Soulver 3 for Mac
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Frequently asked questions

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Availability & Platforms

Where can I get Soulver 3 for Mac?

Soulver 3 is available on the Mac App Store and as a direct download on our website.
Both versions offer a no-commitment 30-day trial, after which you can continue to view your sheets but editing is disabled.
You are not automatically charged after the trial ends. Purchase Soulver at any time during or after the trial.
Soulver 3 is also available on Setapp, a kind of Netflix for apps, which offers 240 apps for $9.99/month.

What are the system requirements for Soulver 3?

Soulver 3 requires macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later and works great on macOS 13 (Ventura).
If you're still on macOS 10.14 (Mojave) or 10.15 (Catalina), you can download an older version of Soulver 3.

I purchased Soulver 2 for Mac in the past, can I download it again?

Sure, download a free copy of Soulver 2 for Mac from here. It doesn't require a serial number, and works on macOS 10.10+.

Is Soulver 3 available for iPad?

This is our #1 feature request and it will be available soon as a separate purchase on the App Store, or as part of your Setapp subscription.

Is Soulver available for Windows, Android or Linux?

Not officially, however there are numerous Soulver clones available for these platforms & via your web browser. Some of them are pretty nice.
Great UI concepts are meant to be copied and innovated upon and we welcome Soulver clones on other platforms.
We only ask for an acknowledgment of Soulver of the source of this UI concept.

Purchasing

Do you offer upgrade pricing for Soulver 2 users?

Not this time.
Soulver 3 is still great deal for longtime customers. It's a single purchase (not a subscription), and the first paid update in about 10 years.

Can I transfer my direct license into an App Store license?

No, Apple doesn't give developers a way to do this.

My App Store purchase of Soulver 3 is not being recognized on a new Mac

Ensure you're signed into the same App Store account that you used to purchase, and that any connection blocker software (like Little Snitch or Trip Mode) allows outgoing connections to RevenueCat.

Technical

How do I sync my sheets using iCloud?

In Soulver's General Settings, select iCloud under Sheetbook Location.
Alternatively, if you just need to sync a single sheet, export it (by dragging it out of the sidebar, or going File > Export > Soulver 3 File), and save it to a synced location, like Dropbox or iCloud Drive.

How can I get Soulver to ignore certain numbers in my text?

Use a comment (// this is a comment), or a label (this is a label: ):
Labels & comments in Soulver
Additionally, if the number is surrounded by parenthesis and accompanied by at least one other word, it will be ignored by Soulver.

Soulver tells me 1 GB equals 1000 MB. Isn't 1 GB actually 1024 MB?

Soulver conforms to the industry standard binary prefix system, which you can read about here:
The gist of it is that units like kB, MB & GB behave like normal base-10 SI units.
Additional units have been introduced to represent base-2 binary units (KiB, MiB, GiB, etc)

Does Soulver remember my window positions?

Yes, Soulver supports "Resume", a feature in macOS which restores the position of your windows on launch.
For Resume to work correctly:
  • Don't close your window manually before you quit Soulver
  • Ensure "Close windows when quitting an app" is disabled in the macOS Desktop & Dock settings
Make sure you're not closing Soulver's windows when you quit the app!

Can I turn off notation in answers?

By default Soulver formats your large answers with SI notation:
M stands for million
To disable this notation go to the Format menu and untick Notation for Large Numbers .
The answer with notation disabled.
You can also access line specific formatting settings by clicking the action button on an answer:
Contextual Menu on an Answer
To turn off notation for all lines, go to
Settings > Calculator > Answer Formatting
and disable Notation for Large Numbers

General

What were the design goals for Soulver?

For Soulver 1.0 our goal was to invent a better calculator interface for computers, where:
  1. 1.
    Your answer would be calculated as you type - no "equals" press required
  2. 2.
    You could see, edit & reference all previous calculations
  3. 3.
    You could include words alongside numbers as "comments" to add context to calculations or variables to be used in calculations.
We succeeded in these goals by placing an "answer column" alongside a notepad, inventing a new kind of notepad calculator in the process. This approach also takes advantage of the powerful document & text editing infrastructure.
From Soulver 2 to the present, our goals for Soulver have been to:
  1. 1.
    Make best-in-class native Mac & iPad apps (OS integration, lots of settings, lovely UI)
  2. 2.
    Provide useful calculation phrases & functions to make it easier to work through problems
  3. 3.
    Allow users to personalize their calculation environment (global variables, custom units, etc)

Was Soulver the first notepad calculator?

The first notepad calculator we're aware of is MathPad by Mark Widholm, originally released for Macintosh in 1993.
Soulver 1.0 (released in 2005) was the first notepad calculator to use an answer column on the right side of a text editor, and the first notepad calculator that allowed words to be used alongside numbers.
Calca is a modern version of MathPad. It prioritizes commenting over calculation and requires a specific syntax (=>) to manually invoke calculation.
We prefer the Soulver-style UI approach as it evaluates your expression as soon as you type it. There is no extra calculation step (or ugly evaluation syntax cluttering up your sheet) required.

Does Soulver use machine learning/AI?

No. Soulver is powered by the calculation engine SoulverCore. It does not use machine learning algorithms.
SoulverCore scans inputted text for the syntaxes it already knows about like a data detector, and evaluates any mathematical expressions it finds in it.
If you're curious about how to build something like SoulverCore, check out the wonderful Crafting Interpreters by Robert Nystrom.