Probably one of the greatest inventions of mankind is mathematics – algebra to be more precise. Everything we do today revolves around numbers, and numbers have changed the world as we know it. If mathematics and statistics are great inventions, then calculator is even greater, which helps in performing various complex calculations, within a few seconds. Along with the evolution of Windows, the default Windows calculator has also gone from being the tool for just division, multiplication, addition and subtraction of digits to getting support for basic, scientific, programmer and statistical calculations. However, it still lacks options, such as creating charts and printing the calculations, and i suspect that these features would be ever added. While browsing the web, i stumbled upon something interesting that might delight maths and stats enthusiasts and make their job a lot easier. The application is called **RedCrab** and is a portable calculator with support for scientific mode, programmer, standard, fields and statistical calculations, which can then be printed directly from the application. It supports complex algebraic equations, fractions, square roots, log functions, trigonometric functions etc. Digits and symbols can be entered with the keyboard, the *Function Panel* or the virtual keyboard provided with the application. More on RedCrab after the break.

The application allows you to perform calculations from an easy to use interface, with menus and quick buttons at the top, while *Functions* panel appear on the right side. You can choose to calculate* Numbers, Scientific, Symbols, Programmer, Standard, Fields* and *Statistics*. From the *Options* menu, you can set it to automatically calculate the number when* ‘=’* symbol is entered. *View* allows you to toggle *Grid, Function Panel* and *Virtual Keyboard*. The application supports *cut, copy, paste, undo* and *redo* options accessible from the *Edit* menu, while *Printer* options are available in the *File* menu.

The insert menu lets you insert Image *File, Text File, Text Box, Result Box *and *Chart Box* into the main application of the interface.

Select *Virtual Keyboard* from the *View* pane to enable the built-in virtual keyboard, enabling you to enter text by clicking, rather than typing with the keyboard.

Since it has some complex options, RedCrab calculator can take some time to get used to. But it’s not designed for anyone, anyway, so users who know what they are doing are going to find it extremely handy. The application works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.