7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2012 4:01 PM by Jerrold Green1
Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

I'm just a beginner, but I finally managed to build a table without any problems. I sent the table to a Yahoo group I belong to, and I just got my  first response: he couldn't open the file. Is Numbers considered to be a temperamental program? Can it be opened on PCs as well as Macs? What are some of the likely reasons he couldn't open my file? By the way, when I went to that site just now, I was able to open my file with absolutey no problems, and quickly, too.


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  • 1. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,995 points)

    By far, the most likely reason is that you didn't export the document to a PC readable format, either Excel or PDF.

     

    Jerry

  • 2. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    Thanks for that. I can do that now that now you've taught me something that I had never dreamed of. So that's what PDF is for. I'll be back to report what happened. Thanks again.

  • 3. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,995 points)

    Niku,

     

    I should have mentioned CSV format as well. Numbers files aren't designed to be opened directly on a PC. It's a sort of one-way compatibility. Numbers can open Excel files, but Excel can't open Numbers files. That's why we have to convert the Numbers format to something else for our PC friends.

     

    Jerry

  • 4. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    I converted the file to the PDF format, but I haven't yet heard back. I have to say that I find this to be disturbing. I'm probably forgetting, but I don't remember anything like this ever happening before. You've opened up a new world to me, although the term "underworld" seems more appropriate. I knew that Macs can't open windows files, but it never occurred to me that anything I did on my Mac was not universal. I haven't checked my new file myself, but I presume that PDF files can be opened by both PCs and Macs. If so, I guess i should make it a rule to always convert to PDF. Well, live and learn. I'll just have to make the most of it.

  • 5. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,995 points)

    Niku,

     

    Macs can open most (common) Windows files. It's MS apps that don't go to the trouble of providing code for opening Mac app files.

     

    Jerry

  • 6. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)

    I just received word that my fellow member was able to open the PDF file I just sent to my Yahoo group. On the other hand, another friend of mine was able to open all of my files on a PC in a public library. Could it be that PC owners are able to use Numbers IF they have the proper tools? I'm obviously not a computer geek, but I do remember the term "codecs" . Could the proper "codec," or whatever, make PCs Numbers capable?

  • 7. Re: Is numbers viewer friendly?
    Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,995 points)

    My guess is that the library has Macs in that case.

     

    Jerry