AMITIAE - Friday 4 January 2013
MyScript Calculator: Touch Input for Quick Output
By Graham K. Rogers
The way in which a user is able to enter information so easily makes this fairly intiutive in use. Rather than key entry delays that occur with normal calculators (and the iPhone Calculator app), data entry with this all flows as if we were working on paper with a pencil. With finger input, it is possible for a few recognition errors to creep in, but these are easy to fix. Back and forward arrows make it easy to undo or redo any action.
A menu accessed by a button at top left gives access to four main items: the Calculator itself; a Tutorial section; Notifications; Settings; and About.
Once a calculation has been completed, there are a number of methods to export the equation. This may be done using the usual Export arrow top right of the screen. There are four options: Mail, Twitter, Facebook and Copy.
I carried out most testing on the iPhone where the smaller screen did cause some minor limitations, although the app was certainly usable. I later tried the app on the iPad and the full-screen display gave me a far better interface on which to work: the size making a considerable difference. This is not to detract from the iPhone installation where MyScript Calculator was easy to use; it is just that the larger screen was that much nicer to use.
With one or two minor problems, this app is a useful addition to my apps collection. Its ease of use and obviousness in its operations - as well as being free - makes this an easy choice.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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