Air Stylus: Use the iPad as comfortable drawing pad for a graphics program on the Mac

Air Stylus: Use the iPad as comfortable drawing pad for a graphics program on the Mac

8.25 iOS Review
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Air Stylus: Use the iPad as comfortable drawing pad for a graphics program on the Mac

Editor's Rating

8.25
8 Value of Benefit
8 Usability
8 Design
9 Reuse Value

With this app, and a pressure-sensitive stylus, you can draw or paint on the iPad, as well as edit and view the result on the desktop of your Mac. On both devices you use a graphic program of your choice, such as Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator or one of approximately 30 other well-known programs. The iPad allows you to work comfortable, the Mac lets you manage your images. The connection between iPad and Mac is being established by the free host software Air Display. You simply load it to your Mac, connect it via the menu to the iPad, start the selected graphics program and get started with the help of the stylus. The latter may be re-programmed in the app according to your needs. Via the familiar two finger gesture you can open, enlarge and navigate in the image. Ignoring the palm of your hand makes working more intuitive. System requirements for the iPad are at least iOS 7, for the Mac at least OS X 10.7, the latest version of Air Display, and the same Wi-Fi network for both iDevices.

Conclusion:
Using the iPad as wireless drawing pad for a graphics program on the Mac is comfortable. Supporting the most popular graphics programs and styluses is a sign of good service – although not every software and tool works equally well with the app. However, things can always change.

Plus/Minus:
+ One-time purchase, then no further costs
+ Tested with approximately 30 programs
+ Compatible with almost all common pressure-sensitive input