Mac Platform: Intel
OS version: 10.6 or later
Numi is a little program that lives in your menu bar. It magically combines calculations with text, and allows you to share computations with other Numi users.
Numi combines text editor, calculator, and custom mechanism that fully transforms text as you type it in.
The input is as easy as typing in simple text. You don’t have to switch between what you enter – text, numbers, comments – everything is automatic.
Special operations. Auto sum, improved work with percentages, supports currency symbols.
Always at hand: just press Cmd+Opt+=
A calculator built for the iOS generation, the minimal utility eschews the traditional keypad in favor of casual, text-based equations that let you see exactly what’s been added and subtracted.
There’s not much about Numi that resembles a traditional calculator. There are no buttons or symbols, and quite frankly, it looks more like a text editor than an adding machine. But as you type, Numi scans for any numbers and nearby arithmetic functions and quickly solves anything you throw at it.
It’s not quite as simple as tapping five times four on a familiar keypad, but Numi is more powerful and versatile than any traditional calculator app I’ve ever used. It’s lightweight enough to rest in the menu bar or dock, but it feels somewhat like a freeform version of Numbers. For example, I was able to track my expenses for a recent family vacation and visualize not just how much I had spent, but what I bought and whether my available cash had been depleted. I can only imagine how helpful it would have been in my college calculus course.
Since it’s text based, Numi lets you easily edit and explain your numbers, and while there’s no print or export option, it always remembers your last state. Quotients and sums are recorded as instantly as when using a regular calculator, but things can get tricky, especially when dealing with multi-step problems. But once you master its unique language, you’ll never want to launch Calculator again.
“But every now and again we bump into an app so elegant, so useful, so pleasant that we’d sign a petition for Apple to include it in the next version of OS X.” - Mac360
“It’s very cool and makes simple, common calculations very easy and fun.” - Lifehacker
“What it does is let you solve problems like they were word problems.” - Addictive Tips