Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pi Cubed 2.0 Brings Visual Math to the iPad

Sunset Lake Software has announced the release of Pi Cubed version 2.0, a significant update of its visual math application for iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad. Pi Cubed uses an interactive math system that has been designed from the ground up for a touch-based interface. Unlike traditional calculators, Pi Cubed lets you construct mathematical expressions, using an interactive menu system, which are then typeset and evaluated instantly.

Version 2.0 adds an iPad interface, making it a universal iPhone / iPad application. This interface takes full advantage of the larger iPad screen by expanding the workable area for calculations or equations, as well as displaying the full equation library side-by-side with the current calculation. This new version will allow the ever-increasing number of students and professionals using iPads to have access to a library of common equations and calculations literally at their fingertips. The ability to typeset equations, then copy and paste them into applications like Pages or Keynote, allows for the creation of research papers or reports entirely on the iPad.

Along with the iPad interface, Pi Cubed now renders equations with the full clarity that the Retina displays from the iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod touch support. Additionally, the application is now fully multitasking aware under iOS 4.0. The new version also adds undo / redo capability throughout the application, making it even easier to work on calculations without worrying about making mistakes.

New calculation operators have been added, expanding the mathematical capabilities of the application. Finally, the user interface of the iPhone version has been refined, simplifying common operations and improving Pi Cubed's look and feel. Version 2.0 is a free upgrade for all existing owners of Pi Cubed.

Pi Cubed takes a novel approach to performing math on the go by ditching the traditional calculator design of fixed buttons and a small readout in favor of calculations and equations that are typeset and evaluated as you enter them. This approach makes even more sense on the iPad, where the large display can be used to show the most complex calculations along with lists of commonly used equations.

Features of Pi Cubed:
* An intuitive touch-based interface for entering and editing calculations, utilizing common multitouch gestures
* Realtime typesetting and evaluation of calculations
* Fluid animation of all editing actions
* A wide range of supported calculation operations, from arithmetic to arbitrary roots
* Custom equations can be stored and organized within user-defined categories
* Over 150 built-in equations, with fully annotated variables
* Ability to export calculations via email as LaTeX for inclusion in publications
* Equations can be plotted in Grafly

Sunset Lake Software has elected to donate ten percent of the net proceeds from the sale of Pi Cubed to the Child's Play charity. Child's Play provides video games and toys to children's hospitals around the world.

Pricing and Availability:
Pi Cubed 2.0 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available for $9.99 (USD), or the local equivalent, on the iTunes App Store. Review copies are available upon request. The feature-limited Pi Cubed Lite is free, and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.

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