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PCalc

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No matter how simple or complex your arithmetic needs, PCalc is one of those rare utilities that always manages to be just the right tool for the moment.

That’s in part because its interface is so customizable. Keep it simple with a bare-bones calculator, or go all out with nearly any scientific, engineering, or programming function. PCalc remains easy to use whether you’re calculating 12 + 59 + 712, finding the cube root of 1,259,712, multiplying in binary, or converting between newton-meters and foot-pounds.

PCalc’s default layout emulates the basic scientific calculator you probably remember from high school. You can click buttons on the screen, but if you prefer to use the keyboard, the app assigns functions beyond basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to intuitive keys and key combinations. For example, type \ for the inverse or reciprocal (a number divided into 1). Or press the Space bar to reveal a wealth of trigonometric, logarithmic, and other functions.

Combine a modern theme with an old-school “tape” (right) showing a history of your calculations. RPN acolytes will appreciate the Stack window (left).

You can also convert among different numeric bases, like decimal into hexadecimal, or compute outside of base 10 with a click of the Hex, Oct, or Bin button. And like any scientific calculator worth its salt, you can switch to Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) mode with the click of a button.

All these options just scratch the surface of PCalc. The app includes scores of unit and currency conversions (click the A→B button to choose a conversion; you’ll see a live preview of the result in the conversion picker), as well as mathematical and physical constants. And by taking advantage of PCalc’s macros feature, you can create and save sequences to perform pretty much any calculation you can dream up. Many of these customizations even sync across PCalc for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

The many layout and theme options means even fans of old HP calculators will feel at home.

And while it won’t help you solve any mathematical calculations, PCalc’s About box has some delightful Easter eggs. Click the app’s logo to reveal a giant 42 that you can hurl animated bananas, cereal boxes, and dice at. Or click the car icon to enter a car-driving simulation with in-game rewards. What do these functions solve for? Exactly what PCalc is all about: letting you have some fun with numbers.

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