A PCalc 1.2 Press Release

Dear Member of the Press,
I know what you are thinking, “Not another iPhone press release, and for a calculator at that!”. But, please bear with me for just five minutes to hear my impassioned plea.
This isn’t some throwaway application I put together in a weekend – it’s an application that’s had over six months of solid development love over five releases, itself built on over sixteen years of coding. It currently has over sixty 5-star customer reviews on the App Store, and thousands of die-hard fans on both the iPhone and the Mac.
So, yes, it’s a calculator. But it’s not just another calculator.
I think we got off to a bad start last time with version 1.1. It was my fault entirely. I came out with this big release I’d spent months on, sent out my press releases, and not a soul ran a story with the exception of that nice Mr Gruber fellow. Sales were quite poor and we both said some things we regretted in the morning.
But I understand, don’t worry. You’re tired of the deluge of iPhone press releases, and everything you see just starts to look the same after a while. I didn’t do anything to make it an interesting read and, let’s face it, I’m kind of fighting a losing battle with a calculator which – I’ll be the first to admit – is next to the flashlights and to-do list apps in terms of reaching saturation point on the store.
So here’s the thing. Send me your iPhone’s device ID (*) and I’ll send you back a copy of PCalc 1.2. Have a play around with it and if you don’t think it’s the best app you’ve ever used on the phone then that’s cool. But if you like it, how about some coverage? We can put the whole 1.1 incident behind us, and move on together.
(*) The “Ad Hoc Helper” app on the store is a good way of finding it.
PS, I nearly forgot, here’s the press release:
TLA Systems Ltd are pleased to announce another significant new release of their advanced calculator PCalc for the iPhone. 
It’s available to download today from the App Store. Review copies are available on request.   

What’s New?
Version 1.2 includes an optional two-line display for use with the RPN mode, so you can see the first two items on the RPN stack. This was actually the number one feature request after the initial release of PCalc on the iPhone, and we’re happy to add it for all the engineers out there.
There are two new calculator themes included too – “Seventy Three” a sleek dark retro style, and “Rough Draft” a fun drawn blueprint look which will be rather familiar to DragThing users.
The full list of changes is here:   


Also, for those people who want to see what goes on behind the screenshots, our brand new developer blog is available here:
Here’s a shot of the two-line display, complete with the new “Seventy Three” theme:
More Information   

PCalc for iPhone is available to buy today at $9.99 from the iTunes Application Store at the following link:


More information and screenshots are available at:


Thank you for your interest.

Author: James Thomson

Indie iOS / Mac developer, maker of PCalc and DragThing. Occasional writer, conference speaker, and podcast pundit.

5 thoughts on “A PCalc 1.2 Press Release”

  1. Hi There,

    Thank you for creating the PCalc. I was wondering when were you planning on, if ever, implementing a graphic calculator function in the same vein as TI-89. If I was able to get the same capability out of this program as the Ti-89, it would definitely be an APP killer in the math/engineering field (esp at school/work). If you could mimic the real font functionablity) [is that even a word?] (rather than linear . . such 3/4+3/4=etc. ) that would be really awesome. Not just that. . .but. . If you could make it a smarter version of Ti-89 . . there would simply be no point in buying the Ti-89 if I can get the same functionablity out of iTouch/iPhone or whatever.

    Be sure to allow a “locked” capability (for teachers so they can lock via password, to stop you from accessing other functions within the iPhone. .such for the purpose of preventing others from cheating).

    Just a suggestion. . smile

  2. The iTunes Store is a poor means of software distribution. It tends to offer a slow, cluttered browsing experience, with muddled and confusing search results.

    I wonder how Apple decides which applications deserve prominent front page banners upon the store.

  3. @Stanley

    >>> The iTunes Store is a poor means of software distribution
    >>> It tends to offer a slow, cluttered browsing experience, with
    >>> muddled and confusing search results.

    Compared to what?

  4. Let me just say how happy I am to have a 2nd line of the stack displayed. Wicked! I’m embarrassed to admit how excited I was to get an update to my favorite calculator app, on the same day I downloaded Google Voice Search, no less.

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