Is there a Mac owner that doesn’t have a digital calculator? Of course not. Apple provides a decent calculator in OS X that is surprisingly robust. It calculates, it displays over a dozen digits, it features memory, it has plenty of conversions built-in, and it even speaks. Not bad for free, right?
My Mac has half a dozen calculators of one kind or another. Some free, some big, some with specialized capabilities. What I miss the most about a digital calculator is the paper trail; the list of what you calculated recently.
Soulver solves some of that problem with a unique calculator that combines a paper trail (without the paper) with basic calculator operations and embeds the process in text. Say what?
Add words to your numbers so they make sense as you calculate. This is how it works. Type in text and numbers. Text on the left, calculations on the right.
What you get is a problem solved. All the details are visible on the left, and the calculations on the right.
Soulver keeps the problem simple to understand and doesn’t clutter up what you enter, because you’ll be entering words and numbers together to get a calculation.
It handles percentages with ease, and even converts units (over 80, in 10 different categories). To make viewing easier, Soulver also features syntax colors for symbols and labels (to separate them from text).
For all the ease of use, Soulver is remarkably heavy on features. The format bar can change how an answer is displayed. There’s a built-in quick reference that’s a click away. The MathKey function can override the characters on your Mac’s keyboard.
Even programmers can use Soulver. It calculates in hex and binary and answers can be formatted. For ultra long answers, the app displays notational format (scientific or Si).
This is not your father’s calculator. It’s easier than setting up a spreadsheet yet it still does “what ifs.” Totals for any entry or conversion are instant.