Wednesday, October 31, 2012

When Will FastFig Have Graphs?

We've had many users ask us when FastFig will have graphing features. If you are familiar with Sage, the computational software that powers FastFig, you know that it includes some graphing capabilities.  You might be asking yourself why FastFig itself does not also include these features.  

We believe in an intuitive and smooth user experience.  We want to defy the learning curve.  The plot command used to create graphs in other languages (including Sage) just doesn't cut it for us.  We are creating a plotting interface that is entirely graphical so that you can create complex technical graphs just like you would in Excel.  

The second reason that we did not use the graphing features of Sage is that they are entirely image based. That would mean that every time you update your plot it would take a second or so to send the changes to the server and generate a new image for you. We can't have that! We are FastFig after all! 

So, in a few weeks time, FastFig will roll out interactive browser-based graphing. FastFig will let you create beautiful graphs that you can use in your reports, presentations and even on your website.  As to why you don't have it yet; we need to make sure it's just right.

Friday, October 19, 2012

5 Cool Things You Might Have Missed In FastFig

By Brian Peacock

For those of you already enjoying the simplicity of FastFig, there are some more subtle features that you might want to make use of to streamline your work flow:

  1. Screen shot 2012-10-19 at 10.56.02 AMUse the Search for Calculations -
    You can type FastFig code into the search box and get a result back.  I use this all the time when I am writing a longer program and want to test a little snippet of code.  I just open up the search tab and solve away.

  2. Paste In Functions - When you search using the search tab on the calculate page, you can press the + button next to each result to paste the function into your code--arguments and all.  You can also do the same thing with variables in the variables table at the bottom of the page.

  3. Change Variable Order - You can click and drag the left side of each variable in the variables table to change their order.  This is convenient for organizing your thinking and for preparing the model for publication since the order of the variables will become the order of the arguments.

  4. Switch the Result View - When you get a result back, use the drop-down menu next to it to switch between FastFig code, LaTeX equation and numerical views.

  5. Make Use of Key Codes

  • Screen shot 2012-10-19 at 10.58.13 AM
    Shift-Enter:  Solve

  • Ctrl/Cmd-S: Save

  • Ctrl/Cmd-F: Find

  • Shift-Ctrl/Cmd-T: Show Tools Tab

  • Shift-Ctrl/Cmd-S: Show Search Tab

  • Shift-Ctrl/Cmd-M: Show Me Tab

Let us know how you are using FastFig!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

FastFig Launches!!!

FastFig launched in front of a live audience last night at 7:30 PM EST at the Lehigh Valley Tech Meetup.  After demoing the product, our CTO Brian Peacock led a countdown before the big red button was pushed and the new site went live.  The product was very well recieved by those in attendance and we are excited to hear your feedback.  Currently FastFig is in limited beta and you can sign up to try it at  


Photos by Raveen Beemsingh and Art Kney.