OK. I've been trying out the trail of Numbers. I'm a big Excel user at work so had some high hopes Apple could come up with something new and different. My first impression is just how ordinary it is, I mean - it basically is a spreadsheet that does everything you'd expect a spreadsheet to do. Sure it has some Apple flash, and the page layout stuff looks nice, but other than that it seems a surprisingly complete spreadsheet program. The layout is familiar if you're used to Keynote or Pages, a sparse toolbar and "Inspector" However there is also a 2nd toolbar with various options. The font size on this thing is tiny, pretty hard to read if you don't have great eyesight. Luckily I do, my wife doesn't and complained about it. The layout of the main toolbar is very customisable, the 2nd toolbar doesn't seem to be changeable or removable, unless I'm missing something. However there are some issues. Firstly, the thing is as slow as molasses. OK I'll admit right now I'm trying it out on my 1Ghz G4 Powerbook. However I also use Excel 2004 on this machine and in comparision to Excel, Numbers crawls. Opening a Excel spreadsheet took minutes. OK, fair enough, conversion is a difficult thing. However I opened a CSV file, which is just a text file, and the conversion took about 90 seconds. The corresponding file opens in Excel in about 10 seconds on the same machine. I don't understand why a new app should be so sluggish. I remember people complaining about the same thing with Pages however. Do Apple write these apps in Applescript or something I'm going to install the Trial on my MacBook Pro tomorrow to see if its useable on a modern Mac, but honestly right now I couldn't recommend this to anyone who has a lower end G4 based Mac, whereas Microsoft Excel works great on those machines. OK its an older program, but it basically does the same thing and I see no reason why importing a CSV or scrolling through numbers should be juddery, its pretty basic stuff. I guess the flashy interface causes a high overhead on the program. On the positive side, Excel importing did work surprisingly well, the figures looked the same as they did on Excel, slight smoother, but otherwise OK. A dialog box full of "warnings" popped up after the long wait to import. I couldn't be bothered to go through these, but they seem to be mainly incompatibilities. The file I imported was from Excel 2004, haven't tried any Open XML files yet (Office 2007 for Windows). A couple of weird things: On a chart it seems like I can adjust the min/max and tick interval on one axis only. Odd, I'm sure I'm doing something wrong here. However the options for the charts seem minimal at best. Another thing is that you can't get a "+" symbol for the points if you're plotting an X/Y line plot, only a scatter plot! When sorting it didn't give me the option of having the top row as the name of the row. Excel has a checkbox. Cool thing: When you select regions, statistics for the region you selected appear in the bottom left (mean, max etc). Anyone care to share their thoughts so far. Right now I would consider myself both impressed (at the completeness) and frustrated (at the sluggishness).