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Originally Posted by MacPastor View Post
However, I find Numbers, very difficult to grasp. Will it produce beautiful documents? I'm sure it will. I just know that compared to Excel, I find Numbers to be cumbersome and not very intuitive at all.
I've heard this a lot from people who have used Excel. Numbers -- more so than any other Apple software, quite possible -- requires you to forget what you knew and re-think. One way I have communicated this is to demonstrate my way of approaching it, which is to forget about spreadsheets and think of Numbers instead as a desktop layout tool with a very advanced table editor built-in, because that's really what its about I think.

You can have multiple "tables" on a page, rearrange them and customize them to your liking. Numbers kind of presumes you've either done the "boring" part in Excel and are just going to import that in, or you can just create a "table" (spreadsheet), drag it out to the size you want and start inputting and worry about making it all pretty later on. It's actually more like Pages in layout mode than I think a lot of people realise.

For me it's perfect for the occasional bit of spreadsheet-type stuff I ever need to do, because a) I hate spreadsheets with the burning passion of a thousand suns and b) I have a background in layout programs. I absolutely love how easy it is to drag in photos or logos or create visual charts to go along with those awful cells and formulas.
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