Those of use born into the Mincey clan come with generations of baggage. We’re collectors. We don’t use the term hoarders, but I’ve seen the TV show and I don’t understand the problem. Collectors are different.
We collect cameras, photos, fine cigars, Poker games, wine, tools, and my Mac is packed with what is arguably the largest collection of digital calculators within 100 miles of downtown Atlanta. Mac users who know and love calculators will not be surprised to know that my #1 most used Mac calculator is the venerable PCalc (also available on iPhone and iPad).
You’ll need to understand something about digital calculators, Mac user interface design, and workflow to fully appreciate all the goodness packed into PCalc, but it’s there, and worth the price tag, even though you’ll dozens of other decent calculators for free or mere pennies.
One basic screenshot will tell you about all you need to know to be invented to try PCalc.
Engineers, students, programmers, and scientists will appreciate the variety of modes, display options, themes, button layouts, unit conversions and constants, as well as engineering and scientific notation.
As the screenshot above shows, there’s more to PCalc than mere calculations. There’s a paper tape, RPN mode, and options for octal, hexadecimal, and binary calculations. And, yes, that’s PCalc in the Mac’s Notification Center making it a single click away for quick calculations.
The latest version has a split screen option, and can float above all other app windows for easier convenience. I bought PCalc long ago but the Mac App Store version has 155 five star reviews out of 161 total. That says something about how PCalc is differentiated from other more mundane calculators available on the Mac.
Customizability is extensive and includes many Display options, keyboard Shortcuts, a variety of attractive Layouts for different workflow patterns, Conversions, Constants, and four different display modes (Normal, Scientific, Engineerings, and Accounting). Alas, there’s no trial version but the PCalc Dashboard Widget is free.