One of the unfortunate side effects of being a long time Mac user and a certified Apple watcher and app reviewer is the number of apps I collect and use. The list is growing. That means my Mac, iPhone, and iPad have far more apps than I use on a regular basis, including a favorite category. Calculators. The one I use the most is also the only one that works as a Notification Center widget on each of my Apple toys.
Calculators for Mac, iPhone, and iPad are a dime a dozen and often a little less. Since most calculators work the same way, and Apple gives Mac, iPhone, and iPad users a calculator in OS X and iOS, why pay money for what is already free?
Because PCalc This cleverly designed calculator looks and works a bit differently than most calculators. Yes, it comes with a variety of calculators built in. It looks nice. It’s big. But there’s more.
There are multiple themes, all the conversions you could ask for, a paper audit trail (without the paper, of course), engineering and scientific notation, RPN model, different button styles and layouts, and the all important multiple undo.
What sets PCalc apart– besides the above– are the options which are new to iOS 8.x and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
PCalc can live in the Notification Center for Mac, iPhone, and iPad, so there’s no need to open the app to make a calculation. Instead, on the Mac, click the Notification Center in Yosemite and get a calculator. On iPhone and iPad, simply pull down the Notification Center and there’s the calculator.
Now, get this. PCalc also does Handoff.
That means whatever calculating you’re working on on the Mac shows up on your iPhone or iPad. Start a calculation here, finish it over there.
Yes, PCalc has a price tag. That’s the price of quality. Check out the Mac App Store reviews. Nearly two hundred reviews and almost every one of them is five stars. Ditto for PCalc on the iPhone and iPad App Store.