Educational math game helps keep kids interested in arithmetic
Getting kids to practice math skills isn't always easy. Flash cards are boring, worksheets are torture, and forget about trying to get your average nine-year-old to a tutor without at least four temper tantrums and a significant amount of bribery. So how do you get your kids to brush up on their math skills? We suggest Numbees and the World of Math, a well-rounded, fun app for helping improve your child's math skills.
Supports two layers of background color
InfoLogic has released a new version of its math equation editor for professionals, MathMagic Pro Edition 7.0. The software handles mathematical symbols within a simplified interface, and supports reading and writing expressions in MathML and LaTex. New to the program is support for up to two layers of background color, as well as improved equation-quality and new templates. In addition to the changes, the Adobe InDesign plug-in version of the software has been enhanced and now offers compatibility with CS5.
Ver6.8 improves web content interaction
InfoLogic has released MathMagic Personal Edition 6.8. The equation editor handles mathematical symbols using a simple interface designed to be easy to work with. It reads and writes expressions in LaTex and MathML, and works with any word processor or presentation software such as Pages, Word or Keynote.
Ver6.7 adds contextual menus, fixes spot color
InfoLogic has released an update to its equation editing suite for Adobe's InDesign and Quark's QuarkXPress, launching MathMagic Pro Edition 6.7. The software focuses on mathematical equations, both on quality and productivity, reading MS Equation editor and MathType equations. It can insert and edit equations in InDesign and QuarkXPress and also supports word processors, presentation and graphic software titles.
KavaMovies 1.2 ($35) is a movie database application that allows users to organize the movies they have seen, the ones they want to see and those that are a part of their collection. The application also connects to the internet to obtain extra information about each movie such as actors, directors, genres and more. Version 1.2 includes new import options, and features a new import wizard to step you through finding the right movie for each title. [Download - 3.3MB]
Keyboard Maestro 3.5 ($36) is a utility meant to improve the convenience of Mac OS X by enabling macro shortcuts, which can be activated at any time. Macros allow users to control windows or menus, insert text, open documents, execute scripts or control iTunes all with the touch of a key or click of the mouse. The update has added support for control from an iPhone or iPod touch, a brand new Macro Palette, new Preferences and About windows, new actions for iTunes and more. [Download - 6.3MB]
MathType 6 equation editor
Design Science says its released a "major upgrade" to its professional equation editor that includes support for Mac OS X 10.5. Tex/LaTeX document preparation for high-quality typesetting. WIdely used in the academic and scientific communities, the app allows users to include mathematical notation in printed documents, presentations and web pages.
The non-profit MIND Research Institute last week launched a new national intervention program, Algebra Readiness. The full year course is aimed at middle and high school students and endeavors to 'rebuild a solid maths foundation' and prepare students for success in 'Algebra 1'. Algebra Readiness offers a 'rigorous yet engaging curriculum', that encourages to 'look' and visualize mathematics problems from simple arithmetic to linear algebra concepts. "Algebra Readiness features MINDís patent-pending visual approach, which both engages students at any level, and explains math in a direct but powerful way they can understand and retain... MIND developed the program in response to the persistent low student success rate in Algebra I classes and the increasing use of Algebra I as a requirement for a high school diploma." said Dr. Matthew Peterson, a neurosurgeon who helped develop the software.
Mathematica Player Pro
Wolfram Research has announced the release of Mathematica Player Pro, the new delivery system for Mathematica applications and interactive documents. Player Pro gives access to any Mathematica-6-based notebook files to users who do not have the full version of the software, allowing performance of adaptive visualization, controlling interface elements, connecting to real-time data, and more. Developers can build applications in Mathematica and then use Player Pro to deploy them to anyone.