Here's my list as of 10:30 EDT:
Function or feature or issue
Reorganize Panel gone
Categories View gone
References now don’t follow sorted rows as they did before. (Now like Excel)
Table Fills not supported
German user can’t use decimal point from numeric keypad.
Split Cells is gone
Sheet View seems to be the only view available during editing. Page view only available in the Print dialog.
Page Headers and Footers are gone
Edit Toolbar (add, delete, rearrange tool icons) is gone.
That's it from here at this time, but I think I have just scratched the surface. Would love to hear from others who are keeping a list.
Thanks Jerrold - here's me thinking that new versions improved old ones...
Perhaps you can help with a couple of supplementary questions:
1. I have a spreadsheet that needs filters. I.e. "Show rows that match any of the following"; Column A is True; Column B is Not Blank.
Can you still do this?
Also, I have another spreadsheet that makes extensive use of references to cells in tables on the same sheet and on different sheets. These tables are regularly resorted. I'm concerned about your comment that references don't follow sorted rows. If a cell is referenced by Column name:: Row name (so sales:: 'UK' :: 'Product type' as opposed to just referencing B2, for example) will those references be preserved after a sort? I have an awful lot of VLOOKUP functions that use this approach.
VLOOKUP examines the data in cells, not the cell address. Logically, that should continue to work. The only use of cell addresses in VLOOKUP is in specifying the range of cells containing the lookup table. Placing the lookup table on a separate table, and specifying the range using only the column addresses should remove any likelihood of failure due to a sort.
Note: I have not yet migrated to Mavericks/Numbers 3.0.
I will ad to the list: Custom format
I use that a lot!
I think this is all because Apple wanted to integrate all versions (iOs an OS X), but please, don't take useful features. I am very sad about this move. I actually think this version is worse than v2. The features added are less important then the features taken.
Agree - logically it should continue to work. Still a bit nervous about committing to an update though.
I might try to install it on a second machine and test copies of my prized spreadsheets on that. If they don't work as I like can anyone tell me if it is possible to roll back to the previous version?
Lost features (or I can't find them any more)
- The formula input-bar
- Table background fill (new is text background fill, but it won't convert from '09 documents)
- OS X Spotlight infos (same warning as if you opened it on the iPhone)
- No more table styles (only 6 built-in ones)
- Print Layout view mode
- No custom colour filling for cells (only pre-defined colours, can't use your own colours)
On the upside, Numbers now supports text styles. Yay.
And also on the upside Numbers now supports bubble charts and sharing, just what I was yearning for!
Well, it's a little of the "you get what you pay for" syndrome, I guess. No wonder they didn't want to charge us existing users to "upgrade." The bet probably is that the new users coming in via iOS or new Macs won't much miss many Numbers features they didn't know were there before anyway. Meanwhile, we've still got the old version, which seems to run quite happily right alongside the new. Best of both worlds?
And you probably didn't know you really, really wanted those iOS-style concave function names and closing "crescent moons" as Barry dubbed them in a recent thread. The floating formula input area has to be "dragged wider" just about every time I want to take off the "training wheels" and just type in a formula. I see the formula is displayed down at the bottom of the page. But unlike the old formula bar up top, it's off limits to editing. But, really, what lovely concavities and crescent moons! Who wants mere parentheses when you can have those?