Converto: The Unit Converter

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Description of App: 

Converto is the best unit converter for your Mac. It makes changing between various units quick and easy. The app lives in your Mac's menubar and is always available at the click of a button. Instantly convert numbers into dozens of different types of units - anything from mass, energy, currencies, temperature, volume, length and much more.Here is what Converto offers you:

  • Ability to make conversions in the areas of length, speed, distance, time, currency, power, energy, amongst a whole lot more
  • A live currency rate for up to date currency conversions
  • Remembering your last selections when you launch the app
  • Beautiful pixel perfect design which is Retina-ready
  • Extremely ease to use with a slick, clutter-free interface
  • Anchor button to make the app visible above all other apps, allowing you to carry out conversions on the go whilst referring to a particular source behind the app
  • Opacity control to adjust the transparency of the app window
  • Type in either the right or left column to get real time conversions

We hope Converto becomes a useful and important addition to your collection of handy utility apps, We plan on a very active development cycle, so please spread the word and keep sending us your feedback! Thanks :)

Version: 

1.1

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of macOS App Was Tested On: 

10.8.3

Accessibility Comments: 

OK. The app works very very well. there are a couple of gotchas, which I'll explain here in this heading. First of all, if you don't use Mountain Lion, this isn't going to be the app for you. Mainly because it relies on the menu extras area of the menu bar, which until 10.8, we've not had access to with Voiceover... at least... not easily. Yeah there were some work-arounds, but that's not relevant. When you first open the app, it's going to pop up a new window as part of your finder. So, if you can't gain focus, try using vo+F2 F2 for your window chooser, and move to the window accordingly. There will be a few unknowns in this window, but don't worry about interacting with them, as they really don't seem to do much of anything. The main thing is to make sure it's checked to run at startup, etc. Once this is all done, hit the button to start the app. OK, now on this screen, this is a little weird. It's pretty obvious, but I still think the developer kind a boobooed when he made this. I don't think it's an accessibility thing as much as a programmer's whoops. I'll try to write the developer and let them know the bug. Basically, it's not a big deal, but just know, there are two category popup buttons. They both say to. In all actuality, that's somewhat misleading. The first popup is your from, and the second one is your to. So, say you wanna know how many seconds are in a minute. You'd set the first popup to time, then go down and select minute. Then in the next popup, you'd set time, for your to, and then set the to unit to seconds. Then in the first text box, you'd write 1. As soon as you do this, no need to hit return or anything, just vo+right arrow, and you'll get to the next text box eventually, which should automatically now be populated with the conversion result which in this example obviously, is 60. Command+Comma does work to bring up the preferences. This screen is really weird. The on/off toggle switches in here do work, yes, but they're not consistent. All I can suggest is if you want to move them, interact with the switch items, then vo+right arrow until you are on the word on, or off just depending on the current seting. Then vo+space to toggle it. If it doesn't work, then vo away from the word on, or off, again, depending, and try again until it works. It's really a pain in the butt. Luckally, there really isn't honestly much you will need to change in there. I'd almost advise not even going into the prefs. Oh, another dead end with the preference...: once you open them up, don't expect to be able to close them. At least, I've not found a way. Let's put it that way. The only way I know is to hit command+Q to quit the app, then reopen it. Command+W won't work. Neither will trying to find the actual close button up in the very top left. There isn't one. Once you open the app through the menu extras panel, command+H won't hide it. What you need to do is vo+M and go to the item in your extras. Then hit vo+Space. That will hide the window, yet keep it running in the extras bar. When the window is open, if you do really want to quit it, the only way I've found to do this, seeing command+Q doesn't work, is to go all the way to the bottom of the window, and vo+space on the settings menu button. Then vo+down arrow to quit, and hit vo+Space. Really though, why would you want to quit it? It's not intrusive in any form or shape, so... The only other thing to know is, once it's hidden, you can't hit vo+space from the extras menu item. I mean, you can, but it'll only pop up for like half a second, then hide itself again. The way to work around this is to vo+M m, then find the item as you would normally. Then instead of hitting vo+space on it, instead, route your mouse cursor with vo+command+F5. Then, literally click it with vo+shift+Space. Remember then to hide it when done, just vo+m, m, find the icon, then vo+Space. The vo+space, in other words only works when hiding it, not when restoring it.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

Over all, a great great app, and at time of writing this, Christmas of 2012, the app is on sell for 50% off, bringing its current price to only 99 cents! Don't worry. I'll write the devs about the above issues, and I'd strongly encourage you to do the same. If you vo+space on that settings popup I mentioned above, there is an option under there that says customer service. That should get us on the right track to connect with them. If nothing else, I know they use both Twitter, and Facebook.