Setting Up Standard
What you will need to use Astropad Standard
- Mac with OS 10.11 El Capitan or newer
- iPad Mini 2 (2013+), iPad Pro (2016+), iPad 5th generation (2017+), or iPad Air (2013+) with iPadOS 9.1 or later
- Apple Pencil
- Creative software on your Mac
For input and drawing, you can use your finger along with Apple Pencil. Mac and iPad can be connected by either USB cable or wirelessly with Wi-Fi.
Downloading and Installing Apps
Download the iPad App
Download the Mac Companion App
After purchasing the iPad App, go to our Astropad Standard downloads page to download our free Mac companion app.
– Extract the .zip file and save the Mac app in “Applications” or your preferred download location.
*For convenience, you can keep the Mac App in your dock. Click and hold on the Astropad icon, and go up to “Options”, then select “Keep in Dock”.
Open Both iPad and Mac Apps
On your Mac, open the Astropad Mac App.
– Click “Setup”
On your iPad, open the Astropad Standard iPad App.
– Tap “Get Started”
Instructions for setup and connection will appear on screen. When both apps are opened and past setup, tap “Next”.
If you are running macOS Mojave 10.14 or newer
Unlike previous macOS versions, you will need to enable Accessibility to use Astropad Standard in macOS Mojave 10.14 or newer. There will be a message that prompts during initial setup with steps to Enable Accessibility from your Mac’s System Preferences.
You can also activate this manually by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy tab. Select Accessibility in the left side menu, then check the box next to Astropad Standard’s icon. If you don’t see Astropad Standard’s icon available, click the “+” button and directly add the application.
If you experience no pressure sensitivity with drawing / input, you may need to check whether the accompanied creative software in use requires this or a similar permissions under the Privacy tab.
If you are running macOS Catalina 10.15 or newer
Along with the enable Accessibility that was introduced with macOS Mojave, a new permission has been added. Screen Recording needs to be enabled to allow Astropad Standard to access the content on your screen. Astropad Standard does not record the contents of your screen.
There will be a message that prompts during initial setup, with steps to enable this from your Mac’s Systems Preferences.
USB and Wireless Connection
To use Astropad Standard, your iPad and Mac need to be connected by either USB or Wi-Fi connection.
To connect by USB:
Using your iPad’s corresponding USB cable (30-pin to USB, or Lightning to USB), connect iPad to your Mac.
To connect by Wi-Fi:
Make sure both Mac and iPad are on the same wireless network. If both iPad and Mac are on the same network with a good signal, they will connect automatically.
– Try Manual Wi-Fi Connection if you’re unable to connect automatically.
At the connection screen, click “Connect info” and a new window is shown with connection options. Click “Wi-Fi Manual Connect”, and a QR code opens on your Mac’s screen for your iPad to scan.
Take your iPad, making sure the Camera is “Enabled” for Astropad Standard, and allow it to scan the QR code. It will disappear entirely when you’re connected.