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Macintosh Users – Important Info Regarding Excel Compatibility

We have been enthusiastic users of Macintosh computers since the early days of RealData. In fact ours were among the first business applications available on the Mac in 1984. There are plenty of die-hard Mac users in our customer ranks, but even they will be frustrated with an apparent Excel 2016 bug which now affects our products.

At this time, all RealData software for Mac will run on both Excel 2011 and Excel 2016 (aka Office 365).  However, if you have the latest Excel 2016 for Mac, then you will not be able to print any images, including graphs, to PDF reports. Thankfully this does not affect hard printing of reports.  We have not been able to come up with a workaround, so wait we must until Microsoft patches this issue.  UPDATE!  This issue has been fixed in the May 23, 2018 release of Office 2016.  Be sure to update to the latest release.

An important tip for all Mac users – be sure to update Excel to the latest release and also be sure to use the latest build release of your RealData products.  For most of our products, only the latest release of the latest version of each will run on Excel 2016.

For more info on updating Excel, see our knowledge base article: https://www.realdata.com/content/knowledgebase/excel-2011-how-to-check-version-and-how-to-update/

New Mac-Compatible Releases of RealData Software

We’ve supported the Macintosh with Excel-based products since the Mac first came out in 1984.  (In fact, way back then we received an award as one of “100 Most Important Companies on the Macintosh.”)

But a few years ago, Microsoft threw us a real curve when they dropped VBA macro functionality from Excel 2008 for the Mac.  As you may know, it’s those complex and sophisticated macros (which you can’t see) that make our software really powerful and easy to use. So our Mac users had to settle for Excel 2004 to run our software

Thankfully, Microsoft has seen the light and restored VBA in their new Excel 2011; and we wasted not a moment getting to work re-writing our products to make good use of the new Excel. It was no small task, but  now all of our products are truly Mac-compatible.

Not only will you have the advantage of Excel’s new interface and features, but you’ll now be able to use the latest versions of RealData software on your Mac — even REIA Express, Version 2 and the RealData Real Estate Calculator — and you’ll see all of our programs run at speeds that are orders of magnitude faster than they ran with Excel 2004.

(A sidebar note: Because these programs are not simply spreadsheets, Windows versions won’t work properly on the Mac and vice-versa. That’s why we created these new releases specifically for the Mac.)

We’re glad to be back offering the latest and best of our software for our loyal Mac customers.