Ever since I updated my numbers to version 5.0.1 , I can’t open any of my files. They say index.xml file is missing! I am not a happy camper!
What Happened!!!?? 1/5
Was it the last update?? All of my data from the past YEAR is suddenly just MISSING. The spreadsheet is there, and years 2014 through January, 2017 are there….but now, everything from January 2017 through May 2018 is just GONE. I am sick about this.
Please stop re-arranging things. 1/5
By Tpa zzzz
Apple has started this horrible habbit of completely changing things around to the point that I have to bout re-learn the whole software just to get things done. There was nothing wrong with where things were placed. Now in order to do basic things, such as fill a cell with color or change the text allignment, I have to go select those parts in the panel on the side, then go make the change, instead of simplyhaving those options as drop downs in the tool bar. And there is no optin to add them there.
Great software, auto-update make it inaccessible 1/5
It recently updated itself and now it’s frozen in some sort of limbo. I can’t use the software on my computer—it forces me to use it in iCloud—but I also can’t access it to try uninstalling it and reinstalling it to fix the issue. Really disappointed that you can’t turn off auto-updates and now it does it this and freezes me out of a basic program that I use daily.
Please support more than 2^16 rows, among all others. 2/5
It’s a love & hate relationship when I think about this app, inheriting some Good Ol’ Days’ geist of Apple products. All in all I still love its UI and integration with other Apple apps. But I’d like to remind you that we live in the 21st century, and we need some real improvements.
Put all the craps out of the stubbornnes aside, let me ask just for one thing: please allow us to handle more rows than 65,535.
Now having a sheet of 1 million+ cells in Google Sheet is not a big deal anymore, which is not the case in Numbers. Furthermore, there is no sign that it has trimmed the rows beyond its limit when you try to open a long table.
Looking at this behavior, I can’t believe that this app is developed by developers.. Please show us your respect to ‘numbers’, so that we can respect ’Numbers'.
I updated and now it doesn’t work at all 1/5
I updated Numbers, and now it crashes every time, doesn’t stay open for even one second.
someone should get fired 1/5
By itsa mosquito
Really fundamental problems. For example, when sorting a column of numbers in a .csv, it doesn’t pay attention to where the decimal point is. So, 8.57 would be considered a larger number than 34.2. Can’t work with it at all!
Has the looks but lacks the brains 3/5
You can design beautiful looking spreadsheets… the interface is clean and beautiful, but can be frustrating because it has serious usability issues and lacks functionality.
It’s cumbersome to change the language and data format. By default it’s set to change depending on the computer’s language and region, not on the file’s settings.
Filtering data doesn’t work when trying to do it in multiple columns
It’s the same for a basic task, such as changing a cell’s color fill.
User Experience is not intuitive, so you will take longer in tasks than in MS Excel
Sum of Currency 1/5
Sum of currency stopped working with the new update! What’s up?
STOP IT 1/5
Today I’m in the middle of working on my Office365 documents. Mac is pestering me about updates so I let it update. NUMBERS DESTROYED MY FILE ASSOCIATIONS. MY FILES ARE NO LONGER OPENING IN EXCEL. THIS HAPPENED WITHOUT MY INPUT. How come every time Micro$oft pulls a move like this people are rioting in the streets, but Apple does it and nobody says a word? THIS IS NOT OKAY.
Thank goodness! A spreadsheet I can use! 5/5
After spending considerable money on several budgeting apps which turned out to be far too complicated for me to use and which didn’t really fit into my daily work habits, I decided to go into do-it-yourself mode. What I needed was an easy-to-use basic budget where I could get a general overview of my income and expenses as well as keep more detailed records of my expenditures and also make balance sheets for my daily expenses and bank and credit card accounts. Numbers came to the rescue with one of their templates called “Simple Budget"! It took a little bit of doing, as I am no genius and certainly no expert when it comes to accounting and using spreadsheets, but Numbers made it easy for me to organize the information I needed and to make the calculations required as well as transfer information from one sheet to another to keep information consistent over a number of spreadsheets. I was also able to make beautiful pie charts of my expenses as well as color-code my columns and headers. Thank you! Numbers is a beautiful application I now couldn’t live without.
Latest Update - Broken Feature 4/5
Latest Update no longer allows me to copy paste data from a rendered html table. I now have to rely on a competing product by copy pasting first into google sheets and then copy paste into numbers from there.
A Professor that would like to use Numbers with Business Students 3/5
I teach a range of business management programs to undergraduate and graduate students. I stand in front of a room full of students with MacBooks of varying vintage and processing power. But when I have to teach Monte Carlo Simulation, I have to tell all of my Mac users to get Parallesl, Windows, Excel and purchase one of several 3rd party software add in packages.
