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10/18/2006 12:58:00 PM · #1
Is there a spreadsheet program (like Excel) that would take the same file formats as Excel (and save Excel spreadsheets) that can be used on the Mac, and doesn't cost a fortune (hopefully close to free), and works on Intel based Mac?
10/18/2006 01:00:13 PM · #2
microsoft office for mac?

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 13:02:31.
10/18/2006 01:02:22 PM · #3
Originally posted by biteme:

windows office for mac?


OK, but I was hoping for something where I wouldn't have to run it under some sort of replicator thing. In other words, I haven't figured out how to run Windows Office for Mac (tried only once for a little though).
10/18/2006 01:03:16 PM · #4
I think it works exactly the same as on a windows machine.

but I could be wrong?
10/18/2006 01:03:43 PM · #5
Yep, Microsoft Office. You can either get the student-teacher edition (in the $100 range) or use a Windows version with Crossover software if you already own it.
10/18/2006 01:05:21 PM · #6
I thought Apple made a suite of business programs themselves ... you can try here at Download.com (part of cNet.com).
10/18/2006 01:05:28 PM · #7
Originally posted by scalvert:

Yep, Microsoft Office. You can either get the student-teacher edition (in the $100 range) or use a Windows version with Crossover software if you already own it.


Shannon, have you tried Crossover? So far I haven't had much luck with it, trying software that I own from the Windows environment.

10/18/2006 01:09:46 PM · #8
I don't have an Intel-based Mac yet, so I can't use Crossover (not that I have any Windows software anyway).

MS Office would be one of the first applications Crossover is designed to be compatible with. Try their support if you're having trouble with it. Apple makes an office suite, but there's no spreadsheet equivalent. You might also try third-party alternatives like OpenOffice or ThinkFree Office.
10/18/2006 01:10:32 PM · #9
Ok, thanks all!

10/18/2006 01:10:32 PM · #10
(see scalvert's post instead)

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 13:12:55.
10/18/2006 01:11:08 PM · #11
if you have a copy of Windows, have you tried installing it with BootCamp and just running Windows when necessary (until Crossover gets working)?
10/18/2006 01:15:08 PM · #12
Originally posted by GeneralE:

if you have a copy of Windows, have you tried installing it with BootCamp and just running Windows when necessary (until Crossover gets working)?


No, I haven't tried, and I don't want to try. Seems to defeat the purpose of going Mac.

Anyway.
10/18/2006 01:15:42 PM · #13
Originally posted by zeuszen:

(see scalvert's post instead)


I liked your post about falling asleep better :)

10/18/2006 01:30:14 PM · #14
AppleWorks is still a good deal. It has a spreadsheet program. the files open in Windows Excel just fine.

You might run into issues opening Windows Excel files if they use features (macros and such) that are not compatible with AppleWorks.

Basic, even complex spreadsheets should work just fine. And it's only $79

//www.apple.com/appleworks/


10/18/2006 01:33:16 PM · #15
I just got a Mac Pro yesterday and a copy of Parallels, Mac's official version of Crossover. I couldn't find enough info on the internet telling me which was better after a few quick searches.

I'm hoping my copy of XP(if I can find it)will work as I understand I'll also need an additional MS service pack to get the whole going.

Some MS based programs are much better than some that I've been using thus far with my ibook. Photostory3 is one that comes to mind.
10/18/2006 01:35:06 PM · #16
You should give OpenOffice a try //www.openoffice.org. It is open source so completely free and it will open Microsoft Excel files as well as save out xls files that will work with Microsoft Office.

Edit to Add: It uses X11 windowing system but their website has instructions on how to install that from your Apple Install DVDs. It is not technically a 'Universal Build' but is as fast on my Intel Macbook Pro as it is anywhere else.

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 13:38:45.
10/18/2006 01:36:24 PM · #17
I use NeoOffice on my Mac and it works just great. It is free.

NeoOffice

Message edited by author 2006-10-18 13:37:49.
10/18/2006 01:37:25 PM · #18
Note that your Mac probably has a trial version of Office pre-installed. That'll get you by for a month while you look for alternatives.
10/18/2006 01:39:50 PM · #19
Thank you again, all!

I'm going to try Open Office for now, I just need to be able to read and save a few Excel sheets on the Mac. And I was very much trying not to use Microsoft stuff on the Mac (no matter how good). Sort of like trying to avoid McDonalds (even though, just occasionally, I like their little butterscotch sundaes).
10/18/2006 01:47:04 PM · #20
Originally posted by ursula:

Thank you again, all!

I'm going to try Open Office for now, I just need to be able to read and save a few Excel sheets on the Mac. And I was very much trying not to use Microsoft stuff on the Mac (no matter how good). Sort of like trying to avoid McDonalds (even though, just occasionally, I like their little butterscotch sundaes).


mmmmmmmmmmmmm butterscotch . . . .
10/18/2006 02:14:26 PM · #21
Apple is currently working on a new application: Lasso.

Apple is working on a spreadsheet component to iWork '07 to accompany Keynote 4 and Pages 3 updates. Codenamed "Lasso", the new spreadsheet is not expected to be as feature-packed as Excel, however, it is said to be a step up from the Appleworks spreadsheet module that was last updated in 2000:
Lasso's function editor will sport more than 200 hundred functions that will span a number of needs, from financial to statistical and possibly niche applications such as engineering, sources say.

Internet connectivity, Excel file-format compatibility, and an easy interface are listed as other features. Pre-built templates for common tasks, such as, personal finance, business, personal planning and more are also reportedly bundled.

Or perhaps you could try something like openoffice, even for very quick works you can also try Google's Spreadsheet

I hope this helps, I'm a happy user of a MacBookPro, and I'm loving this baby

10/18/2006 02:38:00 PM · #22
Originally posted by ursula:

Thank you again, all!

I'm going to try Open Office for now, I just need to be able to read and save a few Excel sheets on the Mac. And I was very much trying not to use Microsoft stuff on the Mac (no matter how good). Sort of like trying to avoid McDonalds (even though, just occasionally, I like their little butterscotch sundaes).

Ursula, Apple does make Appleworks, which has word processor, spreadsheet, draw, etc. It reads Excel spreadsheets just fine. It's not really a supported application anymore, but it continues to work great and is an OSX application. You can probably find info about it on their web site. It's cheap too.
10/18/2006 02:41:31 PM · #23
Originally posted by ursula:

And I was very much trying not to use Microsoft stuff on the Mac (no matter how good).

The irony is that for several versions of the Office products, the Mac versions were better than the Windows versions ...
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