Regular readers of Boomer will know that more than a few members of the Mincey clan have our fair share of a few vices. Ponies and beer (the kind you make at home). Photography and cigars. Poker and calculators (the kind that run on Mac and iPhone). Just look at all of these.
I started yesterday much like any other and browsed a few websites that are worthy of my attention, including one that lists recent updates to Mac apps. What I found was a mini-gold mine of Mac calculators apps that I do not have in my collection.
Why do I collect calculator apps? Not all calculators are created equal, and while most do much the same thing– calculate numbers– some do so better than others, and some have features you won’t find in the Mac’s built-in calculator.
What I found, in one location and from one Mac app developer, is a bunch– six in total– of financial calculators; each a bit different than the other.
Another that I added to my Mac collection is called Calculator + f, an extensible calculator that uses natural formula notation. You can define your own formulas. Think mini-spreadsheet but as both a calculator app and a macOS Sierra Service.
I like this one because it’s versatile but friendly but also presents a challenge thanks to all the functions.
Also within the calculator realm is Currency Assistant. Google does a good job of giving you up-to-date currency conversions, but if you’re like me and prefer that Google not know any more about me than a stranger, having a currency converter app has a benefit.
Currency Assistant handles currency conversions for nearly 175 different world currencies. Honestly, I didn’t know that many existed.
For Mac, iPhone, and iPad users who have calculators that go beyond what Apple provides with each device, you might be wondering which calculator I like and use the most out of a collection numbering into the few dozens.
That’s a no brainer. PCalc. It’s the only calculator I know of that runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The learning curve is smooth starting with basic calculations and moving all the way to programmer, RPN mode, and scientific options.
PCalc has a Notification Center Widget for the Mac, and even the Watch version is useful for quick calculations when the iPhone is stuffed into a pocket. I haven’t done a count but it’s possible I have nearly as many calculators for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch as I have poker games for just the iPhone.
Finding the right calculator is a time honored method– it takes time. I search websites, hit the Mac App Store and the iTunes App Store for iPhone. Most calculators don’t come with a big price tag but few of them have a try-before-you-buy option.