I have tried downloading both StatePlanet Lite and StatPlanet Plus and followed the directions in the user guide to replace the maps included with one I downloaded in shapefile format (downloaded from here: http://geocommons.com/maps/40609).
Since I have Office 2008 for mac, which does not support macros, I have been opening various StatPlanet_data_editor files (there seem to be several in both the Lite and Plus downloads) with both NeoOffice and OpenOffice. While the excel spreadsheet does open, I have never successfully replaced the map; when I click the "setup shapefile" button either nothing happens or a file with code and an error message appears.
How can I use the map I downloaded from geocommons, import my data, and create an interactive map using my mac?
Thanks in advance!
Page 17 of the user guide explains how to set up the shapefile manually (without macros):
This is using you are directly editing the data.csv and settings.csv files (bypassing the StatPlanet Data Editor, which requires macros to be of use). I hope that works for you.