Mortgage rates are low so my husband and I are thinking of buying our first house. Monthly payments depend on house price, down payment, interest rate, and length of mortgage.
So, we dug around on the web and came up with a handful of Mac mortgage calculators. And a couple of dozen other Mac calculators that do everything from calculator time code to calculate ovulation cycles. Here’s the Top 15 Best Mac Calculators.
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There’s no easy way to list the Top 15 Best Mac Calculators in any specific order, because the features are so different. So, these are listed the absolute easiest way possible—from most expensive to free.
We were surprised that Mac calculators come in so many shapes and sizes.
There are loan calculators, project task calculators (actually quite useful), Reverse Polish Notation calculators, date calculators, and a few dozen more; some frequently updated, others not updated in years (we list only the most recent).
#15 – FinKit: It takes money to make money and track money. FinKit is a financial calculator of the highest order. It calculates loans, interests, dates, rates, payments and anything else having to do with money.
#14 – AmLoan: If you’re looking to refinance a mortgage (or, get a mortgage) AmLoan is a good place to start because it does more than just loan calculations and amortization schedules. Simple and compound interest, adjusted rate after x-number of payments, extra or balloon payments, and much more.
#13 – Project Calculator: I put this on the list because calculating time in projects can be a complicated effort and Project Calculator does it quite easily. It’s specific to tasks within projects and includes a timer for each task. Calculations can be based on a separate rate for each task.
#12 – iota-calc: My husband put this on the list because he uses it when programming. iota-calc handles Binary, Octal, Decimal, Hex, Booleans, and a bunch of character input formats, in addition to having a back-step debugger to see expressions step by step. It’ll do most function and operators from comparators to logical to logarithmic to trigonometric.
#11 – PCalc: This is my favorite Mac and iPhone calculator. Nice big buttons, an RPN mode I don’t know how to use yet, and plenty of unit conversions. PCalc is what a Mac calculator should be.
#10 – Loan Calc: This is why we started our calculator adventure. Loan Calc does what you think it does. It calculators loans and mortgages, total interest, total payments, and can generate a repayment list from a specific start date. And, it’s currency independent so you’re not stuck to dollars.
#9 – iOvulate: I don’t need this calculator. Yet. But you might. iOvulate Calculator does all those messy calculations for fertility, menstrual cycles, and claims it can even help you select the gender of your baby. I don’t believe that for a minute.
#8 – Date Calculator: This isn’t just a way to calculate the number of days from one date to another. Date Calculator can calculate days between dates and using different calendars, Gregorian, Julian, and Hebrew.
#7 – TimeCode Calculator: One of the techies in the school where Nate and I work recommended this. TimeCode Calculator calculates video time code in frames per second and feet per frames (and metric). Videographers love this kind of calculator.
#6 – Mini Scientific Calculator: This is the first of two Dashboard Widget calculators on my list, but there are many others available; some free, some not. Mini Scientific Calculator doesn’t take up much Dashboard space, so I like it. PCalc also has a Widget.
The Top 5 Best Mac Calculators on my list are free.
#5 – Linear Diameter Calculator: This is a tool that converts the angular diameter of deep sky objects. Linear Diameter Calculator can’t be that popular, but a teacher in our school recommended it. He was sure it wouldn’t be on my list. He was right.
#4 – RPN Scientific Calculator: No calculator list is complete without at least one of the many Reverse Polish Notation calculators available for Mac users. RPN Scientific Calculator is somewhat similar to the HP15c calculator. There are at least a dozen such calculators for the Mac.
#3 – OSXGeoCalc: If you’re interested in geology, vectors and tensors in natural science, then you’ll love OSXGeoCalc. Nathan tells me it’s very cool. It was recommended by a science teacher in our school. Except for the occasional earthquake, geology isn’t in my Top 10 Bucket List topics.
#2 – Statistical Significance Calculator: Statisticians among the Mac360 readership probably already have Statistical Significance Calculator. Nathan uses it from time to time to show me I’m statistically incorrect about this argument or that fact. It’s free for you but has a price tag for the Nowak family—every time Nathan uses it on me he has to cook his own dinner.
#1 – bigCalc: Yes, your Mac comes with a decent calculator but is it big enough? If size matters, then you’ll like Danielle Kraehenbuehl’s bigCalc—it’s simple and comes with big buttons and a big display. Not bad for free.
Mac users have dozens of calculators available for nearly every purpose. If you use a calculator not on my list, please add it in the Comments section.