Shop Math is almost ready for your shiny new iPad, just waiting for a couple of graphic improvements. Also, I just got some feedback that the board foot calculator has a mind of it’s own and is spewing out malicious results. Not to worry, we’ll have that tamed soon! We are also trying to get a more stable Level/Angle screen. So, thanks for the feedback. Please let me know if you find anything else.

do you plan on shop math for the andriod phone?

Briefly yes, I am right now finalizing the iPad version, which should be out in the next two – three weeks. The Android version will be next. It requires a little bit more coding work so I would expect it to be available early in 2012. I am anxious to get it done because so many woodworkers and shop students have Android phones. I would say to check back in January. Thanks for the inquiry.

where can I find a tutorial for the fraction calculations? I have the app on my iphone but do not seem to be able to get the fractions entered correctly to get it to calculate.

There is no tutorial on using the fractions calculator but I think I can help here since I’ve actually had trouble with it myself and gone through a couple of revisions with my programmer. Start by entering your first fraction, say 1 3/8 in the upper section. Enter the whole number in the first box, each half of the fraction in the adjoining upper and lower boxes.

Next, enter the function, “+” “-” “* (times)” “/(divide)” Now, here is the tricky part – you have to have something in each of the lower boxes or, it results in a “divide by zero error.” So, just replace the existing 1- 0/1 with your numbers. So, if you are say multiplying by 2, enter 2- 0/1.

Next hit “=” and you’re ready to go. If you are having trouble getting the screen to stay put so you can hit “=”, hit “done” at the bottom keyboard screen.

The answer appears as a decimal rather than a fraction. Honestly, I don’t know why it does that. I had asked my original programmer to fix it and he never did. I hired someone else to do the iPad version and fix some calculation errors and simply forgot to ask about that. Hopefully, we can get that addressed in the next update. In the meantime, just enter the decimal in the conversions screen to return it to a fraction.

This all seems more complicated than it should be so I will try to get a few screen shots up here to help out.

Thanks…..that explains what I needed to know.