What are my options when it comes to spreadsheets?

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  1. 131215, Dec 24, 2015
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    131215 macrumors newbie

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    I am seeking a very fast and minimalist spreadsheet program. I am familiar with Numbers, Excel and LibreOffice, but feel that these are overkill for what I really need.

    I just need a simple way to keep track of numbers with simple functions (mostly addition and subtraction, some sorting a-z or by date). This is mostly to keep track of my finances (I prefer the freedom of spreadsheets over applications made specifically for finance tracking).

    I don't mind paying a bit for a well-made program, but need it to save in formats that can be easily read by other programs (xls).

    So, what are my options?

    PS: I should mention that I am aware of Google Sheets and Zoho. I am trying to move away from "the cloud."
     
  2. chscag macrumors 68000

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    What have you got against Numbers? You can make it as simple or complicated as you desire; and plus the fact that Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are a free download from Apple if you have a new Mac. (2013 or later)
     
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  4. maflynn Moderator

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    I can see Excel being overkill and by definition of LibraOffice as it tries to be an alternative to MS Office but Apple's Numbers sounds like a perfect fit. The only thing lower in ability then Numbers is a calculator ;)
     
  5. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    Don't they have templates specifically for what you're trying to do for each application listed?
     
  6. sracer macrumors 603

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    I agree. I'm interested to see in what way the OP believes that Numbers is overkill. :confused:

    Now that I think of it, the only thing that would be lower in ability would be creating such a table in Pages (it can do calculations). Exporting it however would be less straightforward than using Numbers.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    There are also "Tables" and "Mesa" ...
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Probably so, but not what the OP wants. But, like some others, I am puzzled about why a more robust program than really required that does not cost anything is being ruled out.
     
  9. 131215 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'll purchase and use Numbers. Seems like the best bet.
     
  10. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    If you have a newer Mac, you already have numbers. The browser version is also available free on iCloud.
     

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