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Cool. Magic Number is available on the Mac App Store for $ 9.99.
It runs beautifully on OS X. And this includes the latest El Capitan.
You can take the usual route to see the full overview.
Or we can look at it differently.
If Magic Number is a drill, we will look at ways to make better holes.
But we are lazy. We will show you the lazy ways to do math.
Don’t take the calculator literally.
The keypad is really for helping you to get familiar with the app, and in particular, the shortcut.
If you are a keyboard lover, you can do everything without touching the mouse.
Magic Number is not a physical calculator.
You can have it any size.
And feel free to go buttonless.
Editing at its simplest
You can click and type.
Or use the keys ◀,▶
Of course you can go further.
You can’t go fast with square wheels.
The QWERTY keyboard is never meant for math.
Math symbols are second class citizens.
To multiply, you have to hunt for *
To add, you have to press shift with
Of course there is a better way — you can cure this in seconds.
If you switch between a calculator and another app a lot, treat yourself with the global shortcut ⌃space. You can use it in any app.
Press it to show Magic Number. And when you’re done, press again to hide it.
Do more for less while switching
Sometimes you want to calculate, copy the result, and switch back.
You can let Magic Number do the copying for you.
R is for result.
For safety, the result of your most recent calculation is automatically saved. You can access it by clickingor by pressing R.
It’s convenient for calculation too.
Let’s say I’m calculating my total journey time:
My distance is 15 km. To calculate the speed, I can simply enter
This means you have less things to worry about:
- No need to copy the result beforehand.
- No need to discipline yourself to store 1:15 as a variable.
- No need to use the prehistoric M+, MR, etc.
List – A mini spreadsheet
Get the sum, tax, and statistics for a list of numbers.
Click the below image for a quick demo.
Here are some prices for the Apple Watch.
Let’s compare the 38mm models.
Difference (549 – 349)
% increase (349 ➝ 549)
(Conclusion: My brain thinks the Sport is better. But my heart disagrees.)
History – Exploit the past
You can double-click to insert your past calculation —
whether it’s for correction or for doing a similar calculation.
Select something to see the sum, average, or other summary.
So instead of typing one long expression, e.g. ‘(349 + 649) + (80 – 25%)’,
you can combine shorter ones.
Embrace the unknown
Sometimes you are too tired to think.
Too tired to do the elementary algebra in your head.
Something ÷ 17 = 19
Something is the unknown. Similar to ‘x’ in elementary algebra.
÷ 17 = 19
Here is an example involving %:
Click here to learn what Magic Number can solve for you.
Compound interest — The lazy way
Let’s start with simple interest.
If we borrow $ 2000 with 10% interest, we will pay back:
For convenience, we type:
If the interest is compounded yearly for 3 years, our payment is:
We can simply type:
You can read it as ‘2000 with 10% compounded 3 times’.
Here’s the answer.
Let’s play a bit of what-if’s.
What if we want 3000 instead of 2662? What rate would that be?
The best rate we can get is 12%. How many years it takes to reach 3000?
I hope you find this easier than the normal math or the spreadsheet’s future value function. You can learn more about compounding here.
Need to know more?
The home page gives you a full overview of features.
If you have any questions, feel free to tweet me.
Oh my name is Dennis Liu and I am the developer of Magic Number.
Have a nice day.