Review: CheckPlease by Catamount Software
This review originally appeared within iLounge’s iOS Gems series within the compilation article, iPhone Gems: All 30 Tip Calculators + Meal Splitters, Reviewed. Additional details may be found in the original article.
We would have been very enthusiastic about Catamount Software’s CheckPlease (Free), currently at version 3.0 but with versions 3.1 and 3.2 now pending release. What’s cool about CheckPlease is that it provides a simple one-screen interface for calculating tips, splitting the check between multiple diners, and using rounded or exact splits with minimal fussing around. Additionally, CheckPlease offers an alternative interface—taken from its earlier version 2.0—that can be used to made a more precise tip calculation by subtracting the tax from the check’s total. While the second interface isn’t attractive, the fact that it’s there and works is great. And the app’s price is impossible to beat. Unfortunately, CheckPlease makes a big error in tip calculation when you’re rounding numbers, an issue that the developer says won’t be fixed until version 3.2; it also displays a fairly ugly error message if you hit the big “Post to PocketMoney” button and that separate application isn’t installed. If you can look past its issues, CheckPlease is a pretty good app; it would be better if you didn’t need to switch interfaces to take advantage of its functionality, and perfect if it let you separately tally costs for drinkers and non-drinkers. iLounge Rating: B.