Astropad Slate lets you control your Mac using an iPad and Apple Pencil

Astropad Slate; turn iPad into a drawing tablet
(Image credit: Astropad)

Astropad Slate enables you to control your Mac using an iPad and Apple Pencil, turning the advanced tablet into a no-screen drawing 'slate'. It's a simple idea and one I'm surprised hasn't been done before.

This is a slightly different approach to Astropad Studio, one of the best drawing apps for iPad, that mirrors your desktop display on your iPad, turning the tablet into a pen display and means you can control full-fat software rather than apps. Astropad Slate is the reverse, enabling you to control your Mac and use the device as a no-screen drawing tablet, but one where Apple Pencil is your stylus.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.