iPad apps are, and have always been, a big part of what makes the iPad such a powerful device. Great apps, and unique apps that you just don’t find anywhere else, are one of the hallmark features of the iPad. They have been since Day 1, and scores of great developers and publishers continue to produce apps that are exclusively for the iPad. Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday.
This week’s pick is MyScript Calculator – Handwriting Calculator. What this app does is very simple and also really kinda magical. Here’s what it does:
Perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.
So, for instance, I scribble 879 X 62 – and the app pretties up my scrawl and nearly instantly provides the answer as well. You can even scratch out a number and replace it, and the app keeps up with you and adjusts its calculations and results. Here’s a little better explanation of what the app does:
Easy, simple and intuitive, just write the mathematical expression on the screen then let MyScript technology perform its magic converting symbols and numbers to digital text and delivering the result in real time.
And here’s a video that gives you a look at just how excellent this app is, in action:
The app supports the following operators:
• Basic operations: +, -, ×, ÷, /
• Powers, Roots, Exponentials: 7², √, ∛, e³
• Misc. Operations: %, |5|, 3!
• Brackets: ( )
• Trigonometry: cos, sin, tan, cot, cosh, sinh, tanh
• Inverse trigonometry: acos, asin, atan
• Logarithms: ln, log
• Constants: π, e, phi.
I’m no math expert. In fact, I’m pretty terrible at it – but even I can appreciate the brilliance of this app. Oh, and my 11 year old daughter is quite the match whiz – and she gives this app a big thumbs up, and actually put it through its paces much better than I did.
Here’s an App Store link for MyScript Calculator – Handwriting Calculator; it’s a free app and a universal app for both iPad and iPhone.
If you’re after more great iPad apps, check out our Best iPad Apps section.