Gnumeric spreadsheet is part of the GNOME desktop environment, which is to create a free, user friendly desktop environment.
Gnumeric has the ability to import and export data in several file formats, including CSV, Microsoft Excel, HTML, LaTeX and OpenDocument. Its native format is the Gnumeric file format (.gnm or .gnumeric), which is an XML file compressed with gzip.
Gnumeric’s accuracy has helped it to establish a niche among people using it for statistical analysis and other scientific tasks. Gnumeric has a different interface for the creation and editing of graphs than the competing software. For editing a graph, Gnumeric displays a window where all the elements of the graph are listed. Other spreadsheet programs typically require the user to select the individual elements of the graph in the graph itself in order to edit them.[advt]
Key Features of Gnumeric
- 154 functions not found in MS Excel
- Basic support for financial derivatives
- Basic support for telecommunication engineering
- Sheet objects
- All builtin Excel-like formats: number, currency, accounting, date, time, percentage, fraction, scientific, text, special
- Compatible format description language
- Import/Export filters
Difference between Gnumeric and MS Excel
Operating system: Gnumeric supports all operating system. Excel supports limited number of operating system.
File format: Gnumeric import and export all type of file format. MS excel can’t support all type file formats.
Comparing to other spreadsheet it is more user friendly and compact. [source]