Frequently asked questions
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 requires macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later and works great on macOS 13 (Ventura).
Soulver Mini includes all the same features as QuickSoulver, but it runs in the background & does not require a dock icon.
You can access it from the menu bar or from global hotkey, and set it to launch automatically on system startup.
Not officially, however there are numerous Soulver clones available for these platforms & via your web browser. Some of them are pretty nice.
We're not doing upgrade pricing from Soulver 2 to Soulver 3, but 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.
No, Apple doesn't give developers a way to do this.
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.
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 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)
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!
M stands for million
To disable this notation go to the
Formatmenu 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
Notation for Large Numbers
For Soulver 1 our goal was to invent a better calculator interface for computers, where:
- 1.Your answer is calculated as you type - no "equals" press required
- 2.You can see, edit & reference all previous calculations
- 3.You can include words alongside numbers as "comments". These would add context to calculations, or you can declare variables to be used in further calculations.
We succeeded in these goals by placing an "answer column" alongside a notepad; inventing a new kind of notepad calculator in the process. Our approach also takes advantage of the powerful document & text editing available infrastructure on computers.
For Soulver 2 & 3, our goals have been to:
- 1.Make best-in-class native Mac & iPad apps (OS integration, lots of settings, lovely UI)
- 2.Provide useful calculation phrases & functions to make it easier to work through problems
- 3.Allow users to personalize their calculation environment (global variables, custom units, etc)
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.
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.
SoulverCore scans inputted text for the syntaxes it already knows about like a data detector, and evaluates any mathematical expressions it finds in it.