Can AppleWorks replace Excel?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PARL0PH0NE, May 24, 2005.

  1. PARL0PH0NE macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2005
    Well I am going to business school this Fall and Microsoft Excel is apparently used extensively. How is AppleWorks as a spreadsheet app? Is it just for basics or can it be in place of Excel?
  2. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    I would stick with Excel for the time being. It's possible, but iWorks is apparently the replacement for Appleworks (which probably means no more development for Appleworks). And iWorks, as yet, is not even capable of doing what Appleworks can.

    In the meantime, Excel is probably the way to go. Hopefully iWorks catches up, it shows promise. For now though, it is limited in its capabilities.
  3. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

    Inspector Lee

    Jan 24, 2004
    East Lansing, MI
    Definitely stick with Excel for your needs as pointed out by the previous poster.

    I wound up buying both because the spreadsheet app in AppleWorks was not robust enough for my needs. In essence, I took a $79 bath. One feature you will need that is missing from AppleWorks is the multi-sheet option. Not sure if you will be handling a ton of data but the maximum number of rows in AW is like 28,000 versus the 65,000+ in Excel. I'm sure there are more but these I can certainly vouch for.

    I'd drop $149 on the academic edition of office (not sure if excel can be purchased stand-alone anymore). And you don't have to install PP or Word or Entourage (??) if you don't want to. I've found TextEdit to be more than adequate for my word processing needs.
  4. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    For the love of all things sacred and holy, stick with Excel. As much as I don't like microsoft, Appleworks spreadsheets are the most frustrating thing I have ever come across.
  5. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    Would iWorks be up to a simple spread sheet? Just to list numbers and add for example. What time frame do you see for iWorks being competitive?
  6. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    You'll need Excel. You're likely to end up doing forecasting and business plans. Both of which will probably require lots of =IFs, VLOOKUPs and ISERROR statements from sheet to sheet. And don't get me started on pivot tables - the most useful way to analyse and present information in a spreadsheet I know of.

    Following formulas can be complicated enough without having to figure out if your application can actually handle them!
  7. gangst macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004
    No, iWork consists of Pages and Keynote 2.
    Pages, is a really just a fancy version of MS Word, similar to MS Publisher.
    Keynote, is a presentation program like Powerpoint. Neither woulod be able to fulfill your simple Excel needs.
  8. Inspector Lee macrumors 6502a

    Inspector Lee

    Jan 24, 2004
    East Lansing, MI

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