We Mincey folks have a few vices. Along with more than my share of Mac and iPhone poker games, too many DSLRs, frequent trips to Las Vegas, my Mac also boasts an abnormal number of calculators. The one that gets used the most lives in the Menubar and does something you’ve probably never seen done.
Numi is a Mac calculator app that dares to think different by thinking like we humans think. It lives in the Mac’s Menubar (and in the Dock if you choose) so it’s available from within any app, but that doesn’t make it unique. No, Numi’s claim to fame is a carefully crafted blend of text formatting and calculations.
As you type in text, numeric operations, or numbers Numi translates the entry to perform the calculations you want.
Add a line item in the calculation, include a number with an amount and an operation, and Numi does the calculations automatically. Go back to edit any of the items, and Numi updates the calculations, including the totals.
It’s almost as if Numi knows what you mean when you add an operation to a line of text. The app can run from the Mac’s Menubar but from the Dock, too. Configure the number of decimal places to display on the screen.
Numi also supports a complete set of arithmetic and trigonometric functions, and special operations that handle items like percentages. You can even drop in variables and Numi knows what to do.
As a text editor, Numi lets you drop in comments or titles within a line of calculations. Autosave is invoked so you won’t lose line items or calculations, even when you quit. Any problems?
No. None. Nada. Zilch.
Numi is good, it works, it’s useful, you will love it and use, and it’s free. That’s right. Free. What’s not to like?
Numi once resided in the Mac App Store but these days is available only through the developer’s simple website which also describes with video how Numi works and how it can be used as well as how well it integrates elsewhere. For example, Numi works with the popular Alfred utility. And, it syncs calculators via iCloud, and everything is autosaved.
There is no better or easier way to calculate almost anything on a Mac.