It isn’t often that I get to throw around anything to do with math, physics, or astronomy, so obviously the use of Archimedes is a play on words. There’s Archimedes the Greek mathematician, physicists, engineer, inventor, and astronomer, and there’s Archimedes the Mac text editor with built-in math functions.
The former is a line item on high school history tests, while the latter is a unique way to code. Think text editor meets calculator. That’s right. Edit text, create macros, then switch to math mode and autocomplete to park math strings and equations as you type.
Who needs Archimedes? No, besides high school ancient history instructors.
If you’re into Markdown, LaTex, and struggle with getting the math just right, Archimedes is the dude (app) to turn to. For Markdown, there’s a fax syntax highlighter with plenty of keyboard shortcuts.
In math mode Archimedes comes with hundreds and hundreds of basic commands (using autocomplete, no less), even with matching closing braces, brackets, and parentheses.
Not everyone needs what Archimedes does, but if you do, you’ll appreciate the embedded math mode and the low price. Lots of five star reviews for this app.