Boomers who follow the Mincey clan’s digital musings will know of our family proclivities for photography, ponies, pinball, poker, and more than a few digital collections, including calculators.
Wait. What? Calculators? Who collects those? Aren’t calculators mostly free? Yes. Mostly. But the good ones are worth their digital weight in Bitcoin, including an all time favorite which takes up residence on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and, yes, on Watch.
iCalc With PCalc
PCalc is one of those rare Mac utilities which still carries the gee whiz gene, a combination calculator, scientific calculator, programmers calculator, and math nerd fun tool which can be used by mere mortal earthlings and Stephen Hawking. That means PCalc can be setup and used by those of us who remain in awe of scientific progress coupled with common sense usability.
PCalc on the Mac isn’t just a standalone calculator. Even the Mac’s built-in free calculator, well, calculates well. PCalc does more.
At the very basic level, PCalc has the basics covered. There’s the ubiquitous RPN mode, options for multiple memories, and simple but useful requirements including Show Thousands Separators, Show Ticker Tape, and multiple Display Modes (not to mention the crazy long Decimal places slider).
With a click PCalc goes into Normal mode, Scientific mode, Engineering mode, or Accounting mode, depending upon your genetic makeup. Convenience is on your side, too, because PCalc can live in the Mac’s Notification Center. Multiple themed styles get you a look that’s comfortable for your eyes and fingers.
Yep. PCalc can use the Mac’s keyboard for entry, of course, but there’s also a PCalc version for iPhone, iPad, and Watch. And Apple TV.
The iOS version looks, feels, and works much like the Mac PCalc, but on a smaller screen, and somewhat more convenient because it’s touch only.
The variety of layouts and themes alone are worth the modest price of admission to PCalc.
PCalc for iPhone and iPad has switchable button layouts so you can go horizontal or vertical. An editor is built-in which also means you can create your own layout and share with others, somewhat like a digital modular model.
It even handles splitscreen multitasking so PCalc can be used while you’re using other apps. Even 3D Touch works to pop up additional functionality.
Perhaps my favorite iOS experience with PCalc isn’t with iPhone at all. It’s PCalc for Watch.
Use PCalc as a standalone Watch calculator, but also as a unit converter, yet it also has a complication for Watch face which makes it even more convenient to use without grabbing for the iPhone (no, not all the iPhone app’s features are on Watch; there’s a limitation to what you can do with small screen real estate).
PCalc for Apple TV is out but that I haven’t tried yet. Still, PCalc is the calculator I recommend to neighbors, friends, family and co-workers knowing that there will be inevitable questions and some handholding.