Few Mac users have as many Mac calculators as you’ll find on the Mincey Macs. We collect them with a passion and intensity rivaled only by boomers with Cabbage Patch Kids, Hot Wheels, and Trump trophy wives.
What I don’t understand about calculators for the Mac, and they come in all sizes, shapes, looks, and feature sets, is the business model. After all, Apple provides a very good calculator with OS X and it’s free and built into the Mac. Why bother to compete with what’s good and free?
This Is Only A Test
Every month our television set goes a bit wonky with the standard FCC-required emergency broadcast test. ‘This is only a test.’ That’s what I think drives the Mac calculator industry. It’s a way for a Mac developer to test out some programming skills and apply a little experience and do the same thing but differently.
Intelligent MaCalculator Pro is exactly that. A Mac calculator with a bunch of useful, albeit typical, calculator features. If there’s a unique claim to fame with this calculator it’s the location.
Most Mac calculators are basic applications which means you navigate the Applications folder to find it, double-click to open it, then use it accordingly. You can drop calculator apps into the Dock, but that clutters up the Dock’s already limited space with an app you may not use often.
Click Intelligent MaCalculator Pro icon in the Mac’s Menubar and this is what you get.
Two of the three calculator color themes are shown in the screenshots above.
MaCalculator Pro has all the basic calculator functions you know and love, plus there’s a scientific extension (click the arrow in the upper right). Supposedly there is a way to drag the calculator and place it on top of other apps as a floating app itself, but no amount of tugging, dragging, pulling, or clicking would make it leave it’s sticky place in the Menubar.
The developer’s website and support is reminiscent of too many Mac app developer websites these days; under construction and an email address that bounces back undelivered.
It’s a good thing there’s no price tag on Intelligent MaCalculator Pro.