As Mac users we have the best of both worlds. The Mac and Mac OS X. And Mac apps. Among the latter we all have our favorites. If it’s not Apple’s basic Mac apps (Safari, Mail, Face Time, iCal or Address Book) it will be a third party app that we depend on.
Almost inconspicuous is one of my favorite Mac apps, recommended to me years ago by my fiancé, Will. It’s a calculator. PCalc is what a calculator on the Mac should be. If it’s not the gold standard then there’s no gold standard.
Not only is PCalc usable by the average Mac user, it’s good for geeks, too– programmers, scientists, engineers– anyone who needs a full featured calculator that’s actually fun to use.
There’s a choice of calculator layout buttons, a long list of unit conversions, multiple undo levels, both engineering and scientific notation (and support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations), and even a paper tape.
Setup is really easy. Set PCalc to clear all calculators at startup, use multiple memories, even show thousands separators in the display (it even has multiple display digits). Decimal places run up to 14 with a slider bar in Preferences.
For power users, the list of keyboard shortcuts is extensive. For personalization, PCalc features completely custom background and digit colors.
I don’t know of another Mac app that I enjoy using as much as PCalc, and certainly no other app on the Mac App Store gets a higher percentage of five star reviews from users.
Simply put, if you love calculators, you’ll love PCalc as much as I love PCalc.