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The Elements

By Touch Press Inc


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The Elements is a special OS X edition of the highly acclaimed award-winning iPad app now downloaded over 850,000 times. It is based on the best-selling book by Theodore Gray, Popular Science Magazine’s Gray Matter columnist. The app goes way beyond what is possible on paper and this OS X edition now features live video demonstrations and experiments.

You start off at a living periodic table where every element is shown with a smoothly rotating sample. To read about tin, click on the tin soldier. To read about gold, select the gold nugget. Immediately you see the sample filling nearly the entire screen, photographed to razor sharpness and rotating around a complete circle in front of your eyes. Beside that is a column of facts and figures, each of which can be selected to bring up the list of elements sorted by that order.

Click on the Wolfram|Alpha logo to get even more rich detail and current information through the embedded Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.

Go to each element's second page and you find a fascinating story about the element, surrounded by carefully photographed objects representing it. Every one of these objects, well over 500 in total, is a freely rotatable, live object that can be examined from all sides and zoomed up to experience in unprecedented detail.

Select the element name at the top of the page and you can see that element’s name in over a dozen different languages. Choose one and you’ll find that the entire book, stories, captions and all, switches to that language: The Elements includes both the full English original text and 16 other languages.

Any object can also be presented as a pair of stereo 3D images. Using inexpensive 3D glasses you can see all 500 objects pop off the screen in 3D, and you can spin the objects, in 3D, with the touch of a mouse. You can’t get much more virtually real than that.

And now 70 elements feature a third page with demonstration videos of the element in action, unique content for this MacOS version of the app. See what happens when chlorine gas is squirted into a saucepan of molten sodium, when several gallons of liquid nitrogen are poured into a lake, or when white phosphorus is ignited in an atmosphere of pure oxygen.

If you had a bad experience with chem class in school, this book is the antidote. If you or someone you know is afraid chemistry will be their most boring subject, this book will show them that there’s a lot more to the periodic table than a bunch of numbers and letters.


Features include:

• More than 500 stunningly photographed, high resolution, rotatable objects
• Detailed current information from Wolfram|Alpha
• Beautifully composed pages for every element in the periodic table
• Fun stories and fascinating facts
• All objects zoom with amazing detail and rotate in 3D
• Engaging introduction explaining the structure of the periodic table
• More than 70 demonstration videos showing spectacular element properties
• Fully translated into 18 languages
• Supports Retina display on MacBook Pro


Minimum requirements:

OS X 10.7 or better (Lion), Processor: 2.0GHz, RAM: 4GB, Graphics: 256MB

Recommended system specification:

OS X 10.8 or better (Mountain Lion), Processor: 2.0Ghz, RAM: 4GB, Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M or better



English, British English, Catalan, German, Latin American Spanish, French, Korean, Croatian, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese

What's New in Version 1.0.6

Fixed compatibility issue with late 2012 27" iMacs.


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Customer Reviews

Black Screen Work Around!

Many reviewers have complained about ‘the Elements’ opening to a Black Screen on newer MACs. I too have experienced this problem, BUT through trial and error, discovered a “work around”. When you open ‘the Elements’ the program’s menu still appears in Menu Bar, in spite of the Black Program Window. I click on “Elements” in the Menu Bar, and a list of all the elements drops down. For simplicity, I click on Hydrogen (the top of the list) —then the listing for ‘Hydrogen’ appears! If you click on the ‘Back’ button in that listing, it will take you back to the “Home Screen” that should have appeared in tthe first place, in the ‘Black Screen’ -I found that the program then tends to run normally after that! (I love playing “the Elements” Song!!)

Won’t work in newer MacBooks

I bought this app and I thought from the good reviews to give it a try. There was this one guy on here who gave it one star saying it didn’t work for him on his 15’. I can confirm that on newer Macbooks this doesn’t work at all on. I have both a 2010 Macbook Pro and a 2014 Macbook Pro Retina and the app works fine in the 2010 Macbook, but doesn’t work at all on my new Macbook. I just get a black screen and nothing else, I tried restarting and haven’t received any results. I wouln’t recommened this product to anyone with a newer verison of Mac becuase I feel you’d run into the same problem as I did. Can’t really rate the app since I never used it, I really wish they would fix this already!!!!!!!!!

MUCH Better with latest release

Finally, a release that fixes the issue that you couldn’t see the 3D images and rotate them. Overall, it’s a very good application and educational. I would like to see more on HOW they get the elements, such as mining or how gases are collected, basically, where do we find the elements in nature or in the lab?
overall, it’s good and I am happy with my purchase. I would recommend, now with the latest version upgrade.

The Elements
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  • $19.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Size: 2.66 GB
  • Languages: English, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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