Regular Boomer readers will know about the Mincey passions. Poker, ponies, photography, and calculators. Here’s a quick look at two new Mac calculators I’ve added to my collection, some of which date back to the last century (most, but not all, have been updated to work with new Mac OS X versions).
One of the interesting aspects of Mac calculators is that they don’t get updated as frequently as other apps. I guess if the app calculates what it’s supposed to the way it’s supposed to then there’s not much to update.
The two calculators on my list today include one that’s very traditional in the RPN sense, and another which calculates differently than any other calculator you’ve likely used.
Calcline – This is the Think Different™ calculator. Instead of a keypad with programming or financial calculation buttons, Calcline is more of an algebra solver which works like, well, algebra.
Here it is in action.
Calcline works as a simple calculator where you type the calculations and numbers you want, or it can be setup as a complex formula and equation solver with variables and constants. It can handle up to 16 decimal positions, work in radians or degree, and everything can be saved in a log so you can see the step-by-step calculation.
The small strip is where most of the entries and calculations occur, but the log is merely a click away.
cs-41 RPN Calculator – Second on my list is an oldie but a goodie. cs-41 RPN Calculator is based on the HP RPN programmable calculators from way back when, specifically the HP-41C/CV series.
Unlike Calcline, cs-41 RPN mimics the real thing on the Mac’s screen.
As retro as the cs-41 RPN is, it has one modern feature that is much loved. It’s the option to store programs in module files which can modified, saved, and then loaded again. It’s just like saving a program.
Click Here for just a few of the Mac calculators I’ve reviewed through the years.