Some Mac apps do only one thing. Other apps are replete with every feature anyone could use.
A few simply mix and match the best of two worlds. You know, like chocolate and nougat, or peanut butter and jelly, or cold beer and anything else. Many Mac users have an app that takes notes. We also make use of our built-in calculators. See where this is going?
One And Two Is Three
My wife is the family finder of Mac software. She noticed that I was jotting down notes in one app, then switching over to either the calculator or spreadsheet, then switching back again.
To her, that’s too much switching back and forth, and probably painful for her to watch.
For me, it was business as usual. Cool Mac app the my rescue.
Soulver is a very useful, honestly Think Different Mac app. First, it’s a smart notepad. It does notes. But it’s smart in that it also does calculations right within the note page.
That makes it easy to use, like a notepad, but with calculator functions that work like a spreadsheet, but without the spreadsheet complexity. It’s all built-in to the notepad.
Here’s what it looks like on your Mac’s screen.
Simple enough, right? Notes on the left, completed calculations on the right.
Mixed in among your notes are basic math equations, plain and simple. For example, an amount, times another amount yields a total.
Not as cumbersome or capable as a spreadsheet, obviously, but very useful. All the basic math functions are built-in. Trigonometry students, rejoice.
Answers from one set of calculations can be dragged and used in other calculations.
Go back and change one calculation, and the whole related string changes accordingly. Also built in are over a dozen percentage operations, calculations in hex and binary for programmers, as well as an array of units. Even store numbers in variables.
The calculator keeps a running tab so you can export your work as a PDF. Soulver is a notepad with a calculator inside and both are easy to use. If you need need more calculators check out the Top 15 Calculators For Mac Users. Or, go really crazy in the other direction with The #1 Best Mac Notebook App Money Can Buy. It’s like a complicated, multi-layered sandwich, but without the mayo (calculator).