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Review: Kalkules greatly enhances built-in calculator options for advanced users

Perform complex calculations on a greatly-expanded calculator for your PC.

Kalkules triples the number of built-in buttons and functions on the PC calculator to make advanced mathematical functions easier. With dozens of new options, a massive list of menu options and function operations, Kalkules is a powerful tool that you will find yourself using frequently, whether to complete your most recent homework or while working on a new application.

After installation, Kalkules will open to the full calculator view, showing more than 75 buttons onscreen, including standard number pad and operations, and then everything from cosine and arcsine to exponents, logarithms, and derivatives. Separate tool menus are also available for quadratic equations, graphs of functions, and much more. In effect, you can do almost anything a college-level math book could throw at you with this tool, and for the most part it is easy to use. While a tutorial would have been a useful tool for understanding the proper order of operations and input methods needed for this tool, it is mostly intuitive. Combined with hex, dec, oct, and bin converters, degree, radials, and gradient converters, you can do just about anything you can think of with this calculator.

If you find yourself frustrated with the lack of options on your calculator or need something more immediately accessible and easier to use than your phone or tablet, Kalkules is a very powerful, easy-to-use, and accessible replacement for those other tools. While not a perfect tool and certainly lacking some of the intuitive features that would make it easier to use, Kalkules is an important tool that programmers will greatly enjoy.

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