Soul­ver

Alan cal­cu­lates that this is a great lit­tle notepad for sim­ple num­ber work

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If you of­ten find your­self do­ing cal­cu­la­tions in Spot­light, maybe you stretch its use­ful­ness be­yond what is rea­son­able, as I do, to avoid work­ing in an app like Ex­cel. I’ve got into the habit of us­ing Soul­ver, which is a neat notepad for deal­ing with num­bers. Like a full-blown spread­sheet app, Soul­ver can keep a run­ning to­tal of num­bers (it does so au­to­mat­i­cally in the right­hand column of a doc­u­ment). You then write in the left-hand side, mix­ing num­bers and words in fairly nat­u­ral lan­guage, or at least sim­i­lar to the way you might jot things down on pa­per, rather than ex­press­ing things as ar­cane func­tions found in Num­bers or other spread­sheet apps.

You can store val­ues in vari­ables to use through­out your doc­u­ment, which en­ables ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios. Alternatively, you might du­pli­cate a doc­u­ment and then ad­just vari­ables at the top of each copy to work out, side by side, the to­tal cost of a hol­i­day with a va­ri­ety of ho­tel and flight costs. Dif­fer­ent cur­ren­cies can be used in a cal­cu­la­tion, and the re­sult ex­pressed even in some other cur­rency; that could come in handy if you’re keep­ing track of ex­penses in­curred dur­ing a busi­ness trip around Europe, for ex­am­ple.

Soul­ver is not just for fi­nan­cial data; like a spread­sheet app, many more math­e­mat­i­cal fea­tures are there if you need them. Both the Mac ver­sion (£8.99) and the iOS ver­sion (£3.99) sync to iCloud, so you can use it to track pay­ments on iPhone and then do more with those fig­ures on your Mac.

Soul­ver is ideal if you reg­u­larly need to run quick and sim­ple cal­cu­la­tions.

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