What’s New

Version 1.5.4

- Compatibility fixes

Ratings and Reviews

—yay— ,

Good, but multiline equations don’t work?

I have to do this in Archimedes:
$$ T = \begin{bmatrix} 1 & 0 & t_x \\ 0 & 1 & t_y \\ 0 & 0 & 1 \\ \end{bmatrix} $$

Why can’t one do this like in MathJax?
\\[T = \begin{bmatrix}
1 & 0 & t_x \\
0 & 1 & t_y \\
0 & 0 & 1 \\

Never mind, the \\[ … \\] syntax, which is just like $$ .. $$ in Archimedes, but the fact that you can’t break an equation into lines bothers me.
Multiline support would greatly enchance the ablity to structure equations in a way that’s easier to read.

Also, drawing a symbol only works with touchpad, and it lags significanlty. It’s not real-time at all. You draw a symbol with your finger and see it slowly appear on screen.
And what’s wrong with not allowing to use a mouse to draw symbols? Don’t get me wrong, this feature is a good idea, but the implementation needs more work.

Reverentspy ,

I use this app every day - highly recommended.

Archimedes is very, very good at what it does. Some have pointed out that it’s not a full featured LaTeX tool; true, but there are many tasks that call for a short note, letter, email or even a brief article and these can be done quickly and efficiently with Archimedes. A math form reference, a math symbol finder, and command completion are all built-in and are as good or better than anything I’ve tried. I appreciate that I don’t have to leave the OSX infrastructure to write.

I have recommended this to colleagues and students, even those who are not experienced with TeX, and they are always amazed that, for a very modest price, they can load one app and be productive right from the start. Another big positive for me is that Archimedes’ rendered PDF is quite good: clean, modern and readable.

I highly recommend this app, and I hope Matt Rajca continues development of this excellent product.

Quark Gluon Plasma ,

Concerns about new non-standard file format

The latest version saves files in a “new, more capable” and “future-proof, package-based” file format. This is exactly what I don’t want. Latex and markdown in ascii files ARE future proof. I specifically want files that can be edited on, say, an iPad and is accessible on some other device belonging to collaborators who don’t use macs. The release notes do say that ascii files may still be used, but new features may not be available. This is exactly the sort of fragmentation Latex and markdown try to avoid, and I think it is unwise for a small developer to introduce a new file format to wrap around them, however well-meant. My previous review was 5-star, but no to this version.


Matt Rajca
14.3 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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