Not long ago I read a review online about a calculator that runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch. One of my criteria for new apps these days is full on integration. Wherever possible, I want apps, tools, utilities that run on all of my Apple devices because familiarity and sync.
As if by magic I ran into an advertisement for PCalc, a calculator that, not by magic, runs on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch. That’s right. Watch, too. Apple TV, too. Now, my calculator needs are not the same as a programmer or certified card carrying pen protector crowd, and Apple provides a calculator everywhere except Watch and Apple TV, but that won’t deter someone with enough OCD genes to make sure everything is synchronized, orderly, and familiar.
My far more geeky husband seemed to approve once he saw the switchable button layouts, multiple themes, option RPN mode, and editable unit conversions (not to mention functions and constants, which can be synced between PCalc on other Apple devices; take that, Apple calculator).
What I appreciate is that the interface is mostly common between devices and Apple’s Handoff of calculations works between iOS, macOS Sierra, and even watchOS. The themes are not only colorful and distinct, but they’re fully Retina so look great on every device.
There’s also a built-in simulated paper tape with the so-called ticker tape mode available from the main display. Even the Mac version looks and feels like you’re getting something far more than the built-in calculator.
Mac users will also appreciate full AppleScript support built-in (at least, as long as Apple decides to keep AppleScript around; the company seems to be sliding away from the once proud and happy Mac Geek Class).
No other calculator I know of receives as much attention as PCalc, and with very few new MacBook Pros on the streets, PCalc for Mac already supports the new Touch Bar feature.
Perhaps my favorite option is the iOS version for Watch.
The Watch version not only handles standard calculations on the Watch screen, but there’s a tip calculator, a unit converter, and an operator page; all available with a touch. It eve works as a Watch complication and fits nicely into the Watch Dock.
Best Mac calculator ever? Sure, why not? Everyone’s needs are different but PCalc is one that delivers more than expected.