More numbers-inclined Mac users add more calculators for specific purposes; financial or technical. For the rest of us, Calculator works acceptably well, but is missing a handful of features you’ll find in Soulver, the calculator you don’t have, but need more than you think.
The Calculator That Speaks English
Soulver is not your father’s calculator. It’s aimed at both average Mac users as well as technical and financial users.
The app doesn’t even look like a calculator but you already know how to use it.
As you type in basic operations, Soulver provides an answer in a rolling sidebar.
So, it’s as if you’re combining a notes app or text editor with numerical calculations.
The advantage to using Soulver is that what you type makes sense to you and doesn’t disappear (as it does with most keypad calculators). Your trail of words and numbers is always visible.
Soulver makes it simple to mix words and numbers together. Edit what you write and Soulver recalculates.
Percentages, conversions, and units are simple and intuitive.
Unlike most inexpensive calculators, Soulver can handle ultra huge numbers with ease and precision. Syntax is colored to easily separate functions.
Folks with a financial need will appreciate the mix of word headings and numbers and calculations. Programmers will appreciate the options for hex and binary calculations.
As you would expect from a calculator that dares to Think Different™, Soulver requires a Quick Reference guide, but also has a formatting bar to change how a number or calculation is displayed.
And, yes, it does variables, stocks, currency rates, and indices– all built-in.
When you’re done with your calculation, the entire rolling set of numbers can be saved as a reusable Soulver document, or simply exported as PDF, RTF, HTML, text, or CSV file for a spreadsheet.
It’s the only calculator I have that displays your entire calculation and notes (just as you would write it out) on the left, and instant answers on the right.