Download Latest Version for Mac (25.25 MB) Advertisement. Numi is a calculator app that is capable of combining text and calculations. Not only that, but it also allows you to freely share your computations as you see fit. The text input does not have to be specific, but it supports plain English. For instance, '5 cm plus 1 meter.’.
If there’s one constant across every Mac we’ve ever used, it’s the calculator. From System 1 to Yosemite, there’s always been a basic number cruncher baked right into the operating system, but for the most part, the calculators on our desktops still aren’t much smarter than the ones in our desk drawers.
Numi (Mac App Store link) breaks that mold. 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.
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Numi is the calculator app that lets you perform calculations in plain English, exactly as you would say them. Instead of punching in numbers, you write down what you need and the app gives you an output that’s easy to copy and paste elsewhere.
The app handles all sorts of unit conversions and advanced mathematics with ease, all from a stripped-down interface. It even lets you save frequent calculations so you can refer to them easily time after time.
Stop punching away at your calculator. With Numi, it’s ask and you shall receive. Here’s how to get started.
To start using Numi, simply type in a calculation you’d like answered. Time conversions, unit conversions, simple and advanced math are all supported.
The terms of your question will appear on the left-hand side of the app window in blue and white text. The answer will appear on the right-hand side in green text. You can play around with the phrasing of your question; “20% of $50” will yield a different result than “20% off of $50.”
To create a new saved calculation, click the “+” button at the top right of the app window. To name your new calculation page, enter a “#” followed by the name of your choice in the first line.
To find and open a saved calculation, click the “all calculations” button at the top right and scroll through the list or use the search bar. Then click the name of the calculation and it will open in the main window.
Numi supports the creation of custom variables in your calculations. Use the initial lines of a calculation to establish the names, values, and relationships between variables. In the later lines, you can have the app use those variables for more complex calculations.
It’s easy to use the answers you find in the app for other purposes. Any green-text result will automatically copy to your clipboard when you click it. You can paste into any other app or document.
To export or share an entire calculation, click the arrow at the bottom right of the window and choose from the pop-up menu.
Who said math has to be a pain?
Get Numi on Setapp, and it interprets written text and supports variables—something that nearly no calculator apps can do. Make sure to save the calculations you use most often for an even smoother experience.