May 06, 2024

Elevate Your Artistic Process: Why Drawing Desk’s iPad-as-a-Trackpad Outshines Wacom Tablets

iPad as a trackpad feature on Drawing Desk with Apple Vision Pro

Drawing Desk has long been a favorite among digital artists, boasting over 50 million users and a reputation for fostering creativity at every level. With its latest update, Drawing Desk introduces an exhilarating feature for Apple Vision Pro users: the iPad-as-a-Trackpad feature. This innovative enhancement not only redefines digital canvas interaction but also provides a compelling alternative to Wacom tablets, emphasizing simplicity and integration for an optimal artistic workflow.


The innovation of iPad-as-a-trackpad

You can now use your iPad as a trackpad

The iPad-as-a-Trackpad feature by Drawing Desk is a game changer, allowing artists to transform their iPad into a high-precision trackpad. This advancement offers an unprecedented level of control and accuracy, making it easier than ever to create detailed, professional artworks on a larger canvas. Here’s why it’s set to become the new favorite tool for artists:

Enhanced Drawing Experience: Artists can draw with unparalleled precision thanks to the integration of Apple Pencil’s pressure and tilt sensitivities. This feature captures every nuance of your hand movements, translating them into precise strokes and shades on the digital canvas.

Connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad when using the iPad as a trackpad feature

Streamlined Workflow with Intuitive Gestures:

iPad as a trackpad gestures for easy workflow

  • Undo: A quick two-finger tap lets you instantly reverse your actions.

  • Redo: A three-finger tap restores your last changes.

  • Pan and Zoom: Effortlessly zoom in and out or move across the canvas with just two fingers.

  • Canvas Drag: Navigate your entire workspace with a single finger.

These gestures are designed to make the creative process as smooth and intuitive as possible, mirroring the natural movements artists make when engaged in traditional drawing.

Simplified Connection: How to set up your iPad as a trackpad with Drawing Desk.

Here’s a quick guide on how to seamlessly integrate your iPad with Apple Vision Pro, turning it into a sophisticated trackpad for your artistic needs.

Easy Setup Process

Step 1: Open Drawing Desk

Launch the Drawing Desk app on your iPad. The user-friendly interface ensures that you’re just a few taps away from connecting your devices.

Step 2: Activate the Trackpad

Navigate to the main menu and press the cell labeled "Vision Pro Trackpad." This is your gateway to enabling the advanced trackpad features.

Step 3: Connect Your iPad

Upon pressing "Connect iPad," a unique code will appear on your Apple Vision Pro screen. Simply enter this code on your iPad to establish a secure connection.

Enter passcode to connect your iPad to Apple Vision Pro to use your iPad as a trackpad

Important Connection Tip:

Network Consistency: Make sure that both your iPad and Apple Vision Pro are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. 


Why Choose Drawing Desk Over Wacom?

While Wacom tablets have been a staple in digital artistry, Drawing Desk’s iPad-as-a-trackpad feature introduces a more integrated as cost-effective solution. Here are a few reasons why it stands out:

No Need for Additional Hardware: Instead of purchasing a separate expensive device like a Wacom tablet, artists can use their existing iPads in conjunction with Apple Vision Pro. This not only saves money but also reduces the number of devices artists need to manage.

Seamless Compatibility: The feature is designed to work flawlessly within the Apple ecosystem, creating a unified experience that enhances productivity and creativity.

Portable and Versatile: Unlike standalone drawing tablets, iPads are multifunctional and portable, making them ideal for artists on the go. With Drawing Desk, your iPad becomes an even more powerful tool in your artist's arsenal.


Special Note on iPad Compatibility

The iPad-as-a-Trackpad feature is optimized for specific iPad models to ensure the best user experience. It supports models like the iPad Pro 11-inch (4th generation) and the iPad Pero 12.9-inch (6th generation), which are known for their advanced display and sensor capabilities.

This ensures that the feature leverages the best technology available for pressure sensitivity and gesture recognition.


A New Era for Digital Artists

Drawing Desk’s introduction for the iPad-as-a-Trackpad feature makes a significant milestone in digital drawing technology. It not only enhances the creative process but also democratizes professional digital art tools, making them accessible to a broader audience. Whether you’re a seasoned artist familiar with digital tools or a hobbyist looking to explore new techniques, Drawing Desk on Apple Vision Pro offers a powerful, intuitive, and cost-effective solution to bring your visions to life.

Lion Artwork on Apple Vision Pro with Drawing Desk
For artists seeking a simple, integrated solution that keeps pace with the ever-evolving digital landscape, Drawing Desk’s innovative feature is a clear choice. Say goodbye to Wacom and hello to a streamline, all-in-one creative workflow with your iPad and Apple Vision Pro. Ready to revolutionize your artistic journey? Download Drawing Desk today and experience the future of digital art.