Longhand
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Word processor-like calculator.   Free
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  • Longhand has been discontinued
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    Scott Fortmann-Roe
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
What's New
Version 2.5 is a Universal Binary, compatible with Intel-based Macs.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.0 or later

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Roro01 commented on 19 Dec 2007
Doesn't work on iMac Intel 10.4.11. The developer states in his website that it should work on other OSX systems apart from Leopard.
[Version 2.5]

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Martinb replied on 11 Oct 2009
I have the same problem with Version 2.5 on OS 10.4.11
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.
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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jan 2005
Wingsy's problem with 3^0.5 is not the fault of the developer of Longhand, but of the underlying calc executable, which does not compute fractional powers (at least in the above form) or with normal build options for the package. As for the other issues: I don't care.

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.
[Version 2.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Jan 2005
This version STILL produces an error for equations such as: 3^.5

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.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Dec 2004
This is cool, but it really need to be made into a service too, so you can use it in any application.

Yes, I know there's CalcService, but this does a lot more..
[Version 2.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Nov 2004
Not really a new idea. MathPad has been around for years. It includes plotting and is also free.
[Version 2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Nov 2004
Outstanding! Fancy calculator simulators more often than not miss this crucial point: the most important feature is ease of use. Noone wants to hunt and peck with the mouse to press one or more buttons to get an inverse hyperbolic tangent -- anyone can type "atanh" much faster. Longhand is perfect -- a beautifully designed and conceived piece of software. I can't believe it's free.
[Version 2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Nov 2004
Exactly, what I have been waiting for! Thanks!
[Version 2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Nov 2004
Sort of a GUI version of the old UNIX standard "bc"?
[Version 2.0.1]

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Anonymous commented on 07 Nov 2004
Yes, but it uses a more powerful engine.
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Anonymous commented on 12 Nov 2004
More powerful, in what way?
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Anonymous commented on 13 Nov 2004
I have not examined bc in detail, but I do not believe that it supports things like imaginary numbers or matrices.
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Jefferyn had trouble on 03 Jan 2011
i've used this program for many years and have always liked it. very simple, practical and efficient to use.

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.
[Version 2.5]


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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:Free0.00
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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 built-in number size of your OS.


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