RUMOR: Apple working on spreadsheet application called ‘Numbers’ for iWork

“Rumors that Apple Computer have been quietly developing its own spreadsheet solution gained a dab of credibility this week as sources pointed to a revealing company filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. “Just two days after requesting a trademark on the word ‘Mactel,’ which seemingly describes the convergence of Macintosh design with Intel hardware, Apple on June 8th filed for a standard character mark on the word ‘Numbers.'”

Marsal reports, “Described only vaguely by the filing as ‘computer software,’ Numbers may pertain to Apple’s recently released graphing calculator application. However, the company in recent months has filed for other marks that more accurately describe that application, such as ‘Graphulator’ and ‘Grapher’ — that latter of which is used in the shipping version. Instead, Numbers appears to conform nicely to the naming scheme used by Apple to describe the components of its relatively new iWork productivity suite. Consisting of only two applications, the iWork bundle includes presentation software called ‘Keynote’ and a word processor dubbed ‘Pages.'”

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  1. What would the database application consist of, if Apple decided to truly take on the PC version of Office, or alternately, a replacement for AppleWorks? Would they bundle a ‘lite’ version of FileMaker?

  2. What’s the reason? They can’t possibly generate a spreadsheet program as powerful as Excel. Why aren’t they working on something similar to Access, but cheaper than FileMaker Pro?

  3. “What’s the reason? They can’t possibly generate a spreadsheet program as powerful as Excel.”

    I think that’s the very idea. Word, Excel, even PowerPoint – these are apps that are bloated beyond all reason, stuffed with hundreds of features that most users don’t even know exist, much less use.

    Take a look at Pages. It’s not designed to be a Word killer on a feature by feature basis. It’s designed to produce professional looking documents with a minimum of fuss, and forget all the junk that the average Jane and John don’t care about. With this in mind, there is probably a large market for people who need a simple spreadsheet app that goes above and beyond the call in terms of being able to easily manipulate numerical information and produce killer graphs (think of how plain Excel’s graphing functions are).

    Don’t forget Microsoft sells the Office suite for hundreds of dollars. iOffice would be another nice revenue generator along the lines of the iLife suite that would fill the needs of many, many users.

  4. Wasn’t there some really cool NeXT speadsheet that used a completely different paradigm for spreadsheet calculations? Seem to remember reading about it somewhere. Maybe that’s what’s about to make a reappearance.

  5. Stay the heck away from Access! What a load of crap that application is. FileMaker Pro is so much more elegant and just as (if not more) powerful. The amount of crap you have to do and the number of hoops you have to jump through to make a simple report out of your data using Access is ridiculous. It is a typical Microsoft application- bloated and not very intuitive.

    The reason FileMaker Pro is so much nicer and is actually intuitive is that FIlemaker (the company) is a spin off from Apple. Why do you think the database portion of AppleWorks looks so much like FIleMaker Pro? ‘FileMaker Lite’ is a part of AppleWorks in a sense.

  6. Welcome news. Surprising no independent or Filemaker folks has done an office suite. Open is o.k. but not native or very Macish.

    I’d like to see Apple finish the work they started on Pages as well. It’s been stuck at 1.0 sorely needing some key features, bug fixes and such.

    Rock on Steve!

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