There once was a day when I collected calculators. Not the real kind made of atoms. The digital kind on my Mac. I had a loan calculator, a scientific calculator, a time code calculator, a graphing calculator, a giant calculator, and a calculator with more digits than Kat Von D has tattoos.
Somehow I misplaced the loan calculator so I fired up the Mac App Store to see what they had in the showroom.
I typed in calculator and hit the enter key. It’s calculator city over there. Dozens of calculators of all kinds in a giant grid of colorful calculator icons and price tags.
Loan Calculator – This is what satisfied me right away. Loan Calculator is simple. Enter a loan amount, add the interest rate and the loan’s term length, number of payments each year, and it spits out the payment amount and an amortization schedule. Not bad for 99-cents, right?
A bunch of calculators are free, including the Etsy Fee Calculator. If you’re an Etsy seller you’ll understand.
There’s an expensive Graphing Calculator. Fortunately, my graphing needs are limited to Numbers, but it’s nice to know there’s a calculator that does this kind of work.
The Mac App Store has scientific calculators, a stock calculator, a biorhythm calculator, a converter calculator, a Scrabbulator (for Scrabble), a body mass index calculator, daily calorie calculator, and many, many others, including a colorful, giant calculator to teach kids how to, well, calculate.
Love it or hate it, one of the benefits of using the Mac App Store is concentrated selection. One click of the keyboard is all it took to list a few dozen calculators of every stripe and color.
Many are free, most are 99-cents to $2.99 or so, but a few more specialized calculator apps have a heftier price tag.
The BA Financial Calculator Pro is $14.99, looks fabulous, but Mac App Store reviewers put it down in a hurry with many one star reviews.
Don’t you just love reviews?
Regardless of look and feel and price or features, a calculator really should be able to calculate accurately.