More details of Apple’s iWork spreadsheet software surface

“Clarifying information surrounding the name of the forthcoming application, sources say Apple has yet to settle on an official one, leaving the door open to ‘Charts,’ as previously noted in Think Secret’s first report; ‘Numbers,’ which Apple trademarked last year and many presumed was intended for a spreadsheet application, or another name altogether. Sources report the application is being developed under the code name ‘Lasso,’ while the iWork ’07 suite as a whole is code-named ‘Garlic,'” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.

“Lasso’s function editor is slated to sport more than 200 functions that will span a number of needs, from financial to statistical and possibly niche applications such as engineering. The software will feature limited integration with the Internet, making it easy, for example, for users to create a spreadsheet that automatically downloads and inputs updated stock market information at a specified interval, or that uses up-to-date currency conversion,” Katz reports.

“Lasso will join Pages 3 and Keynote 4 as part of iWork ’07 when the software ships early next year,” Katz reports.

Full article here.

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24 Comments

  1. “[…] 200 hundred functions […]”

    You mean 20,000 functions? Or is that a typo? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

    “I really think the only point for developers to think of codenames for software is so that they can feel all secret-agent-man-cool-guy…”

    Well, there are some good reasons. First, you have to call it something so that appropriate people within the company will know what it is. Second–especially in the case of Apple–it is a reminder to all involved that these are “corporate secrets” and should not be discussed.

    “…especially when the best they can think of is ‘garlic'”

    Well, Apple has had issues with code name before. Carl Sagan is the best example, though I remember something with Fred & Barney. After that, most companies I know stopped using trademarked names.

    Although, at one company I worked for, “Smelly Cat” raised a few eyebrows in the boardroom. I guess the Board of Directors weren’t fans of “Friends”.

    Let’s see…while at various companies, I worked on Blackbird, Beast, Wolverine, AllGood, Aphrodite, Apollo, Loretta, Orwell, and Oppenheimer.

  2. Almost went ahead and bought iWork today at the Apple Store…then I remembered the potential spreadsheet and decided to hold off.

    I did get the wireless keyboard and Mighty Mouse, though… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Code named “Garlic”? I hope iWork ’07 doesn’t stink.

    ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”cheese” style=”border:0;” />

    Hey, where’s my rim shot?

    And I said shot, MacRealist, not job!

  4. To justme2 wrote “Did you ask what would happen if iWork 7 was to be released at WWDC? Any free update coupon?”

    It is normal Apple policy to give credit for old versions of software purchased within 30 days of a new release.

  5. The software will feature limited integration with the Internet, making it easy, for example, for users to create a spreadsheet that automatically downloads and inputs updated stock market information at a specified interval, or that uses up-to-date currency conversion,” Katz reports.

    I see no benefit to the Mac community in publishing this information.

    The ONLY benefits I see are to MacDailyNews and AppleInsider, because it drives hits, and maybe to Microsoft, who may not have thought of some of these features.

    MacDailyNews used to be my primary Mac info source, but that has changed since it has become a secondary outlet for rumor mills.

  6. 200 hundred functions” … yeah, that’s what the article said. Leaving us in a bit of confusion. Let’s start with “what’s a ‘function'” and move on to “what’s 200 hundred mean”.
    ‘Function’ – without context or further explanation – is essentially meaningless. Selecting fonts is a ‘function’, calculating a 30-year variable-rate mortgage is a ‘function’, calculating min, max, med, avg for a range … all ‘functions’.
    ‘200 hundred’ … taken literally, that means 20,000 … which could well be right if they are not too particular about what they let marketing say about the number. 200 (two hundred) is a classic method of clarifying text – but that would be demanding a much stricter usage of ‘function’. Or it could be a rather complex ‘typo’, due primarily to heat exhaustion.

    MW – analysis … how appropriate! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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