August 10, 2007
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Tinderbox 4: Spreadsheets

Tinderbox 4: Spreadsheets
Apple's new spreadsheet program, Numbers, provides a bunch of templates. One of them is a Travel Planner — a great example of the sort of wildly non-spreadsheet tasks that people tend to attempt in spreadsheets.

(People used to do this because word processors were so bad at managing tables. But Pages is pretty good with tables. So, it's a silly template, except that people will want to use Numbers to do this, and so maybe it's not silly.)

Anyway, it's great to know that you can just copy a table in Numbers and paste it into Tinderbox 4 and everything just works. The top row of labels maps onto a list of attributes. New attributes are created when appropriate, and old attributes are used when that makes sense. Each row becomes a note. Sweet.