Ever texting with a friend and wishing you could just pop in an infinity symbol or maybe the copyright mark? You won’t find it under your iPhone’s standard keyboard. Or are you emailing with a client and trying to send a quick piece of HTML code? A new iOS app lets users access special character symbols, including math symbols, Greek symbols and their corresponding HTML.
Simbol’s developer said that as a math major he’s often frustrated trying to take notes on a iOS-based devices:
I developed the app to address one of the most annoying things about writing on iOS: finding symbols. I am a mathematics major and also study quite a lot of physics. Both require a very frequent use of symbols and characters which aren’t found on QWERTY keyboards. OS X has a very handy keyboard and character viewer that carries a big chunk of the Unicode library. However, iOS has nothing that comes even remotely close. I created a library of LaTeX snippets in TextExpander but that mostly went away with iOS 7. As a result, I am practically unable to take notes on iOS in most of my classes.