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Calculon is a handy calculator widget that runs under Dashboard in Mac OS X Tiger. It includes a 2 line display that lets you see what you're entering to be calculated, and features a choice of 10 different face colors. It also supports extended calculations, including the use of parentheses, such as: (3+3)*3=18
What's New
Version 1.2:
  • added the ability to paste from the clipboard
  • added the ability to delete the last character by pressing the "delete" key or left arrow key
  • pressing the "c" or capital "C" key now resets the calculator (in addition to the "clear" key) - mainly added this for PowerBook users, since there's no dedicated "clear" key like on full size keyboards
  • fixed a bug that was causing characters to be entered twice for PowerBook users using the "fn" key and the pseudo-number pad (keys M,J,K,L,U,I,O, etc.)
  • added some checks to prevent users from entering "=" more than once
  • typing a number after a calculation has been made now resets the calculator and starts a new calculation (previously, it had a bug where the number would be appended to the end of the old answer)
Version 1.2:
  • added the ability to paste from the clipboard
  • added the ability to delete the last character by pressing the "delete" key or left arrow key
  • pressing the "c" or capital "C" key now resets the calculator (in addition to the "clear" key) - mainly added this for PowerBook users, since there's no dedicated "clear" key like on full size keyboards
  • fixed more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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MrGando commented on 04 Dec 2005
Best Free widget calculator
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Anonymous reviewed on 25 Aug 2005
Too bad it doesn't remember the color you assigned to it...
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Aug 2005
shoot, i forgot-- do you think you could maybe have a version number somewhere so people wouldn't have to guess whether or not they had the newest version? (or look in widget package)
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Aug 2005
to get back on topic, this calculator is very nice, thanks.
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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Jul 2005
The article on OSX hints is correct.
When there are no parenthesis or other operand seperators, the mathematecal equation is to be done in the order of the equation.
In a scientific calculator, these options are readily available.
Tigers calculator program is a widget, which means that it is a quick convenience for a user to do something quickly. Apple also supplies a full scientific calculator with all the options available, which can be placed in the dock for those that the features would be of value. Comparing a widget to a full-blown app is ludicrous. A widget is meant to be a quick-access way for someone who is trying to figure out their bills, and is programmed to accept input accordingly. It's not designed for people who even know what the hell an operand even is...hence it's status as a widget.
Calling it "buggy" is inappropiate, as it performs its functions as intended as its user base. Calling it buggy without taking its function into consideration is rather rude, and insulting to its programmers.
Widgets are meant to be quick problem solvers, convenience items...etc. I highly doubt that someone will be doing genome splicing calculations on a widget.
Yes, you are correct that the calculator widget is not idea for operand related nor complex mathematics.
You are wrong, however, on assuming it should in the first place.
Which further proves my point concerning education, ie..."Don't ask a waitress for career advice". Before you judge something, put it within the perspective of its environment.
The fact that you posted the "shortcomings" of a widget when a full-blown version is available with little or no more inconvenience to you should be validation enough that you look for answers from the wrong sources.
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Aug 2005
i skimmed your long winded specious response. and have only this to say, order of operations is a *basic* function. go grab any calculator you can find that cost more than five dollars-- they all do it. people need order of operations to be applied in cases much simplier than genome research and you know it, you also know that comparing a widget that proposes to be a calculator to asking a waitress for career advice is silly.

expecting apple's calculator to follow the basic rules of math is more like asking a waitress for advice on what to pick from the menu. it may not be perfect for you, but it works well for most people.
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Anonymous commented on 06 Aug 2005
if you are the same person that insisted 1+2*3=9 you have already lost all credibility, keep quiet and sit in shame.
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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Jul 2005
The article on OSX hints is correct.
When there are no parenthesis or other operand seperators, the mathematecal equation is to be done in the order of the equation.
In a scientific calculator, these options are readily available.
Tigers calculator program is a widget, which means that it is a quick convenience for a user to do something quickly. Apple also supplies a full scientific calculator with all the options available, which can be placed in the dock for those that the features would be of value. Comparing a widget to a full-blown app is ludicrous. A widget is meant to be a quick-access way for someone who is trying to figure out their bills, and is programmed to accept input accordingly. It's not designed for people who even know what the hell an operand even is...hence it's status as a widget.
Calling it "buggy" is inappropiate, as it performs its functions as intended as its user base. Calling it buggy without taking its function into consideration is rather rude, and insulting to its programmers.
Widgets are meant to be quick problem solvers, convenience items...etc. I highly doubt that someone will be doing genome splicing calculations on a widget.
Yes, you are correct that the calculator widget is not idea for operand related nor complex mathematics.
You are wrong, however, on assuming it should in the first place.
Which further proves my point concerning education, ie..."Don't ask a waitress for career advice". Before you judge something, put it within the perspective of its environment.
The fact that you posted the "shortcomings" of a widget when a full-blown version is available with little or no more inconvenience to you should be validation enough that you look for answers from the wrong sources.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Jul 2005
Dear Anonymous
Yes, education IS important. So please read this carefully:
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050513190213231&query=calculator+widget
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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Jul 2005
1+2*3 does equal 9.
Read it in English in your head, one plus two (add them), times three...
This is why education is so important.
Math is supposed to be performed in the order the equation is written.
This is also why its not always wise to take free advice from posters to review sites...a lot of them are just as stupid as the dumb shit that posted the previous one.
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Anonymous commented on 04 Aug 2005
uhmmm... there is something called order of operations you dope. you learn about this in... i don't know elementary school. 1+2*3=7

if you feel education is important please go to this kids math site and learn about the order of operations http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/vol7/order_operations.html
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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Jul 2005
finally a calculator that works (apple's included calculator is buggy -- try 1+2*3 you should get 7 but apple's widget gives you 9)
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Anonymous commented on 19 Jul 2005
I guess Apple's calculator widget developer never heard of "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally".
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Anonymous commented on 19 Jul 2005
Apple's calculator performs operations in the order you enter them. So if you enter 1+2*3, Apple's calculator does (1+2)*3, which is logical sequentially.

What you're suggesting is that the calculator should wait to perform any operation until the entire formula is entered, so it performs the calculation as 1+(2*3).

But check out any desk calculator (not a scientific one) and it will give you the same result as Apple's.

Apple's calculator's behavior, then, is not a bug, nor is it something that most people who regularly use a standard desk calculator wouldn't expect. And isn't that what this Desk Accessory is supposed to replace?
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License:Free
Date:20 Jul 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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Calculon is a handy calculator widget that runs under Dashboard in Mac OS X Tiger. It includes a 2 line display that lets you see what you're entering to be calculated, and features a choice of 10 different face colors. It also supports extended calculations, including the use of parentheses, such as: (3+3)*3=18


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