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Now that I’ve found the right calculator for me, I should point out that I still take my phone out of my pocket to use a calculator. That’s a habit thing though, not a problem with the size of the objects on the Apple Watch. Calculator for Apple Watch Calculator for Apple Watch is a free, basic, standard little calculator app. It’s the app that could be built into the Apple Watch. Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.29.10 AM Calcbot Calcbot is a slight step up from Calculator. Here, we gain the ability to convert some basic things as well, such as kilograms to pounds, Fahrenheit to Celsius and a few other little things. There’s also a little tip calculator for those who need it. Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.50.58 AM Calculator+ If you need more functions, you can also do some scientific functions, fractions, percents, etc with this one. Oh, and Calculator+ supporting using handwriting! Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.54.09 AM PCalc Similar to Calculator+ but adds constants and conversions. See the ellipse. That opens up a lot of different options. And you have a glance to see recent calculations from the iOS app, which can be cool if you’re in a meeting! Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.57.36 AM CALC Scientific calculator (the only one where the numbers are separate on the screen). Also has history and the options available in PCalc, but adds speakable items! Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 9.58.42 AM XE Currency Simple currency converter. A few of the more traditional calculator apps have some currencies, but XE has all the world currencies. Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.03.27 AM Calculator Free As with a few of the calculator apps, this one has themes, so you can match it up with your band. But it also has a tip calculator, basic conversions and some of the bigger buttons (’cause lets face it, it’s a small screen). Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.12.23 AM Calculator Pro All the calculator things, matched to your watch band – but you have to buy it. Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.05.46 AM Cruncher – Watch Calculator Very basic calculator but with big buttons. Buttons are big because there are multiple objects within them. If you need bigger buttons give this one a shot. Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.20.44 AM Inflation Calculator Another specialty calculator. How much is $20 from 1980 worth today? Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 10.22.55 AM Bonus: There are tons of calorie counters out there for both Apple Watch and iPhone. Bonus 2: There are tons of tip calculators out there for the Apple Watch, but I didn’t include any of those here.

May 27th, 2015

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The Calculator application in Mac OS X is pretty handy beyond the basic 10-key functions that most people use.  As with many things from Apple you can make things much more complicated than the easy to use, basic screens that Apple provides.  For example, did you know that Calculator can perform binary, hexadecimal, ASCII and Unicode conversions?  To do so, click on the View menu and select Programmer (or use Command-3 to open the view.  You can also stop carrying around that old TI-85 you’ve been using for years (to some degree) to calculate those random tangents from time to time. One of the best parts of Calculator is that you can then access the tape function, which will show you a history of all of your calculations.  I use this option all the time, for pasting how I came across various numbers into documents rather than retyping.  To use it, simply run the calculations you need and then select Show Paper Tape from the Window menu (you can also use Command-T to access the tape). Another feature of the Calculator.app that often goes unnoticed is the ability to Convert one unit to another.  This includes Area, Length, Power, Pressure, Speed, Volume, Time, Temperature and Weight.  But Calculator can also convert currency, which will update automagically when you open Calculator, making it all you need to know how many rupees you should get per dollar! One thing that I’ve tinkered around with in the past is fully branding the Calculator application.  All of the buttons are stored in files nested inside the Calculator.app bundle, giving you the ability to change them to suit your needs.  This is pretty cool when used alongside kiosk mode.  Although a Mac is a pretty darn expensive dedicated calculator, it can make for a fairly flashy NetBoot image when done right. Overall, Calculator is one of the more underestimated and underutilized software packages available for Mac OS X.  It is versatile and fast, it can show you the history of commands and perform a wide variety of conversions.  So if you haven’t had a chance to play with the Calculator then give it a whirl!  Oh, and did I mention that Calculator can speak results for you!?!?

January 10th, 2007

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