Mac Alternative To Excel

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  1. bigjohnscots
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    My good lady is looking for an alternative to excel which is hopefully compatible with excel files.

    Neither of us have used excel before so the easier to use the better as no doubt i will get the call if she gets stuck.
     
  2. HugMnster
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    open office will let you save files in excel formatan its free.
     
  3. tersono
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    Excel is also available for Mac.

    Alternatively, as the other posters mention, OpenOffice/NeoOffice and Numbers can read/write Excel files without problems
     
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    Um... how about Excel?

    If you don't like that, Numbers.
     
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    Although I don't really understand it either. Any spreadsheet app is going to look basically the same and function basically the same, so you might as well learn on the original...
     
  6. derekjd
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    Open Office, free is always good!
     
  7. bigjohnscots
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    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    I will have a look at them all.
     
  8. MistaBungle
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    I find MS office to be too sluggish so I decided to give Numbers a try and am loving it. Learning more and more every time I use it.

    I have used NeoOffice/OpenOffice but found that to be sluggish and unresponsive at times, which resulted in me deleting it.
     
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    it really depends what you use it for. If she will only use it for simple calculation, simple chart, etc. Get anything free would be good enough. such as OpenOffice.

    if She will eventually need to use more complicated functions. Im afraid there is probably no good alternative for excel.
     
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    My vote goes to Numbers. But as people above me said, there's really not that much of a difference when it comes to speadsheet apps cuz they all look the same...
     
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    How much faster is Numbers vs. NeoOffice/OpenOffice?
     
  14. Jethryn Freyman
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    Excel is the best. Numbers is actually more sluggish than it (aside from opening), which I found surprising.
     

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