Gnumeric – The Shadowed Spreadsheet Program

Gnumeric – The Shadowed Spreadsheet Program

Gnumeric is a free and open-source spreadsheet program. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux operating systems.

Tables are one of the most common ways to store and process numerical data, especially in business. That’s why spreadsheet programs like VisiCalc and Lotus 1-2-3 emerged soon after personal computers were introduced. These programs made tasks such as accounting or warehouse management much easier. Today, there is fierce competition among spreadsheet programs, with notable options including Excel, Libre Office Calc for PC, Numbers for Apple, and Google Sheets for the web.

Features of Gnumeric Spreadsheet Program

Gnumeric has been around for over twenty years as part of the GNOME project (the most popular Linux desktop environment). It is a powerful program that offers numerous possibilities for data input, manipulation, and analysis. As such, it is useful for those working with numbers, statistics, and calculations. Gnumeric provides many functions for data manipulation in areas such as mathematics or finance. It supports powerful functions essential to researchers in various fields. Anyone familiar with other spreadsheet programs will have no trouble using Gnumeric.

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To better describe Gnumeric let’s compare it to its famous competitor – Excel. At first glance they are similar; however, Gnumeric appears somewhat simpler. Both programs allow data entry in the same way: editing and formatting tables; calling formulas and functions; creating graphical representations of data. Gnumeric has lower memory requirements compared to Excel while being optimized to handle large amounts of data quickly. It is known for its precision when rounding numbers. Unlike Excel which is designed primarily for Windows and macOS users, Gnumeric also has a Linux version available.

Gnumeric imports and exports data from various formats including XLS, ODS, CSV, TXT, HTML (PDF export is also supported). The program is well-documented; you can also use documentation from other spreadsheet programs as there are usually no significant differences between them. The user interface can be accessed in 46 languages.

Final Thoughts on Gnumeric

If you need a program for budget planning, tracking expenses or transactions, calculating interest rates, creating charts and graphs, statistical analysis, sorting or filtering data, resource calculation, inventory listing, mathematical calculations, and report creation, then Gnumeric is the program for you. Being an open-source application allows customization according to individual needs. Behind Gnumeric stands a large active community continuously improving this software. It’s an excellent spreadsheet program but not as widely recognized or used compared to commercial competitors likely because it’s free.

The Download button is a link to the webpage for downloading the Windows version installation file for Gnumeric. For Linux users, we recommend installation from your operating system’s repository. To install Gnumeric on macOS, run the following command in Terminal: sudo port install gnumeric Copy.

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