It’s easy to take spreadsheets for granted, but as Adam Engst writes, modern spreadsheets can do far more than perform calculations. By way of illustration, he explains how he built a budgeting tool in Google Sheets that extracts data from dense accounting reports to make it more readable and understandable. Apple’s Emergency SOS via satellite feature of the iPhone 14 is in the news after playing a pivotal role in saving lives during the Maui fires. In our Do You Use It? polls this week, Adam reports on the usage levels of Launchpad by longtime Mac users before asking how often you use proxy icons. We also look briefly at SanDisk portable SSD failures and CNET deleting articles for SEO reasons. Notable Mac app releases this week include Mactracker 7.12.7 and Cyberduck 8.6.3.
Five people trapped in a van during the Maui wildfires were able to use the iPhone 14's Emergency SOS via satellite feature to coordinate a rescue by emergency responders.
We have the results in our Do You Use It? poll about Launchpad in macOS. While TidBITS readers probably aren’t representative of the broader Mac user base, most use some other method of quickly launching apps.
Faced with the problem of wanting to build a budget calculation spreadsheet for his running club, Adam Engst embarks on a journey during which he learns that modern spreadsheets can go far beyond basic row and column calculations.
Adds detailed information for various old and new hardware models. (Free, 196 MB, macOS 10.12+)
Allows opening connections without copying an authentication code after login to Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint. (Free, 152.6 MB, macOS 10.12+)