Sophisticated Calculations performed instantly
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Mac OS X (.zip, 2.74 MB)
Simple User Interface - Powerful Math Engine
InstantCalc is an infix calculator, and as such, it is ideal for simple and sophisticated calculations. It comes with a full featured math engine, including a Newton solver, numerical integration and differentiation, and other numerical methods.
It does lazy percenting and handles fractions, knows atomic weights, and has a currency table that can be updated via download from the server of the International Monetary Fund.
For programmers, it features hexadecimal and binary operations/conversions as well as a complete set of bitwise and logical operators.
It gots a small footprint at the screen, and it provides for the system service InstantCalc, so all calculations can be done inline when editing text at any place in any application that supports the Service menu.
Not another Pocket Calculator
InstantCalc does not try to simulate a pocket calculator, instead it is optimized for rapid calculation work cycles on you Mac. For example, expression entry and result fields are kept separate, which makes the daily calculus by far more efficient than with a regular pocket calculator.
Error recovering is as easy as fixing the flawed entry in the expression field, and then calculate again. Did you ever found yourself doing calculations twice or more times on a pocket calculator, because of a mistake occurred in the middle of a long calculation, or because of a calculation gave unbelievable results? Then, you will very likely highly appreciate the straight forward design of InstantCalc.
Do similar calculations in a row, without needing to enter everything again and again, only change what is actually different in the expression field and execute the calculation.
See intermediary results by calculate and continue, following-up everything in the calculation history table.
Living Calculation History Table
All calculations are recorded in the history table, and the entries in the history are still living, i.e. the expressions and results can be referenced in new calculations by denoting Rsn or Esn for the result or the expression at serial number sn. Referenced expressions are newly evaluated and may give different results, when variables were changed. In addition, calculations in the history table can be redone individually or as a whole, e.g. after setting new values to User Variables. Calculation History entries are stored persistently on demand, using the S-switch.
Variables can be managed (added/changed/deleted) with the User Variables panel, and by using the operator := in any calculation. Variables are stored persistently.
InstantCalc registers two URL handlers to the system, namely the simple calc template handler "sct://..." and the simple calc execute handler "scx://...". For example ...
... would enter the template for the linear inter-/extrapolation function into the expression field of InstantCalc, so that the variables could be replaced by the actual values for later evaluation.
... would enter the equation solver into the expression field of InstantCalc, and optionally would lead it to execute the calculation.