Instant Interactive Drills, an application designed to help students learn their basic mathematics facts, has been updated to version 2.0, offering, among other enhancements, greater support for Mac OS X.
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If you’re using Mac OS X 10.2 (“Jaguar”) or later, you now have access to all speech features as well as access to handwriting recognition via the operating system’s Ink feature. However, Instant Interactive Drills is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X, as well as Mac OS 8.6-9.x.
Version 2.0 has expanded the number of math problems. You can now work with multipliers up to 12; the previous limit was nine. The update also boasts smarter problem generation. You can now specify a minimum sum and can reduce or eliminate problems where an operand is zero. You can do this for addition and subtraction problems by setting the minimum sum to a value greater than zero. Similarly, this can be done for multiplication and division problems by setting the minimum multiplier to a value greater than zero.
Themes can now be picked at random when using the new Random Themes feature. Also, when reviewing, you now have access to a facts dialog which shows facts for the type of problem currently displayed.
Instant Interactive Drills costs US$19.95. Version 2.0 is a free update for registered users, and a free demo is available.