The crowded road is where everyone travels, and whatever riches are found may need to be shared with other travelers. That’s a long, winding road to my look at yet another Mac calculator app; one of many, but one that does a few things different enough to justify the nominal price tag.
Calculate, And Ye Shall Receive
The calculator that comes with your Mac is decent enough. Not only does it calculate nearly anything useful, but it has basic, scientific, and programmer modes (plus RPN), handles a bunch of conversions, and lets you save the calculator tape (think of it as digital paper).
Not bad for free, right? Not quite free is Addism for the Mac, a calculator which adds a few extras not found in the Mac’s built-in calculator.
Addism’s interface is not quite as simple as Apple’s Mac calculator but it doesn’t take long to figure out where the goodies are. Calculations are all real time, and the history tape is easily visible and accessible. Operators are displayed on the left hand sidebar.
What you get, beyond the different interface, is a calculator that comes with both light and dark modes (good for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan), automatic calculation saving, hide keyboard, global shortcuts to open Addism from within any Mac app (or the Mac’s Menubar), and VoiceOver support.
Keyboard options let you hide the keyboard and the detail view, but use the keyboard for calculations. To be fair, Addism is young and acts like it. The interface is not that of a typical Mac calculator and not as intuitive as the feature laden pCalc. But it works well, doesn’t cost much, and the claim to fame is the history capture (a version of which is available in the Mac’s built-in calculator), and gets updated frequently by the developer (who could use some promo and how-to information on the website).