 Longhand has been discontinued

Developer
Scott FortmannRoe
Longhand is a calculator built from the ground up to facilitate calculation. Most other computer calculators try blindly to emulate the physical format of their predecessors. What works well in the real world, however, functions worst, and is often not desired, in its virtual sibling. By leveraging the capabilities provided by modern technology, Longhand allows you to perform everything from the most basic to the most complex of calculations with great ease.
Longhand uses the same paradigm as a word processor. You simply type in equations instead of hunting and pecking virtual
Longhand uses the same paradigm as a word processor. You simply type in equations instead of hunting and pecking virtual
What's New
Version 2.5 is a Universal Binary, compatible with Intelbased Macs.
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Downloads:6,645 
Version Downloads:2,257 
Type:Education : Mathematics 
License:Free 
Date:18 Dec 2007 
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X 
Price:Free 
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Longhand is a calculator built from the ground up to facilitate calculation. Most other computer calculators try blindly to emulate the physical format of their predecessors. What works well in the real world, however, functions worst, and is often not desired, in its virtual sibling. By leveraging the capabilities provided by modern technology, Longhand allows you to perform everything from the most basic to the most complex of calculations with great ease.
Longhand uses the same paradigm as a word processor. You simply type in equations instead of hunting and pecking virtual calculator buttons. As your equation is entered, Longhand dynamically calculates the answer. Made a mistake with your math? No problem. With a usual calculator you would have to retype your equation, but with Longhand you can simply correct it! The calculator for calculators...
Longhand is exceptionally easy to use, but is also surprisingly powerful. It supports all the standard arithmetic functions, but in addition to that Longhand has superb handling of trigonometry, multiple bases (binary, hexadecimal, etc.), matrices, complex numbers, and much more. Longhand is also highly accurate with support for arbitrarily long numbers instead of limiting you to the builtin number size of your OS.
Longhand uses the same paradigm as a word processor. You simply type in equations instead of hunting and pecking virtual calculator buttons. As your equation is entered, Longhand dynamically calculates the answer. Made a mistake with your math? No problem. With a usual calculator you would have to retype your equation, but with Longhand you can simply correct it! The calculator for calculators...
Longhand is exceptionally easy to use, but is also surprisingly powerful. It supports all the standard arithmetic functions, but in addition to that Longhand has superb handling of trigonometry, multiple bases (binary, hexadecimal, etc.), matrices, complex numbers, and much more. Longhand is also highly accurate with support for arbitrarily long numbers instead of limiting you to the builtin number size of your OS.
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When I launch it, it hangs with 95..100% CPU usage, the application is open, but I can't select anything in the menus and there is no window.
However, version 2.4 was ok (sometimes crashed, but in general it was working) on OS 10.4.11.
Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jan 2005
calc is a very powerful (open source) extended precision math system. I did not have to do anything special to compile it on my machine using the compilers supplied with Developer Tools Xcode v. 1.2
The procedure for piping inputs to calc and piping its outputs back into a text view, while not completely trivial, is the work of an afternoon, especially if you have some Cocoa sample code to work with. The real work was done by the developers of calc, and although the author does credit them in appropriate places, he could do more to declare that fact in the info he has supplied here at MU.
Anonymous reviewed on 02 Jan 2005
Also, when triggered to calculate with the Enter key, the cursor is left between the equation and the result. From there, I don't see how to get to the next line without grabbing the mouse and positioning the cursor at the end of the line before I hit Return to give me a new line. If there is some other way it sure isn't very intuitive to me.
I almost had this app in my dock, until I discovered the issues (to me anyway) above... and then I stumbled onto Chipmonk Basic. I gave this new version another try but it still looks the same to me.
Anonymous reviewed on 18 Dec 2004
Yes, I know there's CalcService, but this does a lot more..
Anonymous reviewed on 13 Nov 2004
Anonymous reviewed on 13 Nov 2004
Anonymous reviewed on 13 Nov 2004
Anonymous reviewed on 07 Nov 2004
unfortunately, the program started hanging somewhere around 10.5 or maybe it was when i switched to an intelMac. it starts and calculates fine for me, but hangs when i quit it, every time. i wish there were another version or similar program because i find it VERY useful, enough to keep using it even if i have to force quit it after it doesn't quit successfully. i'm only writing in hopes that someone may know of another similar program.