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iWork Numbers and the iPhone

Apple's new application, Numbers, is a really nice refreshing blend of Excel and a general diagramming tool

Dylan Schiemann's Blog

Apple’s new application, Numbers, is a really nice refreshing blend of Excel and a general diagramming tool. It is surprisingly feature-rich, making actually somewhat more complex to use than a typical Apple app. It’s interesting that the new iWork suite has the Leopard theme or skin. Because of the Leopard delays, Apple seems to be in this weird hybrid states where many of their new applications have the new Apple style, but the operating system itself does not. It’s a very different model than Microsoft where apps take on the theme and UI guidelines of the version of the Windows. The Numbers templates, while nice, are not nearly as impressive as the screenshots and demos shown on the Apple web site. Hopefully some of the people that create some of the amazing Keynote themes and templates will do the same for Numbers. The nicest thing about Numbers is that it actually makes spreadsheets somewhat fun to use and work with.

So what does this have to do with the iPhone? Well, it seems that the iPhone does not yet recognize Numbers documents when sent as attachments via email. I was really curious to see how the iPhone would handle some of the 3-D charting capabilities…

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It all started in 1999 when Dylan dropped out of the PhD program at UCLA and left the fascinating world of statistics of shear-induced rearrangements in a two-dimensional model foam and the accumulation of glucosaminyl(acyl)phosphatidylinositol in an S3 HeLa subline expressing normal dolicholphosphomannose synthase activity to refocus his efforts on the future of the web. As CEO of SitePen and co-founder of the Dojo Toolkit, Dylan is best known for building web applications that make use of JavaScript/Ajax, Dojo, and other standard web development technologies. He has helped develop web apps for companies including Renkoo, Informatica, Security FrameWorks, and Vizional Technologies.

Dylan is an avid Oakland A's fan, a lover of the hammer throw, devoted husband, father to three obnoxious dogs and resides on JetBlue Airways.

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Harvey 08/12/07 01:35:06 PM EDT

It seems surprising that you think it's "weird" that the iWork applications follow the interface design for Leopard (due in October). Guidelines for the new UI have been previously announced, and in fact other applications (e.g. Mail) already follow this new look.

What would be "weird" is if Apple's newly introduced applications ignored these guidelines and went with the older brushed-metal look.

Les Posen 08/12/07 05:49:40 AM EDT

Are you really sure that iWork has the Leopard skin? Seems not to me... but then again, the only things I notice are article that speak of iWork 08, but feature iWork 06 packaging to illustrate the story ;-)

iPhone News Desk 08/11/07 07:53:56 PM EDT

Apple's new application, Numbers, is a really nice refreshing blend of Excel and a general diagramming tool. It is surprisingly feature-rich, making actually somewhat more complex to use than a typical Apple app. It's interesting that the new iWork suite has the Leopard theme or skin. Because of the Leopard delays, Apple seems to be in this weird hybrid states where many of their new applications have the new Apple style, but the operating system itself does not. It's a very different model than Microsoft where apps take on the theme and UI guidelines of the version of the Windows.