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TableEdit is a decent alternative to Numbers (though I prefer the latter)

I find Apple’s Numbers for macOS more intuitive (and it’s free), but the CoreCode team’s TableEdit is a decent alternative. The $9.99 software provides features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.

TableEdit — built exclusively for macOS (10.10 and higher) — features an Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to the CoreCode team. The tool is and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies.

Navigating and selecting works just as expected in a Mac-native app, with keyboard shortcuts and modifier keys having their expected, standard meaning. The defining element of the interface is the toolbar which gives access to the most commonly used options as well as the “main cell editor.” It always displays cell contents unmodified by formatting options or formulae results. The main cell editor also provides easy access for inserting common function-calculations of the currently selected cells.

You can easily select background colors and define the cell border options with TableEdit. There are also text setting including color, font and alignment. Alternating row background colors are also supported on a global or per-spreadsheet basis. All these options can be accessed directly from the toolbar.

TableEdit has many options for controlling how cell content should be displayed in the table. You can opt for customizable date and time formats. Even more options are available for number display — you can control the number of digits, separator, choose scientific or currency display. Or you can go all the way and use the freeform “custom” representation for numbers.

TableEdit supports different charts and graphs to visualize your data. You can currently select from pie-charts, bar-charts and line-graphs and define colors, styles and various options. You can move charts freely around your document and export them directly to PDF.

You can either import CSV and Excel files quickly via drag and drop or use the Import-panel to select more options like the separator or encoding. Exporting to Excel (classic or XML) is also just a mouse click away.

TableEdit is available at the product website and the Mac App Store. A demo is available for download.

If you need two quickly and easy create simple, clean and elegant spreadsheets, this is an application worth considering. If you need more oomph, or want to be able to work on spreadsheets on both macOS and iOS, Numbers is a better bet.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.