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One of the apps I miss most from Linux when using a Mac is the Gnome calculator (gcalctool). I like that I can type out a full expression before evaluating it:

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Is there a good free calculator app that works similarly or is there a way to install gcalctool?

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I love Ubuntu 10.04 LTS <3 – gentmatt Jul 26 '12 at 17:50
It's not free, nor quite the same as gcalctool, but I recommend at least taking a look at Soulver for the Mac; best calculator app ever. :) – Dan J Jul 26 '12 at 21:23
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gcalctool is available in MacPorts

  1. Download and install MacPorts

  2. Perform the following action to install gcalctool from within a Terminal:

    sudo port install gcalctool

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I am lucky enough to have a Mathematica license, but if I didn't, I would solve problems like this using Spotlight or bc.

  1. Click on the Spotlight icon in the upper right and enter your math problem rather than a string to search for. 2+8*6^.5 immediately returns 21.595 . . .

  2. the bc app in the terminal works similarly, though I have found bugs in it and it wouldn't be my first choice.

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