Tapbots, the developer behind the popular third-party Twitter app Tweetbot, have launched a revamped version of their calculator app, Calcbot. The new version of the app has been completely revamped for iOS 8, and is available as an update to those that already own the current version of Calcbot.
In addition to the new look, Calcbot 2.0 brings along a number of new features. The old memory keys system has been thrown out for the new favorites system, which is easier to understand. The familiar history tape remains, and is now visible in portrait mode alongside the calculator. Your history tape will also now sync across your iOS device, as well as Calcbot for Mac. You can now also get instant access to scientific constants.
Calcbot also comes with a number of pro features, which can be unlocked with a $1.99 in-app purchase. Pro features include unit conversion, which lets you convert over 500 units in 22 categories like temperature, currency, and weight, features previously found in the developer's Convertbot app. Swipe to the right on the central calculator display to access unit conversion. You'll also have access to unlimited history tape, a special pro theme, and customizable constant values.
In addition to the Pro features, there are also two theme packs available for purchase at $0.99 a piece, each featuring multiple themes. Calcbot 2.0 itself is free to download for iPhone and iPad, and is rolling out on the App Store right now for devices running iOS 8.1 or later.
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Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.
Finally, a calculator that makes the + and = signs bigger. And that's not sarcasm.
Very pricey app in general, and ridiculously overpriced for previous purchasers waiting years for an update for a calculator to fill the entire screen. Asking for $.99 for themes after $1.99 adds insult + injury... :-(
$0 is very pricey? Also, let's assume for a minute that you're right and you really did have to pay $1.99. Are you really complaining about two fucking dollars? Go write a really good app like this and then tell me how much it should cost.
When I already paid for the app, yes, $1.99 is ridiculous. .99 for themes is an insult. Thanks though for stopping by... ;-)
But you didn't pay for this version. You paid for the last version. You're welcome to continue using the last version. But someone spent a long time making this new version, so if you do want it, try to scrounge up 8 quarters. Should we open a kickstarter for you?
I think the new colors are ok, but the greatest feature that kept me using calcbot no matter what was that the "tape" was visible in landscape mode so you could easily see your last 10-12 results, now it's on top of the app and you can only see the last one, it sucks to scroll every time for older results
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