friedEgg Touch 1.6 Released - Now exclusive to Mac App Store

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[] London, United Kingdom - friedEgg Limited today announced the release of version 1.6 of friedEgg Touch, an interactive data analysis tool for Mac OS X. From this version onwards, friedEgg Touch will only be available through Apple's Mac App Store. As part of this transition, the price has been reduced from $39 to just $14.99 - or the approximate equivalent in the local currency of each country's store.

In addition, there are several key improvements in this latest release, which focus on the sharing of data and analysis files:

(1) Save as a package, with data - Analysis files can be saved as package, containing a copy of the original file with the data table. As the analysis is closely tied to the source data table, it makes it easier if they can be stored together. The package is shown as a single file in the Finder, and can be moved and emailed to other users, as if it were a single file.

(2) Export all data columns - Selected data can be exported for all data columns, rather than just the four columns assigned to chart dimensions. This will be of benefit to users who use friedEgg Touch for data filtering and selection, as part of a workflow.

friedEgg Touch differs from other basic charting tools in that it allows the user to interact with their data by directly manipulating a chart. This enables complex analysis, across many dimensions, in a few simple steps. Using the provided Automator actions, friedEgg Touch is easily integrated into an analysis workflow.

Consider an analysis process with a traditional spreadsheet - A table of data is prepared and filtered with expressions or by selecting items from a list. This is either presented as another table of numbers or as a simple chart. If the user wants to change the chart, this requires changes to either the expressions or items selected in the lists, followed by the re-generation of the chart.

friedEgg Touch revolutionises this process. Charts are created and changed by simply dragging symbols representing the data columns to the chart dimensions. The user changes the filters directly in the charts, by either clicking on objects or by dragging a filter panel across either of the three chart dimensions. The selected data is then available for another step of the analysis, maybe applying different data columns to the chart dimensions. By visually indicating when an item is selected, the user has more control over what is being filtered.

Large multi-column data tables can be viewed and analysed. By using additional analysis steps, maybe assigning different data columns to a chart dimension, the user can drill down on the information they need. This simple approach allows non-technical users to mine their data on their own desktop, without the the overhead of more complex and expensive tools.

Common analysis steps can be saved as templates, to apply against similar structured data tables. Both the selected data and the chart image can then be exported to other applications.

The major activities in creating and saving an analysis, together with the exporting of data and chart images, are supported by a number of Automator actions that are provided with friedEgg Touch. These, together with the AppleScript support, make it even easier to integrate friedEgg Touch in an analysis workflow.

System Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
* 5.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
friedEgg Touch 1.6 is $14.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Business category. A sample data table is included with the application to enable users to explore the key features.

friedEgg Limited is a UK based Mac developer, dedicated to providing the most easy to use data analysis tools for non-technical small business and educational users. Copyright 2011 friedEgg Limited All Rights Reserved. Apple, and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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