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Introducing Calcbot

by Phill Ryu
July 13, 20105 comments


This one begins with a story.

Many years ago my business partner John was embroiled in deadly competition with Paul Haddad, lead developer at PTH Consulting, over the Mac OS X shareware clipboard app market. (Their main livelihoods at the time.) iClip battled PTHPasteboard for marketshare supremacy, and it was like Coke vs. Pepsi all over again except on a scale of much tinier and pettier proportions, with just as much shit-talking and drama.

Angry emails were shot back and forth, egos were bruised, and competitors became enemies. Or at the least, John really disliked Paul, and vice versa. 

Then in 2008, the App Store opened to developers, and John and Paul dived in from the start, excited about the potential in developing for iPhone and sharing the same goal of creating kick ass apps. On one side John founded tap tap tap with Scott and ex-partner Sophia (I would join tap tap tap after Sophia left). On the other, Paul and designer Mark Jardine partnered to start Tapbots. While things were rosy at first, it was only a matter of time until the two were butting heads again, this time with competing iPhone utilities Convert and Convertbot.

But this time, instead of repeating the old cycle of fighting and drama, something clicked and John and Paul realized they were actually on a pretty similar page.

Despite a somewhat checkered history, time, as they say, heals old wounds. It wasn’t too long before we found ourselves talking about teaming up on a project together, on a foundation of mutual respect and shared design sensibilities.

Today you can check this project out. It’s called Calcbot, and it is a beautifully designed calculator for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Calcbot does exactly what you imagine, with style to spare, and it’s available now on the app store for just 99¢ as a universal build. It’s perfect for your calculator-less iPad, and a fantastic upgrade from the built-in app on iPhone. 

Credit goes fully to Paul and Mark at Tapbots for creating their latest piece of gleaming software machinery (you can read their thoughts about Calcbot and this partnership on the Tapbots blog), with a tip of the hat to our Wolfgang for coming up with the ‘SwipePad’ UI idea for revealing advanced functions (you’ll be seeing more of this in another one of our apps soon ;) ), and to Scott and Karl for cooking up the promotion page.


Check it out and let us know what you think! (And if you’re a Mac user… you’ll want to swing by our MacHeist launch promotion page and grab a copy of Realmac Software’s Socialite for free!)

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  1. squarerhino
    1:07pm, July 13, 2010

    nice, app store love baby

  2. Jason
    1:29pm, July 13, 2010

    The Macheist promotion is Facebook only.. Oh well…

  3. Zaph
    7:17am, July 17, 2010

    Really would love this app to support RPN notation.

  4. Jindou
    5:01am, August 4, 2010

    I’m totally for loving not fighting! :)
    Was wondering how you would set up a partnership between 2 iPhone app developers? How would you revenue share?

    What thoughts do you have on working together for the greater good?

  5. Roselia Colucci
    10:52am, May 19, 2011

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