New ‘Tables’ spreadsheet for Mac OS X now available as public beta

A lot of data can get vague very quickly. Tables helps you to organize and present data very simply, developer Daniel Schwill explains.

With Tables you can not only organise data but also calculate and compare them, too. Add, sum or multiply numbers or process data by using different functions. Data can not only represent numbers, but dates and amounts, too.

Tables offer extensive options to format the data. Format them with currency, an amount, as percentage rates, scientifically or with different dates. You can even add some photos and PDF documents to present your data with visual impact. You can also create your own custom styles to quickly assign the same formatting properties to other cells, presenting a uniform look for your document.

Tables is available as a Universal Binary application for PowerPC and Intel architectures and requires Mac OS X “Panther” version 10.3.9 and above.

More info and download link  here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

26 Comments

  1. Hey, is it pretty cheap and does it let you calculate all de sales from your crack business without too much of a learning curve? Because then Apple should open a store in Hell’s Kitchen and also one in de Bronx.

    Oh, and Greenwich. You know, for all de rich, white crackheads.

    Yeh-heh-hehessssss . . . I Iove Apple. They make it so much easier to run your illegal business ventures than Microsoft.

  2. I, too, initially thought that this was an Apple offering. Went to the page to read about it and found that it wasn’t. With the rumors of Apple’s “Numbers” spreadsheet swirling about, I wonder if this was not rushed out to beat Numbers to the punch.

  3. We have just moved 200 Macs in our school to the spreadheet “Mesa”. Excellent and just like Pages and Keynote in style.

    With NeoOffice, it’s bye bye to M$ Office in our school.

  4. Man, this sure beats the crap out of the bloated MS Excel. I mean, don;t get me wrong, I am a power Excel user but the software sure feels bloated. It takes forever to load, there’s a lot of usability issues and Tables follows the line of iWork’s interface, which is so productive. Keynote is great for eye candy charts although it doesn’t have any calculating functions so I’ve been stuck using Excel and copying the data into Keynote in order to create charts. Keynote is also taking a lot to load on my iMac G5, so I’ll be glad to get rid of Excel in favor of Tables.

    Now, if Apple releases this long-rumored Numbers app, then I will feel sorry for the developer of Tables.

    I have also tried NeoOffice (although not the Aqua version 2.0), and I can proclaim Tables as the winner of spreadsheet apps (so far).

  5. Poor guy. He worked so hard I bet in producing this, then Apple will introduce Numbers (or whatever) in January and blow him totally out of the water. He’s about a year late to make a bundle off this.

  6. Until an Excel replacement has just as powerful a scripting language as Excel has, Excel will always be on top. For those of you who don’t know, Excel is actually pretty awesome. And I am NOT a Microsoft fan, but it’s true. None of these replacements offer this. And even if they did, they would not be based on Visual Basic, so will always be behind due to that (in terms of compatibility and number of people who already know the language).

    But, that said, Tables, and the rumoured Numbers will, I’m sure, fit the bill for 90% of spreadsheet casual users. It looks very nice, and I wish the author success.

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