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App Review: MyScript Calculator

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Unfortunately my favorite simple calculator, Operations, is no longer available for the iPad. Although, if you’ve downloaded it before it was removed from the App Store, you can still download it by clicking on the “Purchased” tab. Unfortunately, if you haven’t you’re out of luck. However, in my research to find a valid replacement of a free and ad-free simple calculator I stumbled upon MyScript Calculator. All other simple calculators were not ad-free or had to be paid for so this is my next recommendation. It’s different but I actually like how it works. There are no buttons like standard calculator apps. Instead you write your operation with your finger or stylus. MyScript effortlessly translates your handwriting and quickly calculates it right before your eyes.

MyScript supports the basic operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – as well as exponents, square roots, percentages, absolute values, trigonometry, constants (pi, e, phi…), logarithms, (quantities), and factorials! 😉 I tried to do cubed roots but it wouldn’t register correctly. I even tried raising a number to the 1/3 power to see if that would work but it didn’t. So there are improvements that can be made. Hopefully there will be an update for this. Therefore this is more than a simple calculator and is almost capable of being called a scientific calculator. However, for most calculations this app certainly does the trick.

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iOS Tip: How to Search for Text in Safari

Ever have the need to find a certain keyword on a website? A very useful but little-known tool the Safari browser has is the ability to search for text. This can be helpful when rereading an article and trying to find a particular section. On computers and laptops searching for text is easily activated by pressing control+F or command+F. The reason why this feature is often overlooked in Safari for iOS is because it is hidden in plain sight…

To search for text on a webpage just type in the search field located on the top right of Safari.

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Yes, the same search field used to search the web. This is why this feature is hidden in plain site. Most people only see the search field as a means to search the web. If you are looking for certain text on the site you are on just type in the search field. All these “search suggestions” start appearing as you type. These suggestions further hides the fact that you can search text but if you notice under all the “search suggestions” and right above your keyboard it says, “On This Page (# matches).” In the example below there are 5 matches.

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The “On This Page…” bar is often overlooked but it is telling you how often your text appears on the current site you are on. Now just press and hold in the “search suggestions” area and drag up. This will drop the keyboard and reveal the option to find your keyword.

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Press “Find ‘keyword’” and you will see all of them highlighted on the site. Just press the arrow keys until you find the section of the site you are looking for!

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And that’s pretty much the gist of it. Hope this was helpful!

@DarrylMendo

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