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PCalc - A well-done calculator app ... and widget Pick of the Week
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PCalc is a shareware calculator, written by James Thomson, author of another long-time fave of mine, DragThing. And yes, there are many, many calculator apps out there, including a couple freebies from Apple, but PCalc is one of my favorites -- especially in its new Version 3 release. It does everything you'd expect of a high-end calculator, including tapes, scientific functions, and even includes an RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) mode, first popularized on HP calculators. I've used HPs for so long that I find it hard to work in anything but RPN, so that's a big selling point for me. For those who don't grok RPN, there are now parentheses buttons, as well, so that you can control the order of operations. PCalc even tells you how many parentheses are presently open, which makes entering complex formulas much easier.

But beyond the feature set, PCalc is also the nicest-looking calculator app I've ever seen. The interface is very nice, and a 'nicer digits' option creates (in my opinion) a better looking display. PCalc even includes a super useful Widget version (for 10.4 users) that contains most of the features of the full-blown app, and hides itself quite nicely when not in use.

But don't take my word for it -- Dan Frakes likes it, too, and covered it in this week's MacGems, with lots of additional details...
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Some excellent free calculators...
Authored by: chtito on Oct 27, '05 07:22:02AM
For those who are not willing to pay for a calculator, i have to mention the excellent Magic Number Machine. Source code downloadable too. Awesome piece of software!
For the RPN lovers there is also an excellent HP X48 emulator.

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PCalc - A well-done calculator app ... and widget
Authored by: KenaiTheMacFan on Oct 27, '05 01:15:59PM

This comes free with the OS.

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Ian



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PCalc - A well-done calculator app ... and widget
Authored by: KenaiTheMacFan on Oct 27, '05 01:17:39PM
oh wait did you say this has a widget?!

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Or, for emacs aficionados ...
Authored by: krishna on Oct 27, '05 01:22:01PM
If you like RPN and use emacs, you must try calc.el (http://www.emacswiki.org/cgi-bin/wiki/AdvancedDeskCalculator). There's a printable quick-ref card for it, and it does fractions, mixed numbers, date calculations, and even retains algebraic expressions on the stack in expression form. Great for quick sums, etc when editing text files in emacs.

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