12 Facts About Apple Numbers


Apple Numbers uses a free-form "canvas" approach that demotes tables to one of many different media types placed on a page.

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Apple Numbers includes features from the seminal Lotus Improv, notably the use of formulas based on ranges rather than cells.

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Apple Numbers includes numerous stylistic improvements to improve the visual appearance of spreadsheets.

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In contrast, Apple Numbers uses a separate "canvas" as its basic container object and tables are among the many objects that can be placed within the canvas.

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Apple Numbers uses a hybrid approach to the creation of formulas, supporting the use of named data like Improv, but implementing them in-sheet like Excel.

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In basic operation, Apple Numbers can be used just like Excel; data can be typed anywhere and formulas can be created by referring to the data by its cell.

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However, if the user types a header into the table, something one normally does as a matter of course, Apple Numbers uses this to automatically construct a named range for the cells on that row or column.

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Apple Numbers '09 contains 262 built-in functions that can be used in formulas.

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Many of the functions in Apple Numbers are identical to those in Excel; missing ones tend to be related to statistics, although this area was greatly improved in Apple Numbers '09.

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Apple Numbers '09 includes a system for categorizing data similar to pivot tables.

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Apple Numbers allows sheets to be emailed in Excel format in a single step or shared through Apple Numbers for iCloud.

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Apple Numbers has been well received in the press, notably for its text-based formulas, clean look, and ease of use.

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