There are no add-in's for Numbers that will allow me to do Monte Carlo (or discreet event) simulation. These are staples in undergraduate and graduate business, engineering and social science education. It would take a relatively minimal expenditure on your (Apple Inc.) part to incentivize one of these 3rd party developers to create an add-in utility that would enable this functionality. In many regards Number's floating tables is ideal for modeling and teaching Monte Carlo and Descreet Event simulation.
I am dumbfounded that you are unaware of this shortcoming. Every year, tens of thousands of students are buying Parallesl and Windows for this capability alone. Given your recent Education Summit, hopefully, this is something you care enough abiout to make some changes.
Finally, for me your decision to articulate the worksheet and table menu on the horizontal was a total disaster. In the original ’09 version, I could look at a list of 50 or more data objects down the left side of the screen — and click on them randomly. This is very useful in walking someone through a complex computational structure. With the horizontal approach, unless I click on the name of table, I can only see sheet names and not the table names. When the file contains more than 50 objects, this becomes a challenge to both human memory and random access jumps.
I always assumed you made this change to create more space on a notebook computer screen. Fair enough, but you sold me an iMac and a Mac Pro. I paid for both a 27’ and a 30” monitor and would like to be able to take advantage of those (for me) non trivial expenditures. Besides, when floating tool bars were eliminated, you replaced them with peek-a-book format menus on the right vertical plane of the application window. Please bring back the workseet/table list on the left horizontal — and let it peek-a-boo as well.
Breaks collaboration on 10.12.x 2/5
By El Tomas
The new Numbers update autoinstalled on my 10.12.x install (haven’t yet upgraded to High Sierra, with reason), but it broke any ability to Collaborate that I previously could use. Now, any attempt to Collaborate fails, hangs the document, and I can’t even exit without force-quitting the app. The Box integration requiring High Sierra I can understand, but breaking all Collaboration on OSes older than High Sierra is unacceptable.
Nice but has to break the 65536 barrier 3/5
I know that, if I’m working with a list that’s more than 65536 lines I should really be using something else… A database maybe but, be that true, there are other sheet apps that do handle that and, you can page through big data - that thing that’s always getting bigger.
Other than that, it’s still a UI treat and at this price, a spectacular bargain compared to those rented apps.
Update 2018: Still can’t handle more than 65536 rows.
By F Palmeira
If you need dashboard impact documents, go get it. In Numbers, this functionality is way more affordable.
Marvelous interface, Dynamic keyboard layouts and seamlessly cloud integration are killer features.
Don't sacrifice your Mac performance with other softwares (Excel, I’m looking at you!)
Great… unless you have zero-leading data 3/5
Let's pretend you have a store.
Let's pretend you have UPC codes that begin with zeros. Import a CSV file with those codes.
Now step away from Numbers, because Numbers thinks all those codes are "numbers", not text. So all those leading zeros? Yeah. Buh-bye.
I hoped with this update that worked on their CSV import, they would STOP auto-removing leading zeros. Period. Because LEADING ZEROS ARE THERE FOR A REASON. Unless I ask you to, STOP REMOVING DATA.
So excuse me while I dry-heave and download Excel.
Great visually, needs help technically 3/5
I use this to help with my small business. I use it for inventories, food orders etc. It is perfect if I am the only one using it and understand where to put data and where not to. I have made spreadsheets for other business owners and they have all come back with the same complaint. We would like a way to lock/protect specific cells with out having to create multiple seperate table and then lock them individually. While this is an ok option, it is not the most efficient way to do things. If we could get a way to lock/protect specific cells it would make things MUCH easier. All the hard work making the formulas could not be cleared out by a simple mistake from anyone else using the spreadsheet, i.e. my employees. Apple seems to be focusing more on the visual aspects of what you can do with Numbers and not on the people that use Numbers for data collection and manipulation for results that don’t need to be in graphic or any visual form. I LOVE that Numbers is free, if we could just lock/protect individual cells I think it would be perfect!!!
Numbers 5.0 5/5
By ٰVahid Askarpour
And nothing has left!
Latest Update has Major Issue! 1/5
By How Good Is That
Just updated Numbers within the last few hours and it has a big problem. It will NOT print in landscape mode even when selected. This is a basic feature and a major flaw. Hope Apple will fix ASAP! May I also note, that on this review page I cannot go to the next one without all the reviews disappearing. Huh?
Floating Tables, Includes most functions, and a lot lighter then Excel. 5/5
Thanks for the essential app. Switching over from Excel and Google Sheets more and more. Noticing version 5, however, is eating up a lot more CPU/RAM resources. Did not notice this with the previous update.
Not sure if a lot of the negative reviews fully understand how to harness the power of floating tables.
Horrible substitue for Excel 2/5
The ability to make graphs is terrible on this programme. There is no room for customazation. There is so much excel can do in creating and customizing graphs that Numbers simply lacks. I’m so disappointed and frusterated.
