Hello All! I haven’t forgotten about the promised update. It’s just been pushed back due to other commitments. I’ve been able to start work on it again (after a hiatus of several weeks). The plan is to move away from the current custom UI and towards a system that uses the standard keyboard with auto-complete macros.
The simplest way to explain it is to just show you a few screenshots.
The keyboard input takes in normal letters and ASCII symbols and puts them into the equation. When you want to use a special character, you tap the “@” symbol on the grey input bar or type the “@” symbol on your keyboard. From there you begin typing the macro for the new symbol you want and it will auto-complete it. You can also use the arrow buttons that pop up to choose from other macros that have a matching name.
You may notice that all of the arrow keys are also missing. Cursor navigation can be done either by tapping the edge of the equation to move the cursor left/right and up/down, by tapping the location on the screen where you want the cursor to appear, or by pressing and holding until the interface changes (and, maybe, the loupe appears) and then dragging the cursor around.
While most of the macros should be familiar to TeX users, and alot of the names I picked should be obvious, there are still many macros for characters that are rarely used. Pressing the “?” button brings you to a new menu that lets you browse macros until you find the ones you want. It also keeps track of recently searched macros and keeps a separate list of macros you pick as your “favorite”.
New Draw Code
I am also finishing up new draw code that uses Core Text. In addition to producing math that is much better looking, this new draw code will allow me to improve some of the other products (including eventually adding PDF output to EQ Writer). I have a couple of screenshots to illustrate the improved system:
If you look closely, you will notice the spacing around the minus operators and around the bracers is much more uniform. This is because of the new Core Text layout. Also, the stretchy bracers draw much better and the stacked fractions are now sized correctly. This is because I read and applied a useful paper on mathematical typesetting.
Other Interface Improvements
I am also updating the save interface to be closer to the “Notepad” app as far as the save interface goes. It should be clear from here on how to save a page, delete a page, and add a new equation page. The export methods should also be more in line with the standard iOS UI. If I have time, I will also be trying to implement some of the more standard editing UI practices (like being able to select a text range and copy it to the clipboard, also having the loupe show up when editing).
So anyways, this should give you all a good picture of where I’m trying to take the app. It may take awhile, but I’m getting there and the wait should be worth it.
Patch fixes issue with bracer sizing for sups and subs. Feel free to report any issues with the app here.
This will likely be the last update for this year, but expect a major UI update in January for both pro and lite versions.
The new EQ Reader 2.0 is now live! Feel free to let me know if you have any thoughts about or issues with the app.
I haven’t updated EQ Reader in some time so this is going to be a major one. I have decided to take a large number of features from EQ Writer and use all that code to create a stripped down, ad-supported version which is the new EQ Reader.
The new features include Markdown + MathJax support, HTML preview and export (including email, Zip, etc.) and the math rendering is still there.
What it won’t include is Dropbox and Text Expander support, or the ability to export the entire document as HTML, XML or ePub. The app should still be very useful for most of you, certainly one of the best ad-ware apps out there, but the people who paid for the full version will get their money’s worth.
It should be released in a few weeks, I’ll let you know when, and you can give it a try and let me know how you like it!
This update will include (long requested) matrix support as well significant improvements to bracer sizing. My goal is to have it sent to Apple in the next week if not sooner. Which may mean 10-14 days overall.
I realize that there maybe EQ Editor Lite users who are noticing a bit of feature lag when compared to Pro. I believe the current input method does not translate well to iPhone and have a plan in the works for an interface that is much closer to iOS norms and will move all of the new features into Lite as I am doing the rewrite. The Pro version will still have more options and features, but I think you all agree that matrices and the like are too important to leave out. So with some patience I should be able to take out two birds with one stone.
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