PCalc is a high-powered scientific calculator that goes beyond the features found in the built-in Mac OS scientific calculator. Scientists, mathematicians, or just serious students will find quite a few bonus features comparable to those found in standalone programmable scientific calculators which PCalc's interface mimics--including quick one-key conversions, constants organized by field (from astronomical to physicochemical), an optional RPN mode that matches modern calculators, and decimal, hexadecimal, octal, and binary modes. You can also write your own functions and conversions, maintain multiple calculators (all with different states), and use PCalc's slightly lower-powered Dashboard widget for quick calculations. PCalc even comes with a virtual tape, so you can look through all your past calculations, and you can resize and skin your calculator with a variety of themes.
This shareware app is also available as a cheaper (and very similar) iPhone and iPad app, and the Mac version has been updated to add more of its features. If you regularly use a scientific calculator, you should definitely check out PCalc, on any platform.
From TLA Systems:
PCalc is the powerful choice for scientists, engineers, students, programmers, or indeed anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode and multi-line display, a choice of button layouts, an extensive set of unit conversions and constants, a paper tape, multiple undo and redo, engineering and scientific notation, as well as support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations.PCalc is ideal for scientists, engineers, students, programmers, or indeed anybody looking for a feature rich calculator. It includes an optional RPN mode, a choice of button layouts, an extensive set of unit conversions, a paper tape, multiple undo and redo, engineering and scientific notation, as well as support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations.
Much more than just a regular and scientific calculator: things like financial and trigonometric calculator faces. Many included customization skins. All kinds of conversions between various systems of units are built in.
The only conversion that I use often and that is missing is currency conversion, which is available on Apple's included OS X Calculator. But, the interface is much sleeker. Come to think of it, there is no religious conversion function, either <g>.
More reminiscent of the pocketable Texas Instrument and HP calculators of days gone by (does anybody carry these anymore?), and for $10, it's a steal.
it's better than the calculator that comes with the Mac OS... that's about all for Pro's
it costs money! I would imagine every student needs a good calculator for school. Why is the Apple tax so much?
I have both a Mac and a PC, and if I wanted to switch to a Mac only it would cost me a fortune to get the necessary software for college. A Windows 7 machine as much more freeware available for academic use. I spent $1700 on an iMac, and would need to spend another $600 on software that is free for a PC.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Wow, I have never ever seen such a wonderful calculator!
Why has no one every came up with a perfect calendar as this?
The developer must never sleep because he responds so quickly!
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