Joke App 1/5
I am an Excel user. Just for fun, since I have never figured out how to delete Numbers, I thought I’d give it a chnace by playing around on a blank worksheet,. This app is useless. If you work for a corporation; nobody uses this. Doesn’t have much functionality other than perhaps an adding machine. Maybe if you are new to computing, and never heard of Microsoft Office, you might grow to like Numbers. I really need to figure out how to delete this waster of space. Apple, you should be embarrassed. This program is a waste of space.
Cell Protect 3/5
Can’t believe Numbers STILL doesn’t have Cell Protect…so important when having as a work sheet for others to use
I love Numbers 5/5
I am in and our of my spreadsheets often, all day long, and Numbers is great. In terms of UI and actual use it’s fantastic. When I HAVE to use Excel now I dread it.
Maybe someday it will catch up to Numbers 2009 2/5
A few years ago Apple made the strange decision that having one simple spreadsheet app that worked on both Mac and iOS was smarter than building on the cool features begun in the iWork ’09 suite. I only use this version when I need something quick and simple, basically notepad-like. Had Apple continued building on the ’09 version Numbers would be the industry standard by now. I still use ’09 from time to time—it has more features, and with the only disadvantage that it doesn’t autosave.
By not understand123
I have accepted the software, how do I install? this is studpido.
Files do not open 1/5
By Black Stills
After upgrading, none of my spreadsheets open and I cannot create new ones. No error message, just nothing. This is a huge problem without a solution as yet.
Needs Pivot Table functionality 3/5
I like the clean look and feel. However I would rate higher if there is a pivot table equivalent. It looks like there used to be a similar “Categories” feature that was done away with. Bringing something like that back would save SO much time.
Just Does Not Work Properly 1/5
Look, Apple, I’ve tried using the current version of Numbers(4.3.1) and the single most frequently fucntion I use is SUM. Is anyone aware this function and other basic and necessary functions return a 0 (zero) when they should be returning sums, averages and so on.
The Communities trace this issue back to 2010, yet it is not February of 2018. Eight years and no solution AND no good information in Communities on how to fix this annoying bug. Does Apple think I’ve got loads of time on my hands to learn how their new, improved, and nearly useless spreadsheet works. Well, if they do, they’re dead wrong. I’m going to use something, anything other than this pile of useless code masquarading as an app.
Don’t bother with this app. It just not a real spreadsheet. It looks like one, and really doesn’t work like one. It may be great if all you want to do is keep lists. As a spreadsheet, it’s bunk.
Stop adding commas 1/5
Numbers by default will add ‘thousands seperators’. This damaged large data sets of mine - I open a .csv file to prepare it for analysis in another program, and the data is just wiped out by the addition of commas, which then confuses the other program into reading numbers as words. The end result is a few more hours of work.
Numbers is now creating kernel panics in High Sierra.
I’m use to using great Excel apps like Libreoffice. Numbers lacks so many functions and can't even handle HTML Exports of Excel Sheets. What a shame.
Lacks basic features 2/5
Neat and clean app compared to Excel, but it lacks a bunch of basic features (I’ve made feature requests for some of them); and not features that are going to make the app more complex.
For example, the stock function can return some basic info about a stock but Yahoo finance actually has many more information that could easily be fetched.
Lack of pivot tables or any way to aggregate data of a table, conditional highlighting is constrained (e.g. it cannot be done on top of a generic formula as in Google Spreadsheets), charts are lacking as you have to match their data directly to a table’s cell, etc.
Both Excel and Google Spreadsheets have more (useful) features, Apple should start catching up!
Poorly written and designed app 1/5
Something as simple as deleteing multiple sheets can’t be done. If you have a doc with a couple dozen sheets and want to delete multipel sheets, you have to do that one at a time.
Another huge grievance. Remember the window size of my files! If I have three columns, but a few dozen rows my window will be narrow and long. Why does it reset to taking up half my screen every time I open it up! So annoying!
Not even close to Excell 1/5
By Alphonso Riveria
Not even close to Excel. Much more difficult to work with.
By Shearwater 2
I’ve used Microsoft Excel (the only good Microsoft program) for many years. Using it is obvious. Using Numbers is not and their suppost pages are worthless. I can’t even figure out how to write a working formula that isn’t limited to adding numbers. All show and no go.
FOr the second time, once with older version, now with latest and greatest, i made changes on mac air, saved to iCloud, and then opened same file on iPad. For some strange reason, it did not import the saved one and actually downgraded the mac version, losing me lots of time. For an app that is touting collaberation, this fails.
Why “x” for multiplication? 1/5
By Quod Erat Demonstrandum
The symbol for multiplication in computer programs has always been “*”. I type "2*3", but then * turns into “x”. If I copy the formula to a text editor, I get “2x3”! This is, unfortunately, a no-starter for me. How I am supposed to have Numbers and other programs work together? Too bad, since I liked the idea of a paradigm shift in spreadsheet programs - which is what Numbers seemed to offer.
