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Versatile variable calculator

Add a multifeatured calculator to your desktop's repository with this handy application.

Farsight Calculator is a versatile application that can be used for algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and other computations. Users have the option to program functions into the calculator and customize settings for personalized usage.

Though Farsight Calculator is designed primarily for algebraic calculations, under the Tools menu, users can access the Finance Box for computing financial information and date calculations. It also offers a Unit Converter that converts distance, volume, temperature, area, time, and more. These features make Farsight Calculator a useful tool for users in a variety of professions. The interface is small enough to stay out of your way so that you can easily refer to it for quick calculations. It comes with built-in skins for changing the appearance of the calculator. We liked how this feature lets you add a little personalization. The Help menu directs you to the product's Web site. There are a few Flash demos that show you how to customize and perform functions with the program. The demos are helpful, but we wished there were Help files that we could browse from within the program, or an FAQ file. Also, the demos are geared toward users already familiar with scientific calculators. We would have liked to see more help that describes how to use the calculator in layman's terms.

The program offers a 30-day trial period. Farsight Calculator is a good solution for math, science, and financial professionals, but average users might find that the learning curve associated with this program is too steep.

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