Surely you’ve heard of the Mincey collection of Mac, iPhone, and iPad calculators. Sure, most of them do the same thing. They calculate. Some better than others, some with more features, some with a few unique ideas on how humankind should do math.
The latest to enter my growing collection of calculators is CalcTape, and, as the name certainly implies, what you get is calculations that can be saved in a long digital tape. That in and of itself is not unique because the built-in calculator for OS X has a Paper Tape trail, too.
What makes CalcTape slightly more useful than the average Mac calculator is the combo of paper tape, digital, of course, with an option for notes for each line item in the calculation tape, and calculations can be saved.
See? Nice, right?
CalcTape works much like the old adding machine calculators with paper tape except that you can enter comments anywhere on each line of numbers. It even allows you add or delete lines within the calculation and have results updated automatically, much like a spreadsheet.
Calculations can be saved as files to be opened and used again later. Just like a spreadsheet. Plus, you can define functions and buttons, share the ‘paper tape’ calculation or print it out.
There are even multiple color themes if you are so inclined to spice up your digital life.
Here’s what makes CalcTape a no brainer for anyone who uses a calculator more than once a month. CalcTape has a Mac, iPhone, and iPad version and syncs up with iCloud (there’s even an Android and Windows version if you are so afflicted).
Another feature that is much needed in many other Mac calculators is the Undo button. If you accidentally hit the AC key, which clears the calculator of every calculation you just made, Undo gets it all back again.
CalcTape isn’t a programmer’s calculator, and you’re not going to be wowed by RPN, but all the basic arithmetical operations are there, including exponentials, percentages, and much more.
Calculations can be saved and synced between iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even PCs (using iCloud). Alas, there’s no Watch version, but for that I use PCalc.