Apple Adds Support for MathType and EndNote to Pages

Tucked away in Apple’s MacWorld keynote presentation was a little tidbit of particular interest to scientists. After years of waiting, our voices have finally been heard — Pages ‘09 includes support for MathType and EndNote.
From Apple’s site:

In Pages ’09, you can now create sophisticated equations for research papers, lab reports, and journal articles using MathType 6.1 Compose your equations with the MathType point-and-click equation editor and instantly add them to your Pages document. Pages also works with EndNote X2.1 Choose from over 3800 bibliographic styles supported by EndNote X2 and easily insert citations into your Pages document.

This is certainly a welcome addition, and will make Pages a much more attractive prospect for writing scientific literature. Hopefully Apple will also open the app to other third party developers, but I am not holding my breath.

Interacting with SOAP based web services from Cocoa, part 1.

Author: Alexander Griekspoor
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SOAP based web services and Cocoa have never been good friends, and although REST based webservices are fortunately today's standard there are still tons of SOAP-based ones out there. What has always been missing in Cocoa is high level support for interacting with SOAP-based webservices. Here I describe one way in which you can build such frameworks yourself, starting by analysing the webservice calls in detail in this part 1 and generating the necessary Cocoa classes for use in a Mac or iPhone application next time.

The Realities of Writing Technical Books

Author: Drew McCormack
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Around 3 years ago, I co-authored the book Beginning Mac OS X Programming with Mike Trent. It takes a broad look at developing software on the Mac, covering as much ground as possible, from Carbon to Cocoa, and even AppleScript. As far as I know, it is the only book for the Mac that has taken this approach. As with any computer book, shelf life is relatively short, and you can now find it for free on Google Books.

When I first decided I wanted to write a book, I was very green, and didn’t know what was involved, how much I would be paid, and so forth. In case there are others out there thinking about writing a technical book, I thought I would put together a short FAQ on what you can expect if you do write a book.

Healpy for HEALpix plotting in python

Astronomers are often confronted with plotting and binning on a spherical surface, such as the projected sky. For instance, one might want to measure the density of stars at many points on the sky by dividing the sky up into equal area bins and counting the stars in those bins.

Could the iPhone's Killer Scientific App Be Books?

Charles Parnot’s article on iPhone business models, and how they relate to scientists, has got me thinking about what types of apps would really be useful on the platform. To date, most scientific apps have been pretty much ported straight over from the Mac — we haven’t yet seen any significant rethink of what type of scientific software would actually be suited to the new platform. I know there are developers working on it, and I think we will see new and interesting applications appear in the coming months, but I don’t think we have seen any yet.

The business models for iPhone applications

Author: Charles Parnot

[Note: many of the links in this story will open the page for an app in the iTunes Store. I realize it can be annoying. I have thus made sure that hovering on the link will clearly indicate in the title if it is a link to iTunes.]

The iTunes App Store opened its doors a little more than 5 months ago and has been a huge success, at least based on the numbers of applications available (more than 10,000) and the number of downloads (more than 300 millions). With a size getting close to 20 or 30 million owners worldwide (remember, iPod Touch!), the market for iPhone apps sure looks like a gold mine. However, several developers have recently voiced their concerns about the way the App Store is shaping up: the gold mine may in fact look more like a golden goose slowly choking in an overcrowded market. Is that really true?...

Chemical Dictionary

If you write articles containing chemistry specific words then this will be a godsend

iPhone Apps that You Actually Use

If you are like me, your iPhone home screen is full to the brim with apps, but you probably only use a handful regularly. There are lots of 'cool' apps for the iPhone, but I find myself opening these apps once, admiring the craftmanship, and then forgetting all about them.

So I thought it would be interesting to get a discussion going of the most useful 3rd party iPhone apps — the ones you actually open regularly. Even though this is not strictly a subject for this web site, the fact that it is taking place here will slant the list to apps that researchers find useful.

OpenCL Specification Ratified

The OpenCL 1.0 specification has been ratified by the Khronos promoters. The specification was approved on Dec. 4th. The official spec and headers can be obtained at:

The official press release is here.

Google Introduces Calaboration: Full Google Calendar Integration with iCal

Google has released a configuration utility called that will allow you to fully integrate your Google calendars into iCal.