Let’s be honest, Apple’s calculator app nearly as appealing as the other stock apps on the Mac; heck, it even falls short against its iOS counterpart. With just the basic functions available, it’s one of the least used (not to mention forgettable) apps on my computer. And of all things, it has a Dashboard sidekick that’s even more forgettable.
On the flip side, this can mean more breathing room for more flexible and powerful mathematical tools for the Mac. In fact, a quick search on the Mac App Store shows a wide range of apps to choose from, ranging from scientific to purpose-specific calculators.
One of these that I’m interested in is Numi by Dmitry Nikolaev & Co, a menubar app that moves away from the typical way we use calculators by incorporating text into computation. The idea is that calculations can be made more comprehensive by adding text into the process, and so it is easier to see and understand how we’d arrive at the result.
Our giveaway is now closed, and for once, everyone who entered won a copy of the app! How awesome is that?
Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of a numpad on your Macbook or Apple wireless keyboard? There’s not many good ways to put one into a laptop, and I for one like the Apple wireless keyboard’s size. But during tax season, or any other time I need to run though a lot of numbers, I sometimes wish I had a handy little numpad on the side.
Earlier this month, I got an email from developer Yi Lin, letting us know about their newest app: Numeric. Numeric is a simple calculator app that turns your Magic Trackpad into a multi-touch numpad. Just drag your mouse cursor to the app, then tap on your touchpad at the spot the number or function should be, and it’ll be entered in the calculator.
It’s not perfectly easy to use, at least at first, and I found myself hitting the wrong numbers more than not. But after a few minutes of playing with it, I found that I could reliably run through simple calculations just by tapping my fingers on the touchpad, and it definitely felt easier to use than the built-in Calculator app. It reminds me of Flutter, by using your Mac’s hardware in new and unique ways, and I definitely found Numeric fun to use.
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If you’re dying to try out turning your touchpad into a multitouch calculator, you can grab a copy of Numeric from the App Store today for just $0.99. If you can wait just a bit, though, we’ve got 30 (yes, thirty) copies of Numeric to giveaway to our readers!
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Math can pose difficulties for even the most brilliant among us. Complicated equations, complex graphs, or even just troubles adding fractions can cause trouble and frustration for anyone trying to conquer math. If you find yourself or someone that you know struggling with math, rest assured. There are a number of apps that can help to ease the worries of a tough math problem or class.
All ages can find an app to help them. I have included in this collection a number of apps for a variety of ages and subjects. There’s apps here for everything from complex graphing to statistics to simple multiplication problems. Stick with me to learn about some of the many applications available to help you ace that nagging math class you are struggling with, along with a few bonus apps at the end.
Today we’ll be looking at a wonderfully simple app that’s basically the result of a collision of a notes app and a calculator. The result is a simple and friendly way to take notes with basic built-in support for automatic mathematical functions.
The app is called Numeric Notes and if you’re in the market to upgrade your basic calculator, you might want to take a look.
Your Mac already comes loaded with three functional calculators: the actual application “Calculator”, the Dashboard calculator and the Spotlight calculator (try typing an mathematical operation into Spotlight to see what I mean). However, all three of these lack certain advanced functionality that you may need.
In this roundup we’ll go through some of the best third party widgets and applications that give you greater calculation power on your Mac, as well as a handful that are great for converting all manner of different values.
Our sister site, iPhone.AppStorm, reviewed the iPhone version of Soulver back in March this year. When I read that piece, I was really taken with the app, though I didn’t think that I needed a calculator much in my day-to-day life. I also read the excellent piece by Marco Arment that’s linked in a note to the review, and that got me fascinated by the application’s user interface, and the subtly disruptive things it does with familiar expectations for how a calculator looks and works. So I took myself over to the App Store and paid my money.
And then I realised that, actually, I use a calculator just about every day at work – a grey little handheld number that’s always disappearing onto my colleague Mary’s desk. I lose track of the number of times I’ve had to re-enter a column of numbers to check I’d got them right, and the number of times my sum turned out different on each of two or three checks.
So I started using my iPhone and Soulver for doing these calculations, and found the ability to check and refer back to previous lines invaluable.
I knew that Soulver began life as a desktop app (actually, quite a long time ago: you can read more about the history of the app in this 2006 press release), so I had to download that and see if it was as good as the iPhone app. I got in touch with the developer, and learned that they were soon to release a new version, Soulver 2. Well, that happy day has come, and here’s a quick walkthrough…