In this awkward time of COVIC-19 lockdowns, folks will begin to struggle to make ends meet. I know from some folks that their salary was reduced to 60%, which is better than 0%, but still troubling. Indie developers of most non-video conferencing software suffer from similar declines in income. That where
#IndieSupportWeeks come into play: share some of your favorite indie apps to spread the word and help the developers stay afloat.
This time, I want to point you towards Soulver by Zac Cohen. Zac is a very friendly and helpful person, and Soulver is a great app, so I hadn’t had to think twice.
I use the iPad app whenever I try to make sense of a change in expenses, e.g. when I move, when I compare contracts for my phone or insurance, or want to roughly plan a vacation. It’s really great for back-of-the-envelope calculations.
Soulver is a line-based text editor that performs calculations for you, with some understanding of semantics as well: For example, the phrase
30% of $800 will evaluate to
$240. And with support for variables, you can begin to make more complex calculations that are perfectly readable in the long term.
Here’s a crude UI mockup, where the right column is the computed result, and
monthly rent is a variable:
monthly rent = $1,900 // 2018 | $1,900 monthly rent = $2,150 // 2019 | $2,150 | monthly rent / 4 people | $537.50
It’s available on iOS and macOS.
- Soulver (v2) is $2.99 on the iOS App Store.
- Soulver 3 is $29.95 from their website; you can still get Soulver 2 the Mac App Store, but you probably want to get the more recent version right away.
- Soulver website for iOS and Mac
- Soulver 3 for Mac Website
- Check out the free trial for macOS and the extensive documentation
- Soulver on Product Hunt
- @zac_coh on Twitter
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