Back in the day I learned to calculate using a slide rule and what was then called an adding machine. Calculators came along shortly after and the slide rule was replaced by a keypad and a roll of paper, which was quickly replaced by a pocket-sized calculator, then a watch calculator, a spreadsheet, and now the digital calculator. That long string of advancements means something new must be under the sun.
Enter Calca. It’s new. It’s different. It calculates differently, but is decidedly anti-digital calculator in the traditional sense. Calca is a symbolic calculator that calculates and updates as you type. It can simplify complex expressions and solve equations on the fly, so in a sense it’s a spreadsheet and calculator mashup.
Point and click it ain’t.
Calca may appear like a throwback tool since there’s no real point and click, or spreadsheet formulas to enter. It handles variables and functions, solves complex equations, including linear equations. It handles trig and complex numbers, including logic operations and statements.
Plus, it keeps track of units so your equations can be verified as you type. Start by declaring variables, edit values, and everything updates instantly. Calca is a good way to get your Mac geek on, and manage complex equations in a new way– right on the Mac’s screen.
I like to think of Calca as like Soulver but on performance enhancing pharmaceuticals.