Numbers

Version: 3.2 || Release Date: 2014-04-03 || License: Commercial with demo ($19.99) Developer: Apple Inc. | App Owner: kris33

With great-looking templates, easy-to-create formulas, and dynamic tables and charts, spreadsheets suddenly make perfect sense.

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7 Opinions

I can appreciate someone who uses Excel because they need certain formulas that Numbers doesn't contain, but for the vast majority of people, Numbers will work great. (And a lot of Excel users won't admit it, but Numbers does a good bit of the higher order stuff just fine.)

About 6 months ago I decided to stop using Excel and start using Numbers exclusively, it took me a while to adapt, but now I'm very happy with Numbers and I've only had to fall back on Excel when dealing with relatively large csv/xls files (>2MB).

I'm still a bit confused about the interface. I don't understand why we should sacrifice horizontal spreadsheet real estate for the worksheets and styles column and the inspector. It's a little cramped on my macbook.

I hate to say it but it is really Mickey Mouse compared to Excel and Neo Office. It is really only good for making pretty tables and has some astonishing limitations - like not being able to freeze part of the window and scroll down the rest to keep titles in view.

Numbers is cute and, in keeping with Mac's worldview, much of the emphasis is on presentation. If you need serious number crunching, NeoOffice is better (which is considerably better than Office 2008, btw). However, for simple stuff, Numbers is easy and pretty.

Numbers is great. I have also set up my monthly and annual budgets and it was simple. You really have to forget what you know about spreadsheets (Excel) as this is almost a new way of looking at spreadsheets. I think Numbers (and Keynote) are worth the price of iWork.

A wonderful app. It's actually fun to work with spreadsheets this way. Also, I ditched Cha-Ching immediately; Numbers had all I need for my small business accounting needs.

I was really looking forward to this but it runs very slowly with a 6 sheet document on an imac g5 -- NeoOffice is actually faster & smoother. :(