive, and yes, with pressure delivered http://tinymoonface.tumblr.com/post/113398904418/here-is-a-small-vid-of-how-well-my-new-drawing

    *edit: pen pressure comes from iPad stylii, thus it's still far cry from nTrig and Wacom performance. Nevertheless, the point is (1) pen pressure data are successfully transferred with (2) pretty impressive latency, in comparison with other solutions of the same kind (eg: Splashtop, Twomonusb, AirDisplay, Air Stylus). It's worth to recall that the latter lot won't pass pen signals, with the exception of Air Stylus.

    A more comprehensive review, performance test starts at 9:45



    The drawback, Astropad is available on Mac and iPad only. The devs, who are 2 ex-Apple engineers, basically said they cannot develop a Windows version in the near future. (I'm so getting Hackintosh up and running again)

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    (image courtesy of astropad.com)
     
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    I like how they put fingercross symbol for the 'not available yet' apple pen on their website.
     
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    For a Mac it makes sense. But I'm trying to figure out how much more productive can you be if you already have a TPC to justify a $50 purchase. I think I'd prefer to spend that on MS5 or SBP7 if I didn't have them.

    Swiped from my Galaxy Note 4 using Tapatalk
     
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    True that pen pressure comes from iPad stylii is still far cry from nTrig and Wacom performance. What impress me the most is the surprisingly good latency, in comparison with other solutions of the same kind (eg: Splashtop, Twomonusb, AirDisplay, Air Stylus. They won't pass pen signals either, Air Stylus is an exception though). This alone makes a companion like the iPad a decent secondary monitor, and is tempting enough imo.

    A more comprehensive review, performance test starts at 9:45

     
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