One of the things I like about a one trick pony is that there’s only one trick to learn. It’s basic math.
If a Mac app or Dashboard Widget can only do one thing, then you’ve usually got only one thing to learn, which means a small learning curve, right? There’s no need for a Mac Calculator for Dummies book for Apple’s built-in calculator. Through the years I’ve come to rely on a handful of one trick pony apps.
The Strange Conversion Calculator
The good old U.S. of A. still has troubles with the metric system that the rest of the world (with some exceptions; U.K. I’m lookin’ at you) adopted long ago. I can convert quart to liter.
After that, I have to stop and think. MPG vs. KPL?
Thank God for inventing the Mac because math was not my strong point in school. If it were not for calculators
I would still be driving to Walmart in a covered wagon or a horse drawn buggy.
Alright, maybe my conversion prowess isn’t that backward, but I make it a point to rely on digital tools wherever possible. Especially with converting from one standard to another.
Your Mac makes conversions from this to that relatively painless with the Dashboard Widget called Unit Converter.
Unit Converter is fast. It’s free. It’s easy to use. It’s also crippled.
As it turns out, there are twenty eleven more ways to convert from one standard to another, or one metric to another, or from this or that. Enter the painless Mac app called Equals. It’s a simple unit converter, too.
No matter how you toss your dice, or slice your bread, Equals is about as simple as a Mac app can get. It’s a true one trick pony.
Equals does more than Apple’s Unit Converter by converting more units.
Who knew there were so many units that would need converting?
Equals does a bunch of converting, including the basics such as Volume, Weight, Speed, Length, and Temperature.
Who knew there was a way to convert Density or Force?
Even Power can be converted. So can Mass and Pressure. Ditto for Energy, Area, Data Transfer Rate, and a bunch more.
If only Equals had a setting to convert my checkbook from red to black. Or, a setting that would convert my 60-minute hours into, say, 90-minute hours.
I’d pay for an app that could do that.