>You and I may be the only Mac users in this Forum, but I got >a whole bunch of warnings about various unsupported >formattings, functions, etc. when I used "Numbers" >to open the Excel spreadsheet. As far as I can see this has >not affected anything, but I wonder if it might not be better >to exchange information in a more >"platform-independent" manner, say PDF.
You are by no means the only mac users out there, but Excel is Excel and no matter how much Apple would like Numbers to "be" Excel, it ain't. Numbers, although it is supposed to support conditional formatting, chokes on some 240 cells in the spreadsheet that have conditional formatting; also many cells are hidden in Numbers....... print area not supported, etc. Occasionally Numbers even will decide that this spreadsheet is "tab-delimited."
You really need to see the spreadsheet opened in Excel to see what it's supposed to look like.
I bought a copy of Office student/teacher some years ago for just this reason. No need to re-invent the wheel at this late date; I cannot imagine the headaches required to convert a multi-sheet workbook to an "editable" PDF. Much as we hate to admit it, Microsoft may always be with us.
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