My Mac is graced with more than my fair share of certain kinds of apps and utilities. Yes, I have a couple of desktop publishing apps. And calculators. But there’s only one calculator in my collection that does what others do not.
This one is called DTP Multicalc. The ‘DTP’ in the name probably refers to desktop publishing which often measures sizes in pica and points. But there’s more in DTP Multicalc.
The simple, standard calculator-like interface lets you add, subtract, multiply or divide within any field. To the left of the keypad is running digital ‘tape’ of your calculations.
Results can be copied to the Mac’s clipboard and re-entered for additional calculations (it would be nice to simply ‘select’ a result or number in the tape and have it ready to calculate).
The digital tape can be printed or saved. You can control window and active field colors, too, so there’s a little personal customization capability, but the brushed metal look is so 2004.
However, the coolest feature is the option to calculate fractions. That’s right. Fractions. Fractions of any measurement in DTP Multicalc. This is a simple, elegant, remarkably easy to use app that costs just a few dollars, and probably unlike any calculator you currently use.
Not everyone needs what DTP Multicalc does, but if you do, you know it and you want it.