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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Mac looking Calculator anywhere!

This is really the best calculator application out there. If you use the calculator pretty often, you'll want this. What is great about it is that it is always accessible, a keyboard shortcut away. It is as accessible as QuickSilver. It is called Calq. You press the key combination that you chose and this semi-transparent rectangle appears in the middle of the screen. You enter what you want to calculate, press "Enter" and that's it. You can either click with the mouse, press "Esc" or wait a few seconds to make it disappear. The application doesn't show up in the Dock or in the "Command-Tab" dialog. It only adds a small icon in the menu bar. If you want to just install it and not worry about it, you can drag it to the Dock, right-click on its Dock icon and choose "Open at login". You can then remove it from the Dock and it will automatically start up when you login. You can download Calq here from MacUpdate.

What it looks like:

The preferences:

The keyboard shortcut preferences:


Blogger valbaca said...

Cool app.
Another alternative is using Google's Widget with its built in calculator.
Open Dashboard (with the Google Widget) > type in your equation

August 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Oliver said...

Also, you can use the dashboard calc with the number pad/numbers on the top of your keyboard. (i.e. type 12*13 return for your answer.) In addition, you can copy and paste as well.

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August 14, 2007 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger TiVO said...

how do you uninstall it?

August 14, 2007 at 12:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Couldn't get it to work :-( Nothing happens when i start the program.

Tried to start it via "Show Package Contents".. Starts a console, which show some errors, and the config window apears. But nothing happens when I press the shortcut keys.

I'ts in the trash. I'm using The Calculator on the Dashboar and the DashIt widget to pull the Calculator from Dashboard onto my desktop. Also very useable with the converter widget.

August 14, 2007 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger Ginoong Ang said...

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August 14, 2007 at 5:10 AM  
Blogger Ginoong Ang said...

it's also not working with mine. i'm using an ibook instead of the macbook. should there be any difference?

August 14, 2007 at 5:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Help! It doesn't work. How do you uninstall it?

August 14, 2007 at 5:29 AM  
Blogger Daan said...

If you are already running Quicksilver and don't want to run another background app, the Quicksilver Calculator Module Plugin is a good alternative. Invoke quicksilver, press period to go to text input mode, enter a calculation, and select CalculatorCalculateAction as you action.

August 14, 2007 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Kai said...

daan - pressing = automatically puts quicksilver in calculator mode, so you don't have to scroll down to hit Calculate

August 14, 2007 at 10:22 AM  

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