Canvas Style Spreadsheets 5/5
I love that each sheet is basically a blank canvas that you can fill with what you want, and position wherever you want. For a free app that runs very smoothly on macOS and iOS it gets 5 stars. All the functions I have ever needed are there, and there is enough of a community to help solve complex problems. It is my prefered spreadsheet application, just takes some getting used to initially.
No pivot table equivalency. Useless for anything involving even rudimentary datat analysis. Junk Program. Delete and install something better.
Re-Naming Sheets has gone away with this latest update 2/5
By ? /?
Numbers shuts down when trying to rename “sheets"
Forumal Bar at the top 3/5
I've used Apple Numbers on multiple occasions and every time I do I think the following: why isn't the formula bar at the top? Every spreadsheet application I’m familiar with has the formula bar up high. Where is possible, I think Numbers should follow this familiar and useful interface convention.
Good but I can’t update despite constant notifications. 3/5
Overall I like Sheets as an alternative to Excel. It does what I need it to do without overcomplicating things. I just wish that I could turn off the update notifications, especially because when I attempt to update the software from the App Store it doesn’t update.
Wish I could rate the newest version 1/5
Have tried repeatedly to update to the newest version, but after I click Update in the App Store, the indicator just spins and never does update the app.
Numbers V3, and now 4.1 SAME CRAP back. 3/5
The designers had ‘themselves’ in mind but not customer and their daily use. Sheets save themselves in some predefined location on the screen instead of where I am placing them, this is quite inconvenient to relocate them each time when multiple sheets are open. If I paid for it I would seek money back, but - perhaps Google has good alternative. I know Excel does not do this. Good part is - I do not crash as much as other people do.
Should not have taken out the STOCK feature after we used it 2/5
By MafiaScum Freak
Scripted a spreadsheet using STOCK. Then you canceled it and it only shows the previous day’s close. No notice at all.
Then Yahoo! Finance closed the whole API.
What a waste.
Row and Column names are silly also. Let us call them something different from the actual label on the row and column.
Program freezes with large data sets. 3/5
By Some random guy in school
I’m running a maxed out MBP 13’ 2016 and I tried loading a dataset of 46,000 numbers and making a graph from it. Every time i attempt to tweak the graph the program freezes.
Numbers is ruined for me. 1/5
I’ve been using Numbers ‘08 for years. Due to issues with double clicking anywhere in it under macOS 10.13, I figured I’d try the new Numbers..
It is terrible. I don’t feel they made any progress, and in fact went backwards. I can’t use the new version as an actual spreadsheet program, instead it’s some bad hack of a page design program that happens to include tables that can sort of do basic spreadsheet stuff. None of what I use is presented in an easy to access area, formulas are behaving badly, what was an intuitive action before is now some bizarre action that I can’t figure why any common or power user would expect the behavior.
I’ve gone back to using the old crashing one, and just saving after change rather than use the new version, and I’ll continue doing that until I can find some other application to replace it. I’m deply saddened by this, because the old Numbers was great to work with and a good alternative to Excel.
Don’t install if you work in currencies 1/5
@Fangame, October 9th. Me too. Spreadsheets are unusable because someone at Apple decided in their infinite wisdom that working between currencies shouldn’t be allowed. Not impressed. I’ve gone back to MS XL. Not happy.
Currency conversion made impossible - suddenly USELESS for business! 1/5
The latest update has introduced a (intended?) bug whereby currency conversion becomes pretty much impossible to do intelligently:
If, for example, you buy a pineapple for USD3 and want to know how much this would be in Euros, in the past you simply had to do this:
In the first cell (A1), put in USD3.
In the second cell (B1), enter the foreign exchange rate, e.g. 0.8451.
In the third cell (C1), you would enter the formula: (A1) x (B1) = (C1)
Finally, you would open the Format sidebar, under “Data Format” you would select “Currency”, and then from the list of currencies below select the one you desire, e.g. Euro. Job done!
NOW, the software automatically resets the currency in (C1) to whatever the currency in (A1) is, and you cannot avoid it!
Yes, plainly logically / arithmetically speaking USD3 x 0.8451 = USD2.5353. I will admit that.
However, for currency conversion purposes, it is UTTERLY USELESS to have the software force the mathimatically correct solution upon you.
"Thanks” to this annoying update virtually all of my existing Numbers files such as expense reports, payroll reports, market research files, annual reports, etc have been rendered completely useless!
APPLE, you NEED to get this fixed!! Without a fix my business will no longer be able to operate, and I as well as countless other internationally operating businesses around the world will have no choice but to use another software such as Excel instead!