November 16, 2015 in Productivity (E)
[prMac.com] Wimbledon, United Kingdom - Radical Fraction Ltd. today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of a new version of Bead, an advanced iOS calculator app, with a new accompanying Apple Watch companion app for helping business professionals and people in learning environments do mathematical calculations.
Faced with the frequent inability to choose whether he should use a spreadsheet or a calculator to start doing a calculation, Radical Fraction's founder, Paul Lancefield, had the feeling there just had to be a better solution. After three years of research and development, the team at Radical Fraction has released Bead, a tool for easing the process of entering and editing calculations on a mobile device. Bead also includes a companion Apple Watch App allowing counting and stopwatch data to be entered directly into the iPhone version of the app.
Like all the most interesting apps, Bead has been born out of obsession. The Radical Fraction team have sought to find an experience that feels right and satisfying. Entering data in a spreadsheet on a mobile device can be "fiddly" and difficult to do when on the move, but calculations entered in a calculator are often impermanent and are less amenable to editing and update. With Bead, Radical Fraction has sought to combine the best of both. The team hope the result will be found useful by more than just engineers, scientists and accountants and that it will also be useful for teachers and students in learning environments.
"With spreadsheets linking cells involves the use of cryptic references where the reference is hidden from view and can easily be wrong," said Paul Lancefield, "Bead allows linking without cryptic references and making it easier for schoolchildren to use, whilst retaining much of what makes a spreadsheet powerful and useful for business users engineers and scientists. Our philosophy is that doing maths should be fun, fascinating and malleable."
The accompanying Apple Watch companion App provides a simple utility to dynamically update counts, and stopwatch time-splits putting the data directly in tables in the iPhone Bead app. These can be dynamically fed into calculations already defined within Bead.
Note: The sharing feature showing collaborative working shown in the video linked to below will be made available in a future release. In the current release Bead files or Bead files exported to Excel format, may be sent to other users via email or iMessage.
* iPhone, iPad, iPad Touch
* Requires iOS 8.2 or later
* 7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Bead 1.0.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. A single in-app purchase for bundle of advanced features is $6.99 USD (GBP 4.99).
Radical Fraction is a team of pointy headed people based in Wimbledon London, dedicated to delivering the best calculation experience they can conceive of on a mobile device. Copyright (C) 2015 Radical Fraction Limited. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.