Over 9 months ago I decided to apply for teaching tenure track jobs. Then the economy took what can best be described as a massive, ill-aimed, swan dive. Thus creating an incredible amount of stress in my life. So what does a CS/physics research professor do when he’s stress? The answer to that question is available on the iTunes app store today: arXiview. What better way to take out stress and at the same time learn objective C and write an iPhone app that at least one person (yourself) will use?
What is arXiview? It is yet another arXiv viewer (there are two others available, last I checked, along with an iPapers application which I believe also allows you to acess the arXiv.) What is different about this viewer? Well it is, I think, the first iPhone application to allow you to search the arXiv by date (based upon the undocumented API interface for date searches…if this goes away I’m going to have to switch to my own database on Scirate.) Conveniently this means that it is very easy to surf the last few weeks of arXiv postings. What other features does it currently have? Well from the website:
- Browsing arXiv categories by date. Keep up to date not just on the latest days posting, but postings from the last week or any date you wish. The first iPhone arxiv browser to offer full date browsing.
- Search the arXiv by author, title, full text, with and without restrictions to specific categories of the arXiv.
- Save preprints to your iPhone for later, offline browsing. Organize your offline readings in self-named folders.
- Email yourself or others preprint information for later reference.
- Read PDFs in both landscape and portrait mode.
- Arrange arXiv categories and subcategories in an order of your preference, for quick access.
Of course I’d love to hear any feedback if any of you decide to plunk down the big $0.99 USD and buy arXiview: complaints, feature requests, bugs, etc.