Today we have launched a rebranding of our FX MathPack and FX SciencePack subscription products. From today they will be known as FX Draw Tools and FX Science Tools.
Nothing Else Has Changed
- The price has not changed.
- The products included in the subscriptions have not changed.
- The processes have not changed.
- Only the names have changed.
Why have we made the change? Simply because the FX MathPack name was causing confusion and did not reflect the primacy of FX Draw as our main mathematical product. The new name makes it clear that the subscription is really for FX Draw and you get some bonus tools added in at no extra charge. FX SciencePack was renamed FX Science Tools for consistency.
We have added a matchstick tool to FX Draw. This allows you to quickly draw matchstick diagrams that can be used to teach students how to identify patterns.
The new tool has been added as a “line tool”.
The tool allows you to draw matchsticks in three sizes, each with five different rendering styles.
This new feature was the direct result of a suggestion from a user and appears in the September 3 release of FX Draw (V7.003.8). Thanks Marian!
Did you know that we have added nearly seventy training videos to our collection over the last year? The publishing rate is picking up as well. Seventeen of the videos have been published in the last month! Each of the videos provides you with focused information on an aspect of the software.
So How Do You Find The Videos?
Lots of ways. Nearly two hundred people have subscribed to our YouTube channel which you can find here.
Efofex Training YouTube Channel
The channel will automatically notify you when new videos are published.
Alternatively, you will often find video links at the bottom of posts announcing changes or updates. For example, there is a video at the bottom of the post on drawing box plots using a 5 point summary.
Probably the best way to find videos, however, is to use the new “How Do I Create” box at the bottom of every product.
If you type, for example, Box Plots into this box you will be given a list of pages from our help site that talk about Box Plots. All of our videos have been linked into those pages so you can get information on what you want to do at the moment you want to do it.
We are currently producing videos at a frantic pace and linking to them from our help pages. It has never been easier to access training!
FX Draw has included compass-like tools for many years, but they have always been a bit difficult to use. The latest version of FX Draw (V7.003.7) now includes greatly improved versions of the compass tools.
When you choose either the compass circle or compass arc tool, the top toolbar now changes to show you the current setting for the compass radius.
The compass radius is currently set to 20mm and any compass circle or compass arc drawn at the moment will be drawn with exactly that radius.
You can explicitly change the radius to any measurement you want, but sometimes you will want to set the radius to something defined in the diagram. For example, I might wish to set a radius to be the length of AB.
Rather than breaking out Pythagoras, I can measure my radius on the diagram. Push the compass button on the top toolbar.
You can now draw a standard circle with the centre at A and moving out to B. Once the circle is drawn, the measured radius is automatically entered into the Compass Radius box, ready to be used on subsequent circles.
Video – Using the New Compass Tools
The latest versions of FX Draw (V7.003.7), FX Graph (V7.003.3) and FX Stat (V4.003.3) have added a new style of axes that can be used for any graph type.
The new style removes all of the axes and just shows the scale on two sides of the plane. You can choose the style on the Axes page of graph properties.
This graph style has been requested on numerous occasions by a number of different users.
The latest versions of FX Draw (V7.003.7) and FX Stat (V4.003.3) include the ability to graph a box and whisker plot using just a 5 point summary.
By default, if you graph a data set which includes exactly 5 data points, our products will interpret those 5 data points as a 5-point summary.
Note that the five points do not need to be in order. In this case, the 25 and 32 are reversed.
The new feature can be turned off in the box plot options but we anticipate that this will rarely happen as the point of a box plot is to summarise a large data set. Most teachers would never even contemplate creating a box plot for just five data points.
The new feature is available now and will make drawing box plots that bit simpler. The feature is yet another user suggested option. Thanks Charlton!
Video – Drawing Box Plots Using a 5 Point Summary
We have put together a short, 5 minute video to show you some of the new things that we have done with FX Draw over the last eighteen months. If you haven’t been keeping up with the new features, now is the time to take a look (the link is below). Just don’t forget to download the latest version of FX Draw to access the new features.
In the video, you will notice a night shot of the new Matagarup bridge in our home town of Perth Western Australia. We would love to say that the design was inspired by our logo but it was actually inspired by two flying swans. Maybe we will just have to refer to it as “Efofex Bridge” in private!