Everyone likes to read about the Best Of… or Top 10… this or that, including applications for Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Through the years I’ve collected more than my fair share of converter applications; simple utilities which convert units from this to that, but go far beyond the unit conversions available in the Mac’s built-in calculator app.
What? The Calculator app does unit conversions? Yes, it does. Click the Convert menu option in the Menubar, select the unit to convert, and you’re good to go. But if you truly, madly, deeply need the cat’s meow of unit converters I always recommend the simply titled Converter.
One look at Converter will tell you that this is not your father’s HP calculator.
Look at the array of options. There are 20 different categories in the moving lefthand sidebar; from Acceleration and Angle to Length and Magnitude to Time and Volume, and many more.
Tabs at the top of Converter let you select Geometry, Finance, Physics, Addition and Multiplication, Health, Bases, and Weight, each with different options to match the requirements; including physics equations.
Converter features over 30 financial formulas and calculations, 18 physics formulas and calculations, and an option to covert between bases from 2 to 36. There’s even a Table of Elements.
All those features packed into a single, affordable utility would seem to make conversions a complicated process but that’s not the case. Converter looks and feels like a modern OS X application (it requires OS X Yosemite) but the layout is spacious and simple to navigate.
Even the health tool is advanced and includes standard Body Mass Index Calculator but also a calorie counter, a body fat percentage calculator, a basal metabolic rate calculator, and body adiposity index calculator. Take that, built-in OS X calculator app. There’s even a weight calculator conversion for different planets relative to weight on the earth.
Of all the advanced Mac calculators and unit converters, Converter is not only easier to use, it contains more components, making it more useful, but also attractive, thanks to multiple theme options, and the Notification Center calculator and converter Widget.
Nicely done, affordable, very useful, and highly recommended. If there’s a negative it’s the lack of a corresponding iPhone version.