Developer Tapbots has made a name for itself with an excellent Twitter client for the Mac and iOS, Tweetbot. They have other apps in their portfolio, too, and on Thursday released a nicely done Mac edition of Calcbot, an intelligent calculator and unit converter that made its iOS debut in July of 2010.
Despite a somewhat steep asking price, keep in mind that Calcbot combines a compelling calculator and a powerful unit converter into a single, beautifully designed experience.
In terms of calculations, Calcbot provides both basic and advanced features like complex scientific calculations with constants like Pi, Atomic Mass and more. The app also supports more than 500 different unit conversions and lets you favorite any calculation so you can refer to it later.
Now that Calcbot for Mac is out I can get back to devoting my full attention to the Tweetbot for Mac update. It will be worth the wait.
— Todd Thomas (@toddthomas) November 6, 2014
And yes, everything you do is automatically saved to the history tape so you can change values and copy them to the clipboard with ease.
Built-in iCloud sync ensures that your favorites, contents of the history tape and your own constants are synchronized to all your Macs, and soon to all of your iOS devices.
And that Calcbot has an aesthetically pleasing appearance with stylish animations and sound effects doesn’t hurt either. All told, there are lots of tiny details to explore and appreciate in the Mac version of Calcbot.
- History Tape — Every calculation you enter gets saved to the history tape and optionally sent to your clipboard for quick pasting. Refer to calculations later or send them right back to the calculator.
- Expression View — Calcbot’s original expression view allows you to see everything you have typed so you’ll never forget what you entered or miss a typo.
- Conversion — Convert any of your calculations with over 500 units across 22 different categories including auto-updating currency rates.
- Favorites — Fave a calculation and get instant access to its result via the Favorites Key. No more cryptic memory keys.
- Scientific Functions — Calcbot supports common scientific functions in case you ever need them.
- Constants — Get instant access to scientific constants like Pi, Atomic Mass or add your own.
- Round for Currency — Have all of your results rounded to two decimal places.
- iCloud Sync — Sync your history tape, constants, and faves across multiple Macs and soon all of your iOS devices.
- Sounds and Animations — Sound effects & animations to provide positive feedback when performing calculations.