Software : Apple : Numbers

Apple Numbers

(as of 10/21/2015)

Software Overview

Main Features

  • Support for the Office Open XML .XLSX format
  • iCloud syncing across all devices running Numbers
  • Creativity tools for choosing fonts and style of spreadsheets
  • Over 30 prebuilt Apple designed templates

Apple Numbers is an OS X app used to organize, analyze, and visualize data in spreadsheets. It is one of Apple's three productivity apps, along with Pages and Keynote, and is available for iOS and iCloud.

Numbers supports over 250 functions and comes with a variety of tools for organizing and visualizing your data. You can insert shapes, media, tables, and charts, as well as edit graphics. And while the application uses the proprietary .NUMBERS format for saving spreadsheets, the software also supports the Office Open XML .XLSX format.

Numbers allows you to create spreadsheets much like Excel, but gives you the freedom to create more visually pleasing layouts. You can choose fonts and style cell borders as well as add, resize, and apply styles to tables. Numbers also comes with over 30 prebuilt templates that enable you to skip the work involved in designing your own spreadsheet themes.

Numbers is an application designed for OS X users looking for an alternative to Excel for Mac. It comes with support for more than 250 functions and the freedom to design the layout of your spreadsheets. However, the app fails to supply the same amount of power as its Microsoft competitor, producing satisfactory results when working with spreadsheets. Therefore, if you can afford the cost, stay with Excel.

▶ Primary file extension

.NUMBERS – Numbers Spreadsheet File

▶ Other file extensions used by Apple Numbers 3

Supported File Types
.CSVComma Separated Values File
.CWKClarisWorks Document
.IWAiWork Archive File
.NMBTEMPLATENumbers Spreadsheet Template
.OFXOpen Financial Exchange File
.XLSExcel Spreadsheet
.XLSXMicrosoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet

Updated: October 21, 2015