Tired of launching the OS X Calculator app and stepping through menu paths or launching the fullscreen OS X Dashboard just for doing a simple currency conversion? Maybe even without having to move your fingers from the keyboard? Here's the solution:
"Exchange Rates" is a small currency calculator residing in the OS X status bar – always available and always up to date. Nothing more, nothing less.
Everything can be done using keyboard shortcuts, so you can easily convert an amount between two currencies without interrupting your current workflow by using the mouse or launching another window-based application.
And just in case you would like to know what your paper currency is worth in sound money: Exchange Rates now also offers precious metals for conversions - each in grams and troy ounces.
In addition to more than 160 worldwide currencies
Exchange Rates also offers the current rates of IMF Special Drawing Rights
and the U.S. Dollar Index
All euro predecessor currencies with their fixed exchange rates are available as well, for example the Austrian Shilling or German Mark.
Exchange Rates also shows the prices for the crypto currencies Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum. You can choose from a variety of supported currency exchanges: 26 for Bitcoin, 9 for Litecoin and 3 for Ethereum (version 2.6).
Other exchanges can be added easily in the app preferences (see the FAQ section for more informations about that).
You can also check what your paper currency is worth in sound money: Exchange Rates shows the prices of the 4 precious metals gold, silver, platinum and palladium in either grams or troy ounces.
You can also create notification rules for any currency pair or precious metal to be notified whenever an exchange rate ex- and/or deceeds a specific threshold.
Exchange Rates also includes a today widget showing a list of your favourites and offering the most important functions like currency selection and conversion (available on OS X Yosemite and newer).
2 System Services
Exchange Rates is also available from within other OS X applications - like for example Safari - by offering two OS X system services to convert any amount to either local currency or to all your favourites without the need of copying and pasting it first. Keyboard shortcuts for these system services can be configured in the OS X system preference panel "Keyboards".
Track Your Favorites
Favourite lists help you to keep track of all your favourite currencies with their most recent exchange rates with various different list types for showing direct and/or indirect quotations - both in the status bar and the OS X notification center.
There are several different list types for the favourite lists shown in the status bar panel and the today widget. You can choose from types for showing the direct and/or indirect quotations against the currently selected source, target or local currency. Here are a few examples:
Everything is updated automatically in the background, so the most recent rates are immediately available in the OS X status bar and the notification center (on OS X Yosemite and newer).
Simple & Efficient
Exchange Rates offers lots of keyboard shortcuts, so you can control basically all features of the app without the need of a mouse and thus interrupting your current workflow for a rather basic task like converting an amount to a different currency.
The user interface is focused on the essentials to keep it simple and its usage as efficient as possible. It helps you keeping track of all those currencies which are important to you - always available and always up-to-date.
No unnecessary data collection
No user tracking or any additional data acquisition of any kind (e.g. via Google Analytics, Flurry etc.) is done by this app. The only network comunication done is for updating the exchange rates from the respective servers, these requests may be tracked by the respective server owner. The update frequency can be changed in the application's preferences, more informations about the loaded feeds can be found on the FAQ page.
Please note: All exchange rates and precious metal prices are provided for informational purposes only, and do not constitute financial advice of any kind. Although every attempt is made to ensure their quality, currentness, validity and availability, no guarantees or warranties of any kind can be given - so please use them at your own risk. The data is sourced from various providers with public-facing APIs, so copyright may apply. The resale of any data is prohibited.